Maryland-Virginia Preview

Virginia has turned in woeful outside shooting efforts in

back-to-back losses while Maryland continues to learn to adapt

without its starting point guard.

The No. 22 Cavaliers and visiting Terrapins are dealing with

major perimeter issues heading into Saturday’s matchup between

neighboring ACC rivals.

Virginia (19-6, 6-5) lost 70-52 at then-No. 5 North Carolina

last Saturday and 60-48 at Clemson on Tuesday. The Cavaliers shot 3

of 16 on 3-pointers in each defeat.

Second-leading scorer Joe Harris broke his left hand against the

Tar Heels. He played through the injury Tuesday, but came off the

bench and had a season-low two points while going 0 of 4 from

beyond the arc.

“We shot 50 percent, but our 3-point shooting was poor,” coach

Tony Bennett said. “Without Joe, we’re not as much of a threat from

3.”

Harris is the Cavaliers’ top 3-point shooter at 39.6 percent,

with senior guard Sammy Zeglinski second at 34.4 percent.

Zeglinski, however, has made just 4 of 25 over his last five games,

totaling 20 points and shooting 22.6 percent overall.

Zeglinski had a team-high six assists against the Tigers.

“He had a hard time getting by the guys they were playing on

him,” Bennett said. “He also tried to be a team guy. A lot of times

when your shot is struggling, you look to make the next pass.”

Maryland (15-10, 5-6) will play the rest of the season without

starting point guard Pe’Shon Howard, who underwent right ACL

surgery Tuesday. Freshman Nick Faust has started the last two games

in his place.

Faust had 15 points, one assist and four turnovers in last

Saturday’s 73-55 defeat at then-No. 10 Duke. He finished with 14

points, six assists, five steals and five turnovers in Thursday’s

81-65 home victory over Boston College.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon is having Faust share the

ballhandling duties with backcourt mate Terrell Stoglin, who is

averaging an ACC-best 21.7 points. Stoglin had 24 points, one

assist and one turnover Thursday.

“We’re figuring it out,” Turgeon said. “Sometimes Terrell has it

and sometimes Nick has it, and it’s going to take us a little bit

more time.”

Howard averaged a team-high 3.7 assists for Maryland, which

averages an ACC-low 10.7 in that category.

“The loss of Pe’Shon, that really hurt us,” said Faust, who has

two of his three best scoring efforts in the last two games. “We

had a team meeting, got together and said, ‘We can either make this

season better or worse.'”

With the Cavs struggling to make shots, they may have to rely

even more on a defense yielding 52.2 points per game for the

nation’s second-best average.

“We still have some good basketball in us,” Bennett insisted. “I

know that.”

Virginia uncharacteristically had 18 turnovers Tuesday. The Cavs

lead the conference in that department with 11.7 per game.

“When you’re in a game that’s lower scoring, possessions really

matter,” Bennett said. “Whether it’s a turnover on our end or we

make a defensive mistake, those possessions hurt and sting.”

Maryland forces the fewest turnovers in the ACC with 11.2 per

contest.

These teams split two meetings last season, with the visiting

team winning each.