Terps Visit Boston College Tuesday
Feb. 18, 2013
Maryland returns to the road on Tuesday when it takes on Boston College in the first of four away games over the regular season's final six contests. The Terps have just two home games left - vs. Clemson this Saturday and vs. North Carolina on March 6. Road games at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Virginia remain after Tuesday's trip to Chestnut Hill.
On Saturday, Maryland beat Duke 83-81 and recorded its first win over a No. 1-ranked opponent since Jan. 19, 2008, when it beat North Carolina. Seth Allen knocked down a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left to break a tie and give Maryland the win, earning ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his effort. Allen scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including five of Maryland's final six down the stretch.
Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds against the Blue Devils, and helped in the defensive effort that held Mason Plumlee to a season-low four points on 2-of-7 shooting. Len, who is tied for second in the ACC with 2.1 blocks per game, had three against Duke.
Maryland shot 60 percent (27-45) from the field, with all nine players that saw action recording at least one field goal. The Terps, who rank second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .476, have exceeded the 40 percent mark in each of the last seven games. They also got to the free throw line often, making a season-high 25 free throws on 34 attempts (.735). Len and Allen both set career highs with seven free throws made on eight attempts.
On the boards, the Terps enjoyed their second largest advantage of the conference season by outrebounding the Blue Devils 40-20. Only against Wake Forest (plus-21) have the Terps had a bigger advantage. Maryland ranks second nationally in rebound margin at plus-10.7 and has outrebounded 24 of 25 opponents this season.
Maryland-Boston College Series History
Hitting the Mark
Maryland has assisted on 58 percent (386 of 661) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 23 of 25 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and rank second in the ACC with 15.4 per game. Maryland is 16-2 when recording at least 14 assists.
On average, Maryland has recorded 17.3 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 .476, behind just NC State (.499). That marks also ranks 22nd nationally. The Terps have shot above 40 percent in each of the past seven contests. 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.
Scoring from Underclassmen
Seven of the 10 players in Maryland's regular rotation are underclassmen and 81 percent of Maryland's scoring (58 of 71.9 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Maryland's top five scorers are underclassmen in sophomores Alex Len (12.7 ppg), Dez Wells (11.9 ppg) and Nick Faust (8.2 ppg) and freshmen Seth Allen (7.9 ppg) and Charles Mitchell (6.0 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 617 career points, followed by Wells (610), Faust (491) and Len (449).
Field Goal Percentage Defense
Maryland leads the ACC and ranks eight nationally in field goal percentage defense at .367. The Terps have held 15 of the last 21 opponents under 40 percent shooting, including eight of 12 ACC opponents. Just Kansas (.356), Southern U. (.363), Texas (.365), Texas-Arlington (.367), Syracuse (.371), Florida (.371) and Stephen F. Austin (.372) 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 22 of 25 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).
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