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Terps to challenge Hokies with transition offense

With its tough-to-handle transition offense, Maryland has become one of the most potent teams in the ACC. And that will put stress on Virginia Tech's low-scoring offense while challenging its defense.

The Terrapins are averaging a league-best 76.2 points in ACC games, and are also leading in field goal percentage (46.4) and average assists (16.3) in their conference games. By comparison, the Hokies rank fifth in scoring offense (68.9 points per game), 11th in field goal percentage (39.4) and last in assists (10.1).

Virginia Tech has not established much offensive flow this season, relying instead on a defense that has been mostly sound after being the focal point of Coach Seth Greenberg's message to his players. But when the Hokies fall behind, this also means it is hard for them to catch up.

The Hokies were able slow the pace and trade punches with Duke in a loss on Sunday in Durham, N.C. The Blue Devils have weapons but only received offensive production from their so-called big three -- Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith -- and only 4 points from everyone else on their roster.

If Maryland can use its transition offense to prevent Virginia Tech from setting much defense, it could be a long day for the Hokies. Virginia Tech cannot afford to let Maryland get out ahead otherwise it might not be able to catch up.

By Mark Viera  |  February 26, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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