Maryland searching for first win at UNC since 2008 Saturday

January 18, 2013 | 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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