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Maryland faces crucial game at Wake Saturday

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-6, 3-5 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (10-10, 3-5 ACC)

 

Saturday, February 2, 2013 • 2 p.m. ET

Game #22 • Home Game #15 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: RSN – Rich Waltz (Play-by-Play) and Mike Gminski (Analyst). Locally, the game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst) & Walt Williams (Sidelines) … Flagships – WJZ-FM (105.7) / WJZ-AM (1300) / ESPN980 (D.C.)

 

Storyline

 

• Following a last-second defeat at the hands of Florida State on Wednesday, Maryland returns home to face Wake Forest in a Saturday matinee. The Terps are 13-1 in Comcast Center this season, with the lone loss coming to the Seminoles, 65-62, on Jan. 9.

 

• Against Florida State, Maryland lost for the first time this season when holding a lead with 5:00 to play after winning its previous 14 in that scenario. The Terps went ahead 62-54 on Alex Len’s dunk with 6:56 left, but the Seminoles went on a 6-0 run and eventually tied it at 66-66 on Ian Miller’s jumper with 2:32 left. Dez Wells scored the final five points for Maryland, knocking down a 3-pointer and a long two, but FSU drew within 71-70 on a Michael Snaer jumper with 45 seconds left. Snaer then knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left.

 

• Wells, who scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half against FSU, leads the team in scoring in conference games with 12.1 points per game. In Maryland’s four conference road games he’s averaged 17.8 points per game and on the season, is averaging 12.2 points, second on the team behind Alex Len (12.8).

 

• The Terps had their best offensive output – shooting 49.1 percent and totaling 71 points – since the conference opener against Virginia Tech, when they shot 51.7 percent and totaled 94 points. They had been 11-0 this year when shooting better than 45 percent and 10-0 when scoring more than 70 points, but for the second straight game the opponent also shot better than 45 percent and scored 70-plus points.

 

• Still, Maryland has been one of the better teams in the nation in terms of field goal percentage defense, having entered the week ranked fourth in that category at .360. Just Kansas (34.9), Texas (35.3) and Syracuse (35.9) have held opponents to a lower percentage.

 

Maryland-Wake Forest Series History

 

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 66-56, which dates back to 1952-53. The Terps have won 9 of 11 since 2006. At home, Maryland leads the series 37-18.

 

• The Terps have won four straight, including both meetings last season. The Terps defeated the Demon Deacons 70-64 at home on 1/11/2012 and 82-60 on 3/8/2012 in the ACC Tournament first round.

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Maryland tries to bounce back Wednesday at Florida State

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-5, 3-4 ACC) at Florida State (11-8, 3-3 ACC)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • 8 p.m. ET

Game #21 • Road Game #5 • Tallahassee, Fla. • Donald L. Tucker Center

TV: ACC Network – Rich Waltz (Play-by-Play) and Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)

 

Storyline

 

• Maryland wraps up a difficult January stretch when it heads to Tallahassee to take on Florida State Wednesday night. The Terps have played four of their last five against teams ranked in the top 36 of the RPI, including three in the top 15 (at Miami – No. 3; vs. NC State – No. 15; at Duke – No. 1). Maryland and Florida State met in College Park on Jan. 9, with the Seminoles overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to win, 65-62.

 

• In the loss at then-No. 1 Duke on Saturday, Maryland shot 41.7 percent from the field. The Terps had been 13-0 when shooting above 40 percent this season, but the Blue Devils became the first team to crack the 50-percent barrier against Maryland, finishing at 52.4 percent. Dez Wells and Charles Mitchell led Maryland with 13 points apiece, and Alex Len had eight points and 10 rebounds.

 

• The Terps have held six of seven ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting and had held the last five opponents to 65 points or fewer before Duke scored 84. Opponents are shooting just 36.0 percent against Maryland this season, a mark which ranks fourth nationally behind just Kansas (34.9), Texas (35.3) and Syracuse (35.9). Maryland has also outrebounded all 20 opponents this season and ranks second in the country in rebounding margin (plus-10.4), behind only Colorado (plus-14.1).

 

• With seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation either freshmen or sophomores, the majority of Maryland’s scoring this season has come from underclassmen. Of the 71.4 points per game Maryland is averaging, 58.2 come from underclassmen (82 percent). The Terrapins top five scorers are all freshman or sophomores.

 

• Len narrowly missed out on his sixth double-double of the year with eight points and 10 rebounds vs. the Blue Devils. He continues to lead the team in scoring (13.2 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 per game), while Wells is second on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (3.0 per game).

 

Maryland-Florida State Series History

 

• Maryland leads the all-time series, 29-12, which dates back to 1992. The Seminoles have won two straight, which matches their longest winning streak in the series. The teams have split the last 10 games.

