COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland takes on IUPUI in a New Years Day matinee for its final non-conference game of the regular season. The Terps come into the game having won 11 in a row, the school’s longest winning streak since winning 13 in a row in 2002.
• Following the game with IUPUI, which will be the first meeting of the two schools, Maryland begins conference play as Virginia Tech visits Saturday at noon. A win over IUPUI would give Maryland a 12-1 record which would be its best mark entering conference play since 1998-99, when it was 13-1.
• The Terps got their 11th straight win on Saturday by dispatching Delaware State, 79-50. Charles Mitchell came off the bench and set season highs with 19 points and 14 rebounds. The freshman connected on 8 of 12 field goals, while seven of his 14 boards were on the offensive end. Mitchell, who ranks first among ACC freshmen with 6.9 rebounds per game, recorded a double-double for the third time this season and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week.
• Maryland shot 56.9 percent in the game, marking the seventh time in the last 10 games they’ve exceeded the 50 percent mark. The Terps rank second in the conference with a .500 field goal percentage on the year. Defensively, Maryland has been one of the best teams in the nation. They lead the conference with a .344 field goal percentage defense, and just three opponents all year have shot better than 40 percent. Delaware State was held to 32.1 percent shooting (18-56), including just 3-of-15 from 3-point. Maryland also forced 19 turnovers, one shy of a season high, in outscoring DSU 29-8 in points off turnovers.
• The Terps also continued their dominance in the paint vs. Delaware State, outscoring the Hornets 58-20. On the year, Maryland is outscoring opponents 40.2 to 22.2 on average in the paint.
On a Streak
• Maryland won its 11th straight game on Dec. 29 with a 79-50 victory over Delaware State. Its the 11th time in school history the Terps have a winning streak of at least 10 games. The current winning streak is going on 51 days.
• The longest winning streak in school history was a 14-game streak in 1931-32. In the past 30 years, Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak on six occasions (including this year). Each of the previous seasons, they’ve gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Field-Goal Percentage Defense
• Opponents are shooting just 34.4 percent against Maryland, a mark which ranks third nationally. That’s a major improvement over last year, when opponents shot 42.8 percent and were held under 35 percent on just four occasions. The Terps have held seven of the last eight opponents under 35 percent shooting, with Stony Brook being the exception.
• Since 2000, five Terrapin teams have held the opponent under 40 percent shooting. Of those five, four went on to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Maryland’s three primary ball handlers rank in the top 15 in the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio. Pe’Shon Howard is first at 3.2,Nick Faust is 8th at 1.9, and Seth Allen is 11th at 1.7.
• When Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare drew starts against UMES, it marked the first time Maryland started three true freshmen since Dec. 28, 1993, when Keith Booth, Matt Kovarik and Joe Smith did vs. Hofstra.
• In Maryland’s 11-game winning streak, the Terps have assisted on 207 of 308 field goals (67.2 percent).
• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (185 to 160).
• At least eight players have scored in 11 of Maryland’s 12 games this year. The exception is vs. George Mason, when just seven players scored.
Dominating the Paint
• Maryland has enjoyed an advantage in points in the paint throughout the year. The Terps have outscored the opponent in 10 of 12 games; the exceptions are Morehead State (28-28 tie) and Stony Brook (28-32). On average, Maryland is scoring 42.2 points in the paint while holding its opponent to 22.2 points.
• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 10 of 12 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason).
• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 335-147 advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against UMES on Dec. 5 (55-7).
• Seth Allen (6.7 ppg), Charles Mitchell (6.4 ppg), Logan Aronhalt (5.7 ppg), and Shaquille Cleare (5.4 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. Against UMES, Aronhalt scored a season-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. On the year, he has hit 21 of 39 from 3-point range (.538).
• 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 13.7 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC among centers and 12th overall. His 8.3 rebounds per game rank sixth. Len also ranks second in the league with 2.3 blocks per game. He has three double-doubles this season: against Kentucky (23 & 12), Northwestern (13 & 13) and Monmouth (14 & 10).
More on Assists
• Maryland entered the week ranked fourth nationally with 18.6 assists per game behind North Carolina (20.1), Pittsburgh (19.6) and Notre Dame (19.5).
• Pe’Shon Howard, who is tied for the ACC lead with 6.1 assists per game, would be in some rare company if he can average 6.0 assists per game this season. 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 third nationally in rebounding margin at plus-13.4 per game. Just Colorado State (plus-14.6) and Missouri (plus-14.2) rank above that.
• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all 12 games this season.
• Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 8.3 rpg and Mitchell averages 6.9. Len ranks sixth in the conference and Mitchell ranks 10th, including first among freshmen. There are five Terps averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game (also Dez Wells, James Padgett and Nick Faust).
• Len ranks second in the conference with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game, and the Terps are averaging 13.9 offensive rebounds per game as a team, second in the league behind North Carolina (16.3).
• 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.