Game 12: Men’s vs. Maryland (BB&T Classic at Verizon Center)
After a 10 day layoff (their longest of the season), the Colonials (3-1) will take the court against the Maryland Terrapins (5-2) in the second game of the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on Sunday night at 7:30. This is the 67th meeting between the teams and the ninth meeting at the BB&T Classic. Here are some game notes.
Maryland leads the all-time series against GW 35-31…The all-time series at the BB&T is split 4-4 between the teams but GW has a 4-2 edge in games played at the Verizon/MCI Center…While GW has been idle for 10 days following their 70-64 win against UMBC on Nov 26, Maryland has played four games in a difficult stretch that has included an 80-62 win against #5 Michigan State in the first round of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando…The Terrapins then dropped their next two games in the tournament losing to #9 Gonzaga and #16 Georgetown…Maryland is a perfect 4-0 at home…The Terrapins are 13-9 all-time at the BB&T Classic…The Terrapins have made the post-season for the past 15 seasons and 7 sweet sixteens in the past 15 years…6-6 Junior Guard Greivis Vasquez leads the team in 11 categories including minutes (33), field goals (43), field goal attempts (101), 3-point field goals (10), 3-point field goal attempts (36), free throws (29), free throw attempts (33), rebounds (6.1 per game), assists (4.9 per game), steals (2 per game), and points (17.9 per game)…Maryland has the third best record in the ACC over the last 10 years behind North Carolina and Duke…The Terrapins lead the ACC in team free throw percentage at 79.6% while the Colonials are last in the Atlantic 10 at 60%.
The game is set to tip at 7:30 from the Verizon Center. Listen here to Jordan Teller and Dave Earl’s call on WRGW starting with the pre-game show at 7:10. Listen here to the broadcast on Federal News Radio with George Wallace and myself, Greg Shapiro. Check back for news and results later.
Among other factors, the long 10-day layoff seemed to leave the Colonials offense completely stagnant while Maryland’s accurate shooting all night led them to a 76-53 victory at the Verizon Center. The team now has another 6-day layoff before playing Harvard at the Smith Center on December 13.