Maryland wasn't just hot from three-point range against Illinois. The Terrapins were historically hot, making 14 of their 25 attempts from deep in a blowout 81-55 victory in College Park.
Those 14 made threes are the most for Maryland in a single game since joining the Big Ten and the second-most made threes in a game in program history.
(Graphic via CSN Mid-Atlantic)
As shown in the graphic above, the only time a Maryland team has made more shots from three in a game was back in 2006 when they rained 17 on UMKC.
"We got our legs back underneath us," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "We moved the ball. We have good shooters. Felt like we were missing a lot in the first half that we could have made. In the second half, they all started to go so it's good to see.
"We really shot it well Tuesday. I mean, it was like every shot in practice was going in Tuesday. I was just kind of hoping it would carry over so it's good. Guys are putting in extra work, coming in early, staying late and guys are excited about the rest of the season."
Maryland played a lot more small ball on Thursday, having now gotten to the point in the season where minutes concerns stemming from a lack of backcourt depth are less of a concern.
That meant shifting Jake Layman to the power forward spot, which stretches the floor a true one-through-four for Maryland and even through the center spot when Robert Carter, Jr. is paired with Layman in the frontcourt.
Sophomore Jared Nickens might be hitting his stride too after a prolonged midseason slump, making 4-of-7 from three.
That made the job of defending the Terrapins difficult on Thursday, especially because Illinois was committed to doubling on all post entries which sent the defense scrambling when Maryland was able to get a pass back out to the perimeter without turning it over.
Then Terrapin shooters made them pay.