Maryland, FSU Meet Wednesday Night
Jan. 29, 2013
Maryland wraps up a difficult January stretch when it heads to Tallahassee to take on Florida State Wednesday night. The Terps have played four of their last five against teams ranked in the top 36 of the RPI, including three in the top 15 (at Miami - No. 3; vs. NC State - No. 15; at Duke - No. 1). Maryland and Florida State met in College Park on Jan. 9, with the Seminoles overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to win, 65-62.
The Terps have held six of seven ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting and had held the last five opponents to 65 points or fewer before Duke scored 84. Opponents are shooting just 36.0 percent against Maryland this season, a mark which ranks fourth nationally behind just Kansas (34.9), Texas (35.3) and Syracuse (35.9). Maryland has also outrebounded all 20 opponents this season and ranks second in the country in rebounding margin (plus-10.4), behind only Colorado (plus-14.1).
With seven of the 10 players in Maryland's regular rotation either freshmen or sophomores, the majority of Maryland's scoring this season has come from underclassmen. Of the 71.4 points per game Maryland is averaging, 58.2 come from underclassmen (82 percent). The Terrapins top five scorers are all freshman or sophomores.
Len narrowly missed out on his sixth double-double of the year with eight points and 10 rebounds vs. the Blue Devils. He continues to lead the team in scoring (13.2 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 per game), while Wells is second on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (3.0 per game).
Maryland-Florida State Series History
Maryland's 51-50 win over then-No. 14 NC State on Jan. 16 was its first win over a ranked opponent since March 3, 2010, when it beat No. 4 Duke 79-72 at home.
Maryland ranks second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .465, behind just NC State (.509). The Terps have shot above 40 percent in each of the past two contests, snapping a streak of four straight games in which they shot under 40 percent. Prior to that streak of four games, Maryland had shot better than 40 percent in 12 of its previous 13 games.
The Terps are 14-0 this season when they have the lead with 5:00 left in the game, and 1-0 when tied with 5:00 left.
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 7.8 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Reggie Bullock of North Carolina, makes one every 11 minutes on the floor.
Seven of the 10 players in Maryland's regular rotation are underclassmen and 82 percent of Maryland's scoring (58.2 of 71.4 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Additionally, Maryland's top five scorers are underclassmen.
At least eight players have scored in 17 of Maryland's 20 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason, at Miami and at North Carolina, when just seven players scored.
Maryland has nearly made more free throws (271) than the opponent has attempted (293) this season. The Terps are 10-2 when making more free throws than the opponent.
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.
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.
Hitting the Mark
Maryland has assisted on 60 percent (315 of 525) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 18 of 20 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and are 14-1 when recording at least 14 assists.
On average, Maryland has recorded 17.7 assists per game in wins, while in its five losses it has averaged just 9.8.
Field-goal Percentage Defense
Maryland leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense at .360. The Terps have held 13 of the last 16 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook, IUPUI and Duke being the exceptions. Maryland has held six of its seven ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting (VT - .373; FSU - .367; Miami - .349; NC State - .311; North Carolina - .354; Boston College - .357). Only Duke (.524) shot above 38 percent.
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 17 of 20 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).
On the year, Maryland's bench has a 507-205 (25.3 to 10.3 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 27 minutes per game (Alex Len is first at 26.8).
Logan Aronhalt has been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is nine 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .477 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 16 of 20 games this season. Of his 34 field goals made this season, 31 are 3-pointers.
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