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Men's Basketball: Maryland seeking first road ACC win

Maryland's latest attempt to post a road victory in the ACC takes place tonight when the Terrapins visit Virginia Tech.

Maryland (16-4, 4-5 ACC) avoided a three-game losing streak by beating Wake Forest last Saturday, but that was a home game. The Terps are 0-4 against conference opponents away from Comcast Center, but the last time they faced Tech they dominated the Hokies in a 94-71 win.

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Notching that first road victory will likely mean slowing down Virginia Tech standout Erick Green, the ACC's leading scorer at 25 points per game. Green had 28 points in the Hokies' first meeting with the Terrapins.

But Virginia Tech (11-10, 2-6) had difficulty getting its offense on track, mostly because of Maryland's stingy defense. The Terps have held seven league foes to less than 40 percent shooting, and that includes Wake's 37.7 percent Saturday.

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If Maryland's offense puts forth another strong effort - the second-most points of the season and 67.3 percent shooting against Wake - the Terps' road woes could be eased tonight.

"We are executing better. We're screening better," said Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon during Monday's ACC teleconference. "We know what's a good shot. We're shooting a lot less bad shots. ... With so many new guys, it's taking a while. The inconsistency, it's taking a while to figure out how to play.

"We have a rotation that we're sticking with as far as trying to keep shooters on the floor for spacing. We'll see if that helps us."

Maryland had six players in double figures against Wake Forest, led by senior guard Logan Aronhalt's 13 points. Four others had 12 points apiece and Dez Wells added 11, but look for Wells to continue his impressive road work.

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The sophomore swingman is second on the team with 12.2 points per game, but he's averaging 18.8 per game on the road. Wells scored 21 points at North Carolina and 19 at Florida State.

Maryland's balanced attack Saturday featured senior forward James Padgett putting together one of his best performances of the season. Padgett scored 12 points against the Demon Deacons, in his first start since Jan. 13, thanks to 6-for-6 shooting. Turgeon said he was happy to see his senior contributing, and he'll likely stick with the 6-foot-8 Padgett as a starter against Virginia Tech.

"It's been an up-and-down year. That was the James of last year," Turgeon said. "For us to have any chance to do what we really want to do down the stretch, we need Padgett to play that way. It was great."

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