Terps Take On No. 2 Blue Devils Saturday
Feb. 15, 2013
Following a five-day break from games, Maryland returns to action on Saturday as it plays host to second-ranked Duke at 6 p.m. in Comcast Center. The Terps are 17-7 and 5-6 in the ACC after suffering just their second home defeat of the season last Sunday against Virginia. Duke is 22-2 and 9-2 in the conference after a 73-68 win over North Carolina on Wednesday.
The Terps rank second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .472 and have exceeded the 40 percent mark in each of the last six games. In that six-game stretch, the Terps have shot it well from beyond the arc, hitting 54 of 96 shots (.404). Jake Layman (12-29, .414), Logan Aronhalt (11-24, .458) and Dez Wells (8-15, .533) have been the biggest contributors from the perimeter of late.
Maryland has ranked in the top-10 nationally throughout much of the season in opponent field goal percentage. Opposing teams have shot just 36.7 percent against the Terrapins, a mark which leads the ACC and ranks seventh nationally. Virginia was just the second team this season to make better than 50 percent of its shots against Maryland; eight of 11 conference opponent have shot under 38 percent.
Virginia became the first team this season to outrebound the Terps, finishing with a 34-29 advantage on the boards. Still, Maryland is just one of two teams in the nation with an average rebounding margin in double figures. The Terps are second at plus-10.3, behind just Colorado State (plus-13.8).
Maryland-Duke Series History
Hitting the Mark
Maryland has assisted on 59 percent (375 of 634) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 22 of 24 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and rank second in the ACC with 15.6 per game. Maryland is 16-2 when recording at least 14 assists.
On average, Maryland has recorded 17.7 assists per game in wins, while in its seven losses it has averaged just 10.6.
Maryland ranks second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .472, behind just NC State (.500). That marks also ranks 30th nationally. The Terps have shot above 40 percent in each of the past six 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.
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.
Scoring from Underclassmen
Seven of the 10 players in Maryland's regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland's scoring (57.3 of 71.4 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Maryland's top four scorers are underclassmen in sophomores Alex Len (12.5 ppg), Dez Wells (12.0 ppg) and Nick Faust (8.3 ppg) and freshman Seth Allen (7.5 ppg).
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 scorer is senior James Padgett with 609 career points, followed by Wells (601), Faust (484) and Len (430).
Field Goal Percentage Defense
Maryland leads the ACC and ranks seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense at .367. The Terps have held 15 of the last 20 opponents under 40 percent shooting, including eight of 11 ACC opponents. Just Kansas (.360), Texas (.362), Texas-Arlington (.364), Syracuse (.366), Stephen F. Austin (.367) and Southern U. (.367) 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 21 of 24 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).
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