What the statistics say about Terps hoops

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What the statistics say: James Padgett leads the ACC in  offensive rebounds (4.1 per game).

What it means: It means that, minus Jordan Williams this season, Padgett has moved to fill some inside gaps. He’s found himself as an inside player. That’s important given that the Terps will play some big, deep teams this season (Duke, Carolina) that will more than challenge Maryland’s front line.

But I have to ask…if Padgett can average four offensive rebounds per game, why can’t he be among the defensive rebounding leaders as well?  When the media asked him that, Padgett said he finds offensive rebounding more intuitive because it simply involves crashing the boards. In defensive rebounding, the idea is to locate a man and box him out.

Ashton Pankey leads the Terps in defensive rebounding at 4.5 per game.

What the statistics say: Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin and Sean Mosley rank eighth and ninth, respectively, in minutes played in the ACC (33.1, 32.5 minutes per game).

What it means: Maryland is going to have to get these guys some help as the season progresses. Coach Mark Turgeon has said one of his goals is to “create depth” by developing the talents of bench players – most of whom are walk-ons. It will help, of course, if point guard Pe’Shon Howard (broken foot) returns in January as expected. Center Alex Len is expected back Dec. 28 – the 11th game of the season. By the way, Stoglin/s 22.5 points per game leads the ACC.

What the statistics say: Maryland is tied for the last in the ACC with Wake Forest in field-goal percentage defense (45.2  percent).

What it means: This probably troubles Turgeon more than any other statistic. He built his reputation largely on defense durng his prior coaching jobs. His defensive teachings don’t seem to have quite taken hold in College Park. He spent a good portion of his last post-game media availability discussing how his team failed to guard well against ball screens.

*What the statistics say: Maryland ranks last in the ACC in free-throw shooting at 63 percent.

What it means: This could prove damaging to the Terps, particularly in close games. But Maryland’s best free-throw shooting games of the season have been the last two contests (71 percent in both). So there’s hope for Maryland that their shooting from the line is going in the right direction.

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