In a lot of ways, this was vintage Maryland.
The Terps' 76-66 win against Connecticut at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday had a lot of hallmarks of a typical night at the office for the Mark Turgeon-Melo Trimble Terps. The Terps didn't force turnovers on defense and were streaky from the field, but they were always able to fall back on big-time foul-shooting ability and stayed cool when things got tight in the game's closing moments.
Here's a review based on the "four factors" that key 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: 49.1 eFG% / Connecticut 49.3 eFG% / National average: 49.3 eFG%
This worked out to both teams shooting with average efficiency. Maryland was a little bit better than this in the first half and UConn a lot better than it in the second half, but things leveled off. Maryland had a rough night on 3-pointers, only connecting on 3 of 14, while UConn hit 7 of 17. In that light, it's sort of remarkable that Maryland managed a 10-point win against such a well regarded team.
Maryland: 18.3 TOV% / Connecticut 11.1 TOV% / National average: 18.7%
The Terps had 18 turnovers and only took away 8 from UConn. The Terps weren't especially loose with the ball on offense, only giving it up at the national average rate. But they still gave it away almost twice as much as they took it away. In this light, too, a 10-point win against UConn is sort of crazy.
Maryland: 40 ORB% / Connecticut 14.7 ORB% / National average: 30.4 ORB%
This is where Maryland really started to make hay. The Terps dominated the glass, getting back four in every 10 shots they missed. Offensive rebounds were 14 to 6 in Maryland's favor, with Diamond Stone getting an incredible six of them. The Terps and Huskies shot similarly well, but Maryland gave itself a lot of extra looks by collecting its misses.
Free throw attempts
Maryland: .426 FT/FGA / Connecticut:.153 FT/FGA / National average: 0.368 FT/FGA
Maryland got to the foul line all night, going 23 of 29 there. Trimble on his own went 14 of 15, effectively crippling any chance of a UConn comeback late in the game. The Huskies only got 12 free throws and made nine of them. If there's one thing that was the difference in the game – given UConn's turnovers edge and Maryland's rebounding edge counteracting each other – it was Maryland's superior volume at the stripe. The Terps relied on their foul shooting to win a lot of games last season. On Tuesday, they did it again.
For a detailed accounting of Maryland's advanced-stats efforts in every game so far, go here.