Maryland faces Hawaii on Sunday with a Sweet 16 berth on the line.
We’ve already highlighted three things you need to know about the Rainbow Warriors, so now let’s dive deeper into the numbers. Here are three stats that should worry Maryland as the game approaches. Want the other side? Here are 3 Hawaii stats that should be encouraging for Maryland.
0.91 -- Points per possession allowed by Hawaii
The mark ranks seventh in the nation. This team is built on defense and it showed in Friday’s win over California. Though Cal was undermanned, making Hawaii’s job easier, they completely neutralized projected Top 5 NBA Draft pick Jaylen Brown. He shot 1-of-6 from the floor and fouled out after 17 minutes.
30.8 -- Opponent three-point percentage
Hawaii ranks 15th in the nation in this category.
Jake Layman and Jared Nickens made their living from behind the arc against South Dakota State. The two combined to shoot 9-of-19 from deep and exploited the one look the Jackrabbit defense was willing to give Maryland as it focused on defending the interior and slowing down Melo Trimble.
The hope for Maryland is that they have so many different options that if the three is not there, perhaps drives from Trimble or Sulaimon are or dump-downs into the post to Carter or Stone.
11 -- Where Hawaii ranks nationally in free-throw attempts per game
The Rainbow Warriors attempt 26.1 free throws per game. They shot 25 against California and made 20 of them. One of Maryland’s biggest issues down the stretch against South Dakota State was the fact that they were in about as bad a foul situation as they’ve been all season.
Melo Trimble fouled out, while Carter and Stone were playing with four fouls each. That kept Maryland from doing as much defensively as it would have liked. They won’t want a repeat performance, but they’re facing a team that builds part of its offensive game plan on that.