Wake Forest Faces Tough Road Test At Maryland

Wake Forest travels to Maryland this weekend to face thei Terps on Saturday.

Game #25

#11/11 Wake Forest Deacons (18-6/8-5) at Maryland (14-10/5-8)

Saturday, Feb. 28 / 1 p.m. / Comcast Center (17,950) / College Park, MD / ABC-TV

Tip-Off: 1:02 p.m.

Television: ABC (Regional). Former NC State standout Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and former Maryland standout Len Elmore (color analysis) call the action. Ray Tipton is the producer.

Radio: Deacon Radio Network (ISP). Stan Cotten (play-by-play) and Mark Freidinger (color analysis) call the action.

Records: Wake Forest is 18-6 overall and 8-5 in the ACC after a 90-87 win in overtime over visiting Florida State Wednesday night. Maryland is 14-10 and 5-8 following a 70-49 home win against Clemson Tuesday.

Rankings: Wake Forest is ranked 11th in the Associated Press poll and 11th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Maryland is not ranked.

Coaches: Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy '72) is 64-25 in three seasons with the Deacons, 229-103 in 11 seasons overall. Maryland coach Gary Williams (Maryland '68) is 309-163 in 15 seasons at his alma mater, 516-291 in 26 seasons overall.

SID Contacts: Wake Forest assistant athletic director/media relations Dean Buchan; Maryland basketball SID Mark Fratto.

Websites: Wake Forest -- WakeForestSports.com; Maryland -- umterps.com. The Series: Maryland leads 56-52.

Officials: Announced on game day.

On Deck: Wake Forest travels to Virginia Tuesday at 7 p.m. Maryland is at NC State Wednesday.

Wake Faces Road Test At Maryland

Wake Forest, coming off five consecutive victories including four straight decided by six points or less, travels Saturday to face Maryland in College Park, where the Deacons have not won since 1998.

The Demon Deacons, 18-6 overall and 8-5 in the ACC, came from 17 points down Wednesday night to beat visiting Florida State, 90-87 in overtime. Sophomore Justin Gray scored a career-high 31 points, including seven points in OT, to lead the Deacons.

The Terrapins, 14-10 and 5-8, snapped a three-game losing streak by whipping visiting Clemson, 70-49, Tuesday night. John Gilchrist led the Terps with 19 points.

Maryland leads the all-time series, 56-52. Wake Forest has won two of the last three meetings including a 93-85 win over Maryland Jan. 29.

Noteworthy
- Over the last 11 games, Wake Forest has played nine games decided by eight points or less. Wake's last four wins, three of which came against nationally-ranked opponents, were decided by an average of 4.7 points.
- Wake Forest will try to erase painful College Park memories Saturday. Last year the Deacons suffered their worst loss of the season, 90-67, in their first-ever game in the Comcast Center. To make matters worse, a snowstorm grounded Wake for three full days. The previous year, Maryland won 90-89 on Juan Dixon's free throws after Josh Howard called a time-out the Deacons did not have. Wake has not won in College Park since an 83-79 win on Feb. 19, 1998.
- A Wake Forest win Saturday would secure the Deacs at least a share of third place in the ACC.


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