Where: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
When: Tuesday, February 3rd, 8:00 PM
TV: Raycom Regional
Livestats: SCACC Hoops
Records: UNC 19-2, 5-2 ACC; Maryland 14-7, 3-4 ACC
UNC has lost two straight to Maryland.
You would think that streak comes to a quick end this evening considering Maryland has devolved into basically a one man team. Think I am kidding? The Terps leader in points, assists and rebounds is Greivis Vasquez. He is also the team leader in steals, turnovers and asinine statements to the media which included saying something about Cameron being "his house" prior to the Duke game. Not fundamentally very bright on his part but someone should tell him not to make any such claims about the RBC Center or Ben McCauley might pop him.
But I digress.
Maryland showed signs of life early in the season when they smacked Michigan State right before UNC did the same thing to the Spartans. Maryland also beat Michigan and things were looking good for the Terps until they lost to Morgan State. Anytime you have a MEAC school on your schedule and a "L" next to it, there is a good chance your season is not going to end well. And that has been the case for the most part. The level of craptitude peaked with the debacle at Cameron that saw Maryland down 63-20 at one point. Maryland did snag a win over Miami this past weekend and on more than a few occasions have played well in Chapel Hill, including last season. There is also the matter of Gary Williams job security which is allegedly fine according to his AD Debbie Yow. Then again an AD's "vote of confidence" is tantamount to them filling out the termination notice but not signing it. In other words Maryland has plenty to play for and shown a knack for playing their best game against UNC.
That basically means UNC needs to do what Duke did and throttle the Terps in a way, Gary actually stops sweating. And honestly that is exactly what should happen. If Maryland's PG is their leading rebounder at 5.9 boards per game, that tells me there are slim pickings on the interior for the Terps. Tyler Hansbrough, Deon Thompson and Ed Davis should be able to do about what they want to. Maryland's guard play is what will keep them in it, if they can manage to stay in it but if Ty Lawson remembers how things went last season I am betting he would love to go out and own Vasquez. At any rate, the Heels should roll and anything else is probably going to be a disappointment.
UNC 105 Maryland 67