Nov. 30, 2010
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MARYLAND (5-2) AT PENN STATE (5-1)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 9:15 p.m. ET
Game #8 Road Game #1 University Park, Pa. Bryce Jordan Center
ACC / Big Ten Challenge
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst)...
Flagships - WJZ-FM (105.7) / WJZ-AM (1300) / ESPN980 (D.C.)
Television: ESPN2 - Beth Mowins (Play-by-Play) and Mike Kelley (Analyst)
Maryland opens December with its first game in a hostile arena when it travels to Penn State for a matchup in the 12th annual ACC / Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins have played two games away from Comcast Center thus far, both in Madison Square Garden in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Terrapins are riding a five-game winning streak in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and are 8-3 all-time in the series. The Terrapins have beaten Minnesota, Illinois twice, Michigan and Indiana since their last loss in the series, a 2004 defeat to Wisconsin.
Maryland is riding a two-game winning streak overall this season, having rebounded from their Madison Square Garden losses with victories last week over Delaware State and Elon. The Terps' only two losses came at Madison Square Garden to then-No. 4 Pittsburgh and then-No. 13 Illinois, with each being two-possession games in the final minute.
Sophomore center Jordan Williams continues his hot streak to open the season. He has five double-doubles in Maryland's first seven games is averaging a double-double at 17.4 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. He had 24 points and 13 boards in last Friday's 76-57 win against Elon.
Despite the relative proximity between the schools, the Terrapins are meeting the Nittany Lions in men's basketball for the first time since 1990.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State is 5-1 this season, having won all five home games but dropping a road contest at Ole Miss on Nov. 26... The Lions have beaten Lehigh, Saint Joseph's, Fairfield, Central Connecticut State and Furman...
In PSU's most recent game - a 70-49 victory over Furman - the Lions got 19 points from senior guard Talor Battle, who hit 8 of 12 from the floor and 3 of 5 from 3-point range... Battle leads Penn State in scoring so far this year at 18.3 points per game and has hit 15 3-pointers in six games (.385 behind the arc)...
Senior forward David Jackson had 16 points against Furman and comes into the Maryland game averaging 11.7 points per game... Jeff Brooks, a senior forward, averages 16.0 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game... Brooks is also shooting .673 from the floor this year...
Penn State's other two starters thus far have been 6-foot-10 senior Andrew Jones (5.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and sophomore guard Tim Frazier (3.8 ppg, 5.5 assists per game)...
The Nittany Lions are shooting an impressive .764 from the free throw line so far this year and are holding opponents to just 59.3 points per game on .388 shooting from the floor...
Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis is in his 8th year with teh Nittany Lions and his 15th season overall as a head coach.
Milestones, Streaks, etc.
Maryland has hit at least one 3-pointer in 394 consecutive games.
The Terps are 73-7 in non-conference games in Comcast Center... The Terrapins are on a 14-game winning streak at home.
Maryland has won 25 straight games when leading at halftime.
Maryland has won at least 19 games in 14 straight seasons.
The Terps have made 17 consecutive postseason appearances.
Maryland's last losing season came in 1992-93, the last season of devastating NCAA sanctions levied against previous staffs at Maryland... Each school in the ACC has had a losing season since the Terps fell below .500 some 15 seasons ago... In fact, 9 of the 11 ACC opponents have suffered through a losing season since the Terps won the NCAA title in 2002... Duke and UNC are the exceptions.