Maryland vs. Virginia: Full Game Preview
|Maryland||D Wells 12.2||A Len 8.1||P Howard 3.8|
|Virginia||J Harris 17.1||A Mitchell 8.9||J Evans 5.0|
On Sunday, Maryland travels to John Paul Jones Arena to take on Virginia. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Terrapins lost to the Cavaliers 80-69 on Feb. 10 and are 4-5 against them over the last four years.
Maryland is in sixth place in the ACC and would love to gain ground on Virginia, who sit in fifth place.
In their last outing, despite 18 points and six rebounds from Dezmine Wells, the Terrapins fell to North Carolina 79-68 on Mar. 6. He leads the team with 12.2 points per game. For the Cavaliers, Akil Mitchell finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the 53-51 loss to Florida State on Mar. 7. He averages 13.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 8.9 rebounds per game. When considering the Four Factors, Virginia performs well in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.8. This ranks first in the conference and 28th in the country.
- AP voters think more highly of Maryland and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Virginia (67 vs. 27).
- Over the past 10 years, Maryland has had more players drafted by the NBA than Virginia (five vs. one).
- Maryland has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Virginia (five vs. two).
- Alex Len is ranked 5th in the ACC in rebounds and 2nd in the ACC in blocks.
- Maryland has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (66.6 percent to 55.3 percent).
- Maryland has an average margin of victory of 10 over Virginia in 35 wins since 1980.
- Diaper Dandies love Maryland. Maryland has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Virginia (14 vs. 10).
- Maryland players are more experienced than Virginia players (13,054 minutes played vs. 11,755 minutes played).
- Maryland has come back to win after being down at half against Virginia five times since 1997.
- 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.