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Posted at 9:46 AM ET, 02/18/2011

For one game, Terps shine from the line

By Liz Clarke

Lost amid the post-game analysis of Maryland’s 91-83 defeat at Virginia Tech, in which the Hokies became the third ACC team to sweep the Terps this season (joining Boston College and Duke), was good news from the free-throw line.

A glaring weakness through the early part of the season, Maryland’s free-throw shooting percentage bordered on stellar in the loss at Cassell Coliseum, where the Terps made 87.5 percent of their attempts (21 of 24).

Freshman Terrell Stoglin was a perfect 10 of 10 from the line. Senior forward Dino Gregory converted five of six attempts. And Jordan Williams hit both of his attempts, his trips to the line limited by his own early foul trouble.

Of the bunch, Williams, the 6-10 sophomore center, has made the biggest strides as the season has unfolded. As a free-throw shooter he’s 56.7 percent for the season; 66.7 in ACC play.

That said, Maryland’s free-throw performance remains a liability in relative terms. As a team, the Terps rank 11th in the ACC, making 66.1 percent of their foul shots, ahead of only N.C. State (65.6), their next opponent.

Then again, it’s hardly the most crucial aspect of a game. The ACC’s worst team, 1-10 Wake Forest, sits atop the league standings in free-throw shooting (75.6).

Among NCAA Division I teams, Wisconsin is setting the pace, hitting 82.4 percent from the line.

By Liz Clarke  | February 18, 2011; 9:46 AM ET
Categories:  Jordan Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Dino Gregory, Jordan Williams, Maryland basketball, Terrell Stoglin, free-throw shooting  
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I think we have good free-throw shooters with the exception of Jordan Williams who is improving each game. Jordan is now almost an average shooter. Most of our players are new to this stage and shoot a lower % in front of large crowds than they do in a gym by themselves. That will not be the case as our players get more experience. This should end up being a good free-throw shooting team at season's end.

Posted by: torope | February 18, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Seems as though the last 3 or 4 games Williams has been better. Stoglin is always pretty dependable and his shot is totally stress free, and usually a swish. Some of the seniors seem to be getting a little worse.

Posted by: tojo45 | February 19, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

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