 

• Maryland’s last win in the series came on 2/23/2011 at home, and its last win on the road came on 2/4/2010. All-time, Maryland has a 10-8 advantage in Tallahassee. (See complete series history, page 4).

 

• In the first meeting this season, Maryland led 36-27 at halftime before Florida State outscored the Terps 38-26 in the second half to win, 65-62. Alex Len had 15, Nick Faust had 14 and Seth Allen had 13 to lead Maryland, while Okaro White scored a game-high 20 for FSU, Michael Snaer had 15 and Ian Miller had 12. The Seminoles also recorded 13 blocks – a game high by a Maryland opponent this year.

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Terps try to get offense going at #1 Duke Saturday

Posted on 25 January 2013 by WNST Staff

After defeating Boston College 64-59 Tuesday night, Maryland heads south for a road test at No. 1 Duke on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Terrapins are tied for seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 3-3 record, a game behind second-place NC State and 2.5 games behind Miami, which at 5-0 is the last team with an unblemished league record. The Blue Devils are ranked No. 1 in both polls and are 3-2 in the league after a 90-63 setback at Miami on Wednesday night.

Storyline

• Propelled by a strong second half, Maryland improved its record to 15-4 with the win over BC. Jake Layman scored 10 of his 15 points after halftime, and the Terrapins shot 48.3 percent in the second half. Dez Wells efficiently ran the offense in the second half, recording seven of his career-high eight assists without committing a turnover in the final 20 minutes. Nick Faust scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, including five in the final 1:37 to help ice the game.

• Alex Len recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 boards against the Eagles. He leads the team and ranks 15th in the ACC in scoring (13.5 per game) and sixth in rebounding (8.2 per game). With seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation either freshmen or sophomores, the majority of Maryland’s scoring this season has come from underclassmen. Of the 71.8 points per game Maryland is averaging, 58.2 come from underclassmen (81 percent).

• The Terps have held all six ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting and the last five opponents to 65 points or fewer. Opponents are shooting just 35.1 percent against Maryland this season, a mark which ranks third nationally behind just Texas (34.5) and Kansas (34.8). Maryland has also outrebounded all 19 opponents this season and ranks third in the country in rebounding margin (plus-10.4).


Maryland-Duke Series History

• Maryland trails the all-time series 61-112, which dates back to 1925. The Terps trail the series 15-56 on the road, with their last win in Cameron coming on Feb. 28, 2007. In that game, the 24th ranked Terrapins defeated the 14th-ranked Blue Devils, 85-77.

• Duke won both meetings last season, including a 73-55 victory in Durham, and has won five straight in the series. Maryland’s last victory came on March 3, 2010, a 79-72 win in Comcast Center.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland last defeated a No. 1 team on Jan. 19, 2008, when it beat North Carolina 82-80 in Chapel Hill, N.C. That was also Maryland’s last win over a ranked team on the road.

• Maryland’s 51-50 win over then-No. 14 NC State on Jan. 16 was its first win over a ranked opponent since March 3, 2010, when it beat No. 4 Duke 79-72 at home.

• Maryland ranks second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .468, behind just NC State (.510). The Terps shot 42.4 percent against Boston College, snapping a streak of four straight games in which they shot under 40 percent. Prior to that streak of four games, Maryland had shot better than 40 percent in 12 of its previous 13 games.

• The Terps are 14-0 this season when they have the lead with 5:00 left in the game, and 1-0 when tied with 5:00 left.

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on earlier this season is tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32. Maryland also went on a 13-game win streak in 2001-02, the year they went on to win the national title.

• It was also the 11th time in school history Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak. In the past 30 years, Maryland has gone on a 10-game winning streak on six occasions, and in each of the previous instances it has gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 7.7 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Reggie Bullock of North Carolina, makes one every 11 minutes on the floor.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 81 percent of Maryland’s scoring (58.2 of 71.8 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Additionally, Maryland’s top four scorers are underclassmen.

• At least eight players have scored in 16 of Maryland’s 19 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason, at Miami and at North Carolina, when just seven players scored.

• Maryland has nearly made more free throws (262) than the opponent has attempted (276) this season. The Terps are 10-1 when making more free throws than the opponent.

• 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.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.


Hitting the Mark

• Maryland has assisted on 61 percent (305 of 500) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 17 of 19 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and are 14-1 when recording at least 14 assists.

• On average, Maryland has recorded 17.7 assists per game in wins, while in its four losses it has averaged just 9.8.


Field-goal Percentage Defense

• Maryland leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in field goal percentage defense at .351. The Terps have held 13 of the last 15 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions. Maryland has held each of its six ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting (VT – .373; FSU – .367; Miami – .349; NC State – .311; North Carolina – .354; Boston College – .357).

