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Maryland returns to road Saturday at Virginia Tech

Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland travels to Blacksburg, Va. for the final time in ACC play Saturday at noon as it looks for its second consecutive conference victory. The Terrapins swept the season series last season, and have won three in-a-row against the Hokies.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius 92, XM 190

Storylines

• The Terrapins are a formidable 30-10 all-time against Virginia Tech, winning 24 of the first 27 games in the series from 1926-2005. The teams have split the last 12 games, however, with the Hokies winning 4-of-6 during that span in Cassell Coliseum.

• The Terps snapped a two-game losing skid with a 74-71 home victory against Miami Wednesday. Maryland squandered a 10-point lead in the waning minutes, before junior Dez Wells saved the day with a game-winning 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining.

• Maryland has shot over 48 percent in back-to-back games for the first time since 2011-12 when it shot 51 percent against both Samford and Albany. The Terps last accomplished the feat in ACC play during the 2010-11 season when they shot 58 percent against NC State (2/20) and 52 percent against Florida State (2/23).

• After picking up two early fouls and being relegated to the bench without taking a single shot in the first half, Dez Wells responded with an incredible 7-for-7 performance (6-for-6 FT’s) in the second half to the tune of 21 points. He is averaging a team-best 16.4 points on the road this season.

• Maryland also got strong production from its shooting forwards against Miami, as Evan Smotrycz and Jake Laymancombined for 30 points. Smotrycz is shooting 57 percent (12-for-21) over his last three games.

Wells Leads Terps Past Miami
Dez Wells scored all 21 of his points in the second half and drilled a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to carry Maryland past Miami 74-71 Wednesday night.
Limited to five minutes of playing time in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, Wells went 7-for-7 from the floor and 6-for-6 at the foul line over the final 20 minutes.
The Terrapins blew a 10-point lead over the final 2:30 before Wells connected from the top of the key, breaking the deadlock.
Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz each tallied 15 points for Maryland, which captured its fourth ACC win of the season. Maryland (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 55-54 with 8:37 remaining before Wells scored 10 points during a 15-4 run.
The Terps shot 56 percent from the field, and 70 percent in a highly-effective second half. Smotrycz led the Terps with four assists.

Scouting Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech has lost seven consecutive ACC games since winning its conference-opening game against Miami on Dec. 8. The Hokies most recently fell to Boston College on Jan. 29, and have lost their last two games by a combined 44 points.
Senior forward Jarell Eddie leads the Hokies in both scoring (14.9/g) and rebounding (5.9/g), while shooting an ACC-best 42 percent from beyond-the-arc.  Eddie scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds in a losing effort against Boston College.
Virginia Tech currently ranks second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.386) and fourth in blocks (5.1/g). The Hokies are last in the conference in steals (3.3/g) and turnover margin (-4.0).

Back to the ‘Wells’
Junior Dez Wells put on a show for the ages against Miami, scoring all 21 of his points in the second half on 7-for-7 shooting. Every shot Wells took went in the basket (6-for-6 FT’s), including the game-winner with 5.9 seconds remaining.
Wells got off to a slow start against the Hurricanes, as he picked up two fouls just 3:38 into the first half. The junior returned to the lineup for a brief 81 seconds before returning to the bench without attempting a shot.
After Miami tied the game at 71 with 19 seconds remaining, Wells dribelled up the court and then pulled up for a 3-point jumper with 5.9 seconds left to secure the victory.

Statistically Speaking

  • Junior Evan Smotrycz has regained his shooting stroke, shooting a cool 57 percent (70 percent from 3-pt range) on 12-of-21 shooting over the last three games. He shot 9-of-36 (25 percent) in the previous three games.
  • Sophomore Jake Layman has scored at least 15 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Marist (11/22) and Northern Iowa (11/24).
  • Dez Wells has scored in double-figures in 16 of his last 17 games, and is averaging 16.4 points over the last five games.
  • Maryland shot over 48 percent in back-to-back ACC games for the first time in three seasons, as it shot 48 percent against Pitt and 56 percent versus Miami.
  • The Terps are 9-1 when leading at the half, and also 9-1 when holding opponents under 70 points.

