Terps Face First True Road Test
Maryland’s only two games on the road this season have been at a neutral site (New York’s Madison Square Garden, for November’s Coaches vs. Cancer benefit). On Wednesday, the 2010-11 Terps (5-2) learn what it’s like to play in a hostile arena when they take on Penn State (5-1) at the Bryce Jordan Center.
It’s another step in the evolution of the relatively young team, which has enjoyed spirited support from its fan base at Comcast Center in the season’s early-going (apart from an understandably tepid turnout the day after Thanksgiving). And it’s the first meeting between the teams since 1990. They have split games to date, 8-8.
Penn State is perfect at home this season (beating LeHigh, Saint Joseph’s, Fairfield, Central Connecticut State and Furman) but lost its only road game, at Mississippi, 84-71.
Senior guard Talor Battle paces the scoring (18.3 points per game) and poses a particular threat from beyond the arc. The Nittany Lions have two players from Maryland: junior guard Cammeron Woodyard of Westminster, who comes off the bench, and redshirt freshman Jonathan Graham (a 6-8 forward) of Baltimore, whose father, former Maryland standout Ernest Graham, helped lead the Terps to the 1980 ACC title and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Ernest Graham scored 44 points for the Terps against N.C. State in 1978 and was picked in the third round of the 1981 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Wednesday’s game, which is part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, is scheduled to tip off at 9:15 p.m.
| December 1, 2010; 8:28 AM ET
Categories: Gary Williams, Men's basketball | Tags: Ernest Graham, Maryland basketball, Penn State, Talor Battle
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