Saturday, December 26, 2015

#4 Terps Welcome Marshall on Sunday

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 4 Maryland men’s basketball team returns from holiday break for a tilt with Marshall on Sunday at 4 p.m. at XFINITY Center.
WATCH: BTN - Cory Provus (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

LISTEN: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (PxP), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline) -SiriusXM Channel 84/84, ESPN 980 AM, 105.7 FM

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Storylines
Jake Layman scored a season-high 19 points and Robert Carter fueled a second-half surge that enabled Maryland to pull away to an 82-61 victory over Princeton in the Terps’ last outing on Dec. 19. Sophomore Jaylen Brantley scored a career-high 14, Carter added 12 and Diamond Stone and Rasheed Sulaimon each scored 11 for the Terrapins. Melo Trimble contributed seven points and 10 assists.

• Maryland is second in the Big Ten and third nationally in field goal percentage, shooting at a .535 clip for the 2015-16 season. The Terps have shot 50 percent or better from the floor in eight of 11 games and in seven of their last eight outings. Robert Carter leads Maryland is ranked fifth in the league with a .614 field goal percentage.

Melo Trimble racked up 10 assists in Maryland’s win over Princeton on Saturday night in Baltimore. It was the second time this season that the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year recorded double-digit assists, after notching a career-high 12 at North Carolina earlier this season. Last season, Trimble led the Terps with 106 assists as a rookie. As a sophomore, the Upper Marlboro, Md., native already boasts 63 through 11 games. Rasheed Suliamon provided the Terps with a third double-digit assist game when he racked up 10 in a win over UMES on Dec. 12.

• Maryland is the only team in the Big Ten to have five players averaging 10 or more points per game. Melo Trimble (15.0), Robert Carter (12.5), Jake Layman (11.3), Diamond Stone (10.7), and Rasheed Sulaimon (10.5) are all averaging double-figure scoring this season.

Scouting Marshall
• Marshall (4-8) has won four its last six games, but dropped its last contest to Grand Canyon, 85-81, on Dec. 23.

• The Herd is led by James Kelly, who is averaging a team-high 17.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Marshall has four players posting double-figure scoring including Ryan Taylor (14.8), Stevie Browning (11.6), and Austin Loop (11.1).

• Maryland and Marshall are all tied up at 2-2 in the all-time series. The Terps have won the last two meetings between the two programs.