• 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.


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 16 of 19 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 480-200 (25.3 to 10.5 per game) advantage over the opponent.

• All 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are averaging double-figure minutes, and no player is averaging more than 27 minutes per game (Alex Len is first at 26.4).

• Logan Aronhalt has been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is eight 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .476 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 15 of 19 games this season. Of his 32 field goals made this season, 30 are 3-pointers.

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Terps hope to get offense going Tuesday night against Boston College

Posted on 22 January 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland will look to even its conference record when it returns home to face Boston College Tuesday at 9 p.m. The Terps are 2-3 in the league after falling at North Carolina, 62-52, on Saturday. At home, Maryland has a 12-1 record, including a 51-50 win over then-No. 14 NC State last Wednesday. The Terps trail the all-time series with Boston College, 7-8, but won the lone meeting last year, 81-65 in College Park.

Storyline

• At North Carolina, the Terps were unable to a slow start that led to a 22-point halftime deficit in falling 62-52. Dez Wells scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 13 in the second half. Maryland outscored the Tar Heels 32-20 and held them to 23.5 percent shooting in the second stanza, but was unable to cut the lead to single digits.

• The Terps have held all five ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting and the last four opponents to 65 points or fewer. Maryland limited NC State, which leads the league in scoring offense (78.9), to 50 points, and North Carolina, which ranks third (78.6), to 62 points. Opponents are shooting just 35.1 percent against Maryland this season, a mark which ranks third nationally behind just Texas (34.5) and Kansas (34.8).

• Wells and Alex Len, both sophomores, continue to be Maryland’s top scoring threats; Len is averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game and Wells is averaging 12.2. Wells leads the team with three 20-point games this year (at Northwestern, vs. George Mason, at North Carolina), while Len has reached double figures in 15 of 18 games. Most of Maryland’s scoring has come from underclassmen this season – 50 of Maryland’s 52 points at UNC came from freshmen or sophomores, and of the 72.2 points per game the Terps are averaging, 58.3 come from underclassmen (80 percent).


Maryland-Boston College Series History

• Maryland trails the all-time series 7-8, which dates back to 1958. Boston College owns the upper hand since joining the ACC, having won 7 of 11 meetings since 2005.

• The Terps have a 4-3 advantage in the series in College Park, including an 81-65 victory on Feb. 16, 2012, which was the lone meeting last season.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland has shot below 40 percent in each of the last four games, but on the year ranks third in the ACC with a 47.0 field goal percentage. Prior to the current streak of four games, Maryland had shot better than 40 percent in 12 of its previous 13 games.

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on earlier this season is tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32. Maryland also went on a 13-game win streak in 2001-02, the year they went on to win the national title.

• It was also the 11th time in school history Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak. In the past 30 years, Maryland has gone on a 10-game winning streak on six occasions, and in each of the previous instances it has gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 7.2 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Scott Wood of NC State, makes one every 12.3 minutes on the floor.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland’s scoring (58.3 of 72.2 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Additionally, Maryland’s top four scorers are underclassmen.

• 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.

• Maryland has assisted on 61.1 percent (290 of 475) field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 16 of 18 games this season (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina). In Maryland’s 14 wins, it has averaged 17.9 assists per game, while in its four losses it has averaged just 9.8.

• At least eight players have scored in 15 of Maryland’s 18 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason, at Miami and at North Carolina, when just seven players scored.


Rare Performance

• When freshmen Seth Allen and Jake Layman both reached the 20-point plateau against Virginia Tech, it marked a rare performance. Prior to Allen and Layman’s performances, a freshman had scored 20 or more points in a game just 10 times since 1994-95 – with none of those occurring in the same game. In fact, the last time two different freshmen scored 20 or more points in a game in the same season was 1992-93 when Exree Hipp and Johnny Rhodes did it.


Field-goal Percentage Defense

• Maryland leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in field goal percentage defense at .351. The Terps have held 12 of the last 14 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions. Maryland has held each of its five ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting (VT – .373; FSU – .367; Miami – .349; NC State – .311; North Carolina – .354).

• 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.


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 15 of 18 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 465-196 (25.8 to 10.9 per game) advantage over the opponent.

• All 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are averaging double-figure minutes, and no player is averaging more than 26 minutes per game (Alex Len and Dez Wells are first at 25.9).

• Logan Aronhalt has also been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is eight 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .483 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 14 of 18 games this season.

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Maryland searching for first win at UNC since 2008 Saturday

Posted on 18 January 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After defeating 14th-ranked NC State on Wednesday, Maryland continues a difficult stretch of its schedule when it visits North Carolina Saturday at noon. Starting with the trip to Chapel Hill, the Terps will play four of their next six games on the road, including a clash at Duke on Jan. 26. Maryland will be looking for its first win at North Carolina since Jan. 19, 2008, when it defeated the then-No. 1 Tar Heels, 82-80.

