Terps hope to get offense going Tuesday night against Boston College

January 22, 2013 | 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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