Monday, January 15, 2007

Terps hit the road

Maryland travels to Charlottesville for a showdown with the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The loser of the game will drop to 1-3 in the ACC, but this is more of a must win for Virginia. They have more bad losses in their out of conference schedule and need to hold serve on their home court. Dropping to 9-7 overall will likely mean another trip to the NIT for the Wahoos. Virginia is in the midst of a three game losing streak after difficult road games at North Carolina and Boston College. They will be very motivated to play a Maryland team that has become their nemesis the last few years. In spite of Maryland's recent mediocrity they have won the last six games against Virginia. Clemson's Vernon Hamilton exposed some vulnerability to dribble penetrations and Sean Singletary will try to attack the heart of Maryland's defense. James Gist and Ekene Ibekwe need to continue their shot blocking prowess and keep from fouling Singletary, who is an excellent foul shooter. Maryland's strengths match up well with the Cavalier's weaknesses, but a great deal will come down to Maryland's perimeter defense and patience on offense.

Ekene Ibekwe is averaging 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in his last 5 games versus Virginia.

Efficiency ratings for Clemson game:

114.9 defense
124.9 offense

The 124.9 rating was the third highest offensive total of the season after only the record setting night against Missouri-Kansas City and the destruction of St. John's earlier in the year.

Weekly ACC Rankings

1. North Carolina
2. Boston College
3. Clemson
4. Maryland
5. Virginia Tech
6. Duke
7. Georgia Tech
8. Florida State
9. Virginia
10. NC State
11. Miami
12. Wake Forest

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