Maryland vs. Alabama: Full Game Preview
|Maryland||D Wells 13.2||A Len 7.7||P Howard 3.7|
|Alabama||T Releford 15.1||R Cooper 4.5||T Lacey 3.1|
No. 2-seeded Maryland battles No. 1-seeded Alabama in the quarterfinals of the NIT at Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday. It starts at 7:30 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN. The Terrapins last met the Crimson Tide on Nov. 17, 2011 and lost 62-42.
The 19 points by Dezmine Wells helped the Terrapins to a 62-52 victory over Denver on Mar. 21. At 13.2, he paces the team in points per game. For the Crimson Tide, Levi Randolph put up 16 points and six rebounds in the 66-54 win over Stanford on Mar. 23. He contributes 4.2 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.9 points per game.
- Maryland has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Alabama (No. 5 vs. No. 82).
- Diaper Dandies love Maryland. Maryland has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Alabama (14 vs. 10).
- Maryland has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (66.5 percent to 61.0 percent).
- Over the past 10 years, Maryland has had more players drafted by the NBA than Alabama (five vs. three).
- The Maryland blocks leader (Alex Len, 62 blocks) has more blocks than the Alabama blocks leader (Moussa Gueye, 47 blocks).
- The ACC has a stronger schedule this year compared to the SEC (No. 4 vs. No. 8).
- The ACC has a conference RPI that is better than the SEC (No. 4 vs. No. 8).
- The Maryland assist leader (Pe`Shon Howard, 111 assists) has more assists than the Alabama assist leader (Trevor Lacey, 98 assists).
- Maryland has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Alabama according to Kiplinger (63 percent vs. 38 percent).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, and free throws made are in the ACC.
- Maryland attacks the glass, with more rebounds (40.9 per game vs. 32.6 per game) than Alabama this season.