Feb 10, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard Joe Harris (12) is fouled while dribbling the ball by Maryland Terrapins guard Seth Allen (4) as Terrapins forward Evan Smotrycz (1) defends in the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers won 61-53. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Some Virginia Pregame Thoughts


  • It’s been well-documented that this is Maryland’s final regular season game as a member of the ACC. As an original charter member 61 years ago, the Terrapins have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success while playing in the conference. The 2002 national title run was one that no Terp fan will ever forget. Unfortunately for the Terps, the ACC made their decision on how they feel about Maryland when they assigned Pittsburgh as our newest rival. That would the decision to move to the B1G look like an even smarter move. It’s a shame to see the North Carolina and Duke rivalries potentially come to an end, but this isn’t the ACC that many of us grew up watching.
  • Onto the game, one of the biggest keys for Maryland defensively is going to be stopping Virginia guard Joe Harris. Despite being relatively quiet in the opening half during the game in Charlottesville earlier in the year, Harris scored 16 of his 19 points after the break and connected on four threes from beyond the arc. The Terps are going to have to do a better job of closing out on Harris. When hot, the Cavaliers guard can put on a show and be absolutely lethal. He’s shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the three-point line this season and will be a huge factor in the outcome of this game.
  • Guard Seth Allen is one of the points of emphasis for Maryland on the offensive end. Despite netting 15 points in the first game, Allen struggled in the early going to break down Virginia’s defense. The Woodbridge native wasn’t able to get to the rim, which he usually excels at doing. As of late, Allen is shooting well from beyond the arc. Allen has hit at least two triples in the last four games, including going six-for-nine against Syracuse. If Allen is able to be a huge scoring option for Maryland, it’ll open things up for guard Dez Wells and will have the Terps in a position to win this game.

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