What is not a secret is Maryland’s ability to defend teams with both interior size and legitimate perimeter options is pretty much dependent on how capable those teams are of exploiting that advantage,
Clemson and North Carolina can, which is why both teams toppled the Terrapins earlier this month. If Carolina wins at Comcast Center this afternoon, it wouldn’t be surprising if its dual-natured offense simply caused fits in one place or another.
So often this season, Maryland has sold out to avoid getting devoured inside. It’s the more logical choice, despite the tradeoff. Dunks and layups are always going to be higher percentage shots than 3-pointers, no matter who is going nuts from the perimeter (OK, maybe not Jack McClinton).
Of course, that’s left the perimeter defended with spread-out manpower
What is curious is Maryland already has yielded 10 or more 3-pointers to seven opponents, which is more than the last two years combined. The most such games Maryland’s endured since 1998-99, oddly enough, came in the first Final Four season (2000-01).
Here’s a rundown of how the Terps have fared while yielding double-digit 3-pointers over the last 11 seasons: