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Ball control aids Terrapins

Maryland lasted nearly the first 14 minutes of Saturday's game against Eastern Kentucky without committing a turnover. The Terrapins tallied only nine turnovers on the night.

On the season, Maryland is averaging 12.3 turnovers per game and that, combined with the Terrapins' ability to force their opposition to commit turnovers, has made them one of the most disciplined ball-handling teams in the ACC thus far. Maryland ranks No. 1 among conference teams in turnover margin (+5.0) and No. 2 in the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). Duke currently leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 1.4 mark.

The Terrapins's ability to limit turnovers and force them upon their foes has helped to make up for deficiencies in other areas, such as rebounding. Among Maryland's top three leaders in assists*, none has an assist-to-turnover ratio lower than 1.6.

* 1) Greivis Vasquez -- 52 assists, 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio; 2) Sean Mosley -- 29 assists, 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio; 3) Eric Hayes -- 27 assists, 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 15, 2009; 2:19 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Funny what the stats say. From watching the games, I came to the conclusion that MD needs to play smarter and more efficiently. Then again, the REBOUNDING has to improve for them to compete. Losing the rebounding battle consistently will offset any A/TO benefits - especially if they are losing the rebounding battles by 8-12 rebounds.

-hgr

Have to agree with Barno on the last set of posts. No bad losses yet. Nova, Cincy and Wisconsin will all be ranked for a long time. During the NC season we had early tourney losses to AZ and OK (ok, soboht ended up in the FF that year) which seemed to be devastating at the time. During the FF season before that, we had early season losses as well. Where we end up being seeded and how high is far more dependent on GV regaining his game, AB &CT performing at the levels that they have shown themselves capable of and most importantly, the development of the Freshmen bigs. Oh yeah, and our bigs hitting their fould shots consistently will help as well. In the long run, no one remembers these early season tourneys - the banners that hang from the ceiling are ACC tourneys, NCs and FFs.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 16, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

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