Feb. 23, 2010
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Maryland starts the final part of its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a home battle against Clemson. The game is a rematch of a Jan. 31 contest, won by Clemson 62-53. The Terps are hoping to solidify their hold on second place in the ACC. Maryland comes into the game alone in second place with a 9-3 conference mark, 1-1/2 games behind Duke, which comes to College Park on March 3. Clemson comes into tonight's game in a fifth-place tie with Florida State in the league standings with a 7-5 mark.
The game will be aired regionally by Raycom, with network affiliates available at this link.
The game can also be heard across the Terrapin Sports Radio Network, including Baltimore flagships WJZ-FM (105.7), WJZ-AM (1300). Pregame on the network begins at 8 p.m.
In Washington, D.C., the game will be heard on WGTB-FM (94.7). For a complete D.C. affiliate radio schedule please click on this link. Additionally, all game radio broadcasts can be heard on umterps.com by clicking the "TerpsTV" link.
Maryland is 13-1 at Comcast Center this season, including wins in all six of its ACC games this year. Overall, the Terps have won seven straight home games. The Terrapins have been one of the hottest teams in the nation since the calendar turned to 2010, going 11-3 in that stretch including an overtime loss at Wake Forest. Maryland has won three straight and five of its last six.
Senior guard Greivis Vasquez had a big hand in helping Maryland to a 3-0 record last week. He averaged 24.7 points per game in the three games and earned ACC Player of the Week honors for the third time this season and the seventh time in his career. Vasquez was also the ESPN.com National Player of the Week, as announced on Monday.
Against Georgia Tech, Vasquez became only the sixth Terrapin in history to record 2,000 points in his career. Now with 2,013 points, he is two points behind John Lucas and four points behind Adrian Branch on his way up the ladder of career scoring leaders in school history. Vasquez has also become the only player in the amazing history of the ACC ever to record at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds in his career.
Junior guard Cliff Tucker hit the game-winning 3-point shot at the buzzer for the Terrapins in last Saturday's win over Georgia Tech. It was the first time a Terrapin has hit a buzzer-beater to win a game since Drew Nicholas canned a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat UNC Wilmington in an NCAA Tournament first-round game in March 2003. Nicholas' heroic shot lifted the Terps to a 75-73 win over UNC Wilmington in that game.
Freshman forward Jordan Williams fell one point away from recording three straight double-doubles last week. He had 11 points and 11 boards against Virginia, 19 points and 11 rebounds at NC State and ended the week with nine points and a dozen rebounds against Georgia Tech. Williams is now averaging 8.2 rebounds per game this season, having moved up to fifth in the league in rebounding.
Maryland enters this week's games among national leaders in several statistical categories. The Terps are fifth in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 37.4 percent from the floor. Maryland is 11th in scoring margin at 13.2 points per game, 15th in assists per game (16.4) and 16th in assist-turnover ratio (1.36).
Scouting the Tigers
In the first game between the Terps and Tigers, junior center Jerai Grant finished with 18 points and a dozen rebounds, while senior forward Trevor Booker also had a double-double with 10 points and 16 boards... Andre Young had 12 points and seven steals for Clemson. Jordan Williams had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead Maryland, which shot 35 percent from the floor in the game...
Clemson has won three straight, all at home, and four of its last five in a stretch that began with the win over Maryland on Jan. 31... The lone loss in that string was a 70-59 defeat at Virginia Tech on Feb. 6...
Clemson is 4-4 away from Littlejohn Coliseum this season, including a 1-4 mark in ACC games away from home... The Tigers' lone win on the road in a league game came in a 73-70 triumph at NC State on Jan. 16...
Booker continues to lead the Tigers with a 15.3 points per game scoring average and an 8.2 rebounds per game average... A strong inside threat, Booker has already gone to the foul line 133 times in 26 games this season...
Junior point guard Demontez Stitt is the other Clemson player scoring in double figures, averaging 10.6 points per game... Stitt missed the previous game against the Terps with an injury.