Jan. 16, 2012
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Just as quickly as Florida State fans exited the court they had just rushed Saturday afternoon, the attention of those associated with the men’s basketball program switched gears.
The Seminoles had just blown out then-No. 3 North Carolina by 33 points but there wasn’t much to revel in the win. A long Atlantic Coast Conference slate of games continues Tuesday night when the ‘Noles, winners of two consecutive league games, host Maryland (12-4, 2-1 ACC) at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 9 p.m.
“It’s very important,” said senior Deividas Dulkys, the ACC Player of the Week. “If we lose [Tuesday] then the North Carolina game doesn’t mean as much. So we have to focus on the scouting report or whatever the coaches have for us to win this game.”
If FSU (10-6, 2-1) bottled some of the magic that happened a few days earlier, it will need to use it against the Terrapins.
Maryland ranks in the top half of the conference in scoring and — like North Carolina — is paced by a true scoring threat. While the Tar Heels lean on sophomore Harrison Barnes, the Terps rely on the output of their own second-year player in Terrell Stoglin.
The Tucson, Ariz. native ranks first in the ACC in scoring with an average of 20.9 points per contest. Florida State’s menacing defense kept Barnes in check by limiting him to 14 points and it will have to do the same against Stoglin, who has hit for at least 20 points in two of Maryland’s three league games so far this season.
Sean Mosley, who led the Terrapins in scoring in its win over Georgia Tech on Sunday, also scores in double figures for Maryland.
Of course, FSU has its own offensive firepower — as witnessed in the upset victory over UNC.
Despite some offensive woes this season, the ‘Noles now rank fourth in the ACC in scoring with an average of 71.3 points per game. Dulkys torched UNC for 32 points and Michael Snaer and Ian Miller lead FSU in scoring per game.
Defensively, FSU enters the game against Maryland ranked first in the ACC and third in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (36.1 percent). The Seminoles are also fifth and sixth nationally in 3-point field defense and blocked shots per game, respectively.
“We’ve got to be ready mentally, physically and emotionally to play and that’s juds the nature of our league,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.
|Stat Comparison||Florida State||Maryland|
|FG Percentage Defense||.361||.427|
|3-Pointers Per Game||5.8||5.1|
|Assists Per Game||12||11|
|Turnovers Per Game||18.2||13.1|
|Blocked Shots Per Game||8.8||3.9|
|Steals Per Game||-.73 (108)||-.09 (T-63)|