Virginia will hope to extend its winning streak to eight when rivals Maryland journey to the John Paul Jones Arena on Monday night. The Cavaliers continue on their memorable run, clinching a 10-1 start in ACC play, which is team’s best start since 1981-82.
A win over the Terps would give Tony Bennett’s men the first eight game winning streak since 1982-83, when the Cavaliers held a nine game winning steak.
Last Time Out
Virginia is now ranked 17th in the polls after beating Georgia Tech over the weekend. Once again Malcolm Brogdon is the man of the hour, well of the season. Brogdon with another double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds as the ‘Hoos routed the Jackets 64-45 on Saturday.
In the win, the Cavaliers helpd the Jackets to just one filed goal for the final 9:51, while outscoring Tech 22-1.
Joe Harris and Anthony Gill both finished the night in double digits, with 13 points each. While the team proved dominant off the glass owning a 46-25 advantage on boards.
The Terps are coming off a great win over Florida State. Seth Allen had a career-high 32 points as Maryland rolled FSU to the 83-71 win. Allen went 11 fro 15 from the floor, and 7 for 10 from beyong the arc. The sophomore guard also added four rebounds and two assists in the win.
Dez Wells and Jake Layman also joined the double-digit club in the win with 15 and 12 points respectively.
Scouting the Terps
Maryland, like Virginia, brings to Charlottesville a team filled with depth. At point and at guard, Mark Turgeon has a plethora of choices. Although the Terps had a very rough start, Maryland has started to gain momentum as the ACC season continues. Maryland have won three of the last four games, losing only to North Carolina on the road.
Watch out for the Terps’ size and production off the glass. Maryland ranks second in the conference in total rebounds.
Dez Wells: Wells is quite on the roll, scoring at least 15 points in five straight games. Against Florida State, he went 4-of-7 and added six free throws to his tally. He is averaging 18.3 points on 63 percent shooting over those last few games.
Seth Allen: Like mentioned above, he had a record setting day against the Noles. He is averaging 12.3 points a game since returning from his injury.
Keys to the Game
As the game against Georgia Tech proved rebounding is going to be a huge difference maker for the Wahoos. UVa needs to win that battle once more with the Terps in town, who have proven to be resilient on the glass. UVa will also need to make and defend three-point shots. Virginia cannot allow Maryland to get out of the gates quick.
UVa should be moving on to 11-1 by the night is out
Remember this game will tip-off at 9 p.m. on ESPN U, if you can’t make it to the JPJ.