Basketball Game Notes - No. 10 Wake Forest at Maryland

March 2, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 10-ranked Wake Forest will play its third game in six days when the Demon Deacons travel to College Park for a matchup against the Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday. The game, which will tip-off at 9 p.m. at the Comcast Center, will be televised regionally by Fox Sports Net. The contest will also be available on the Wake Forest ISP Radio Network.

The Demon Deacons (22-5, 9-5 ACC) are coming off a 70-60 win at Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville. Wake Forest picked up the key road win thanks in large part to clutch free throw shooting. The Deacons shot just 60.0 percent at the line for the game but went a perfect 9-for-9 in the final 90 seconds to seal the win.

Al-Farouq Aminu, Chas McFarland and Jeff Teague scored 12 points apiece to lead the Deacons. Ishmael Smith tallied 10 points off the bench, giving him five straight games with double digit point totals.

Maryland comes in at 18-10 overall and 7-7 in the ACC. The Terrapins are facing a quick two-day turnaround after picking up a 71-60 win at NC State on Sunday in Raleigh. The Terps have won three of their past four home games and are 14-3 overall at the Comcast Center this season.

Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest 61-54. The Deacs are 1-3 in the Comcast Center since it opened prior to the 2002-03 season. Tuesday's game is the only meeting between the teams this year.

Quickie Notes
- Ishmael Smith has turned up his scoring lately, averaging 12.4 points per game over his last five contests. Smith, who scored 18 points in a Feb. 26 win over NC State, is also averaging 4.0 assists during the stretch.
- Al-Farouq Aminu has eight double-doubles, which doubles the combined amount of all other ACC rookies.

Next Up...
Wake Forest will wrap up regular season play at home against Clemson on Sunday, March 8. The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net Sunday Night Hoops. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ACC Tournament play kicks off on Thursday, March 12, in Atlanta.



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