Maryland vs. North Carolina: Full Game Preview
|Maryland||A Len 13.5||A Len 8.1||P Howard 5.0|
|North Carolina||J Michael McAdoo 14.4||J Michael McAdoo 8.1||M Paige 4.2|
North Carolina hosts Maryland at Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday. It gets started at 12:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Tar Heels are 5-2 against the Terrapins over the last four years. The last time they met (3/9/2012) they won 85-69.
North Carolina is in 8th place in the conference, Maryland is in 5th place.
The 23 points by P.J. Hairston helped the Tar Heels to a 77-72 victory over Florida State on January 12th. In addition to his 12.3 points per game, he is also chipping in 4.4 rebounds per game. For the Terrapins, Pe`Shon Howard put up 7 points and 5 rebounds in the 51-50 win over NC State on January 16th. He is averaging 3.8 points per game and leads the team in assists with 5.0 per game. Maryland will hope to exploit their strength in offensive rebounding percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 41.0 in this area ranks 1st in the conference and 10th in the country.
- North Carolina has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Maryland (#27 vs #44).
- North Carolina has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Maryland ($14,262 vs $20,256).
- Even computers respect North Carolina more. We have a better RPI this season than Maryland (RPI: #22 vs #78).
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. North Carolina has a stronger schedule than Maryland this season (SOS Rank: #44 vs #312).
- We just win. North Carolina has more wins over the last 5 years than Maryland (161 vs 112).
- North Carolina takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Maryland (8 vs 5).
- North Carolina has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Maryland (3 vs 0).
- The North Carolina scoring leader (James Michael McAdoo) has more points than the Maryland scoring leader (Alex Len).
- North Carolina has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Maryland ($17,000 vs $19,040).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, North Carolina has had more players drafted by the NBA than Maryland (16 vs 5).
- Diaper Dandies love us. North Carolina has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Maryland (64 vs 14).