While doing my homework on the Ravens and their history in the NFL draft, I spent a little time exploring our Ravens draft database (sorry for the shameless plug, but it's pretty neat feature if you haven't checked it out). In no particular order, here are some trends and random factoids from the 126 picks they've made in 16 years.
Confidence and ambition weren't enough for Maryland to overcome fourth-ranked North Carolina, which again used fast breaks effectively in an 85-69 victory that was its third win over the Terps this season.
Losers of five of their past six games, the Terps are falling victim to inexperience, late-game lapses and a conference schedule that includes two games apiece against North Carolina and Duke and is backloaded with road games.
Bill O'Brien's brief time with Terps helped him prepare for the challenge ahead. As Patriots offensive coordinator and Penn State's new head coach, O'Brien is smack in the middle of the two biggest sports stories in the country.
The Terps (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) are winless in their first two Atlantic Coast Conference away games, surrendering an average of 81.5 points — far too many to suit the defensive-minded coach.
If the retirement of Gary Williams and the hiring of Mark Turgeon has helped reinvigorate the Terps when it comes to recruiting, it has also benefited junior forward James Padgett more than any other player.