What: Maryland hosts 8-2 Stony Brook after a nine-day break.
When and Where: 8:00 in the Comcast Center, College Park, Md.
Where to Watch: ESPN3.
Line: None yet
Notes / Storylines
And we're back. It's been a while (nine days for Maryland, 13 for me), but we're back in business. Looks like the Terps handled themselves just fine against Monmouth.
Rebounding/assists. Maryland is no longer tops in the country in both categories, but they are still in the top five. As non-conference season winds down, we'll see if the Terps can keep it up.
Rotation. Mark Turgeon has continued to talk about shortening the rotation for ACC play, but Maryland is still using ten men. Frankly, I'm fine with that, but I also trust Coach Turge enough to believe in whatever he has planned. It's likely he'll still use the ten players tonight, but it's important to look and see.
Nick Faust. After a slow start to the year, Faust has recovered nicely. He's been consistently in double-digits all year, but has only shot 50% or above in three games - two of them coming in his last three outings. He scored a season-high 16 against Monmouth, with yearly highs in field goals (five), three pointers (three) and steals (two, tied).
John Auslander. The big man, who has played in four games this season, averaging 1.3 points per game, is out for the year. Get better soon John.
Long rest. With nine days off, Maryland could be rusty against one of their best non-conference opponents this year. Their energy at the beginning of the game will speak to their chances tonight.
The Opponent (An Overview)
For those of you who somehow think my previews have some effect on the outcome of the game - yes, Stony Brook is probably too good to be a cupcake. I, on the other hand, wanted to use the headline. We good?
Stony Brook has a very good defense, ranked 81st in the country in adjusted D by KenPom, and has given up more than 64 points only twice this season (a win against Canisius and a loss against UConn). Other than UConn, their only other loss this year was one of the two-point variety against Sacred Heart (who they just beat by five), and their most impressive win is against Canisius, ranked 109th in the country by Ken Pom (Stony Brook is 100th).
The Seawolves have a balanced scoring attack led by four starting upperclassmen and one stand-out freshman. Anthony Jackson, a junior, starts at point guard and has averaged a team-high 13.2 points per game. This has been in part due to a significant uptick in his three-point shots - he's shooting around his usual 40% clip, but is taking almost three shots from beyond the arc per game.
At shooting guard is Dave Coley, a junior who is a fairly good three-point shooter in his own right (37.5% this season). He's averaging 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The heart and the soul of the team, however, is senior forward Tommy Brenton. Brenton, a fourth-year starter, leads the team in rebounds (8.5 per game), assists (4.8 per game), steals (2.2 per game), and is averaging 7.7 points per game.
At power forward is junior Eric McAllister, who averages just 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in the least amount of playing time for any of the starters. At center is freshman Jameel Warney, who has averaged 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds with 1.4 blocks per game.
Expected Starting Fives:
|Maryland||Stony Brook Seawolves|
|Pe`Shon Howard (Jr., 6-2)||Anthony Jackson (Jr., 6-0)|
|Dez Wells (So., 6-5)||Dave Coley (Jr., 6-2)|
|Nick Faust (So., 6-6)||Tommy Brenton (Sr., 6-5)|
|James Padgett (Sr., 6-8)||Eric McAlister (Jr., 6-8)|
|Alex Len (So., 7-1)||Jameel Warney (Fr., 6-8)|
Matchup to Watch:
Faust against Brenton. Faust has come on strong recently, and he'll have a handful defensively against Brenton, who seems to operate as a point forward.
I think a Gary Williams team loses this game. I think a Mark Turgeon team doesn't. Maryland 72, Stony Brook 60.