Denver vs. Maryland: Full Game Preview

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Denver vs. Maryland: Full Game Preview
Denver
(22-9, 8-6 away)
Maryland
(23-12, 19-3 home)
Venue: Comcast Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Denver StatSmack

  • 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).
DEN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Chris Udofia 31 13 5 3 2 2 2
B- Royce O`Neale 35 11 6 3 1 0 2
C+ Chase Hallam 31 10 4 2 2 1 1
C+ Brett Olson 34 11 2 2 1 0 1
C Cam Griffin 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
C Jalen Love 24 7 1 2 1 0 1
D Dom Samac 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Nate Engesser 9 3 1 0 0 0 0
D Marcus Byrd 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Charles Webb 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Bryant Rucker 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
D Jake Logan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Blake Foeman 10 2 1 1 0 0 1
MARY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Alex Len 26 12 8 1 0 2 2
B Dezmine Wells 28 13 5 3 1 1 3
C+ Nick Faust 25 9 4 3 1 0 2
C Seth Allen 21 8 2 2 1 0 2
C C. Mitchell 16 6 5 0 0 0 1
C Jake Layman 19 5 3 1 0 1 1
C James Padgett 17 6 4 1 0 0 1
C Pe`Shon Howard 21 3 2 4 1 0 2
C- Logan Aronhalt 14 6 1 0 0 0 1
C- S. Cleare 13 4 3 0 0 0 1
D John Auslander 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Conner Lipinski 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Spencer Barks 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

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