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The Fells Effect

There are some observers who believe the health of N.C. State guard Courtney Fells will play a large role in determining who wins tonight's matchup between the Wolfpack and the Terrapins. Fells missed his team's regular season finale because of a groin injury but is expected to play tonight.

Known for his defensive talents, Fells typically guards the opposing team's best perimeter player. He leads the team in steals (28) and is second in blocks (20). Earlier this week, he was named an honorable mention selection to the ACC all-defensive team.

Fells "is a big guard out there, real long and strong," Eric Hayes said. "He can cover a lot of space and so if he’s covering you, you may think you have a shot, but he’s long and he can get out there and contest shots and bother you there."

But Fells was healthy when the Terrapins played N.C. State on March 1, and despite Fells guarding Greivis Vasquez for most of the night, Vasquez scored 33 points.

While his approach to guarding Vasquez will not change, Fells said he will attempt to amplify his attentiveness and vigor when matched up against Maryland's top playmaker.

"Last time, I didn’t do a good job of just keeping [Vasquez] in front of me," Fells said. "I’m just going to fight him, be as aggressive as I can and try to frustrate him a little bit. I’m just going to try to get in his head a little bit. The right way. I’m not going to play dirty or anything. It’s just playing hard and playing smart and trying to keep him from making plays."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 12, 2009; 1:22 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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