Niagara vs. Maryland: Full Game Preview
|Niagara||A Mason 18.5||A Tanksley 5.9||J Green 5.0|
|Maryland||D Wells 13.1||A Len 7.9||P Howard 3.7|
No. 2-seeded Maryland battles No. 7-seeded Niagara in the first round of the NIT at Comcast Center on Tuesday. It gets started at 7 p.m. ET and it can be seen on ESPN 2.
The Terrapins were defeated by North Carolina 79-76 on Mar. 16 despite 20 points and seven rebounds from Alex Len. He leads the team in rebounds with 7.9 per game and blocks with 1.9 per game. For the Purple Eagles, Marvin Jordan put up 11 points and six assists in the 79-73 loss to Iona on Mar. 10. He contributes 1.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.4 points per game. Niagara ranks first in their conference in turnover percentage at 16.4, which also places them 15th in the country.
- Maryland is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Maryland is 78.5 inches compared to 76.2 inches for Niagara.
- Maryland attacks the glass, with more rebounds (40.9 per game vs. 35.4 per game) than Niagara this season.
- Since 1998, Maryland has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Niagara (10 vs. zero).
- Diaper Dandies love Maryland. Maryland has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Niagara (14 vs. 0).
- AP voters think more highly of Maryland and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Niagara (67 vs. one).
- Maryland has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Niagara this season (two vs. zero).
- Maryland has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (66.5 percent to 51.7 percent).
- Maryland has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Niagara (five vs. two).
- Maryland has a stronger schedule than Niagara this season (SOS Rank: No. 112 vs. No. 165).
- Maryland does a better job contesting shots (38.1 percent allowed vs. 44.9 percent allowed) than Niagara this season.