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Three things to watch: Rebounding, Hayes, shooting percentages

A little less than seven hours remain until tip-off for tonight's Maryland-Florida State match-up. The Terrapins are looking to regain some momentum after Sunday's loss at Clemson, while the Seminoles are looking to build off their recent win over Boston College. Here are a few things to keep track of while watching the game:

1) Rebounding (in a double entendre sense). Literally, it will be important for Maryland to attack the boards with the same vigor it did the first time it played Florida State back on Jan. 10. On that day, the Terrapins out-rebounded a Seminoles squad with superior frontcourt size thanks to a group effort that included significant contributions on the glass from Landon Milbourne, Jordan Williams, Sean Mosley, Dino Gregory and James Padgett. Florida State is one of the top rebounding units in the conference, so if the Terrapins can take away that advantage, it will bode well for their chances for victory. Figuratively, Maryland is looking to recover from a lackluster showing at Clemson on Sunday in which its ball-handling and execution were sloppy.

2) Eric Hayes. The senior guard made 5 of 6 three-point attempts against Florida State on Jan. 10 and finished with 17 points. Hayes, Maryland's best long-range shooter, would appear well suited to thrive against the Seminoles, who do not defend the perimeter particularly well. If Hayes can get into an offensive rhythm early and the Terrapins can force Florida State to pay more attention to guarding the three-point line, that will spread out the Seminoles' interior defense and create more room to operate in the lane.

3) Shooting percentages. Florida State and Maryland rank No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, in the nation in field goal percentage defense, which means it is not likely that tonight's contest will be a high-scoring affair. The Seminoles are allowing their opponents to shoot 36.2 percent from the field, while the Terrapins are holding their opponents to 37.0 percent shooting from the field. This might not be like Sunday's game against Clemson when neither team scored 65 points, but it won't be a shoot-out, either. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score more than 64 points in its past five games.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 4, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
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Like the 9pm start - kids out of my hair and not whining about me watching the Terps again. The formula last time was to go straight to the hole and get their bigs in foul trouble. Hopefully that will play out on their turf. I saw Barno post the lifetime record against the Noles. Am I mistaken or were we swept by them last year? I know we dropeed a game on their home court. That said, am looking forward for a Terps road victory tonight.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 4, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't expect to read about it in the Terrapins Insider, but the football schedule is finally out. In what I think is a stupid move, the MD-Navy game is on the same day as the Vtech-Boise game.

Posted by: mcmelton | February 4, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Is the Vtech-Boise game the one at Fedex? If so, good. Less money to $nyder. Maybe.

Ok, so in a blatant attempt to restart the era of good feelings on this board from a week ago, I will put this issue out there - what is the best home game you have ever seen live at Cole or Comcast? Am torn between UVA senior night (Earl Badu's moment) during the NC run and Branch 40+ vs. Jordan-Worthy-Perkins-Hale.

pray tell.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, we only played them once last year. It was a close one that we should have won. And even though Gary traditionally owns FSU, I'm still very nervous about this game. I think this game will make or break whether we are serious about winning the ACC this year. Win this one and we're 5-2 with back to back home games coming up. Lose it and we're 4-3 and the UNC game becomes must-win.

Huge, huge game.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 4, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so in a blatant attempt to restart the era of good feelings on this board from a week ago, I will put this issue out there - what is the best home game you have ever seen live at Cole or Comcast? Am torn between UVA senior night (Earl Badu's moment) during the NC run and Branch 40+ vs. Jordan-Worthy-Perkins-Hale.

pray tell.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, that's a very tough call. 7 games come to mind.

-Aformentioned senior night against UVA in 01/02 season,

-The win over Duke that same year with the Blake steal before halftime and the loudest roar I've ever witnessed at any sporting event

-The win over UNC in OT last year that saved our season

-(doubt many will remember this one) the ridiculous 20 pt comeback vs Nc State in the 99/00 season fueled by a career high from Lonnie (it was the only time I can recall rushing the court against a team not name Duke or UNC). That game his sophomore year signaled that Lonnie B officially had arrived.

-The OT win over UNC in winter 97, where Mike Mardesich dropped a double double (first and last of his career) after Ekezie fouled out.

-The game against Wake and Josh Howard in 03 with first place in the ACC on the line, that came after the 2+ feet of snow was dropped on the region and they let any student come in and watch. Hoping they do the same on Sunday against UNC.

-The win over Duke the year after we won the national title. Randle grabbed 17 boards and Juan Dixon was on the sidelines coaching up Drew Nichalas, we demolished the number 1 team in the nation (we were up by almost 30 at one point late in the game).

Every one of those was unique and pretty special in their own way. I couldn't rank them if I tried.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 4, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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