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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Catching up with Wake Forest

By Liz Clarke

By all indications, Maryland (14-8, 4-4) should get its swagger back Saturday when struggling Wake Forest visits College Park for a 1 p.m. game at Comcast Center.

Since Maryland’s 74-55 victory over the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Jan. 12, Wake picked up its first conference victory under first-year ACC coach Jeff Bzdelik, winning 76-71 at Virginia.

But for the most part, things have gone south for the Deacons (8-14, 1-6), who tumbled to rock-bottom 12th in the ACC standings with their 85-61 loss at Florida State earlier this week. Wake turned the ball over 24 times in that game and scored just 19 first-half points.

Wake has suffered four ACC defeats since facing Maryland, falling by 29 points at Virginia Tech, by 35 points at Georgia Tech, by 24 points at home against Duke and by 24 points at Florida State.

That said, Wake has five players averaging double figures, with 6-7 freshman forward Travis McKie leading the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 pg).

Statistically speaking, here’s how the Deacons stack up against the Terps entering Saturday’s game:

Scoring offense: Wake, 69.2 points per game (10th in ACC)
Maryland, 76.0 ppg (third)

Scoring defense: Wake, 76.3 ppg (12th)
Maryland, 63.9 ppg (fifth)

Scoring margin, Wake, -7.0 ppg (12th)
Maryland, +12.1 (second)

Wake, however, holds a clear advantage in one statistical category:

Free throw shooting percentage: Wake, 74.5 (second)
Maryland, 64.6 (12th)

By Liz Clarke  | February 4, 2011; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  | Tags:  Maryland basketball, Wake Forest basketball  
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This game should be a complete domination of an inferior team. The Terps are playing far better than when they visited Winston Salem, where they were stagnant and confused against their 2-3 zone. The Terps are penetrating the ball with regularity, and moving much better whil running crisper sets. Wake only has their streaky 3-point shooting to fall back on, and will need to control the tempo to stay within striking distance.

I see Mychal Parker getting more than 4 minutes of time in this game and a focussed dismantling of the Deacons...88-52 Terps

Posted by: Russtinator | February 4, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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