Virginia vs. Maryland: Full Game Preview
|Virginia||J Harris 15.6||A Mitchell 9.0||J Evans 4.7|
|Maryland||A Len 12.6||A Len 8.0||P Howard 4.3|
On Sunday, Virginia visits Comcast Center to take on Maryland. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ACC Network. The Cavaliers are 4-4 against the Terrapins over the last four years. The last time they met (Mar. 4, 2012) they won 75-72.
Maryland is in fifth place in the conference and nipping at the heels of third place Virginia.
In a 78-41 dismantling of Clemson on Feb. 7, Joe Harris put up 21 points for the Cavaliers. With 15.6 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Terrapins, Dezmine Wells put up 8 points and 9 rebounds in the 60-55 win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 7. He is averaging 12 points per game and leads the team in steals with 0.9 per game.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, Maryland has the edge in two important areas. One concern is rebounding, where the Terrapins hold the advantage over the Cavaliers, 42 per game to 32 per game. Maryland also has an advantage in scoring, 71 points per game to 63 points per game.
At the same time, the Cavaliers turn the ball over less, with an average of 11 per game to 15 per game. Maryland will hope to exploit their strength in offensive rebounding percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 40.3 percent in this area ranks first in the conference and sixth in the country.
- Virginia has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Maryland (No. 3 vs. No. 28).
- A for effort, but Virginia has emerged victorious against Maryland the last three times they've played.
- Virginia has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Maryland this season (three vs. one).
- Virginia has come back to win after being down at half against Maryland four times since 1996.
- Darion Atkins is ranked 10th in the ACC in blocks.
- Virginia has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Maryland (No. 24 vs. No. 53).
- Virginia beat Maryland by 3 points the last time they played (Mar 04, 2012).
- Akil Mitchell is ranked 3rd in the ACC in rebounds and 10th in the ACC in steals.
- Virginia has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Maryland according to Kiplinger (85 percent vs. 63 percent).
- The Virginia three-point leader (Joe Harris, 51 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Maryland three-point leader (Logan Aronhalt, 37 three-pointers).
- Virginia is a better three-point shooting team (38.8 percent vs. 34.7 percent) than Maryland this season.