Virginia Tech plays at Maryland Thursday night

Whoever better handles the opponent's strength figures to prevail in tonight's Virginia Tech-


game in

College Park




have no one who can match forward

Jordan Williams

, the Terps' walking double-double. Tech has an advantage on the perimeter with the trio of Malcolm Delaney, Erick Green and Terrell Bell.

Tech's X factor could be D.C. native Jeff Allen. He went for 25 and 15 in last year's epic double-overtime loss, but two years ago at Maryland he struggled with foul trouble and drew a suspension after flipping off fans after he fouled out.

Tech coach

Seth Greenberg

called Maryland as efficient an offensive team as it's faced. Terps coach

Gary Williams

demurs, saying that his team lacks consistency, though they are second in the


in scoring (78.4) and shooting (.482).

The Terps are last in the ACC in free throw shooting (.628). In five of their six losses, they've shot less than 60 percent from the line.

The Terps (11-5, 1-2 ACC) already have one home league loss. Tech (11-5, 2-2) needs a road win to offset its home loss to Virginia.

Dave Fairbank watches the ACC for the Daily Press. For more from Fairbank, read his blog at