Maryland vs. North Carolina: Full Game Preview

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Maryland vs. North Carolina: Full Game Preview
Maryland
(14-3, 1-2 away)
North Carolina
(11-5, 8-2 home)
Venue: Dean E. Smith Center
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, January 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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

Maryland travels to Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday to take on North Carolina. Tip-off is at 12:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Terrapins are 2-5 against the Tar Heels over the last four years. They fell 85-69 on 3/9/2012, the last time they met.

Maryland is in 5th place in the ACC and North Carolina is in 8th. Both teams continue to fight for position.

In their last match-up, Alex Len finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds in the Terrapins 51-50 victory over NC State on January 16th. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 13.5 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and 2.1 blocks per game. For the Tar Heels, Reggie Bullock put up 12 points and 8 rebounds in the 77-72 win over Florida State on January 12th. He contributes 5.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 13.5 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, North Carolina performs well in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.0. This ranks 2nd in the conference and 17th in the country.

North Carolina StatSmack

  • Charles Mitchell is ranked 9th in the ACC in rebounds.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Maryland has come back to win after being down at half against North Carolina 5 times since 1996.
  • Maryland has a better scoring defense (59.3 allowed per game vs 69.9 allowed per game) than North Carolina this season.
  • It must sting. Maryland has blown out North Carolina by 20 points or more on 3 occasions since 2001.
  • The Maryland assist leader (Pe`Shon Howard) has more assists than the North Carolina assist leader (Dexter Strickland).
  • At least you keep showing up. Maryland has an average margin of victory of 11 over North Carolina in 22 wins since 1980.
  • Maryland is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Maryland is 218 lbs compared to 206 lbs for North Carolina.
  • Maryland allows fewer rebounds (29.5 allowed per game vs 38.5 allowed per game) than North Carolina this season.
  • Pe`Shon Howard is ranked 28th nationally in assists.
  • Maryland does a better job contesting shots (35.1% allowed vs 38.7% allowed) than North Carolina this season.
MARY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Alex Len 26 14 8 1 0 2 2
B Dezmine Wells 26 12 4 3 1 1 3
B- Nick Faust 24 9 4 3 1 0 2
C Seth Allen 22 8 2 3 1 0 2
C C. Mitchell 16 6 6 0 0 1 1
C James Padgett 18 6 4 1 0 0 1
C Pe`Shon Howard 24 4 3 5 1 0 2
C S. Cleare 14 5 3 0 0 0 0
C- Jake Layman 16 4 3 1 0 0 1
C- Logan Aronhalt 12 5 1 1 0 0 1
D John Auslander 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Conner Lipinski 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Jacob Susskind 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Spencer Barks 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
UNC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Reggie Bullock 28 13 6 3 1 0 1
B J. McAdoo 29 14 8 1 1 0 3
B P.J. Hairston 20 12 4 1 1 1 1
C+ D. Strickland 26 8 3 4 1 0 1
C+ Marcus Paige 26 7 2 4 1 0 3
C Brice Johnson 14 8 4 0 1 1 1
C Leslie McDonald 18 8 2 2 1 0 1
C- J.P. Tokoto 11 4 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Joel James 12 3 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Jackson Simmons 6 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Desmond Hubert 11 1 2 0 0 1 1
D James Manor 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Denzel Robinson 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Frank Tanner 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Luke Davis 6 1 0 2 0 0 0
D Wade Moody 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
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