Denver vs. Maryland: Full Game Preview
|Denver||C Udofia 12.9||R O`Neale 5.5||R O`Neale 3.4|
|Maryland||D Wells 13.1||A Len 7.8||P Howard 3.8|
Maryland meets Denver in the second round of the NIT at Comcast Center on Thursday. It gets started at 7 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN U.
In an 86-70 win over Niagara on Mar. 19, Seth Allen put up 15 points for the Terrapins. On top of a team-high 1.0 steals per game, he also scores 7.6 points per game. For the Pioneers, Cam Griffin put up 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 61-57 win over Ohio on Mar. 19. He is averaging 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Maryland has a statistical advantage over Denver in one significant category, rebounding, where the Terrapins have an edge over the Pioneers, 40.9 per game to 24.9 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Denver is strong in the following categories: effective field goal percentage at 56.5 and turnover percentage at 18.5.
- Maryland is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Maryland is 208 lbs compared to 198 lbs for Denver.
- Maryland has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (62.0 percent to 51.3 percent).
- Maryland has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Denver (No. 53 vs. No. 84).
- Maryland has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Denver (No. 28 vs. No. 65).
- Over the past 10 years, Maryland has had more players drafted by the NBA than Denver (five vs. zero).
- Maryland has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Denver (six vs. zero).
- Maryland players are more experienced than Denver players (15,018 minutes played vs. 12,754 minutes played).
- Maryland does a better job contesting shots (38.1 percent allowed vs. 43.2 percent allowed) than Denver this season.
- Maryland has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Denver ($35,455 vs. $48,474).
- Maryland has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (42 percent vs. 70 percent).