Maryland enters its Sweet 16 game on Thursday against Kansas by having beaten South Dakota State and Hawaii in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. Let's take a look by the numbers at some stats that should be positives and should be negatives as they move forward.
For as much offensive firepower as this team has, especially in its starting lineup, it has been the defense that has carried the Terrapins.
Maryland has held its opponents to just 36.4 percent shooting from the floor, which is second-best among teams remaining in the Sweet 16.
Team Opp. FG%
Miami, FL 36.4
Maryland is shooting the highest percentage from the free-throw line of any team still playing in the NCAA tournament -- and by a wide margin.
Team FTM/FTA FT%
Maryland 52/58 89.7%
North Carolina 33/40 82.5%
Oregon 38/47 80.9%
Indiana 32/41 78.0%
Kansas 38/49 77.6%
Those 52 attempts are also the most of any team still playing or that has been eliminated from the tournament. That should tell you something. Even though Maryland took 18 threes and made just one against Hawaii, they ultimately made their living at the free-throw line. That is what powered them to a win.
Those two stats above have helped to cover up for one of its biggest woes -- rebounding. Offensive rebounding has especially been a problem. The Terrapins are grabbing the fewest offensive rebounds of any team in the tournament, eliminated or still playing.
Fresno State 5.0
Holy Cross 5.0
They have nine total offensive rebounds in two games. By comparison, Hawaii had 16 in its Round of 32 loss to Maryland.
One factor that might be making up for those woes on the glass could be Maryland's guard play. Guards win you games in the NCAA tournament and Rasheed Sulaimon was terrific as an offensive catalyst in the second half against Hawaii.
Melo Trimble has also bounced back from his 2-of-15 shooting performance against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament to score 43 points through the first two games of the tournament. More than half of those points (22) have come at the free-throw line. He is shooting 95.6 percent from the stripe (22-of-23) in two tournament games.
In squaring off against Kansas, head coach Mark Turgeon is facing his alma mater for the seventh time in his coaching career. He is 0-6 in the other six meetings against the Jayhawks, all coming when he was the head coach at Texas A&M.
Year Record Team coached for
2007-08 0-2 Texas A&M
2008-09 0-1 Texas A&M
2009-10 0-2 Texas A&M
2010-11 0-1 Texas A&M
A win on Thursday would send the Terrapins to the Elite Eight.