Where: Comcast Center, College Park, MD
When: Saturday, February 21st, 3:30 PM
Livestats: SCACC Hoops
Records: UNC: 24-2, 10-2 ACC; MD: 16-9, 5-6 ACC
Fear the Turtle?
Always given the way things have gone in this series lately. Despite the trouble Maryland has had the fact the Terps scored 91 points last time out and this game is on the road means it is as dangerous as any the Heels will play down the stretch. Maryland would love to pick off a top five win to make it 6-6 in the ACC and give them a fighting chance at still making the NCAA Tournament.
For UNC this is one of these games clearly in the "should win" column. Any road game in the ACC is fraught with peril. Any time UNC plays Maryland and Gary Williams there is the potential for the upset. The Heels comes into this game looking to get one step closer to clinching the ACC regular season title and setting the table for the postseason. In an ideal world a combination of two more Tar Heel wins and some rampant savaging of one another in the Muddled Middle could give the Heels first place by next weekend. That is the importance of this game for the Heels.
And I am not sure at this point it the regular season it really matters all that much how well the Heels play just as long as it results in a win. Roy Williams is probably looking for improvement, particularly on defense. Working Tyler Zeller back into the rotation is crucial and just continued consistent play from Ty Lawson both scoring and setting up the team as well as seeing another game from Tyler Hansbrough similar to what he brought versus NC State. In my opinion once those two get going the rest of the pieces fall into place mainly because it destroys opposing defenses to try and guard both.
In short show, don't get hurt, win and take the week to get ready for the stretch run.
UNC 92 MD 80