Maryland Looks to Stay Perfect in ACC at Pitt

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Maryland heads to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the first time in 33 years as it takes on the Pitt Panthers, who are in their inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, at 7:00 pm tonight. The teams last met in the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in 2010, when Pitt defeated Maryland, 79-70, at Madison Square Garden.

Watch: ESPNU - Bob Picozzi (Play-by-Play), Kara Lawson (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius Channel 92, XM Channel 190


• The Terrapins are looking to improve to 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2001-02, when they went on to capture the National Championship. Maryland moved to 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002-03 with a 77-61 rout of Georgia Tech at Comcast Center Saturday.

• The Terps turned in their most efficient game of the season against Georgia Tech, registering 16 assists against a season-low six turnovers. It was the least amount of turnovers for Maryland since March 21, 2010 against Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

• Junior guard Nick Faust continued to impress with a game-high 16 points versus the Yellow Jackets, knocking down his first four 3-point attempts of the game. Faust is averaging 16.0 points over his last three games, and has notched double-figures in four of the last five games off the bench.
• Maryland’s depth was on full display against Georgia Tech as all nine Terrapins that saw action in the game played at least 15 minutes. Additionally, eight different players had an assist and seven different players posted at least six points.

• Sophomore guard Seth Allen is averaging 10.3 points and 3.0 assists in three games since returning from a broken foot on Dec. 29. Allen is shooting 50% (7-14) from 3-point range.

Terps Cruise Past Georgia Tech

  • The Terrapins had four players score in double figures in Maryland’s 77-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday to move to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 2002-03 season. They had 16 assists compared with only six turnovers, and nine players received significant playing time.
  • Maryland never trailed while launching the home portion of its final trip through the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Nick Faust scored 16, Evan Smotrycz contributed 14 points, Dez Wells added 11 and Charles Mitchell collected 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (10-5, 2-0).
  • In defeating Georgia Tech for the seventh-straight time at home, Maryland built a double-digit lead in the opening four minutes, upped the margin to 20 early in the second half and coasted to the finish.

Scouting Pitt

  • Pitt boasts a 13-1 record after posting the first ACC win in its history Saturday against NC State with a 74-62 victory. The Panthers began the season 10-0 before falling in a slugfest against Cincinnati, 44-43, on Dec. 17. Pitt has won its 13 games by an average of 17.9 points.
  • The Panthers’ success this season can largely be attributed to its strong guard play, as Pitt currently leads the ACC in assist/turnover ratio (1.74) and turnovers per game (9.9) while ranking second in assists (17.3/g).
  • Redshirt senior Lamar Patterson (4.5/g) and sophomore James Robinson (4.1/g) are both ranked among the top-8 in the ACC in assists, while Patterson has the best assist/turnover ration in the conference (4.82).
  • Talib Zanna currently leads the ACC in double-doubles with four on the season, ranking seventh in the conference with 7.5 rebounds/g.

Statistically Speaking

  • The Terps are 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2002-03.
  • Maryland last started 3-0 in the ACC in 2001-02. It is also the last time the Terps started 2-0 on the road.
  • Maryland is 8-0 when holding opponents under 40% shooting.
  • The Terrapins are 9-0 when holding their opponents under 70 points.

Looking Back -- Jan. 27, 1981

  • Despite trailing by seven points with 2:56 to play, 14th-ranked Maryland (14-4) escaped with a 69-66 overtime victory over Pitt (9-8) in the last meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. between the pair of teams on Jan. 27, 1981.
  • Albert King led the Terps with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Ernie Graham -- the father of current Terrapin Jon Graham -- posted eight points, nine assists and 12 rebounds as head coach Lefty Driesell experimented with the all-around Graham at point guard.

Faust Shines in Victory vs. NC Central

  • Nick Faust equaled his career high with 19 points and had a season-high nine rebounds to lead Maryland over North Carolina Central 70-56 on Dec. 31.
  • Maryland (9-5) began the second half with three 3-pointers, one by Seth Allen and two by Faust. The junior guard scored 14 of his 19 after halftime.
  • The trio of 3-pointers gave the Terrapins a 37-26 lead with 16:47 to play. The Eagles (7-4), who lost by 11 to No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 21, were just 2-for-15 from the 3-point line. They were averaging nearly 34 percent before the game.
  • Dez Wells added 10 for the Terps, who extended their lead to 68-45 on Faust’s 3-pointer with 3:20 to play.