Turgeon Participates in Austism Awareness Day
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon is one of nearly 100 men’s basketball coaches throughout the country that will be wearing the “Autism Speaks” pin on his suit jacket today in support ofAustism Awareness Day. Towson’s Pat Skerry and Marshall’s Tom Herrion, each who have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this disease.

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Maryland wins in Blacksburg for first time since 1949

Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland at Virginia Tech

Maryland 27, Virginia Tech 24

BLACKSBURG, Va. –

Kicking It Off: Maryland snapped a five-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with a 27-24 overtime win over the Hokies at Lane Stadium. It marked Maryland’s first win in Blacksburg since 1949. The Terps improved to 6-4 and 2-4 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech fell to 7-4 and 4-3 in the conference. Maryland now holds a 16-15 all-time edge in the series.

Working Overtime: Maryland’s 27-24 overtime win marked Maryland’s first overtime game since defeating James Madison, 38-35, on Sept. 12, 2009. The Terps are now 5-3 all-time in overtime contests and improved to 3-3 on the road.

Likely to the House: Freshman defensive back William Likely scored the Terps first touchdown of the game when he returned a second-quarter punt 63 yards for his first career score. It marked Maryland’s first punt return for a touchdown since Tony Logan returned a punt 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. It was also Maryland’s longest punt return since Logan’s return against the Blue Devils.

Brown on the Ground: Senior quarterback C.J. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards on the ground and two touchdowns including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. The senior now has 13 career rushing touchdowns which tie him with Scott McBrien, Chris Downs and Jack Scarbath for 20th all-time in school history.

Brown Does it All: Brown scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season to put Maryland up 14-7 at halftime and factored in on all of the plays during the drive. Brown hit wideout Amba Etta-Tawo for a gain of 17 yards to start the drive with 15 yards added at the end of the play for a roughing the passer penalty. He then rushed for 16 yards, seven yards and one yard to cap the drive.

Getting Off the Field: Maryland’s defense held Virginia Tech to 4-for-16 on third downs (25%). It is the Terps’ third-best performance of the season on third down. Maryland’s defense held West Virginia to 2-for-12 on third downs (16.7%) onSept. 21. The Terps defense entered the contest ranked seventh in the ACC holding opponents to a 34.3 third-down conversion rate.

Meeting at the QB: Maryland finished with a season-high 7.0 sacks on the day. The Terps had six against Connecticut on Sept. 14. Defensive linemen Andre Monroe and Quinton Jefferson each finished with a career high of 3.0 and 2.0 sacks, respectively.

Offensive Notes: With one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown, Brown has now accounted for 27 career touchdowns, the 17th-most in school history … Etta-Tawo finished with four catches for 69 yards including a career-long 43-yard reception … wide receiver Nigel King caught his third touchdown pass of the season and fourth of his career on a 16-yard pass from Brown on the opening drive of the second half.

Defensive Notes: The Terps finished with a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss led by a career-high 3.5 from defensive lineman Andre Monroe … Maryland’s defense forced a three-and-out on the opening series for the third time this season. The previous two came against FIU (8/31) and Old Dominion (9/7) … defensive back Sean Davis and defensive lineman Andre Monroe led the Terps with nine tackles apiece.

– Maryland –

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Banged up Terps try again to get bowl eligible Saturday at Va Tech

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team hits the road for the fourth time this season and first time in close to a month when the Terps travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from Lane Stadium. It will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies in a series that began in 1919, but will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009. The all-time series is tied 15-15 with Virginia Tech having won the last five meetings including a 36-9 win over Maryland in College Park in 2009.

