Maryland Terrapins at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
TV: Fox Sports South
Two struggling ACC teams meet on Sunday night as the Maryland Terrapins try to take down Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Maryland has yet to win a road game this year but has won seven in a row against Paul Hewitt and Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech 10-11, 1-7, 8-5 (home), RPI #141
Maryland 14-8, 3-5, 0-4 (away), RPI #75
Maryland has won 7 of the last 10
Maryland has won 3 of the last 5 at Georgia Tech
Players to Watch:
F Gani Lawal (15.8ppg, 10.4rpg), F Alade Aminu (12.1ppg), G Iman Shumpert (11.4ppg)
G Grevis Vasquez (16.0ppg), F Landon Milbourne (13ppg), G Adrian Bowie (10.4ppg)
What Georgia Tech must do to win...
Break out the broken record...Tech has keep to keep their turnovers down. This is something they were doing really well in the first half vs FSU, hence they had the lead. Then it all fell apart in the second half. Oh yeah, Tech had 28 TURNOVERS last time vs Maryland in a loss. Also, the Jackets have to get the ball down low to their bigs, Lawal and Aminu, who should have an advantage against the undersized Terps big men.
What Maryland must do to win...
Maryland has to shoot better than they did vs Georgia Tech in their January win where they hit just 32 percent from the floor. The Terps defense was able to force 28 turnovers in that game. Maryland should double down on Aminu and Lawal who had 10 turnovers combined in the first game and make Tech hit shots from the outside. Maryland needs to continue their solid FT shooting as well.
Georgia Tech led most of the way in College Park in the first meeting with Maryland, but turnovers down the stretch cost them the game. I think Georgia Tech is playing better than they were then, but they can't afford the five minutes stretches of bad play that has plagued them. I think Tech pulls this one out at home with strong performances by Lawal and Shumpert.
Georgia Tech wins by 2-9 points
Season: 12-13 SU through 2/6
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