Virginia Set To Face Sixth-Ranked Maryland in ACC Quarterfinals Friday
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia, the No. 6 seed at the 2012 ACC Tournament, faces No. 3 seed Maryland on Friday (March 2) in the quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m., or 20 minutes following the 6 p.m. quarterfinal game between Miami and Wake Forest. The game will air on the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks (Comcast SportsNet in the Charlottesville area). Additionally, the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM. That broadcast, along with live statistics, can be accessed at VirginiaSports.com. A webcast can also be accessed at ESPN3.
Virginia (22-9, 9-7 ACC) earned a 72-41 victory over 11th-seeded Boston College on Thursday (March 1) in the first round. The Cavaliers got 20 points each from Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) and Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.).
Maryland (25-4, 12-4 ACC) is seeded third at the tournament and ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press poll. Recently crownded 2012 ACC Player of the Year, Terrapin forward Alyssa Thomas averages 17.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Virginia holds an all-time record of 34-31 at the conference tournament. The Wahoos have won three championships – 1990, 1992 and 1993. Virginia has a 5-2 record in the first round, 20-11 record in the quarterfinal round, 6-15 record in the semifinal round and a 3-3 record in the final game. UVa and Maryland have met 11 times in the ACC Tourney – but not since 1996 (UVa 68, MD 46 / quarterfinal / Rock Hill, S.C.).
Virginia leads the all-time series with Maryland, 43-34, but the Terrapins swept the regular-season series in 2012. Maryland won 68-61 on Jan. 16 in College Park and 73-56 on Feb. 16 in Charlottesville.
The winner of Friday’s game would advance to Saturday’s (March 3) 1:30 p.m. semifinal against the winner of No. 2 seed Miami vs. No. 7 seed Wake Forest.