Sunday night will be, yet another opportunity for the Hurricanes to take down a tough team in the ACC and start off conference play 3-0 for the first time since joining the league.
Last season, the 'Canes and Terrapins split the season series 1-1 with two very competitive games.
The home team won each meeting last season. Miami defeated the Terrapins 90-86 in a game that went to double overtime, while the Terrapins got the best of Miami in late-february by a final score of 75-70.
The excitement for Miami basketball is at an all-time high and are getting ready to take the ACC by storm. We expect the BUC to be loud and provide a home-court advantage, but until then, here are some numbers to prepare you for tomorrow night's game:
19: Durand Scott averaged 19 points per game against the Terrapins last season, including a terrific 24 point, 8 rebound, 7 assists performance in the team's double-overtime victory. Scott is leading the team in scoring at 14.4 per game, but Scott likes to play conference games, especially against Maryland. I expect Scott to come out shooting and put up similar numbers as he did last season against Maryland.
15.8: Miami will be looking to improve to 7-0 at the Bank United Center with a win, Sunday night. The Hurricanes have beaten their opponent by an average of 15.8 points in their 6-0 start at home. In that span, the team has averaged 76.1 PPG, while only allowing their opponents to score 59.8. The Terrapins, on the other hand, have only played one game away from home against the Northwestern Wildcats, winning 77-57.
13.6: Maryland has a lot of weapons on offense, but their best player is their 7-foot center out of the Ukraine, Alex Len. The Sophomore from the city of Antratsit is averaging 13.6 PPG this season, compared to his 6 PPG average from his freshman year. Len has shown a lot of skill around the rim and is shooting 56% from the floor. He's coming off a 15-point, 10 rebound performance in their loss to Florida State, in which he also fouled out.
42.8: Rebounding has been a concern since Reggie Johnson was sidelined with injury, but the team has yet to feel the presence on the boards. The Terrapins, however, are looking to change that. Maryland averages 42.8 rebounds per game and they are 6th in the nation in that department. They have four players averaging more than 4 rebounds per game, led by the aforementioned, Alex Len, which averages 8.2 a game. Coach L and the team has to be committed to crashing the boards, or it can be a huge problem for Miami, tomorrow night.
Extra note: The Hurricanes are 9-4 all-time against the Maryland as the home team, and the all-time series is at 12-8 in favor of Miami.