Maryland, Wake Forest Meet SaturdayMaryland (19-9, 7-8 ACC) and Wake Forest (12-15, 5-10 ACC) tip off at noon
• Coming off a 78-68 setback at Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Maryland looks to bounce back on the road when it visits Wake Forest Saturday at noon. The Terps have won five straight against the Demon Deacons, prevailing by an average margin of 18.8 points per game in that winning streak.
|LIVE Coverage on the ACC Network & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network at noon ET. Locally, the game can be seen on Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., and WNUV in Baltimore. For a full affiliate listing, click here. Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Cory Alexander (analyst) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp) and Chris Knoche (analyst) have the call.
• In the first meeting with Wake Forest this season, Maryland used 67.3 percent shooting – the fifth-best single-game mark in program history – to win 86-60. The Terps used a balanced scoring attack, with six players scoring in double figures: Logan Aronhalt (13), Seth Allen (12),Jake Layman (12), Alex Len (12), James Padgett (12) and Dez Wells(11). Maryland assisted on 21 of 35 field goals in that game and shot 68.8 (11-16) percent from 3-point range.
• Dez Wells continued his strong play on the road with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with four assists at Georgia Tech. Wells leads Maryland in scoring in road games this season, averaging 15.8 points per game on 57.6 percent shooting. He also has a team-high 55 assists in conference play (3.7 per game).
• Also reaching double figures at Georgia Tech were Alex Len (13 points), Seth Allen (12) and Nick Faust (10). Maryland shot 42.9 percent in the game, but allowed the Yellow Jackets to shoot 51 percent, as they became just the third team this season to exceed the 50 percent mark against the Terrapins. On the season, Maryland is holding opponents to 37.9 percent shooting, a mark which leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranks 11th nationally.
• A corps of young players continue to lead Maryland, as seven of the 10 players in the regular rotation are underclassmen, and 80 percent of the scoring coming from underclassmen. Maryland’s top four scorers - Alex Len, Dez Wells, Nick Faust and Seth Allen - are underclassmen.
Maryland-Wake Forest Series History
• Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 67-56, which dates back to 1952-53. The Terps have won 10 of 12 since 2006, and five straight.
• Maryland has won the three meetings with Wake Forest since Mark Turgeon took over as head coach, by an average margin of 18.0 points per game. In addition to the 86-60 win earlier this season, the Terps defeated the Demon Deacons 70-64 at home on 1/11/2012 and 82-60 on 3/8/2012 in the ACC Tournament first round.
• Maryland will be looking to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2009-10, when it went 24-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in four of the last five seasons and seven of the last nine. The exceptions are last season, Turgeon’s first at Maryland, and 2006-07, his last at Wichita State. The Terps would be the sixth ACC team to reach the 20-win mark; Miami, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and NC State all have at least 20 wins.
• Maryland committed just eight turnovers vs. Clemson, its lowest total this season and just the second time in conference play that it committed fewer than the opponent (also Virginia: 13 to 16).
• Logan Aronhalt connected on seven 3-pointers at Boston College on 2/19. That’s the most by a Terp since Mike Jones hit a Comcast Center record nine on Dec. 28, 2006, vs. Missouri-Kansas City.
• Aronhalt’s 26 points were the most by a Terrapin this season. Dez Wells has three 20-point efforts, while Alex Len, Jake Laymanand Seth Allen each have one.
• The Terps set season highs in 3-point field goals made (11) and percentage (.688) against Wake Forest (2/2).
• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the last two seasons. The Terps have knocked off two this year: No. 14 NC State, and No. 1/2 Duke.
• The Terps are 18-1 this season when they have the lead with 5:00 left in the game, and 1-0 when tied with 5:00 left. The lone loss came at Florida State (1/30).
• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on earlier this season is tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32. Maryland also went on a 13-game win streak in 2001-02, the year they went on to win the national title.
• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 7.8 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Scott Wood of NC State, makes one 3-pointer every 11.4 minutes on the floor.
• At least eight players have scored in 25 of Maryland’s 28 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason, at Miami and at North Carolina, when just seven players scored.
• The Terps are 14-2 when making as many or more free throws than the opponent, and 5-6 when making fewer free throws.
• When Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare drew starts against UMES, it marked the first time Maryland started three true freshmen since Dec. 28, 1993, when Keith Booth, Matt Kovarik and Joe Smith did vs. Hofstra. The Terps have started three freshmen in a game four times this season.
• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland’s scoring (57.4 of 71.2 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Maryland’s top four scorers are underclassmen in sophomores Alex Len (12.3 ppg),Dez Wells (11.6 ppg) and Nick Faust (8.5 ppg) and freshman Seth Allen (7.7 ppg).
• Just twice in the past 30 years has a larger percentage of Maryland’s scoring come from underclassmen. In 2003-04, 82 percent came from underclassmen, and in 1993-94, 97 percent did.
• Additionally, 109 of 140 starts (78%) this season have gone to underclassmen. That is the second-highest percentage in the past 30 years, behind only 1993-94 when every start went to underclassmen.
• The Terps have just one 1,000-point scorer on the roster this season in graduate student Logan Aronhalt. Aronhalt scored 1,100 points at Albany before transferring to Maryland prior to this season. Maryland’s next top scorers are Wells (638), James Padgett(627), Faust (522) and Len (475).
Hitting the Mark
• Maryland has assisted on 58 percent (431 of 738) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 26 of 28 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and rank second in the ACC with 15.4 per game. Maryland is 17-3 when recording at least 14 assists.
• On average, Maryland has recorded 17.4 assists per game in wins, while in its losses it has averaged just 11.1.
• Maryland ranks third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .470, behind just NC State (.498) and Duke (.476). That marks also ranks 32nd nationally. The Terps have shot above 40 percent in eight of the past nine games. Maryland has shot better than 50 percent 11 times this season.
• Against Wake Forest (2/2), Maryland recorded its fifth-best field goal percentage in program history at .673. The four single-game marks better than that are: .833 (15-18) vs. South Carolina, 1/9/71; .739 (34-46) vs. Wake Forest, 1/28/86; .732 (30-41) vs. NC State, 12/20/80; and .704 (50-71) vs. Miami (OH), 12/28/79.
Field Goal Percentage Defense
• Maryland leads the ACC and ranks 11th nationally in field goal percentage defense at .379. The Terps have held 16 of the last 24 opponents under 40 percent shooting, including eight of 14 ACC opponents.
• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 24 of 28 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason, North Carolina and Georgia Tech).
• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 727-341 (26.0 to 12.2 per game) advantage over the opponent.
• All 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are averaging double-figure minutes, and no player is averaging more than 28 minutes per game (Dez Wells is first at 27.3).
• Logan Aronhalt has been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is eight 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .480 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 23 of 28 games this season. Of his 58 field goals made this season, 48 are 3-pointers.
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