Terps Travel to Georgia Tech Wednesday
Feb. 26, 2013
Maryland heads down the final stretch of the regular season as it travels to Georgia Tech for what will be the first of three road games over the next 12 days. The Terps improved to 19-8 overall and evened their conference record at 7-7 with a 72-59 win over Clemson last Saturday, behind a season-high 18 points from Nick Faust.
Faust led the way against the Tigers, making 7-of-10 shots including a career-high tying four 3-pointers. He also added three assists, a season-high three steals and a block, and in the past game has eight assists without committing a turnover. Dez Wells, meanwhile, had seven assists and just one turnover, as Maryland finished with 19 assists and a season-low eight turnovers as a team.
Maryland's freshmen combined for 33 points against Clemson, led by Jake Layman's 12 and Shaquille Celare's 10, while Charles Mitchell added eight points and seven rebounds. The Terps have relied upon freshmen and sophomores throughout the season, with 80 percent of their scoring coming from underclassmen.
The Terps have shot better than 40 percent in eight of the last nine games and rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .471. Twice in the past six games, Maryland has shot better than 60 percent, hitting .673 vs. Wake Forest (2/2) and .600 vs. Duke (2/16).
Maryland-Georgia Tech Series History
Seven of the 10 players in Maryland's regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland's scoring (57.2 of 71.4 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Maryland's top four scorers are underclassmen in sophomores Alex Len (12.3 ppg), Dez Wells (11.5 ppg) and Nick Faust (8.4 ppg) and freshman Seth Allen (7.6 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, 104 of 135 possible starts (77%) 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 scorers are senior James Padgett with 623 career points, Wells (623), Faust (512) and Len (462).
Hitting the Mark
Maryland has assisted on 59 percent (417 of 711) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 25 of 27 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and rank second in the ACC with 15.4 per game. Maryland is 17-2 when recording at least 14 assists.
On average, Maryland has recorded 17.4 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 (.495) and Duke (.476). That marks also ranks 28th nationally. The Terps have shot above 40 percent in seven of the past eight games. 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 10th nationally in field goal percentage defense at .375. The Terps have held 16 of the last 23 opponents under 40 percent shooting, including eight of 13 ACC opponents. Just Kansas (.355), Southern U. (.366), Stony Brook (.367), Syracuse (.370), Texas (.372), Stephen F. Austin (.373), Texas-Arlington (.373), Florida (.373) and Georgetown (.374) 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 24 of 27 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).
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