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Maryland basketball's win against Princeton was done in atypical Terps fashion

Advanced stats review of Maryland's first win in Baltimore since 1999.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Against the zone, Maryland hid areas it struggled in behind stellar 3-point shooting, as the Terps hit 12 of 25 from deep.

The rebounding edge was also key in the Terps 21-point victory over Princeton, but the team subtly remained sloppy in the first half, turning the ball over frequently, and Princeton was able to capitalize, scoring 10 points off those turnovers.

Maryland also got to the line in what tied for its fewest attempts for the season on its second-worst shooting percentage.

Here's how Maryland faired across the "four factors" in team efficiency: effective field goal percentage (eFG%), turnover percentage (TOV%), offensive rebounding percentage (ORB%) and free throw attempts per field goal attempt (FT/FGA).


Maryland 66.7 eFG% / Princeton 51.0 eFG% / National average 49.4 eFG%

Princeton's 2-3 and 3-2 zones came as a shock to coach Mark Turgeon and his team as the Tigers typically come out matching man-to-man, but the third-best shooting team by effective field goal measures showed no struggle firing through it. Effective field goal percentage accounts for 3-point shots being worth more than 2-point attempts, and the Terrapins hitting nearly 38 percent of its field goals from three on 48 percent shooting landed the team with its second-highest shooting mark of the season. Jaylen Brantley, Jared Nickens, Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman combined to shoot 61.1 percent from behind the arc with 11 makes.


Maryland 17.6 TOV% / Princeton 13.3 TOV% / National average 18.6 TOV%

First half turnovers were yet again an issue for the No. 6 Terrapins, as the team trailed a much weaker Princeton team by 6 points with 6:36 to go in the first half. Maryland threw the ball away four times in a 4-minute span including twice in three possessions from Melo Trimble. The second half went a lot smoother once the Terps cracked the Tiger's zone, but it was another slow start.

Offensive Rebounding

Maryland 32.1 ORB% / Princeton 15.2 ORB% / National average 30.4 ORB%

The second tallest team in the nation per KenPom was too much on the boards for the Tigers. Maryland grabbed 9 offensive rebounds, lead by 3 from Diamond Stone and a pair from Layman. Those two on their own matched Princeton's offensive rebounding total. The Terps were able to turn those rebounds into 5 second-chance points. Maryland out-rebounded its opponent 38-29 in total on the game with Stone, Sulaimon and Layman grabbing 6 or more.

Free Throw Attempts

Maryland .105 FT/FGA / Princeton .154 FT/FGA / National average .364 FT/FGA

It's rare the Terps will be held to shoot less free throw attempts than their opponent, but by nature of the zone defense they played against, and a blowout game, Maryland was held to its fewest free throw attempts of the season at just 9. The Terrapins instead took just one less attempt from deep from its season-high, as Princeton dared a good 3-point shooting team to prove its hype. No player got to the line more than once for a pair of tries, but it wasn't necessary to get there often for the win. The No. 15 free throw shooting team wasn't even efficient when it got to the line, hitting just 6 of the 9 attempts, but stellar perimeter shooting let the team bury areas it struggled in.

For a detailed accounting of Maryland's advanced-stats efforts in every game so far, go here.