Writing from the third row media table at the Comcast Center (an arena whose naming rights I suppose my cable bill helps pay for) awaiting Maryland-Georgia Tech.
Not a wealth of thoughts, but just wanted to start up the live blog.
First, Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin may be limited because of a sore back. He will play, the Washington Post reported, but may not start. However much more he’s on the bench or not at 100 percent physically is an advantage for Tech. Stoglin is the ACC’s leading scorer and busted Colorado for 32 points earlier in the season.
Second, this is becoming a bit thematic, but rebounding will be crucial again for Tech. Jackets coach Brian Gregory and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon sound cut from the same rebounding-and-defense cloth. The Terrapins have out-rebounded the opposition in eight of the past nine and won all eight. Tech is 7-4 when it out-rebounds the opposition, 0-4 when it doesn’t. (1-0 when it’s even)
A matchup to note is center Daniel Miller against Maryland center Alex Len, a freshman from the Ukraine. Len sat out the first 10 games on an NCAA violation and is averaging 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. Miller’s numbers: 8.3, 6.8, 2.8.
Len has two inches on Miller at 7-foot-1, which will be a tougher-than-usual matchup for Miller. (and vice versa, I suppose)
Enjoy the game.