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Maryland Terrapins vs. #20 Virginia Cavaliers Preview

 

Teams: Maryland Terrapins (14-10, 6-5 ACC) vs. #20 Virginia Cavilers (19-5, 10-1 ACC)

Arena: John Paul Jones Arena | Charlottesville, VA

Tip-Off: Monday, February 10 | 9PM

Tune-In: ESPNU, WatchESPN, Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland travels down to Charlottesville for the final time tonight to take on border-rival Virginia who has beaten the Terps in their last five meetings.

Virginia is fueled by their smothering defense that only allows 55.6 points per game, which is good for second best in the nation.

In their last five games, the Cavaliers have held their opponents to 51.0 points and 38.7 percent shooting per game.

Virginia likes to take their time on offense and slow down the game.

“That’s what we try to do,” said Malcolm Brogdon. “We try to be patient on offense and use 30 to 35 seconds, and … we try to wear them down on defense. That’s exactly the way we want to play. We think we have great depth and we’re able to get after guys defensively.”

Maryland must get going early both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The Terps have dropped 13 in a row on the road against ranked opponents since winning at then-No. 1 North Carolina on Jan. 19, 2008. This season, the Terrapins are 0-3 against ranked teams.

Recently, Maryland has averaged 79.0 points in their last three victories while shooting 46.7 percent from three-point land.

Dez Wells has scored at least 15 points in his last five games while guard Seth Allen is coming off of a 32-point performance against Florida State. Maryland must continue their offensive proficiency and look to lock down and force some turnovers that lead to points against this very good Virginia team.

Players to Watch 

Maryland: Dez Wells | 15.2ppg | 4.3rpg

Virginia: Malcolm Brogdon | 12.1ppg | 5.8rpg | 2.4 apg

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