LIVE Coverage on ACC Network & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network at 12:30 p.m. Click here to check local listings. Tim Brant (pbp), Dave Archer (color) and Rachel Baribeau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 136 and XM Radio Channel 191, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• After missing the Clemson game due to injury, quarterback C.J. Brown returned as the Terps starter against Syracuse on Saturday. Brown completed career-high 21 passes for 211 yards. Maryland has passed for over 200 yards in all nine games this season and has eclipsed the mark in 10 straight games dating back to last season. That is the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in program history since the Terps did it in 11 straight games between the 1993 and 1994 seasons beginning with a 351-yard passing day at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, 1993, and concluding with a 208-yard passing day at Clemson on Oct. 1, 1994.

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo served as Brown’s downfield threat against the Orange. Etta-Tawo finished with a career-best six catches for a career-high 109 yards receiving, including a career-long 26-yard reception midway through the fourth quarter. It is the fifth time this season a Maryland receiver has gone over 100 yards and Etta-Tawo is the fourth Maryland receiver to eclipse the mark. It marks the second time in three seasons the Terps have hit these totals. Maryland had five 100-yard receiving games from four different wide receivers during the 2011 season.

• Etta-Tawo’s 109-yard day is the second straight game a Terrapin receiver has gone over 100 yards. Wide receiverLevern Jacobs had a personal-best 158 yards receiving against Clemson (Oct. 26). Etta-Tawo averaged 17.5 yards per reception continuing the Terps’ trend of attacking defenses down the field. Despite averaging 10.0 yards per completion on Saturday against Syracuse, the Terps still rank fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 14.31 yards per catch. That average is the fourth highest in school history since 1980.

• The Terrapin defense did a good job of minimizing the impact of four offensive turnovers holding the Orange to just six points off of the four giveaways. This season, Maryland has surrendered only 63 points on 23 giveaways for an average of 2.74 points per giveaway. The number drops to 2.57 points per giveaway over the last four games as Maryland has held Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson and Syracuse to a combined 36 points on 14 turnovers.

• In addition to its ability to minimize the impact of turnovers, the Maryland defense has done a good job of keeping its opponents out of the end zone inside the 20-yard line. On Saturday, the Terps held the Orange to one touchdown on three redzone opportunities. This season, the Terps have given up 33 redzone scores with only 19 of them resutling in a touchdown (57.6%), a mark which is the best in the conference.

• Defensive back Sean Davis led the Terps with 11 tackles against Syracuse. It is Davis’ second double-digit tackle game in the last five contests (12 at Florida State, Oct. 5). Davis has 65 total stops this season, which ranks second on the team, and he leads the squad with 39 solo tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Abner Logan, making his third career start, recorded his second straight double-digit tackle performance with 10 against the Orange.

• The Terps picked off Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt once on Saturday to increase their season interception total to 10. Freshman defensive back William Likely picked up his first career interception when he dove in front of Hunt’s intended receiver midway through the second quarter. Likely is second on the team with four passes defensed this season. Senior DB Isaac Goins leads the Terps with six passes defended, four of which have come during ACC play.


Quick Hitters From Syracuse

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo became the fourth Maryland player this season to go over 100 yards receiving. The redshirt freshman wideout finished with career highs in receptions (6) and yards (109).

• Etta-Tawo’s 109-yard receiving performance marks the fifth time a Terrapin receiver has eclipsed 100 yards joiningStefon Diggs (179, Old Dominion; 110, Connecticut), Levern Jacobs (158, Clemson) and Deon Long (110, FIU).

• The Terps have totaled 200 or more yards passing in every game this season and have thrown for over 200 yards in 10 straight games dating back to last season.

• That is the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in program history since the Terps did it in 11 straight games between the 1993 and 1994 seasons beginning with a 351-yard passing day at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, 1993, and concluding with a 208-yard passing day at Clemson on Oct. 1, 1994.

• With 211 yards through the air, Maryland now has 2,462 passing yards and is averaging 273.6 yards per game. The Terps are on pace for 3,283 yards passing this season, which would be the most since the 1993 season when Maryland passed for a school record 3,823 yards.

• Overall, the Terps are averaging 415.6 yards of total offense. That mark is the highest per game average since 2003 when the Terps averaged 421.7 yards per game.