Storyline

• In defeating the Wolfpack, Maryland evened its conference record at 2-2 and got its first win over a ranked opponent since March 3, 2010, a Greivis Vasquez led victory over Duke at Comcast Center.Alex Len, who scored the final six points for the Terps, tipped in a missed shot by Pe’Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds to give Maryland the 51-50 victory.

• Solid defense played a big role in the win. Maryland held NC State to 31.1 percent shooting after the Wolfpack entered the game ranked first nationally in field goal percentage at 52.8. The Terps have held each of their four conference opponents under 38 percent shooting, and they lead the ACC and rank third nationally by holding opponents to 35.1 percent shooting on the season. NC State also came into the game leading the league in scoring offense at 81.5 points per game, but was held to 16 first-half points and 50 points total, a season-low for the Wolfpack.

• Len, who is averaging 13.5 points per game, has been Maryland’s most consistent scorer. He’s reached double figures in 14 of 17 games and is averaging 14.3 points per game in conference play. Seth Allen, meanwhile, is averaging 11.8 points per game in league play. Allen, who had a streak of four straight games in double figures snapped when he had just four at Miami, started at the two-guard against NC State. Nick Faust got the start at point guard against the Wolfpack and had six points, seven rebounds and three assists.


Maryland-North Carolina Series History

• Maryland trails the all-time series 57-118, which dates back to 1924. North Carolina has a 56-16 advantage in Chapel Hill and has won four straight overall in the series. Maryland’s last win came on Feb. 7, 2010, and its last win at Carolina came on Jan. 19, 2008.

• The series has seen a variety of streaks over the past 10 years. Maryland won five of six from 1/9/2002 to 1/14/2004, and then Carolina won five straight from 2/15/2004 to 2/26/2006. The Terps then won four of five from 2/25/2007 to 2/7/2010 before the Tar Heels started their current four-game winning streak.


Turgeon-Williams Connection

• Mark Turgeon has a long-standing connection with Roy Williams. Turgeon was an assistant coach at Kansas under Williams for four seasons (1988-89 through 1991-92), including the 1991 season when Kansas was the national runner-up.


Quick Hitters

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on this season is tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32. Maryland also went on a 13-game win streak in 2001-02, the year they went on to win the national title.

• It was also the 11th time in school history Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak. In the past 30 years, Maryland has gone on a 10-game winning streak on six occasions, and in each of the previous instances it has gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 7.2 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Scott Wood of NC State, makes one every 12.3 minutes on the floor.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland’s scoring (58.8 of 73.4 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Additionally, Maryland’s top four scorers are underclassmen.

• 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.

• Maryland has assisted on 62.8 percent (285 of 454) field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 16 of 17 games this season (exception is four at Miami).

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (246 to 241). Maryland is 10-1 when making more free throws than the opponent.

• At least eight players have scored in 15 of Maryland’s 17 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason and at Miami, when just seven players scored.


Rare Performance

• When freshmen Seth Allen and Jake Layman both reached the 20-point plateau against Virginia Tech, it marked a rare performance. Prior to Allen and Layman’s performances, a freshman had scored 20 or more points in a game just 10 times since 1994-95 – with none of those occurring in the same game. In fact, the last time two different freshmen scored 20 or more points in a game in the same season was 1992-93 when Exree Hipp and Johnny Rhodes did it.


Field-goal Percentage Defense

• Maryland leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in field goal percentage defense at .351. The Terps have held 11 of the last 13 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions. Maryland has held each of its four ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting, and the opponent field goal percentage has decreased in each of the four league games (VT – .373; FSU – .367; Miami – .349; NC State – .311).

• 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.


Hot Shooting

• Though Maryland’s shooting has cooled off the last three games – the Terps have shot under 40 percent in each of the past three contests – they rank second in the ACC behind NC State in field goal percentage with a .474 mark. Maryland has shot above 40 percent in 12 of 17 games this year and above 50 percent in nine games.

• The last time a Maryland team shot better than 48 percent on the season was 2001-02, when the Terps connected at a .482 mark. Since the 1990-91 season, just four teams have done it: (also 1994-95, .498; 1998-99, .495; and 2001-01, .484).


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 15 of 17 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason).

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 454-185 (26.7 to 10.9 per game) advantage over the opponent. Most recently, Maryland’s bench outscored NC State’s 14-0.

• Though he has started three games, Seth Allen has been the biggest contributor by averaging 8.5 points per game when he doesn’t start.

• Logan Aronhalt has also been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is six 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .509 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 14 of 17 games this season.

