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It's hard for any team to bounce back after a really tough loss, but that loss to the U had to be particularly painful for Brownell and company. This team was able to bounce back earlier this season with wins in the games following heart-wrenching losses to Florida State and NC State, but a trip to College Park after such a tough loss against Miami is a very tall task for this Tiger team.
Maryland sits at 6th place in the ACC with a 6-7 mark. These guys play well enough at home to knock off Duke, but play bad enough on the road to lose to Boston College by double-digits. Mark Sturgeon has tweaked his starting lineup throughout the year, but sophomores Alex Len and Dezmine Wells have been constants all year.
Len uses his height to get his paws on anything that enters his airspace, as he's second in the ACC with 55 blocks on the year. Miami's Julian Gamble recorded a trio of blocks against us on Sunday, two at the expense of KJ McDaniels. KJ will have to be careful with Len lurking in the paint.
After being expelled from Xavier last year, Dezmine Wells is making the most of his second chance with the Terrapins. He leads the backcourt in scoring with 11.8 ppg, but he also makes poor decisions with the ball, as he turns the ball an average of 3 times per game.
Nick Faust (8 ppg) has started at guard for much of the year for the Terps, but has played a 6th-man type role in the last two contests after being replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Seth Allen (7.7. ppg).
I'm hoping that we come out with fire in our eyes in this one. It can be really tough to keep your head up after losing so many heartbreakers, especially when you don't have much left to play for, but this team needs to go out there and prove that it can compete on the road against a team with a pulse.
The game tips off Saturday at noon on ESPN2.