Maryland lost its first home game in 14 months on Saturday, 70-57 against Wisconsin. It's time for the postmortem.
As part of our running advanced stats review series, this is 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 tries per field goal attempt (FTA/FGA).
Maryland: 45 eFG% // Wisconsin: 51.8 eFG% // National average: 49.7 eFG%
The Terrapins were OK defensively, but their offense never got into a constant groove. They've had worse shooting nights and still managed to win, but they needed to fit more balls through hoops to give themselves a chance at coming back – or, for that matter, to avoid falling deep behind Wisconsin in the first place.
Maryland: 19 TOV% // Wisconsin: 17.2 TOV% // National average: 18.4 TOV%
Maryland certainly wasn't good in the turnover department, but the Terps were passably close to average. This isn't why they lost the game, but it's continually a little troubling that Maryland so rarely gets a net positive out of the turnover department. On the bright side, Maryland's 12 turnovers make a fourth game out of six that wasn't a disaster.
Maryland: 30 ORB% // Wisconsin: 33.4 ORB% National average: 29.9 ORB%
This is another area where Maryland was only narrowly edged – 13 offensive rebounds to 9, but on a few more opportunities for Wisconsin. But Maryland gave up 20 second-chance points and only scored 4, and that turned out to be a huge chunk of why the Terps lost the game. They were bullied, and they were bullied against a team whose biggest rotation player is 6'9. At home. In front of a loud crowd.
Free throw attempts
Maryland: 0.741 FTA/FGA // Wisconsin: 0.321 FTA/FGA // National average: 0.368 FTA/FGA
The Terps did a nice job getting to the foul line, especially in the second half, when they took 14 of their 21 foul shots for the game. But they missed nine of those, mitigating the benefits of finding the stripe so often.