The Maryland Terrapins are going to the Sweet 16. The Terps beat Hawaii on Sunday night, and it was a weird one. The Terps did a few things that, on their own, would have precluded many teams from even competing. But not Maryland, at least not on this night, because the Terps were incredibly productive at the foul line.
Here's how Maryland performed across the four "four factors" of team efficiency: effective field goal percentage (eFG%), turnover percentage (TOV%), offensive rebounding percentage (ORB%) and free throw tries per field goal attempt (FTA/FGA).
Maryland: 46.9 eFG%
Hawaii: 35.7 eFG%
National average: 49.9 eFG%
All year, we've used effective field goal percentage for this category, because it weights made three-pointers as being commensurately more valuable than two-pointers. For reasons I'll get to below, true shooting percentage – which includes foul shots – might be more indicative of what happened in this game. But, anyway:
From the field, Maryland was a disastrous 1-of-18 on three-pointers. That made the Terps' shooting night seem a lot worse than it really was, because they made 21 of 30 two-pointers (70 percent).
Here's something, too:
Maryland shot 1-18 from 3-pt land, lowest percentage (5.6) by winning team in the NCAA Tournament ever (min 10 att). pic.twitter.com/qxvIXYr0fx— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2016
Maryland: 15.6 TOV%
Hawaii: 12.8 TOV%
National average: 18.2 TOV%
Not much to say about this department. Maryland had nine turnovers, which is fine, and only got eight, which is meh. Nobody won or lost this game because of turnovers.
Maryland: 10.3 ORB%
Hawaii: 32.6 ORB%
National average: 29.8 ORB%
Maryland gave up 16 offensive rebounds. That's a lot, but it's not so bad when you consider that the Rainbow Warriors had 47 missed shots from the field. What's much more concerning is that Maryland only got three offensive rebounds itself, making for the Terps' least productive offensive rebounding game of the entire season. And yet ...
Maryland: 0.646 FTA/FGA
Hawaii: 0.214 FTA/FGA
National average: 0.367 FTA/FGA
Maryland was remarkably productive at the foul line, both in terms of getting there and succeeding there. The Terps got a massive 31 foul shots, and they made 28 of them. On the other hand, Hawaii made 10 of a paltry 15. Maryland's 18-point edge at the line, needless to say, was a key factor in a 13-point final margin overall.