Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr TarHeelIllustrated.com Staff
North Carolina fans won't get the chance to see their
favorite team get a third crack at arch-rival Duke.
That's because Maryland took care of the Blue Devils Friday
night with an 83-74 quarterfinal victory.
UNC beat Florida State 83-62 Friday night to advance.
The Tar Heels will take on the Terrapins in the ACC tournament
semifinals on Saturday.? They will go up against a team
fighting for its postseason life.? Maryland wasn't given a
strong chance to make the NCAA tournament heading into this week but
after strong performances against Wake Forest and Duke, Maryland is
looking to snag an at-large bid if they don't win the conference
tournament to secure an automatic bid.
North Carolina already owns two wins over Maryland from the
regular season.? They should be familiar with the northern
school because they just played them a little over a week ago.
Maryland at a glance Location: College Park,
Maryland Nickname: Terrapins, Terps Colors: Red, White, Black & Gold Conference: ACC Arena: Comcast
(17,950) 2011-2012 Record: 17-15
(6-10) Last Game: W 83-74 vs.
Duke on Mar 15, 2013 in Greensboro, N.C. Last Game vs. UNC: L 79-68
on Mar 6, 2013 in College Park More on the Terrapins: Schedule
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Dez Wells has been sensational in Greensboro so
He dropped 21 points against Wake Forest Thursday night and
followed it up with a 30 point outing against Duke.
Wells is on his way, should Maryland make a miracle run to a
title, to being named the most impressive player of this year's ACC
While his scoring has been impressive it's his efficiency that's
been incredible.? Wells shot 69 percent against Duke and 70
percent against Wake Forest.? He's only missed one free throw
(15-16) and connected on all four of his three-point attempts.
Wells was the leading scorer for Maryland in both of the previous
games against UNC and there isn't any indication he will slow down
P.J. Hairston was the driving force behind UNC's win over
Florida State Friday night.
He scored 21 points and was 5-6 from beyond the arc.?
Hairston left the game late with a laceration on his hand and it
remains to be seen how that will affect his ability to play
UNC needs Hairston on the court.
Hairston's insertion into the line-up has turned UNC into a
completely different ball club.? With him on the court, it
spaces the floor for his teammates and has opened up everyone else's
Hairston scored 22 points and hauled in eight rebounds during the
March 6 game at College Park. If there is anyway Hairston can go,
there should be no doubt that the Greensboro native will be on the
court hoisting shots against the Terrapins.
North Carolina's leading scorer for the year has been playing
through a back injury and will continue to do so for as long as the
McAdoo fouled out of the game Friday night and the injury no
doubt affected his defensive technique but not his hustle.?
McAdoo dove to the court early in the game, a sure sign of his
toughness even if he isn't at full strength.
North Carolina is pretty short-handed on the inside, lacking
experience and talent in that department, so even though McAdoo is
injured, UNC can't afford a dip in his production.
Maryland's Alex Len should see plenty of touches inside
as Maryland looks to take advantage of the weakened Tar Heels
Scoring:? Dez Wells (13.0
PPG) Alex Len (11.8 PPG)
? Rebounding:? Alex Len (8.0 RPG)
Charles Mitchell (5.4 RPG)
? Assists: Pe'Shon (3.7 APG)
Dez Wells (3.1 APG)
? Last starting line-up for Maryland (against
? C - Alex Len G/F - Dez Wells G/F - Jake Layman
G - Pe'Shon Howard G - Nick Faust