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Slumping Maryland hosts NC State Wednesday night

Posted on 15 January 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland returns home to face a ranked opponent for the second time this season as 14th-ranked North Carolina State visits Comcast Center Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Terps, who are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season, last faced a ranked team in the season opener against then-No. 3 Kentucky. Maryland and NC State will be meeting for the 150th time, with the Terps holding a slim 76-73 edge in the series, which dates back to 1925.

Storyline

• In its losses to Florida State and Miami, Maryland struggled shooting the ball but remained within striking distance in both games. Despite shooting 36.7 percent against Florida State, the Terps had what would have been a go-ahead 3-pointer blocked in the waning seconds. At Miami, Maryland trailed for much of the game but cut the lead to three in the second half before the Hurricanes pulled away. Dez Wells and Alex Len carried the load by combining for 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting.

• Though the Terps shot under 40 percent in each of the last two games, they’ve shot it well on the season as a whole. Maryland ranks 20th nationally in field goal percentage (.483) and shot better than 45 percent in 11 of the 12 games prior to Florida State.

• Maryland ranks first in the ACC and third nationally in field goal percentage defense, having held its opponents to 35.3 percent shooting from the field in 16 games. The Terps have held all three ACC opponents under 38 percent, and on the year have held 12 of 16 opponents under 40 percent.

• In each game this season, Maryland has also built an advantage on the boards. Miami became the first opponent this season to grab 40-plus rebounds, though the Terps still finished with a 48-44 advantage on the glass. Maryland’s plus-11.6 rebounding margin ranks second nationally behind only Colorado State (plus-14.1).


Maryland-NC State Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1925, 76-73. The Terps have a 38-21 advantage in home games, including 5-1 at Comcast Center.

• Last season NC State won 79-74 in Raleigh to snap a nine-game Maryland winning streak. The Terps have won the last four meetings in College Park, with the last loss coming on Jan. 23, 2005.


Gary Williams to be Honored

• The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) are celebrating 75 years of March Madness by commissioning one-of-a-kind paintings celebrating each of the national championship coaches who led their teams into history. A painting honoring University of Maryland, Coach Gary Williams of the 2002 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship-winning Terrapins will be unveiled at halftime of Wednesday’s game against NC State.

• The original art piece, designed and painted by world-renowned artist Opie Otterstad, is part of a collection of 75 individual paintings, one for each of the 75 national championships from 1939 through 2013. The original piece of art will then be auctioned off online starting January 17th at ncaa.com/art. Limited edition reproductions will also be made available for purchase via the same website on the same date. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the NABC Foundation, which supports TTRR (Ticket to Reading Rewards), the College Basketball Experience (CBE), and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.


Quick Hitters

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on this season is tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32. Maryland also went on a 13-game win streak in 2001-02, the year they went on to win the national title.

• It was also the 11th time in school history Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak. In the past 30 years, Maryland has gone on a 10-game winning streak on six occasions, and in each of the previous instances it has gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 6.9 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Scott Wood of NC State, makes one every 12.3 minutes on the floor.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland’s scoring (59.9 of 74.8 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. In the win over Virginia Tech, 81 of Maryland’s 94 points came from freshmen or sophomores. Additionally, Maryland’s top four scorers are underclassmen.

• 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.

• Maryland has assisted on 63.5 percent (275 of 433) field goals this season. The Terps had recorded double-digit assists in each game this season until recording a season-low four at Miami.

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (240 to 229). Maryland is 10-1 when making more free throws than the opponent.

• At least eight players have scored in 14 of Maryland’s 16 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason and at Miami, when just seven players scored.


Rare Performance

• When freshmen Seth Allen and Jake Layman both reached the 20-point plateau against Virginia Tech, it marked a rare performance. Prior to Allen and Layman’s performances, a freshman had scored 20 or more points in a game just 10 times since 1994-95 – with none of those occurring in the same game. In fact, the last time two different freshmen scored 20 or more points in a game in the same season was 1992-93 when Exree Hipp and Johnny Rhodes did it.


Field-goal Percentage Defense

• Maryland leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in field goal percentage defense at .353. The Terps have held 10 of the last 12 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions.

• 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.


Hot Shooting

• Maryland ranks second in the ACC behind NC State and 20th nationally in field goal percentage with a .483 mark. Despite poor shooting nights against Florida State and Miami, Maryland has shot above 40 percent in 12 of 16 games this year and above 50 percent in nine games.

• The last time a Maryland team shot better than 48 percent on the season was 2001-02, when the Terps connected at a .482 mark. Since the 1990-91 season, just four teams have done it: (also 1994-95, .498; 1998-99, .495; and 2001-01, .484).


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 14 of 16 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason).

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 440-185 (27.5 to 11.6 per game) advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against UMES on Dec. 5 (55-7).

