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Maryland travels to Tallahassee, Fla., on Wednesday for its first return ACC game of the season vs. Florida State (11-8, 3-3 ACC). The Seminoles stole a home game from the Terps in the two teams' first matchup of the season on Jan. 9, coming back from a nine-point halftime deficit to win 65-62.
Despite claiming the first game between the two teams, Hamilton doesn't expect the Seminoles to come out with any less urgency or intensity than they did three weeks ago.
“There wont be any surprises. No one will surprise anyone with any new play or anything of that nature," Hamilton said Monday during the ACC coaches teleconference. "We have tremendous respect for Maryland. They’re going to make the adjustments they need to make.
"Anytime you play a team the second time around you expect them to be better than they were the time before you played them. The fact that you won the game doesn’t relax your players. It was a very hard fought game that we had to come from down 12-points [during the first half].”
Florida State will be missing a key player Wednesday, though. Forward Terrance Shannon, who suffered a neck sprain Jan. 19 vs. Virginia, is out indefinitely with a "strong possibility that he might not return this year.” The 6-foot-8, 240-pound junior was a key player against the Terps, matching up with Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare in the post.
Prior to his injury, Shannon was averaging 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. He had also attempted the third most field goals on the team behind Michael Snaer and Okaro White.
“He had a big impact in that game defending their big, strong, physical guys inside," Hamilton said. "We all know Maryland has some heavy-duty bodies in there that take up a lot of space. He neutralized them in the last game. We’ve lost that, so someone else will have to step up.”
Didn't realize Shannon was injured. That should definitely help our chances. Of course playing at home is a lot easier than playing on the road so this should still be a close game.
Put a body on Okaro White this time around please.
Whats going on with Ian Miller? He was limping around a lot against Miami and they alluded to some pre existing injury.
shannon went headfirst into the basket support and was taken off on a stretcher a week or so ago
Looking forward to Okaro White going 20-12-5-2 this time around
"The drummer for Maryland's pep band just freaked out: 'They're trying to slow the game down,' he screamed. 'Get up on them, get up on them.
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