Maryland's first home game of the young 2013-2014 basketball season tips off on Wednesday when the Terps host Abilene Christian at the Comcast Center at 7:00 PM. The Terps have won their last 35 home openers, with their last home opener loss coming in 1976 against Notre Dame at Cole Field House. Mark Turgeon has never lost a home opener in his career, going a perfect 15-0. That mark will probably improve to 16-0 after Wednesday's game.
Wednesday's game is essentially a time for Maryland and head coach Mark Turgeon to finalize his rotation, allow players to refine their roles on the team this season, and prep for their next game against Oregon State on Sunday. But, we'll still take a quick peak at Abilene Christian.
Tell me a little about Abilene Christian:
Abilene Christian, known as the Wildcats, is located in Abilene, Texas, about two hours west of Fort Worth. They're part of the Southland Conference, which includes Oral Roberts and Texas A&M - CC, and this is their first year transitioning to D1. The Wildcats have already played two games this season, losing the first to Duquesne, 94-75, and the second to St. Bonaventure, 75-47.
In their first two games as a member of D1, the Wildcats have been starting three guards and two forwards, led by by junior guard Harrison Hawkins, who put up 26 points in their first game but struggled in Monday's contest against St. Bonaventure, when he only scored two points. LaDarrien Williams, a 5'10" junior guard from Austin, TX is averaging 12 points per game so far this season. Their third leading scorer is another guard, 6'1" junior Julian Edmonson, who is averaging 11.5 points per game. The Wildcats also start two forwards, 6'7" sophomore Austin Cooke and 6'10" forward Jacob Lancaster, although junior Alexsander Milosavljevic played much more in the Wildcat's last game on Monday.
For games like this, we won't be going into too much detail about the opposition. The Wildcats definitely have a few talented players, but Maryland should have this game wrapped up early and allow them to give freshman Roddy Peters plenty of time at the point guard spot, moving Dez Wells off the ball to the two-guard. Realistically, with Maryland's size, quickness, talent, and depth, this game will be wrapped up by midway through the first half. Expect Maryland's bench to clear as the Terps win in a cakewalk, 90-40.