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Terps' zone dooms Deacons


Wake Forest left it's offense in Winston-Salem and Maryland took advantage of it to pull off the upset, 75-64.  Click through for a brief recap of tonight's action.

It looked bad from the beginning for the Deacs as James Johnson got into foul trouble in the first three minutes.  He was able to rebound and finish with 20 points and 12 rebounds, but Wake Forest was not. 

The zone defense employed by the Terps forced Wake into numerous bad shots and Maryland never lost control of their lead, hitting several timely threes whenever Wake looked like they would make a push.  Greivis Vasquez backed up his pregame talk with 22 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds while Mosley and Hayes chipped in 12 and 11, respectively.  This win likely locks up a tournament spot for the Terps, who will face off with the winner of the BC/Duke game tomorrow.

For the game, the Demon Deacons shot a horrid 29.7%, including 3-25 from beyond the arc.  Instead of attacking the zone, they decided to try to shoot over it.  This was clearly an error in judgment for this poor shooting Wake Forest team.  While the shooting numbers were alarming, the most frightening stat from the game was the final rebounding tally.  The Terps, who play no player larger than 6'7", out-rebounded the Deacs by nine.  This is just inexcusable for one of the biggest teams in the nation.

From here, the Deacs look to take out their early exit frustration on the rest of the nation.  Wake will likely be a 3 or 4 seed in the NCAA tournament and will definitely not be playing locally (I would guess Miami or Philly).  Here's hoping we show up next Thursday/Friday.