GAME NOTES: The North Carolina Tar Heels have won three consecutive games, and will try for a fourth in a row that would be the team's longest win streak of the season, as they battle the Maryland Terrapins in Atlantic Coast Conference play at the Dean Smith Center.
Maryland has won two in a row and will seek for a third straight against the Tar Heels. The Terrapins made a statement Saturday by defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies 80-60 in an ACC battle.
The Tar Heels made it three wins in a row with an 84-70 victory over intrastate rival NC State Saturday. North Carolina, at 4-4 in conference play, sits well behind ACC leader Syracuse.
North Carolina has a gigantic lead in the all-time series between the two programs, 121-57. The last time these two programs met was in the ACC semifinals in March of 2013, which ended in a North Carolina 79-76 victory.
Dez Wells came off the bench to lead the Terrapins with 19 points in Saturday's 20-point drubbing of Virginia Tech. Maryland only led by eight at the halftime break, but took control in the second half behind 46.4 percent shooting from the floor. Seth Allen scored 16 points for Maryland, and Jake Layman and Nick Faust each tallied 10 points in the win. The Terrapins shot 51.8 percent from the field for the game.
Wells, who came off the bench for the first time all season long Saturday, leads the team in scoring this season with 15 ppg on 48.7 percent shooting from the floor. He's followed by Layman (12.5 ppg) and Evan Smotrycz (11.6 ppg) in the scoring department. Smotrycz leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 rpg, and Roddy Peters tops the squad with 61 assists on the year. The Terrapins are averaging 72.8 ppg this season.
North Carolina has been able to rebound from less than stellar play in the ACC at the start of conference matchups this season to even its record at 4-4, including the win over NC State Saturday. The Tar Heels jumped way out ahead at the midway break, 40-23, and didn't look back. Leslie McDonald paced North Carolina with 20 points, while James Michael McAdoo scored 16 and grabbed 13 rebounds for the double-double. Marcus Paige netted 15 points and Brice Johnson rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10.
Paige and McAdoo has set themselves apart from the rest of the team in scoring this season, as Paige tops the squad with 16.7 ppg and McAdoo at an even 15 ppg. Each is a leader in other respective categories on the stat sheet as well. Paige leads the Tar Heels with 92 assists on the year, while McAdoo is the leading rebounder at 6.7 rpg. McDonald is the third and final double-digit scorer for the Heels, netting 12.3 ppg this season.
The fact that the Tar Heels have been able to bounce back and even their conference record isn't overly surprising, especially with the stellar guard play this season. North Carolina is in prime position to extend its win streak to four in a row.
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