Maryland, Clemson Set to Meet Saturday
Feb. 22, 2013
Maryland plays its penultimate home game of the 2012-13 season when it takes on Clemson Saturday at noon. After playing the Tigers, the Terps play three of their last four on the road, with the home finale coming on March 6 vs. North Carolina.
Maryland is 18-8 and 6-7 in the ACC after a 69-58 setback at Boston College on Tuesday. Logan Aronhalt poured in a season-high 26 points - the most by a Terp this season - but was the only Maryland player to reach double figures. The Terps led 33-26 at halftime and 50-49 with 5:14 to play, but the Eagles used a 12-0 run over the next 3:19 to take control.
The Terps have been at their best inside Comcast Center, where they own a 15-2 record which includes an upset over then second-ranked Duke last Saturday. In home games, Maryland has shot 50.7 percent from the field while holding opponents to a .366 mark, and the Terps have outscored opponents by an average margin of 14.2 points at home.
Maryland had a streak of seven straight games shooting at least 40 percent snapped at Boston College, when it hit just 35.7 percent. Still, the Terps rank third in the conference in field goal percentage at .471, behind just NC State (.497) and Duke (.472). Maryland also ranks first in the league and eighth nationally in field goal percentage defense, having held opponents to a .373 mark this season.
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Driesell to be Honored
Seven of the 10 players in Maryland's regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland's scoring (56.8 of 71.3 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Maryland's top four scorers are underclassmen in sophomores Alex Len (12.4 ppg), Dez Wells (11.8 ppg) and Nick Faust (8.0 ppg) and freshman Seth Allen (7.7 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, 99 of 130 possible starts (76%) 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 scorer is senior James Padgett with 617 career points, followed by Wells (619), Faust (494) and Len (453).
Hitting the Mark
Maryland has assisted on 58 percent (398 of 681) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 24 of 26 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and rank second in the ACC with 15.3 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 10.8.
Maryland ranks third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .471, behind just NC State (.497) and Duke (.472). That marks also ranks 22nd nationally. The Terps had shot above 40 percent in seven straight contests until shooting 35.7 percent at Boston College. 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.
Field Goal Percentage Defense
Maryland leads the ACC and ranks eight nationally in field goal percentage defense at .373. The Terps have held 16 of the last 22 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 23 of 26 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).
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