• Though he has started two games, Seth Allen has been the biggest contributor by averaging 8.5 points per game when he doesn’t start. He has reached double figures in each of the past four games when coming off the bench (had 4 points in a start at Miami).

• Logan Aronhalt has also been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is four 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .519 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 14 of 16 games this season.

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Maryland tries to bounce back Sunday at Miami

Posted on 12 January 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland hits the road for the first time in ACC play and just the second time this season when it takes on Miami Sunday at 8 p.m. The Terps will be looking for their first road win over the Hurricanes since they joined the ACC; Miami has won all six of its home games over the Terrapins since joining the league in 2004. Maryland and Miami split a pair of games last season, with each team holding home court.

Storyline

• On Wednesday against Florida State, the Terps had the second-longest winning streak in school history snapped at 13 games as the Seminoles survived a furious last-minute comeback to win, 65-62. It was Maryland’s first loss in exactly two months – the only other setback came in the season-opener vs. Kentucky on Nov. 9.

• Depth, rebounding, and hot shooting helped carry the Terrapins to their 13-game winning streak. Against FSU, though, Maryland shot under 40 percent (.367) for just the third time in 15 games, and held just a plus-3 advantage on the boards. Still, despite also committing 18 turnovers, the Terps had a chance to win or tie after scoring 11 points in the final minute, butSeth Allen had a go-ahead 3-pointer blocked with 0:02 left.

• Allen has led Maryland in scoring in the two ACC games by averaging 17.0 points, and the freshman has reached double figures in four straight games after doing it just once in the first 11 games. He’s one of seven underclassmen who are providing the bulk of the scoring in Maryland’s 10-man rotation. Of the 76.7 points per game Maryland is averaging, 62.2 (81%) are coming from freshmen or sophomores.

• Alex Len has led the Terps in scoring throughout the season, with his 13.6 points per game ranking 13th in the ACC, and his 8.2 rebounds per game ranking fifth. The sophomore recorded his fourth double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Florida State.


Maryland-Miami Series

• Maryland trails the all-time series, which dates back to 1949, 8-12. The Hurricanes also hold a 9-4 advantage and have won seven straight at home.

• Last year the teams split the series, with each winning at home. In the game at Miami, the Hurricanes prevailed 90-86 in two overtimes. In College Park, Maryland won 75-70.


Quick Hitters
• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on this season is tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32. Maryland also went on a 13-game win streak in 2001-02, the year they went on to win the national title.

• It was also the 11th time in school history Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak. In the past 30 years, Maryland has gone on a 10-game winning streak on six occasions, and in each of the previous instances it has gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 6.6 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Scott Wood of NC State, makes one every 12.4 minutes on the floor.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 81 percent of Maryland’s scoring (62.2 of 76.7 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. In the win over Virginia Tech, 81 of Maryland’s 94 points came from freshmen or sophomores.

• 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.

• Maryland has assisted on 65.3 percent (217 of 415) field goals this season. The Terps have recorded at least 13 assists in every game (season-low 13 vs. Florida State).

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (232 to 216).

• At least eight players have scored in 14 of Maryland’s 15 games this year. The exception is vs. George Mason, when just seven players scored.


Hot Shooting

• Maryland entered this week ranked second in the ACC and ninth nationally in field goal percentage at 50.4 percent. That percentage dipped to 49.5 on the year after the Terps shot 36.7 percent against Florida State. Despite the poor shooting night against the `Noles, Maryland has shot above 40 percent in 12 of 15 games this year and above 50 percent in nine games.

• The last time a Maryland team shot better than 48 percent on the season was 2001-02, when the Terps connected at a .482 mark. Since the 1990-91 season, just four teams have done it: (also 1994-95, .498; 1998-99, .495; and 2001-01, .484).


Rare Performance

• When freshmen Seth Allen and Jake Layman both reached the 20-point plateau against Virginia Tech, it marked a rare performance. Prior to Allen and Layman’s performances, a freshman had scored 20 or more points in a game just 10 times since 1994-95 – with none of those occurring in the same game. In fact, the last time two different freshmen scored 20 or more points in a game in the same season was 1992-93 when Exree Hipp and Johnny Rhodes did it.


Field-goal Percentage Defense

• Maryland entered this week ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense at .352. The Terps have held nine of the last 11 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions.

• 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.


 

 

Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 13 of 15 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason).

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 434-181 (28.9 to 12.1 per game) advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against UMES on Dec. 5 (55-7).

• With his 8.5 points per game, Seth Allen has been the biggest contributor. He has reached double figures in each of the past four games while coming off the bench.

• Logan Aronhalt has also been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is three 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .529 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 13 of 15 games this season.


