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Maryland concludes the home portion of the 2012-13 regular season when it plays host to North Carolina Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, the Terps will honor their two seniors, Logan Aronhalt and James Padgett. With snow in the forecast for Wednesday and with the Terps wearing "White Ops" Under Armour uniforms, Wednesday's game is being billed as a "White Out," with fans encouraged to wear white to the game.
|LIVE Coverage on ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
Wednesday's game will be broadcast on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. Dan Shulman (play-by-play) Dick Vitale (analyst) and Jeannine Edwards (sidelines) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Chris Knoche (analyst) and Walt Williams (sidelines) have the call.
Last Saturday, Maryland got its 20th win of the season with a 67-57 victory at Wake Forest. Dez Wells continued his strong play on the road by pouring in a game-high 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting. The sophomore is averaging 16.6 points per game in nine road contests this season and is tied with Alex Len for the overall team lead with 12.0 points per game.
For the first time since the Delaware State game on Dec. 29, Maryland used a starting lineup of Pe'Shon Howard, Nick Faust, Dez Wells, James Padgett and Alex Len. The Terps, who are 10-1 with that group starting, held Wake Forest to 32.7 percent shooting while recording a season-high 11 steals and forcing 18 turnovers. Maryland is allowing its opponents to shoot just 37.7 percent, which leads the ACC and ranks 10th nationally.
The Terps have been at their best at home this season, accumulating a 16-2 record including wins over then-No. 14 NC State on Jan. 16 and then-No. 2 Duke on Feb. 16. Maryland is shooting 50.5 percent in Comcast Center and averaging 17.5 assists per game, and four players are averaging at least 9.0 points per game: Alex Len (12.8), Seth Allen (9.3), Dez Wells (9.3) and Nick Faust (9.0).
Maryland-North Carolina Series History
Maryland trails the all-time series 57-119, which dates back to 1924. North Carolina has a 46-37 advantage in College Park, though Maryland has won six of nine at Comcast Center. The Tar Heels have won five straight overall in the series. Maryland's last win came on Feb. 7, 2010.
The series has seen a variety of streaks over the past 10 years. Maryland won five of six from 1/9/2002 to 1/14/2004, and then Carolina won five straight from 2/15/2004 to 2/26/2006. The Terps then won four of five from 2/25/2007 to 2/7/2010 before the Tar Heels started their current five-game winning streak.
SOLD OUT: Maryland's home finale vs. North Carolina is sold out. It is the fourth sell-out crowd of the season for the Terrapins. The games against Virginia Tech, NC State and Duke - all of which Maryland went on to win - were capacity crowds.
On the Run: at Wake Forest on Saturday, Maryland outscored the Demon Deacons 18-6 on the fast break. That marked the most points and the widest margin in fast break points for the Terps in ACC play.
Maryland has reached 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 now won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10. The exceptions are last season, Turgeon's first at Maryland, and 2006-07, his last at Wichita State. The Terps are one of six ACC teams to reach the 20-win mark; Miami, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and NC State also at least 20 wins.
Mark Turgeon's current winning percentage of .607 (37-24) is the best mark by a Maryland coach in his first two seasons. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage and Gary Williams had a .574 mark.
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 Layman and 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. 14/15 NC State, and No. 2/1 Duke.
The Terps are 19-1 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 7.7 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Scott Wood of NC State, makes one 3-pointer every 11.9 minutes on the floor.
At least eight players have scored in 26 of Maryland's 29 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 6-6 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 (56.9 of 71.1 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Maryland's top four scorers are underclassmen in sophomores Alex Len (12.3 ppg), Dez Wells (12.0 ppg) and Nick Faust (8.5 ppg) and freshman Seth Allen (7.4 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, 112 of 145 starts (77%) 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 (661), James Padgett (633), Faust (531) and Len (480).
Hitting the Mark
Maryland has assisted on 58 percent (441 of 766) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 27 of 29 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and rank second in the ACC with 15.2 per game. Maryland is 17-3 when recording at least 14 assists.
On average, Maryland has recorded 17.3 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 (.495) and Duke (.475). That marks also ranks 29th nationally. The Terps have shot above 40 percent in nine of the past 10 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 10th nationally in field goal percentage defense at .377. The Terps have held 17 of the last 25 opponents under 40 percent shooting, including 10 of 16 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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