•.Despite averaging 10.0 yards per completion on Saturday against Syracuse, the Terps still rank fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 14.31 yards per catch. That average is the fourth highest in school history since 1980.

• Maryland held Syracuse to one touchdown on three redzone opportunities. The Terps lead the ACC in holding opponents to field goals inside the redzone. Maryland has held opponents to 19 touchdowns on 33 opportunities in the redzone.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield was one of four Terrapin defenders to record a tackle for loss. Whitfield now has 12.5 TFL on the season, which is tied for fourth in the ACC. His 12.5 TFL has cost opponents 96 yards, which is the fourth most in a single season in school history. He is five yards shy of tying Martin Van Horn for third.

• With four TFL against Syracuse, Maryland is averaging 7.4 TFL per game, which ranks third in the ACC and is 15th nationally. The team’s average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Tehuti Miles (offense), linebacker Clarence Murphy (defense), and wide receiver Regis Whittington (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Zeke Riser will carry the American flag, and running back Brandon Ross, will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadership council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Virginia Tech game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Cole Farrand (defense), and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (special teams).


Maryland-Virginia Tech Series History

• Saturday will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies in a series that began in 1919, but will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009.

• The all-time series is tied 15-15 with Virginia Tech having won the last five meetings including a 36-9 win over Maryland in College Park in 2009.

• Maryland’s last win over VT came in 1990 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, a 20-13 Terps victory. Maryland’s last win in Blacksburg came in 1949. But Saturday’s matchup is only the fourth game at Lane Stadium between the two teams since then.

 

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Terps to be without OT Larose, WR Jacobs out Saturday against Va Tech

Posted on 14 November 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at Virginia Tech

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
WR Levern Jacobs Head Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
WR DeAndre Lane Hamstring Out
OL Moise Larose Foot Out
LB Abner Logan Foot Out
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Probable
LB Alex Twine Shoulder Probable

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Terps OC Locksley takes responsibility for struggles against Syracuse

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On how offensive lineman Moise Larose fared in his first start:

“For a freshman, I thought he did okay. Obviously, we had some penalties there, from a referee standpoint he had a couple of calls of not having enough men on the line of scrimmage. For a guy that was thrown out to wolves in his first start, I thought he didn’t do too badly. With any freshmen you hope to see them improve every day and we feel like that’s what we’re getting from all of our freshmen including Moise.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown:

“C.J. is a competitor, we all are. From an offensive standpoint, we didn’t do a great job and it starts with me as the offensive coordinator and as well as the quarterback coach. We turned the ball over as a position, the two interceptions, and the fumble on the ground. You’re not going to beat anyone if you turn the ball over like we did last week. I have to do a better job of making sure we get that done. I expect him to bounce back, there’s no quitting with C.J. He is the guy that still has the ability, I thought he looked as healthy as he has been, and with the time off we have been able to knock some of the rust off and I’m expecting him to a big week this week. He’s had a pretty good week at practice thus far and we need to finish it off.”

 

On playing Virginia Tech in Blacksburg:

“Obviously the atmosphere, I’ve never been, this is one of the few ACC venues that I haven’t coached in. I have seen a ton of games that they have played, with them being a Thursday night team a lot, at the other places I have been I’ve had a chance to see the environment and what a great venue for our guys. In terms of them as a defense, they can get at you with just a four-man front. They’re going to load the box and make you throw the football or make you find ways to run against loaded boxes. We have to do a good job and I have to do a good job of having a scheme that is going to give us a chance to move the ball, sustain drives, and most importantly score points. We feel pretty good thus far we still have two days of our workweek and then Friday we’ll execute some things at walkthrough. But they are by far one of the top defenses we’ll face this year.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart 

On evaluating linebacker Shawn Petty’s first start:

“He’s learning. It’s a work in progress trying to put everything together. The game is fast and he is a true redshirt freshman because he played quarterback last year, and he is on the team as a linebacker but didn’t get reps at linebacker, it is like he was redshirted.”

