Tar Heels set to take walk through College Park
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – The fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels
appear to be the class of the ACC, and they will take on the Maryland
Terrapins this evening in College Park.
North Carolina has won two straight games and four of the last five to
move to 24-4 overall and 10-3 in conference. On Wednesday, the Heels cruised
to an 83-64 decision over NC State, and their only three ACC losses have
come by a total of 10 points.
Maryland is making a serious push for an NCAA Tournament bid, as it has
won its last four games to move to 21-7 overall and 7-6 in league play.
All four victories during the current run have come by double figures,
including a 73-55 decision over Florida State the last time out.
The Tar Heels own a commanding 113-53 series lead over Maryland, including
an 81-57 romp over the Terps in the most recent meeting last season.
North Carolina is racking up 87.5 ppg on 50.4 percent shooting from the
floor, and it is limiting opponents to 67.0 ppg on 40.4 percent efficiency
from the field. The Tar Heels are outrebounding foes by nearly 10 boards
per contest, and they have shot a staggering total of 704 free throws in 28
outings. Tyler Hansbrough continues to put up big numbers, as the UNC
standout is averaging 18.6 ppg on 52.3 percent shooting from the field to
go along with 7.7 rpg. Brandan Wright checks in with 14.9 ppg and 6.4
rpg. Wayne Ellington is contributing 11.9 ppg, and Ty Lawson is posting
10.2 ppg and over five boards per tilt. The fact that Wright, Ellington and
Lawson are all freshmen is scary. Wright racked up 24 points on 9-of-12
shooting from the field in the win over NC State on Wednesday. Hansbrough
added 20 points for the Heels, who shot 50 percent from the field and earned
a commanding 41-23 rebounding advantage.
The Terps shot 8-of-14 from three-point range against Florida State
on Wednesday and finished with 23 assists against only nine turnovers. Also
worthy of mention is the fact that Maryland forced 16 giveaways and
limited the Seminoles to 34 percent shooting from the field. Bambale Osby
scored 15 points in only 18 minutes off the bench to pace the Terps in the
triumph. Mike Jones tallied 14 points, and James Gist pitched in 13
points. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was D.J. Strawberry with
10 points. Strawberry is averaging a team-high 14.7 ppg, and Gist is
netting 12.9 ppg to go along with 7.0 rpg and 60 blocked shots. Jones is
posting 12.5 ppg, and the balanced Maryland team is racking up 79.6 ppg
while limiting opponents to 66.9 ppg on 38.6 percent shooting.