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Capsule: Maryland-UNC matchup should be up-tempo, entertaining

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Marcus Paige talks about his return to action for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels after a hand injury forced him to miss several games.
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Marcus Paige talks about his return to action for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels after a hand injury forced him to miss several games.

No. 2 Maryland at No. 9 UNC

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: Smith Center, Chapel Hill

TV/Radio: ESPN, 106.1-WTKK

Projected starting lineups

Maryland (6-0)

G Melo Trimble 14.8 ppg, 4.5 apg

G Rasheed Sulaimon 11.2 ppg, 3.5 apg

F Robert Carter 13 ppg, 7 rpg

F Jake Layman 11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg

C Diamond Stone 9 ppg, 3.5 rpg

UNC (5-1)

G Joel Berry 11.5 ppg, 3.7 apg

G Marcus Paige 0 ppg, 0 apg

F Justin Jackson 14.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg

F Brice Johnson 13 ppg, 10.3 rpg

F Kennedy Meeks 14.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg

Observations

And so they meet again. Longtime ACC rivals UNC and Maryland are playing for the first time since Maryland left for the Big Ten in 2014, and they’re meeting as top 10 teams for the first time since 2001. This should be an up-tempo, entertaining game. Maryland is ranked 12th nationally in adjusted efficiency, according to kenpom.com, and sixth nationally in effective field goal percentage (60 percent). The Terrapins have made 62.8 percent of their shots inside the 3-point line. That ranks third nationally. Diamond Stone, Maryland’s 6-foot-11, 255-pound freshman center, will be the most significant challenge UNC’s post players have faced in the early season. Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon makes his first return to the Triangle since being dismissed from the team at Duke.

Andrew Carter

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