Terps prepare to head to Blacksburg
Virginia Tech will enter tomorrow's matchup against Maryland undefeated at home thus far this season. The Hokies are 14-0 this year at Cassell Coliseum and have never lost there to the Terrapins.
But Maryland will travel down to Blacksburg having won six of its last seven games. The Terrapins know full well how important home court advantage can be; they have not lost at home in ACC play this season either.
"I think it's a home court year in the ACC," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said. "But we've won before on the road, and you know, we know what you have to do to win because we've done it. You have to play very well. Most home courts go anywhere from seven to 15 points probably, in terms of an edge for a team. Hopefully we have a good home court here. Virginia Tech has a good home court. And we'll have to see how well we can play."
Maryland is 3-3 on the road this season in conference play.
When asked about the striking difference in Virginia Tech's play when on the road as opposed to at Cassell Coliseum, Williams said every team is better on its home floor. The Hokies, then, are no exception.
"You have to be able to handle that to win on the road," Williams said. "In other words, you know the team you're going to go play is going to play well. You can't let that bother you. You still have to put your game out there, and if it's good enough, you'll win."
One of Virginia Tech players Maryland will look to contain is junior guard Malcolm Delaney, who is averaging 21.8 points per game in ACC play. Williams said Delaney (6-foot-3, 190 lbs.) remined him a little bit of former North Carolina State guard Rodney Monroe, who played for the Wolfpack from 1987-91 and was named ACC player of the year in 1991 after averaging 27.0 points per game. During his playing days, Monroe was listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 lbs.
"He's a big scoring guard," Williams said of Delaney. "He knows how to score. It's not just shooting; it's scoring.There have been a lot of players that we've played against who've had the knack, the ability to score. We've had 'em. Juan Dixon was probably the ultimate where he was a scorer, not just a shooter."
February 26, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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