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When Maryland basketball is draining shots, forget about beating the Terps

The advanced stats review of Maryland's blowout win against Ohio State.

Sung-Min Kim/Testudo Times

The Maryland men's basketball team disemboweled Ohio State, 100-65, on Saturday afternoon at Xfinity Center. It had the look of one of the Terps' most dominating wins in years – their first 100-point effort since December 2012 and the most lopsided league loss of Buckeyes coach Thad Matta's 12 seasons in Columbus.

Here's 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 (FTA/FGA).

Interestingly, Maryland did a lot of things poorly, but the Terps shot the ball so well that all of their deficiencies became something less than an afterthought. There's a lesson here, and it's fairly simple. When Maryland is shooting the lights out, the Terps are close to impossible to beat.


Maryland: 72 eFG% / Ohio State: 35.5 eFG% / National average: 58.7% eFG

It was Maryland's second-best shooting performance of the season and best in a conference game since Feb. 2, 2013, against Wake Forest. The Terps shot 11-of-21 on 3-pointers and 26-of-38 on 2-pointers. They barely missed from anywhere on the floor, and even if the Buckeyes hadn't shot putridly, they'd have had no chance to catch Maryland on a shooting day like this one. Robert Carter Jr. was 10-of-13 from the field, including a devastating 4-of-4 on threes. When a post presence like Carter can do that, good luck, opponents.


Maryland: 17 TOV% / Ohio State: 15.8 TOV% / National average: 18.5 TOV%

More mediocrity from Maryland in the turnover department. The Terps coughed the ball up on four of their first eight possessions but did, to their credit, get things under control after that. Still, they're consistently not getting steals and only rarely doing a standout job of ball security themselves.

Offensive rebounding

Maryland: 25 ORB% / Ohio State: 29.7 ORB% / National average: 30.1 ORB%

Forget total rebounds, rendered moot for evaluation's purposes by virtue of Maryland's not missing shots. But Ohio State actually grabbed back a greater percentage of its own misses than Maryland, which is odd, although maybe not outright troubling given Maryland's huge margin of victory and late use of a walk-on lineup

Free throw attempts

Maryland: .254 FTA/FGA / Ohio State: .305 FTA/FGA / National average: 0.365 FTA/FGA

We'll get deeper into this someday soon, but Maryland has quietly lost one of its best strengths: getting to the foul line. The Terps are now below the national average for the season in foul shot frequency, which seemed unthinkable last season or at the beginning of this one. They took 21 foul shots, eclipsing 20 for just the third time since Jan. 12.

For a complete advanced statistics accounting of Maryland's efforts in every game this season, click here.