A tough Hawaii team awaits Maryland on Sunday in Spokane. We’ve highlighted the three stats that the Terrapins should be worried about, so what about the other side of the coin?
Here are three stats that show areas where Maryland should have an advantage.
17.7 -- The percentage of Hawaii possessions that end in a turnover
That ranks 176th in the country. Now, Maryland isn’t really a team known for forcing turnovers, but if a team is prone to coughing it up, it would be to the Terrapins’ benefit.
The reason why isn’t just because a turnover means getting a defensive stop. It’s mostly because live-ball turnovers create transition opportunities for the offense in the other direction. Maryland’s offense has gone through bad droughts when forced into half-court sets, so chances to get out and run can spur an offensive surge.
Defense creates offense, which instills confidence in the defense and keeps the cycle going.
266 -- Where Hawaii ranks nationally in three-point shooting percentage
The Rainbow Warriors shoot just 32.6 percent from three-point range, which bodes well for a Maryland team that has struggled at times this season to defend on the perimeter. Teams that shoot poorly from deep give the Terrapins a chance to focus on the interior defensively, which would mean locking in on big man Stefan Jankovic on Sunday.
South Dakota State made its late run with help from the three ball (and Maryland fouling them when they attempted threes). Sunday, it could be one less thing to worry about.
22.1 -- The number of free-throw attempts per game that Hawaii allows its opponents to shoot
Hawaii plays tough defense. Part of the reason for that is because they are aggressive. Playing aggressive defense often leads to fouls. The Rainbow Warriors rank 235th in fouls per possession, which could mean a lot of trips to the stripe.
That’s good news for Maryland, which ranks 11th in the country in free throw percentage. Melo Trimble can shoot it, as can Jake Layman, Robert Carter, Rasheed Sulaimon, and even freshman big man Diamond Stone.
This stat could be especially important for Trimble, who controls the pace of games and gets himself going offensively by getting to the line. A classic Trimble stat line of, say, 20 points on 10 attempts from the field would put Maryland in a good spot to get a win.