Feb. 26, 2013
Maryland heads down the final stretch of the regular season as it travels to Georgia Tech for what will be the first of three road games over the next 12 days. The Terps improved to 19-8 overall and evened their conference record at 7-7 with a 72-59 win over Clemson last Saturday, behind a season-high 18 points from Nick Faust.
|LIVE Coverage on the ACC Network & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
Wednesday's game will be broadcast on the ACC Network at 8 p.m. ET. Locally, the game can be seen on WDCA in Washington, D.C., and WNUV in Baltimore. For a full affiliate listing, click here. Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Cory Alexander (analyst) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp) and Chris Knoche (analyst) have the call.
Against the Yellow Jackets, Maryland will be looking to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2009-10, when it went 24-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mark Turgeon's teams have won at least 20 games in four of the last five seasons and seven of the last nine. The exceptions are last season, Turgeon's first at Maryland, and 2006-07, his last at Wichita State. As many as six ACC teams could reach the 20-win mark by the end of the week; Miami and Duke are already there, while North Carolina, Virginia and NC State also have 19 wins. Last year, five league teams won 20 games.
|Maryland Terrapins: 19-8, 7-7 ACC|
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Faust led the way against the Tigers, making 7-of-10 shots including a career-high tying four 3-pointers. He also added three assists, a season-high three steals and a block, and in the past game has eight assists without committing a turnover. Dez Wells, meanwhile, had seven assists and just one turnover, as Maryland finished with 19 assists and a season-low eight turnovers as a team.
Maryland's freshmen combined for 33 points against Clemson, led by Jake Layman's 12 and Shaquille Celare's 10, while Charles Mitchell added eight points and seven rebounds. The Terps have relied upon freshmen and sophomores throughout the season, with 80 percent of their scoring coming from underclassmen.
The Terps have shot better than 40 percent in eight of the last nine games and rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .471. Twice in the past six games, Maryland has shot better than 60 percent, hitting .673 vs. Wake Forest (2/2) and .600 vs. Duke (2/16).
Maryland-Georgia Tech Series History
Maryland leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 39-35. The series dates back to 1972. Since 1996, the Terps have owned the upper hand, going 23-7 against Tech. Maryland has also won 11 of the last 13 meetings.
Maryland and Georgia Tech split the series last season, with each team holding court at home. The Terps won 61-50 in College Park, while the Yellow Jackets won 63-61 in Atlanta.
Maryland committed just eight turnovers vs. Clemson, its lowest total this season and just the second time in conference play that it committed fewer than the opponent (also Virginia: 13 to 16).
Logan Aronhalt connected on seven 3-pointers at Boston College on 2/19. That's the most by a Terp since Mike Jones hit a Comcast Center record nine on Dec. 28, 2006, vs. Missouri-Kansas City.
Aronhalt's 26 points were the most by a Terrapin this season. Dez Wells has three 20-point efforts, while Alex Len, Jake Layman and Seth Allen each have one.
The Terps set season highs in 3-point field goals made (11) and percentage (.688) against Wake Forest (2/2).
Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the last two seasons. The Terps have knocked off two this year: No. 14 NC State, and No. 1/2 Duke.
The Terps are 18-1 this season when they have the lead with 5:00 left in the game, and 1-0 when tied with 5:00 left. The lone loss came at Florida State (1/30).
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.
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, Scott Wood of NC State, makes one 3-pointer every 12.0 minutes on the floor.
At least eight players have scored in 24 of Maryland's 27 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason, at Miami and at North Carolina, when just seven players scored.
The Terps are 14-2 when making as many or more free throws than the opponent, and 5-5 when making fewer free throws.
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. The Terps have started three freshmen in a game four times this season.
Seven of the 10 players in Maryland's regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland's scoring (57.2 of 71.4 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Maryland's top four scorers are underclassmen in sophomores Alex Len (12.3 ppg), Dez Wells (11.5 ppg) and Nick Faust (8.4 ppg) and freshman Seth Allen (7.6 ppg).
Just twice in the past 30 years has a larger percentage of Maryland's scoring come from underclassmen. In 2003-04, 82 percent came from underclassmen, and in 1993-94, 97 percent did.
Additionally, 104 of 135 possible starts (77%) this season have gone to underclassmen. That is the second-highest percentage in the past 30 years, behind only 1993-94 when every start went to underclassmen.
The Terps have just one 1,000-point scorer on the roster this season in graduate student Logan Aronhalt. Aronhalt scored 1,100 points at Albany before transferring to Maryland prior to this season. Maryland's next top scorers are senior James Padgett with 623 career points, Wells (623), Faust (512) and Len (462).
Hitting the Mark
Maryland has assisted on 59 percent (417 of 711) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 25 of 27 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and rank second in the ACC with 15.4 per game. Maryland is 17-2 when recording at least 14 assists.
On average, Maryland has recorded 17.4 assists per game in wins, while in its seven losses it has averaged just 10.8.
Maryland ranks third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .471, behind just NC State (.495) and Duke (.476). That marks also ranks 28th nationally. The Terps have shot above 40 percent in seven of the past eight games. Maryland has shot better than 50 percent 11 times this season.
Against Wake Forest (2/2), Maryland recorded its fifth-best field goal percentage in program history at .673. The four single-game marks better than that are: .833 (15-18) vs. South Carolina, 1/9/71; .739 (34-46) vs. Wake Forest, 1/28/86; .732 (30-41) vs. NC State, 12/20/80; and .704 (50-71) vs. Miami (OH), 12/28/79.
Field Goal Percentage Defense
Maryland leads the ACC and ranks 10th nationally in field goal percentage defense at .375. The Terps have held 16 of the last 23 opponents under 40 percent shooting, including eight of 13 ACC opponents. Just Kansas (.355), Southern U. (.366), Stony Brook (.367), Syracuse (.370), Texas (.372), Stephen F. Austin (.373), Texas-Arlington (.373), Florida (.373) and Georgetown (.374) have held opponents to a lower mark than Maryland has.
Maryland's bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps' non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 24 of 27 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).
On the year, Maryland's bench has a 706-312 (26.1 to 11.6 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 28 minutes per game (Dez Wells is first at 27.1).
Logan Aronhalt has been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is seven 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .485 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 22 of 27 games this season. Of his 57 field goals made this season, 47 are 3-pointers.
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