COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After winning a pair of games away from home last week, Maryland returns to Comcast Center to start an eight-game homestand when it takes on Maryland Eastern Shore Wednesday night. The Terps have won all 15 previous meetings with the Hawks.
• Led by Dez Wells, the Terps won at Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and vs. George Mason in the BB&T Classic last week. Wells set career highs in each game, scoring 23 points at Northwestern before pouring in 25 vs. Mason. The sophomore connected on 20 of 28 shots (.714) in those two games and is now shooting 54.2 percent on the season, which ranks second among ACC guards and fifth overall.
• Though Wells led Maryland in scoring in back-to-back games, the Terps have relied upon a multitude of scoring options this season. Five different players have led Maryland in scoring in a game, and three are averaging double-figure scoring: Alex Len (14.7 ppg), Wells (13.9 ppg) and Nick Faust (11.0 ppg).
• Maryland’s biggest advantages have come in rebounding margin, assists and field goal percentage defense. In all seven games, the Terps have outrebounded their opponent, and they rank second nationally with a plus-17.0 rebounding margin.Pe’Shon Howard leads the league with 6.7 assists per game, and as a team Maryland ranks second in the league and t-9th nationally with 18.0 per game. The Terps have held their opponent under 35 percent shooting in three straight games, and on the season lead the league and rank 24th nationally by holding opponents to a .364 mark from the field.
• Len ranks sixth in the ACC in rebounding (9.0 pg) and leads the league with 2.6 blocks per game. Last week, he had a double-double at Northwestern with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and was one rebound shy of another vs. George Mason, finishing with 12 points and 9 boards.
• In Maryland’s six-game winning streak, the Terps have assisted on 109 of 165 field goals (66.1 percent)
• A different player led Maryland in scoring in the first five games of the current winning streak. Nick Faust had 12 vs. Morehead State, Seth Allen had 19 vs. LIU Brooklyn, Alex Len had 16 vs. Lafayette, Charles Mitchell had 13 vs. Georgia Southern, and Dez Wells had 23 vs. Northwestern. Wells broke that steak by following up his 23-point perfromance at Northwestern with 25 vs. George Mason.
• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (116 to 104).
• At least eight players have scored in six of Maryland’s seven games this year. The exception is vs. George Mason, when just seven players scored.
• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in five of seven games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason).
• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 170-92 advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against LIU Brooklyn, when the Terps had a 36-0 advantage.
• Seth Allen (6.6 ppg), Charles Mitchell (6.0 ppg), Shaquille Cleare (5.3 ppg) and Logan Aronhalt (4.3 ppg) have been the biggest contributors.
• Aronhalt is the long-range specialist. He hit all four of his 3-point attempts vs. Georgia Southern and made 3 of 5 at Northwestern.
• After averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman, Alex Len has developed into Maryland’s most consistent scoring threat as a sophomore. Len is averaging 14.7 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC among centers and ninth overall. His 9.0 rebounds per game rank sixth. Len also leads the league with 2.6 blocks per game. He has two double-doubles this season: against Kentucky (23 & 12) and Northwestern (13 & 13).
More on Assists
• Pe’Shon Howard, who leads the ACC with 6.7 assists per game, would be in some rare company if he stays on his current pace. In the past 25 years, just three players have averaged more than 6.0 assists per game at Maryland: Terrell Stokes in 1998-99, Steve Blake from 1999-2003, and Greivis Vasquez in 2007-08 and 2009-10.
• Maryland’s 28 assists against LIU Brooklyn were nine more than the team’s season-high of 19 last year. In fact, the last time a Maryland team had more assists in a game was in the 2002-03 season, when the Terps had 29 on two occasions. The Terps also had 28 assists in a game on 2/9/11 vs. Longwood and 12/31/05 vs. VMI. The school record for assists in a game is 37.
• Howard’s 13 assists vs. LIU Brooklyn are tied for the fourth-most in a single game by a Terp. The only better performances are: Greivis Vasquez (2008) and Terrell Stokes (1998) with 15; and Steve Blake (2002) and Terrell Stokes (1996) with 14.
Force on the Boards
• Maryland leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranks second nationally in rebounding margin at plus-17.0 per game. The only team in the nation with a better margin is Colorado State (plus-17.3).
• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all seven games this season. Against Northwestern, Maryland built a 47-19 advantage on the boards, the largest margin this season.
• Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 9.0 rpg and Mitchell averages 7.0. Len ranks sixth in the conference and Mitchell is tied for 13th, including first among freshmen.
• Len leads the conference with 3.9 offensive rebounds per game, and Mitchell is just outside the top 10 with 2.7 per game. As a team, the Terps are averaging 16.4 offensive rebounds per game, second in the league behind North Carolina (17.0).
• Mitchell made an impressive debut by grabbing 10 rebounds in his first career game, against No. 3 Kentucky. That’s the most rebounds by a Maryland freshman in his debut since Buck Williams had 13 against Bucknell in 1978. Williams went on to lead the ACC in rebounding that year (10.8 pg) en route to capturing ACC Rookie of the Year honors.