Virginia vs. Maryland: Full Game Preview

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Virginia vs. Maryland: Full Game Preview
Virginia
(16-6, 2-5 away)
Maryland
(17-6, 15-1 home)
Venue: Comcast Center
1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT, February 10, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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, Maryland welcomes Virginia at Comcast Center. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. EST and you can see it on ACC Network. The Terrapins are 4-4 against the Cavaliers over the last four years. They lost 75-72 the last time they played (Mar. 4, 2012).

Maryland is in fifth place in the conference and has an opportunity to gain ground on third place Virginia.

In a 60-55 win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 7, Jake Layman put up 14 points and 5 rebounds for the Terrapins. He contributes 2.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 5.4 points per game. For the Cavaliers, Joe Harris put up 21 points in the 78-41 blowout of Clemson on Feb. 7. His 15.6 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

Maryland looks to have the advantage in two significant areas. The Terrapins have an edge in rebounding, 42 per game to 32 per game. In addition, Maryland has an advantage in scoring, 71 points per game to 63 points per game.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have fewer giveaways, 11 per game to 15 per game. Virginia ranks first in their conference in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.3 percent, which also places them 44th in the country.

Virginia StatSmack

  • Over the past 10 years, Maryland has had more players drafted by the NBA than Virginia (five vs. one).
  • Maryland has a potent offense, scoring more points (71.5 per game vs. 63.2 per game) than Virginia this season.
  • The Maryland assist leader (Pe`Shon Howard, 95 assists) has more assists than the Virginia assist leader (Jontel Evans, 61 assists).
  • Maryland has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (66.8 percent to 55.3 percent).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Maryland currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (970 to 939) than Virginia, per the NCAA.
  • Even computers respect Maryland more. Maryland has a better RPI this season than Virginia (RPI: No. 63 vs. No. 101).
  • Alex Len is ranked 4th in the ACC in rebounds and 2nd in the ACC in blocks.
  • Maryland has come back to win after being down at half against Virginia five times since 1997.
  • Diaper Dandies love Maryland. Maryland has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Virginia (14 vs. 10).
  • That must sting. Maryland has blown out Virginia by 20 points or more on four occasions since 2000.
  • Maryland is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Maryland is 78.5 inches compared to 77.1 inches for Virginia.
UVA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Akil Mitchell 30 13 9 2 1 0 2
B Joe Harris 31 16 4 2 1 1 2
C Justin Anderson 21 6 3 2 1 1 1
C Evan Nolte 21 7 3 1 1 1 1
C Darion Atkins 21 7 4 1 1 1 1
C Jontel Evans 25 3 2 5 1 0 2
C Mike Tobey 13 6 3 0 0 1 1
C- Paul Jesperson 26 4 2 1 1 1 1
D+ Teven Jones 18 3 1 2 1 0 1
D+ Caid Kirven 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
D Taylor Barnette 12 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Thomas Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Doug Browman 8 0 1 1 0 0 1
MARY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Alex Len 27 13 8 1 0 2 2
B Dezmine Wells 27 12 5 3 1 1 3
C+ Nick Faust 24 8 4 3 1 0 2
C C. Mitchell 16 6 6 0 0 1 1
C Seth Allen 21 7 2 2 1 0 2
C James Padgett 18 6 4 1 0 0 1
C Jake Layman 18 5 3 1 0 0 1
C Pe`Shon Howard 22 3 3 4 1 0 2
C S. Cleare 14 4 3 0 0 0 1
C- Logan Aronhalt 13 6 1 0 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
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