Happy Thanksgiving, All!!!!!
While looking through Maryland's basketball statistics through four games, several things really stood out; things I hadn't seen discussed in any of the other threads.
I found it pleasantly ironic that, while the team has shot a lackluster 67% from the free throw line so far, the team leaders (with at least 10 free throws) are Alex Len and James Padgett, each at 80%. There are two reasons that's pleasantly ironic: 1) Those two were among the worst free throw shooters on the team last season, and 2) I have to believe most of the other players will improve.
And just for tERPS01: Maryland has an offensive rebounding percentage of 57%, and a defensive rebounding percentage of 71.4%, That means the opposition has an offensive rebounding percentage of just 28.6%, and 43% on the defensive glass.
Considering the pre-season skepticism surrounding Pe'Shon Howard's ability to run the point, he has some pretty impressive numbers so far. His assist/turnover ratio is a very respectable 4:1. He's a perfect 6-for-6 from the line, and has the second highest 3-point percentage at .400, hitting 2 of 5 from 3-point land. Seth Allen leads the team at .444.
Jake Layman needs to look for his mid-range shot more often. His field goal percentage is .462 (6 of 13), and he's 2 of 9 from deep. That means he's a perfect 4-for-4 from inside the arc.
Unlike last season when Terrell Stoglin was easily our primary threat at the offensive end of the floor; this year, four players are averaging double-digit points/game (and Seth Allen is just shy of double-digits at 9.3 ppg). Oddly, after Alex Len's 17 ppg, three players are sitting at 10.5: James Padgett, Dez Wells, and Nick Faust. Can you say balanced scoring?
I'll include a link to the stats in the comments section.