Here are five things to look for during and before today's Maryland-Florida Atlantic game at Comcast Center:
Better Maryland defense?
The Terps have surrendered 76, 77 and 80 points, respectively, in their last three games. Those are numbers that make defensive-minded coach Mark Turgeon cringe. Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan went off on the Terps, scoring 21 of his 26 points in the second half. Granted, Hanlan is very good. But Turgeon wants a solid defensive effort today.
Can the Terps hold Florida Atlantic’s leader below 20 points? The 6-foot-4 guard averages 20 per game and had 30 points in a loss to DePaul Thursday night.
Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli meets up with his old coach, Mike Jarvis, now the Florida Atlantic coach. Jarvis coached Boston University when Spinelli arrived there as a walk-on. Spinelli later earned a scholarship.
Maryland had a short turnaround -– a Thursday night game followed by another on Saturday afternoon. Will it show? It helps Maryland that Florida Atlantic also played Thursday night on the road.
The Maryland guard has a left foot fracture but still enjoys shooting before games. The lefty shoots better on one foot than most people do on two.