In a game that will mark Maryland's final home game as members of the ACC, the No. 5 UVa men's basketball team will be looking to win its 17th conference game of the season and trying spoil the Terrapins' farewell.
"It'll be the last ACC regular season game for them," said UVa head coach Tony Bennett. "That's always a charged atmosphere, so you know going in there we'll have to play a good game."
The Cavaliers and Terrapins last met on Feb. 10 in Charlottesville, when Joe Harris scored 19 points to lead UVa to a 61-53 win. It was the eighth straight win for the 'Hoos who have now won 13 straight.
In their first matchup of the season, UVa pulled away in the second half after Maryland led at halftime. Even though his team came out on top, Bennett says the Terps are talented enough to be a dangerous team.
"You better respect them, and they have earned our respect with their talent and how they've played," he said. "You look at what they did at Duke, and they could be in such a different spot. It's such a fine line that you're always reminded of."
With Maryland moving to the Big Ten next season, the game will be UVa's final trip to College Park as a conference opponent and end a series that dates back to the 1912-1913 season. But Bennett says the rivalry is not as heated as some may think.
"I like their coach, he's not a bad guy," he said. "Between the lines it's competitive with everybody, and they've got passion for their program, just like Virginia does."
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