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Maryland basketball beat Michigan inside and at the foul line

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The advanced stats review from Maryland's win against the Wolverines.

Robert Carter Jr. was about to dunk past Zak Irvin, and both players seemed to sense it.
Robert Carter Jr. was about to dunk past Zak Irvin, and both players seemed to sense it.
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Maryland beat Michigan in a "really fun if you're not a fan of the teams" kind of basketball game on Sunday, packed with offense and scoring runs and light on defensive discipline. It was serious entertainment.

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 throws per field goal attempt (FTA/FGA). In these areas, the Terps and Wolverines were largely the same.

Shooting

Maryland: 60.5 eFG% // Michigan: 56.6 eFG% //  National average: 49.8 eFG%

Both the Terps and Wolverines shot well from the field. Maryland made 44 percent of its three-pointers and was somehow the worst perimeter shooting team in the court (Michigan made 46 percent), but the Terps were better on the interior, going 24-of-41 (58.5 percent) to Michigan's 19-of-41 (46.3 percent). That's a 10-point difference on twos, and it's where Maryland found its edge from the floor. (It also sounds odd, because Michigan's Mark Donnal seemed to score about 40 uncontested points near the basket, but the numbers are the numbers.)

Turnovers

Maryland: 23.9 TOV% // Michigan: 21.2 TOV% National average: 18.3 TOV%

The Terps lost this margin by a little bit, but it was fairly impressive that they got the Wolverines to cough up possession at a rate worse than the national average. Michigan is a top-10 giveaway-avoiding team, but it had 16 turnovers (to Maryland's 18) on Sunday. Perversely, it's no small thing that Maryland only lost the turnover margin by two.

Rebounding

Maryland: 23.9 ORB% // Michigan: 33.3 ORB% // National average: 29.9 ORB%

This was a weird one. Maryland gives up lots of offensive rebounds, so that's not why. Michigan is one of the country's most indifferent offensive rebounding teams and usually doesn't even try for them, instead sending several players sprinting back to cover their own end as soon as a jump shot goes up. But that didn't really happen on Sunday, with the Wolverines crashing the boards for 12 offensive rebounds. Maryland had 9, all by Diamond Stone, Damonte Dodd and Robert Carter Jr.

Free throw attempts

... National average: 0.368 FTA/FGA

Here's where the Terps most distinguished themselves. The Terps went 17-of-19 at the foul line, while Michigan went 5-of-8. Like a lot of John Beilein teams, Michigan doesn't find the foul line often, and that held very true in this game. The Terps took a good-but-not-great 19 attempts, but they made 17 of them. Their edge from the stripe was 12 points overall, and in a four-point game, it's hard not to look there. In fact, talking about Trimble's eight foul shots, Beilein was clear: "That's why we lost."