Maryland men's basketball suffered its second loss of the season to Michigan Tuesday night, falling 70-67 to Michigan in Ann Arbor. The defeat dropped the team to 15-2 (4-1 Big Ten), still an impressive start, but not the result fans were looking for when the team took the court against a Wolverines squad that was missing its best player in Caris LeVert.
The Terps trailed for almost all of the second half, and their comeback fell short as Rasheed Sulaimon missed what would have been a game-tying three with four seconds left on the clock. This wasn't a bad loss, but the Terps dropped a game they certainly had a chance of winning. That said, it's not like Maryland was going to go undefeated in conference play, and this very probably won't be the last time the Terps lose in the regular season.
Heres a look at how Maryland fared in the "four factors" of 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: 50.0 eFG% / Michigan: 58.5 eFG% / National average: 49.6 eFG%
The Terps had one of their worst shooting performances of the season against Michigan. Tuesday's eFG% of 50 was their third-worst game of the season in this category, with a 6-of-24 effort from long range certainly contributing to that in a big way. That said, 50 percent is still above the national average, which shows you how good Maryland is at shooting the ball. Meanwhile, Michigan's 58.5 percent wasn't even as good as the team's season average of 59.6. The Wolverines can really shoot, and they're a hard team to beat if you're not on the mark from outside.
Maryland: 16.0 TOV% / Michigan: 9.3 TOV% / National average: 18.6 TOV%
Maryland had a so-so game in this area. The Terps started out with a scary barrage of turnovers, tallying nine in the first half before getting a grip and only turning the ball over on three occasions after halftime. It was encouraging to see the team lock it up after such a poor half, but the turnovers at the beginning of the game ended up being costly in such a close loss. The Wolverines are one of the best teams in the country at avoiding turnovers, and they had one of their best games in that regard against Maryland. Michigan's turnover percentage of 9.3 was tied for its third-best performance of the season, and went a long way in taking away Maryland's rebounding advantage.
Maryland: 33.3 ORB% / Michigan: 22.6 ORB% / National average: 30.2
Maryland entered the game as the taller team by a wide margin in the front court, and while the Terps are okay on the offensive glass, the Wolverines are downright awful. Their 22.6 ORB% was even worse than their season average of 24.9, which rankes 303rd in the country. The Terps had a slightly-above-average game in this department, lead by four offensive rebounds from Diamond Stone.
Free throw attempts
Maryland: .155 FT/FGA / Michigan: .151 FT/FGA / National average: 36.6
This makes it three out of four games that Maryland hasn't been able to get to the line with ease. Free throw shooting used to be a strength of this team, but the Terps have fallen to the middle of the pack in terms of getting to the stripe. Only two players even attempted free throws for Maryland, with Stone going 8-of-9 and Rasheed Sulaimon hitting 1-of-2.
For a complete advanced statistics accounting of Maryland's efforts in every game this season, click here.