Date: 18 February 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Comcast Center, College Park, Md.
Television: CSN+ (What channel is CSN+? Find it here)
Spread: Maryland (-10.5)
FAST BREAK PREVIEW
What’s the best way to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss to an archrival? Hopefully by getting a win back at home. The ACC wouldn’t give Maryland a shot at Duke, NC State, or UNC at home, but head coach Mark Turgeon and the Terrapins get another North Carolina school on Tuesday night, Wake Forest.
Preview it below.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Dez Wells vs. foul trouble
Why does it always seem that Dez Wells is quiet in the first half, then carries the team on his back in the second, often times within a possession of victory? Typically it’s because he finds himself in foul trouble early and is forced to sit much of the first 20 minutes.
Maryland has an opportunity to seize control early on Tuesday night and Wells could be part of that. If he is aggressive in attacking the basket early, he will get to the line and should be the catalyst offensively for Maryland.
MARYLAND PLAYER TO WATCH
Damonte Dodd, center
Turgeon spoke glowingly about Dodd to the media on Monday following a strong performance against Duke in just seven minutes on the floor. Maryland’s problem all season has been an inability to stop a team from scoring once a player has penetrated into the lane.
For really the first time this year, Dodd changed that against Duke. In the same way that Alex Len solidified the defense last season, the freshman did the same on Saturday. He altered shots and changed the way Maryland was able to defend.
The question now is consistency. Turgeon vowed that if Dodd continues to be an asset defensively, the minutes will be there for him. Now he just needs to execute.
WAKE FOREST PLAYER TO WATCH
Devin Thomas, forward
At 6-9, 245 pounds, Thomas presents the biggest threat to Maryland on the interior. He is second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding, a player who scored in double digits all three times he played Maryland last season.
He’ll likely be the concern of Maryland’s Charles Mitchell defensively, who can match him in size and bulk in the paint.
INTANGIBLE TO CONSIDER
The NCAA t0urnament window continues to close and games like the one on Tuesday night are essential. Maryland needs high-quality wins, but it also can’t afford to lose to teams that it ought to beat. It ought to beat Wake Forest, especially at home.
And then the Terrapins need another win. And another. And another. And another.