Terps Travel to Miami Sunday
Jan. 11, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Maryland hits the road for the first time in ACC play and just the second time this season when it takes on Miami Sunday at 8 p.m. The Terps will be looking for their first road win over the Hurricanes since they joined the ACC; Miami has won all six of its home games over the Terrapins since joining the league in 2004. Maryland and Miami split a pair of games last season, with each team holding home court.
Depth, rebounding, and hot shooting helped carry the Terrapins to their 13-game winning streak. Against FSU, though, Maryland shot under 40 percent (.367) for just the third time in 15 games, and held just a plus-3 advantage on the boards. Still, despite also committing 18 turnovers, the Terps had a chance to win or tie after scoring 11 points in the final minute, but Seth Allen had a go-ahead 3-pointer blocked with 0:02 left.
Allen has led Maryland in scoring in the two ACC games by averaging 17.0 points, and the freshman has reached double figures in four straight games after doing it just once in the first 11 games. He's one of seven underclassmen who are providing the bulk of the scoring in Maryland's 10-man rotation. Of the 76.7 points per game Maryland is averaging, 62.2 (81%) are coming from freshmen or sophomores.
Alex Len has led the Terps in scoring throughout the season, with his 13.6 points per game ranking 13th in the ACC, and his 8.2 rebounds per game ranking fifth. The sophomore recorded his fourth double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Florida State.
Maryland entered this week ranked second in the ACC and ninth nationally in field goal percentage at 50.4 percent. That percentage dipped to 49.5 on the year after the Terps shot 36.7 percent against Florida State. Despite the poor shooting night against the `Noles, Maryland has shot above 40 percent in 12 of 15 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).
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 entered this week ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense at .352. The Terps have held nine of the last 11 opponents under 40 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.
Maryland's bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps' non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 13 of 15 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason).
On the year, Maryland's bench has a 434-181 (28.9 to 12.1 per game) advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against UMES on Dec. 5 (55-7).
With his 8.5 points per game, Seth Allen has been the biggest contributor. He has reached double figures in each of the past four games while coming off the bench.
Logan Aronhalt has also been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is three 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .529 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 13 of 15 games this season.
Force on the Boards
Though the rebounding advantage over the last two opponents was just plus-3, Maryland leads the ACC and is tied for third nationally in rebounding margin at plus-12.1 per game. Just Colorado State (plus-13.9) and Missouri (plus-13.0) rank above that. Maryland is the only ACC school with a double-figure advantage in rebounding margin; North Carolina is second at plus-5.5.
The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all 15 games this season.
Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 8.2 rpg and Mitchell averages 6.7. Len ranks fifth in the conference and Mitchell ranks 11th, including first among freshmen.
Len ranks third 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 (15.5).
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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