 

On potentially having linebacker Cole Farrand back on Saturday:

“His leadership is one of the things we really missed. Having him back will really help, as far as his leadership and direction and making the calls on the field. We are anticipating him coming back, but right now we are going forward with the guys who are healthy. Any time you have all your starters in, you are going to fit the run the best. When you don’t, there is going to be some second-guessing. That’s just how it is, whether it is blocking for the offense or tackling for the defense.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I mentioned last week that I thought the break helped him a little bit, and it has tremendously. He is an avid studier of a film, and he comes in and looks at the sheets and knows what he is supposed to do. He does a good job, and I am happy for him that he had a chance to make a play on the ball and that’s a sign of many things to come.”

 

On Virginia Tech:

“Last time I was down there was 2001, and we beat them. That was the last time I have been down there, but I am sure it is going to be exciting. They are playing well, they are a physical team, and they can both run and throw the ball. They have young offensive linemen that are doing an excellent job. Offensively, they have a good quarterback. Logan [Thomas] is a big kid, and there are a lot of quarterback runs that he is pretty good in, and he can toss the ball. He can hang in there because he is so big, and he can wait for guys to clear so he can throw the ball.”

 

– Maryland –

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Maryland looks to finish season sweep at Virginia Tech Thursday

Posted on 06 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (16-6, 4-5 ACC at Virginia Tech (11-10, 2-6 ACC)

Thursday, February 7, 2013 • 9 p.m. ET

Game #23 • Road Game #6 • Blacksburg, Va. • Cassell Coliseum

TV: ACC Network – Steve Martin (Play-by-Play) and Mike Gminski (Analyst). Locally, the game can be seen on WNUV in Baltimore and WDCA in Washington, D.C. For a complete affiliate listing, click here.

 

Storyline

• Maryland takes to the road for the fifth time in the conference season when it takes on Virginia Tech Thursday at 9 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va. In the teams’ previous meeting, the Terps defeated the Hokies, 94-71, on Jan. 5 in College Park. Seth Allen and Jake Layman led the way in Maryland’s second-largest conference win of the year, scoring 21 and 20 points, respectively.

• Against Wake Forest last Saturday, Maryland rode 67.3 percent shooting to its biggest league win in terms of point margin this season. That mark is the fifth-best field goal percentage in a game in program history and the best since the Terps shot 73.9 percent against Wake on Jan. 28, 1986.

• In the 86-60 victory, the Terps had six players score in double figures for the first time since Feb. 9, 2011. Logan Aronhalt led the way with 13, Allen, Layman, James Padgett and Alex Len had 12 each, and Dez Wells had 11. Wells, who is second on the team in scoring (12.2 points per game), has been at his best on the road. In Maryland’s five road games, the sophomore is averaging 18.8 points per contest, including 21 at North Carolina and 19 at Florida State.

• Despite experiencing a four-game shooting slump in January, Maryland has been one of the better shooting teams in the conference this season. Sans the four-game stretch from Florida State (Jan. 9) to North Carolina (Jan. 19), the Terps have shot better than 40 percent in 16 of 18 games. Maryland ranks second in the league and 24th nationally with a 47.5 shooting percentage, and is 12-1 when shooting above 45 percent this season.

• The Wake Forest game also marked a return of Maryland’s defensive control. The Terps held Wake to 34.4 percent shooting, including just 25.8 percent in the first half in building a 42-25 halftime lead. That marked the seventh time in nine league games that Maryland has held the opponent under 40 percent shooting.

 

Maryland-Virginia Tech Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 29-10, which dates back to 1926. On the road, Maryland leads the series 10-6.

• The series has gone back and forth since Virginia Tech joined the ACC. The teams have split the 12 meetings since 2005, with Maryland currently on a two-game winning streak.

• In Maryland’s 94-71 win over Tech in the conference opener on Jan. 5, the Terps shot 51.7 percent, including 10 of 23 from 3-point. Seth Allen (21) and Jake Layman (20) set season highs, while Alex Len added 16 and Dez Wells had 12. Virginia Tech’s Erick Green scored a game-high 28.

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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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