For one game, Terps shine from the line
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.
| 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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