 

 

Force on the Boards

• Though the rebounding advantage over the last two opponents was just plus-3, Maryland leads the ACC and is tied for third nationally in rebounding margin at plus-12.1 per game. Just Colorado State (plus-13.9) and Missouri (plus-13.0) rank above that. Maryland is the only ACC school with a double-figure advantage in rebounding margin; North Carolina is second at plus-5.5.

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all 15 games this season.

• Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 8.2 rpg and Mitchell averages 6.7. Len ranks fifth in the conference and Mitchell ranks 11th, including first among freshmen.

• Len ranks third in the conference with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game, and the Terps are averaging 13.6 offensive rebounds per game as a team, second in the league behind North Carolina (15.5).

• 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.

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Maryland aims to extend win streak to 14 Wednesday night against Florida St.

Posted on 08 January 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland caps off an eight-game homestand Wednesday night when Florida State visits College Park at 8 p.m. The Terps are in the midst of a 13-game winning streak that is tied for the second longest in school history, matching a streak in the 2001-02 season. A win over Florida State would give the Terrapins a 14-game winning streak equivalent to the school record streak set in 1931-32.

Storyline

• A pair of freshmen led the Terps to their second biggest victory over Virginia Tech in the 86-year series history. Jake Layman scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the first half, knocking down 6-of-7 shots in the first 20 minutes including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Layman also had eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks without committing a turnover. Seth Davis of CBS Sports named Layman the Freshman of the Week for his performance. Seth Allen was the other newcomer making a big impact, as he scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Allen scored 14 of his points in the second half, when he played all but the final minute of the half.

• Prior to Allen and Layman’s performances, a freshman had scored 20 or more points in a game just 10 times since 1994-95 – with none of those occurring in the same game. In fact, the last time two different freshmen scored 20 or more points in a game in the same season was 1992-93 when Exree Hipp and Johnny Rhodes did it. In addition to Allen and Layman, Alex Len scored 16 points and Dez Wells had 12, while Maryland shot better than 50 percent for the ninth time in the past 12 games. On the season, Maryland is shooting 50.4 percent, which ranks second in the ACC and ninth nationally.

• Maryland’s depth has shown throughout the season, with a number of players displaying the ability to be the breakout scorer on any given night. In the past seven games, six different Terps have led the team in scoring, and each player in Maryland’s 10-man rotation is averaging double-figure minutes. Additionally, no Terp is averaging more than 25.0 minutes per game.


On a Streak

• Maryland won its 13th straight game on Jan. 5 with a 94-71 victory over Virginia Tech. It’s the 11th time in school history the Terps have a winning streak of at least 10 games. The current winning streak is going on 59 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

• Maryland entered this week ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense at .352. The Terps have held eight of the last 10 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions.

• 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.


Quick Hitters

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 6.5 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Reggie Bullock of North Carolina, makes one every 10.6 minutes on the floor.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 78.8 percent of Maryland’s scoring (61.2 of 77.7 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. In the win over Virginia Tech, 81 of Maryland’s 94 points came from freshmen or sophomores.

• 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 13-game winning streak, the Terps have assisted on 241 of 368 field goals (65.5 percent).

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (222 to 193).

• At least eight players have scored in 13 of Maryland’s 14 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 11 of 14 games; the exceptions are Morehead State (28-28), Stony Brook (28-32) and Virginia Tech (34-34). On average, Maryland is scoring 39.6 points in the paint while holding its opponent to 22.6 points.


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 12 of 14 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason). Most recently, the bench outscored Virginia Tech’s 32-9 and in the last three games, Maryland’s bench has a 120-19 advantage.

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 410-158 (29.3 to 11.3 per game) advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against UMES on Dec. 5 (55-7).

• Seth Allen (8.1 ppg), Charles Mitchell (6.6 ppg), Logan Aronhalt (6.1 ppg), and Shaquille Cleare (5.5 ppg) have been the biggest contributors.

• Aronhalt is the long-range specialist. He is two 3-point field goals made of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .565 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 12 of 14 games this season.


Sophomore Jump

• 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 13.5 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC among centers and t-14th overall. His 8.1 rebounds per game rank seventh. Len also ranks second in the league with 2.2 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 ranks fifth nationally with 18.4 assists per game behind Notre Dame (19.9), Ohio (19.1), Pittsburgh (18.9) and North Carolina (18.7).

• Pe’Shon Howard, who ranks third in the ACC with 5.8 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

• Though the rebounding advantage over Virginia Tech was just plus-3, Maryland leads the ACC and is tied for third nationally in rebounding margin at plus-12.7 per game. Just Colorado State (plus-13.9) and Missouri (plus-13.0) rank above that. Maryland is the only ACC school with a double-figure advantage in rebounding margin; North Carolina is second at plus-6.0.

