Virginia stands alone in third-place in the ACC after traveling to Maryland and beating the Terps 80-69. Despite losing Mike Tobey to mono and playing with a limited Darion Atkins, the team shut down 7-foot-1 NBA prospect Alex Len and used lights-out three-point shooting to keep Maryland at bay. With the win, UVA improved their ACC road record to 2-3, and stand at 17-6 (7-3 ACC) with 8 games to play; Maryland falls to 17-7 (5-6).
UVA's hot outside shooting was highlighted by Joe Harris and Paul Jesperson, who both had impressive and efficient outings. The two shot 3 of 4 and 4 of 4 from behind the arc, respectively, as the team finished 58% on three-pointers (higher than its 52% on twos) on its way to an absurd 64% eFG%. Harris was 7 for 8 with 22 points and appeared unfazed by UMD's persistent defensive focus on him.
Coach Tony Bennett employed lineups new to Wahoo fans to compensate for the team's lack of front-court depth against the dangerous Len. Justin Anderson got the start at the 4, and even played the 5 when Bennett went small (with Akil Mitchell seeing primary duty). The team successfully implemented a strategy of denying Len the ball and double-teaming him away from the basket when he did touch it. The Maryland star finished with just 9 points on 3 of 6 shooting and struggled to find open shooters when doubled.