Maryland Terrapins vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview

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Terps Return to Comcast to take on Demon Deacons

Teams: Maryland Terrapins (14-12, 6-7 ACC) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-11, 4-8 ACC)

Arena: Comcast Center | College Park, MD

Tip-Off: Tuesday, February 18 | 7PM EST

Tune-In: ESPN3, Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland will have the opportunity to get back to .500 in conference play on Tuesday as they host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in College Park.

After an emotional loss to Duke this past Saturday, Maryland must move on and come ready to play in a must-win game.

The Demon Deacons will test Maryland in the foul category. The Terps are last in the ACC with nearly 20 fouls a game while Wake Forest leads the ACC in free throw attempts (656) and ranks second in free throws made (420).

Maryland should be able to to settle down on their home court; but because they need to find a way to win their last five games, some players might be overly aggressive which could get the Terps in trouble.

Foul trouble haunted Dez Wells early in the Duke game on Saturday yet he still managed to come back and score 17 points for the Terps. Wells can be a game changer when he wants to be, and the only person that can stop him is himself. He is averaging 15 points a game and is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field.

Wake Forest is coming to Maryland on a five-game losing streak, and the Terps have beaten them the last seven times.

The one area where Wake Forest will put up a fight is in the rebound department. They average 36.7 per game and are as scrappy as any team out there. You better believe that the Deacons will make Maryland earn every rebound, and if they can’t, this game might be closer than Maryland fans would like.

Maryland needs the win and will get the win. Mark Turgeon is confident in this team and their ability to come back and grow from the loss to Duke. Following the Duke game he said,

“Oh, we’ll get over this. We’re starting to ball now.”

Will they be the team that scored 40 points in the paint against Duke and fought the #8 team in the country all the way to the end? OR, will we see a Terps team that only shows up for one half and then gives the game away to the opposing team?

Players to Watch

Maryland: Dez Wells – Junior Guard – 15.1 PPG – 49% FG

Wake Forest: Devin Thomas – Sophomore Forward – 11PPG – 7.8 RPG

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