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all 14 games this season.

• Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 8.1 rpg and Mitchell averages 6.6. Len ranks seventh in the conference and Mitchell ranks 12th, including first among freshmen.

• Len ranks third in the conference with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game, and the Terps are averaging 13.6 offensive rebounds per game as a team, second in the league behind North Carolina (15.7).

• 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.

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Maryland opens ACC play with visit from Virginia Tech Saturday

Posted on 04 January 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After completing regular season non-conference play with an 81-63 win over IUPUI on Tuesday, Maryland opens the conference portion of its schedule as Virginia Tech visits Comcast Center Saturday at noon. The Terps enter the game with a 12-1 mark, their best record entering conference play since 1998-99, when they were 13-1.

Storyline

• In their 12-game winning streak, the Terps have evolved into one of the better shooting teams in the nation. Maryland ranks 10th nationally in field goal percentage at .503, and has connected on better than 50 percent of its shots in eight of the last 11 games. Over the past four games, Maryland is shooting 55.6 percent, including 39.7 percent from 3-point range. That’s helped Maryland outscore opponents by an average margin of 17.2 points per game this year, a mark which ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

• The Terrapins’ depth, which has been an asset all season, showed in the 81-63 win over IUPUI. All ten players who are in the regular rotation received double-digit minutes and all made at least two field goals. Eight Terps scored at least seven points in the game, with Seth Allen (13) and Logan Aronhalt (10) leading the way. Aronhalt knocked down 3-of-4 3-pointers in the game and is shooting 55.8 percent on the season. That mark would lead the conference, but Aronhalt doesn’t have enough attempts to qualify.

• Although Maryland started slow against IUPUI, trailing 14-3 early in the game, the bench once again provided a lift. Maryland’s non-starters outscored IUPUI’s 43-2 in the game, and on the season the bench is outscoring opponents by an average margin of 29.1 to 11.5.

• The Terps continue to be one of the better teams in the country in terms of field goal percentage defense. They entered the week ranked second nationally in field goal percentage defense. After allowing three of the first four opponents this season to surpass 70 points, the Terps have held the last nine opponents under 70.


On a Streak

• Maryland won its 12th straight game on Jan. 1 with a 81-63 victory over IUPUI. 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 55 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

• Maryland entered this week ranked second nationally in field goal percentage defense at .344. That number now stands at .351 after IUPUI shot .444. 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 nine opponents under 35 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions.

• 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.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland is 7-5 in conference openers since 2000, though the Terps have lost their last two ACC openers. The last win in a conference opener was against Florida State in the 2009-10 season. Head coach Mark Turgeon is 9-5 in league openers in his career.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 77.9 percent of Maryland’s scoring (56.9 of 76.5 points) is coming from underclassmen.

• 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 12-game winning streak, the Terps have assisted on 223 of 337 field goals (66.2 percent).

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (200 to 169).

• At least eight players have scored in 12 of Maryland’s 13 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 11 of 13 games; the exceptions are Morehead State (28-28 tie) and Stony Brook (28-32). On average, Maryland is scoring 40.0 points in the paint while holding its opponent to 21.7 points.


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 11 of 13 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason). Most recently, the bench outscored IUPUI’s 43-2 to help overcome an early 14-3 deficit, as Maryland went on to win 81-63.

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 378-149 (29.1 to 11.5 per game) advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against UMES on Dec. 5 (55-7).

• Seth Allen (7.2 ppg), Charles Mitchell (6.5 ppg), Logan Aronhalt (6.0 ppg), and Shaquille Cleare (5.6 ppg) have been the biggest contributors.

• Aronhalt is the long-range specialist. He is two 3-point field goals made of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .558 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 11 of 13 games this season.


Sophomore Jump

• 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 13.3 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC among centers and t-15th overall. His 8.0 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 is tied for fourth nationally with 18.5 assists per game behind Notre Dame (19.5), North Carolina (19.5), Pittsburgh (19.1) and tied with UCLA (18.5).

• Pe’Shon Howard, who ranks second in the ACC with 5.8 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-13.5 per game. Just Colorado State (plus-14.2) and Missouri (plus-14.2) rank above that. Maryland is the only ACC school with a double-figure advantage in rebounding margin; North Carolina is second at plus-6.2.

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all 13 games this season.

• Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 8.0 rpg and Mitchell averages 6.8. Len ranks sixth in the conference and Mitchell ranks 13th, including second among freshmen. There are five Terps averaging at least 3.9 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 13.6 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.

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Maryland hosts IUPUI in final non-conference tuneup Tuesday

Posted on 01 January 2013 by WNST Staff

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.

Storyline

• 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.


Quick Hitters

• 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.


Super Subs

• 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).


Sophomore Jump

• 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.

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