Tuesday, February 3, 2015

#17 Terps Welcome Penn State Wednesday

The Terps are 13-1 at home this season.
Courtesy Maryland Athletics - The Terps are 13-1 at home this season.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 17 Maryland men’s basketball team returns home for a game against Penn State Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the XFINITY Center.

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• D’Angelo Russell posted 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds as Ohio State upended then-No. 16 Maryland, 80-56, at Value City Arena on Jan. 29. Dez Wells and Jake Layman posted 12 and 10 points, respectively, to lead Maryland, which struggled from the floor, shooting 30.5 percent on the night. Layman added a team-high three assists and six rebounds. Wells scored nine points in the first half as the Terps trailed 34-26 at the break. Evan Smotrycz added eight points and six rebounds in a season-high 23 minutes for Maryland.

• Maryland is 13-1 in the friendly confines of the XFINITY Center this season, with its lone loss coming to top-five ranked Virginia on Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terps are outscoring opponents by an average of 13.7 points per game at home while posting 74 points per contest in College Park. Melo Trimble is averaging a team-high 16.5 points per game at home and has taken 100 of his team-high 153 free throw attempts in XFINITY Center.

• Maryland is 3-0 following a loss this season. Melo Trimble notched 27 points to lead the Terps to a last-second victory against Northwestern after falling to then No. 23 Indiana on the road Jan. 22. Four Terps scored in double-figures, led by Jake Layman’s 14 points, in a 69-60 win at Purdue on Jan. 10 after falling to Illinois on the road Jan. 7. The Terps rebounded with a 20 point-win over Winthrop after falling to Virginia on Dec. 3. Layman scored a then season-high 21 points.

Free throw shooting has been a key cog in Maryland’s success this season. The Terps are 18-1 when making more free throws than their opponent. Maryland is averaging 19.3 made free throws during wins while knocking down 13.5 in its losses. Opponents are posting a mere 9.1 made free throws in Maryland victories but 16.0 in losses.

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Penn State, 9-7, including a 62-39 road victory on Dec. 1, 2010 in the last outing between the two programs. Maryland senior forward Jon Graham played at Penn State during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons after serving a redshirt season in 2010-11. He played in a total of 57 games, making 25 starts, and averaging 2.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Home Sweet Home
• Maryland is 13-1 in the friendly confines of the XFINITY Center this season, with its lone loss coming to top-five ranked Virginia on Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

• The Terps are outscoring opponents by an average of 13.7 points per game at home while posting 74 points per contest in College Park.

Melo Trimble is averaging a team-high 16.5 points per game at home and has taken 100 of his team-high 153 free throw attempts in XFINITY Center.
Scouting penn state
• Penn State fell to 14-8 overall with a 60-58 loss at Illinois its last time out on Saturday.

• Senior guard D.J. Newbill leads the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game. He posted 20 points on a team-high 14 attempts against Illini. The Nittany Lions boast wins against Rutgers and Minnesota in conference play this season. Penn State started the year 12-1 before embarking on its Big Ten slate. The Nittany Lions are 2-5 on the road.

• Maryland leads the all-time series, 9-7, including a 62-39 road victory on Dec. 1, 2010 in the last outing between the two programs.
Graham Faces Former Team
• Maryland senior forward Jon Graham will square off against his former school as the Terps take on Penn State on Wednesday.

• Graham was with the Nittany Lions for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons after serving a redshirt season in 2010-11. He played in a total of 57 games, making 25 starts, and averaging 2.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Meet the B1g: penn state
  • Final Four Appearances: One
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: Nine
  • Head Coach: Pat Chambers
  • Venue: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
  • Fact: The Nittany Lions captured the National Invitational Tournament crown in 2009 when the defeated Baylor 67-63 at Madison Square Garden
Get to know the big Ten conference
  • Big Ten has had seven First Team AP All-Americans over the last five years…same as ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Pac 12 COMBINED
  • Big Ten has had two of the past five Wooden Award winners
  • Big Ten has more NCAA Tournament appearances over last five years than any conference (31)
  • Big Ten has more Sweet 16 appearances over last five years than any conference (16)…SEC is second closest with 10
  • Big Ten leads all conferences with nearly 5 million alumni and more than 460,000 students.