The Washington Times - March 24, 2009, 10:07PM

Here’s some statistical intrigue for you from Maryland’s 71-56 defeat of Utah in the NCAA tournament’s second round at Comcast Center.

Tonight’s game had three distinct stretches for Maryland, some of them spliced up into bits.

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One was Maryland going with three guards.

The second was Maryland going with four guards.

The third was garbage time, the final 2:38 when Maryland subbed out Kristi Toliver, Marissa Coleman and Marah Strickland.

Let’s put this, as is my wont, in chart form

ScenarioTimeScore (M-U)
Margin
Three-guard12:4019-21-2
Four-guard24:4252-30+22
Garbage time
2:380-5-5

That about answers what made the difference for the Terps more than any plus-minus chart ever could.

Maryland went small (well, relatively small) and generally used its top three guards and either Anjale Barrett (for a good chunk of the first half) or Kim Rodgers (for much of the second half). That turned out to work rather well.

But just for fun, here’s a plus-minus chart anyway as I wrap up things from Comcast Center (where the tape that covered the men’s 3-point line has already been balled up and is in the process of being hauled away):

Player1st half
2nd half
TotalMin.
5-Strickland+16+6+2234
10-Barrett+20-10+1016
12-Kizer+1+9+1021
13-Liles+10-7+331
14-OyefuwaDNP-5-53
20-Toliver+16+4+2037
22-Rodgers+1-1018
24-MingoDNP-5-53
25-Coleman+16+4+2037

Patrick Stevens