The sixth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels proved too much for the frisky Maryland Terrapins in the second half Saturday night, outscoring the Terps 46-34 after halftime on their way to a 83-74 win in College Park.
Behind the inside-outside combination of Alex Len and Terrell Stoglin, the Terrapins went up by nine points early in the second half, but were unable to hang on to the lead against the Tar Heels. Len finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, while Stoglin led all Maryland scorers with 20 points.
Tyler Zeller, despite being in foul trouble for much of the second half, scored 22 points and grabbed seven boards for North Carolina. John Henson chipped in 17 points and 12 boards for Roy Williams' club.
Big man Alex Len has been a difference maker for the Terrapins, scoring eight points, grabbing three boards and being a generally disruptive force with his length on the defensive end of the floor. Terrell Stoglin has scored in myriad ways for Maryland, as he often does, and has nine points on a judicious four of nine from the floor.
Tyler Zeller has led the way for North Carolina, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds. Tar Heels star Harrison Barnes, who's availability for the game was in question until just before tip, has added six points but is just two of eight from the field.
Barnes, North Carolina's leading scorer, sprained his ankle in the first half of the Tar Heel's 68-53 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night. He did play 15 minutes in the second half, scoring 13 points for the game.
Maryland, losers of four of their last five games, are coming off a hardfought battle on the road Wednesday night in Miami, where the Terrapins fought back from a 16 point deficit before falling in double overtime to the Hurricanes 90-86.
Maryland will have their hands full with North Carolina. The Tar Heels (19-3, 6-1) lead the country in scoring (84.1 points per game) and rebounding (46.3 per game). It should be noted though that North Carolina has lost their last three games at Comcast Center.
Here is what you need to know for today's game:
Game Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 4:00 P.M. ET
The No.6 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels visit Comcast Center on Saturday afternoon, as the Terps look to rebound from their double overtime loss against Miami and upset a UNC team that could be without All-American Harrison Barnes.