March 29, 2013
Maryland is playing in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals for the third time in history and first time since 2005 after dispatching No. 1 seed Alabama, 58-57, last Tuesday. The Terrapins are 14-6 all-time in the NIT and 1-1 in the semifinals; they captured the title in 1972 with wins over Jacksonville and Niagara, and fell in the 2005 semis to South Carolina.
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In winning at Alabama, Maryland captured its 25th victory of the season, the most for the program since 2006-07 when the Terps were 25-9. A win in the semifinals would give Maryland its most victories since it had 32 in the 2001-02 national championship season.
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Since opening postseason play in the ACC Tournament, Maryland has played some of its best basketball, winning five out of the last six games. Dez Wells has carried the scoring load in the postseason, averaging 18.3 points per game on .574 shooting from the field, including .727 (8-11) from 3-point range. Wells' scoring surge goes back to the regular season - the sophomore is averaging 17.8 points per game on .558 (67-120) shooting in the last 10 games.
Alex Len recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds at Alabama, his sixth of the season and first since the home win over Boston College on Jan. 22. Len also matched a career high with five blocks. At 11.5 points per game, the sophomore is one of four Terps averaging double-figure scoring in the postseason. Nick Faust is averaging 11.2 points per game and is shooting .400 (10-25) from 3-point range. The fourth, freshman Seth Allen, averaged 10.8 points per game off the bench in five postseason games, but fractured a bone in his shooting hand in practice on March 24 and will miss the rest of the postseason.
The Terps are set to meet Iowa for just the third time in history. Maryland won each of the previous meetings, in 1984 and in 1999. Should they advance, the Terps would be playing their first ever game against either Baylor or BYU.
Maryland has won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.
Turgeon's current winning percentage of .609 (42-27) is the best mark by a Maryland coach in his first two seasons. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage and Gary Williams had a .574 mark.
Dez Wells is averaging 17.1 points per game in Maryland's 16 games away from home this season (11 road + 5 neutral).
Wells scored 30 points against Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals, the most points by a Terp this season. He is the first Terp to score 30 in a game since Terrell Stoglin had 33 at Miami in two overtimes on 2/1/2012.
The Terps are appearing in the NIT for the eighth time in school history and hold a 14-6 record in the tournament. Maryland owns one NIT title, in 1972, when they defeated Niagara in the championship game 100-69.
The NIT appearance marks the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).
Maryland has reached 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 now won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10. The exceptions are last season, Turgeon's first at Maryland, and 2006-07, his last at Wichita State. The Terps are one of six ACC teams to reach the 20-win mark; Miami, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and NC State also have at least 20 wins.
With Tuesday's game, Maryland will set a single-season record for games played. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.
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.
Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the last two seasons. The Terps have three wins over a ranked team this year: No. 14/15 NC State, No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).
The Terps are 23-2 this season when they have the lead with 5:00 left in the game, and 1-0 when tied with 5:00 left. The losses came at Florida State (1/30) and at Virgina in overtime (3/10).
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 8.6 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Scott Wood of NC State, made one 3-pointer every 11.4 minutes on the floor.
The Terps are 18-3 when making as many or more free throws than the opponent, and 7-9 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 81.8 percent of Maryland's scoring (58.1 of 71.0 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Maryland's top four scorers are underclassmen in sophomores Dez Wells (13.2 ppg), Alex Len (11.8 ppg) and Nick Faust (9.3 ppg) and freshman Seth Allen (7.8 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, 141 of 185 starts (76.2%) 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 Wells (801), James Padgett (652), Faust (629) and Len (567).
Hitting the Mark
Maryland has assisted on 56 percent (539 of 963) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 33 of 37 games (exceptions are at Miami, at North Carolina, vs. North Carolina and vs. Denver), and rank t-2nd in the ACC with 14.6 per game. Maryland is 20-4 when recording at least 14 assists.
On average, Maryland has recorded 16.4 assists per game in wins, while in its losses it has averaged just 11.1.
Maryland ranks third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .466, behind just NC State (.494) and Duke (.477). That marks also ranks 34th nationally. The Terps have shot above 40 percent in 16 of the past 18 games. Maryland has shot better than 50 percent 14 times this season and is undefeated when doing so.
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 .384. The Terps have held 21 of 37 opponents under 40 percent shooting, including 11 of 18 ACC (regular season) opponents.
Maryland's bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps' non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 31 of 37 games. Most recently, the Terps had their fourth-highest bench output of the season with 42 against Niagara, outscored Denver 22-3 and Alabama 18-11.
On the year, Maryland's bench has a 930-450 (25.1 to 12.1 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 29 minutes per game (Dez Wells is first at 28.6).
Logan Aronhalt has been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is 14 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .432 mark from beyond the arc would rank third in the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 29 of 37 games this season. Of his 74 field goals made this season, 60 are 3-pointers.
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