The Teams: Stony Brook Seawolves (8-2) vs. Maryland Terrapins (9-1)
The Time: 8:00 PM
The Place: Comcast Center – University of Maryland
TV/Radio: Streamed on ESPN3 and 92.7 FM
After nine days off for exams the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team gets back after it tonight at the Comcast Center as they put their undefeated home record and nine game winning streak on the line against the 8-2 Seawolves of Stony Brook University.
The Seawolves will present a tougher test for the Terrapins than the bulk of the non-conference schedule Maryland has played up until this point of their schedule. While not a high major program the Seawolves only have two losses on the season, a two point defeat which they later avenged to Sacred Heart and an 11 point loss at Connecticut. Stony Brook may not have the same talent level across the board that Maryland does but they are more than capable of giving the Terrapins a game should Maryland not show up ready to play this evening.
Once again, Maryland will find themselves with a major size advantage tonight. The Seawolves tallest starter and main contributor, Jameel Warney is a 6’8″ 255 lb freshman that will have his hands full with Alex Len and the rest of the Terrapins front line. Should the Maryland big men contain Warney, Stony Brook’s second leading scored at just under 12 PPG, the Terrapins should be able to roll in this one. Stony Brook’s starting backcourt just doesn’t possess the kind of firepower that would be necessary to pull off the upset on the road tonight.
Terps Player To Watch: Dez Wells
Since I am confident in the big’s ability to dominate this game in the paint tonight the player I think all Terrapins fans should watch is none other than Dez Wells. Wells has been a spark plug to this team since he was declared eligible days before the season opener, with his ability to make plays above the rim I expect Wells to provide the Comcast Center faithful with plenty of highlight reel worthy plays this evening.
Seawolves Player To Watch: Anthony Jackson
The 6’0″ junior guard is leading the Seawolves in scoring as well as three pointers made this season. Stony Brook will need an immense effort out of Jackson tonight in order to have a chance in this one. As long as the Terrapins keep a hand in his face on defense and not allow Jackson to get a feel from the beyond the arc Maryland should be in good position to grab their tenth straight win.
Prediction: Maryland – 79 Stony Brook – 58