Entering Thursday's game against Boston College, Maryland was facing a lot of uncertainty for a team that set out to get back to the NCAA Tournament this season. While they still have several issues they need to continue to resolve, Mark Turgeon's team showed a lot of improvement in their win over the Eagles.
In Dez we trust
On Thursday, Wells scored a career-high 33 points, taking over the game in the second half, when he scored 22 of those points, holding off a late BC rally. While Wells is leading the team with 15.8 ppg this season, he hasn't been a consistent focus of Maryland's offense. But that really goes beyond Dez in that Maryland hasn't really been able to run any type of effective offense. On Thursday, especially towards the end of the game, they put the ball in Dez's hands, didn't force shots, and ran time off the clock before allowing Wells to drive and score. And while Boston College didn't exactly play stingy defense, Maryland still had to play smart on offense, which they did much better than they have in recent games.
Roddy Peters is your starting point guard
Peters is showing that he should be the primary ball handler. Could that change when Seth gets back? Perhaps, but even if situations where Seth would run point, Peters is also showing he can get to the basket and score, as demonstrated by his career-high 14 points last night.
Peters leads the team in assist rate (ARate), which is calculated as a player's assists divided by the field goals made by his teammates while he is on the court. Peter's ARate is 29.9, good for 115th in the nation. The next best player on Maryland is Dez Wells at 16.8, followed by Varun Ram at 12.2. Maryland is scoring more effectively with Peters on the court, due to his ability to move the ball around.
Jonathan Graham has earned a spot in the rotation
When Jonathan Graham announced he was transferring to Maryland, many wondered what Graham's role would be on this team, especially after he was granted immediate eligibility. For the first several games, it appeared Graham would be used somewhat sporadically, playing a few minutes here and there to give Charles Mitchell and Shaq Cleare a breather or in the event that the team got into foul trouble. That changed in Thursday's game against BC, when Graham saw 21 minutes of action, grabbed four boards, made a shot and recorded a block.
Graham has some very impressive advanced statistics at this point, but the sample size is probably a bit too small to draw anything from. They're certainly worth watching, but they're probably not worth mentioning at this point.
Also worth noting was the importance of Thursday's win. It was just the fourth ACC road win in Mark Turgeon's tenure in College Park, something they'll need more of if they want to get back to the NCAA tournament this season.