The Washington Times - May 27, 2012, 08:31AM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The story from Saturday’s second NCAA semifinal was how efficiently Maryland played on offense in a 16-10 dissection of third-seeded Duke.

Or maybe it was how poor Duke looked on defense.

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Whatever your take (and, really, it was a striking mix of both), one thing’s for sure: No team has ever shot it in a final four game quite like Maryland did Saturday.

The Terps made 16 of 29 shots, a whopping 55.1 percent clip. Only two other teams – 1990 Syracuse (with the Gait brothers) and 2005 Duke (against Maryland, coincidentally) – have even mustered better than 47.1 percent in a final four game.

And all of this came after a tepid (by this game’s standards, anyway) 3-for-8 shooting performance in the first quarter. Put another way, Maryland made 13 of its last 21 shots (61.9 percent).

The rundown on the top shooting performances in final four history …

55.1: 2012 Maryland (Semis, W/16-10, 16/29)

50.0: 1990 Syracuse (Semis, W/21-10, 21/42)
50.0: 2005 Duke (Semis, W/18-9, 18/36)

47.1: 1992 Princeton (Semis, W/16-14, 16/34)
46.3: 2003 Johns Hopkins (Semis, W/19-8, 19/41)
46.1: 1987 Cornell (Semis, W/18-15, 18/39)
45.9: 1988 Cornell (Semis, W/17-6, 17/37)

44.4: 1977 Cornell (Final, W/16-8, 16/36)
44.2: 1998 Maryland (Semis, W/19-8, 19/43)
44.1: 1987 Syracuse (Semis, L/18-15, 15/34)
43.8: 2011 Virginia (Semis, W/14-8, 14/32)
43.2: 1999 Virginia (Semis, W/16-11, 16/37)
42.5: 1997 Syracuse (Semis, L/18-17, 17/40)
41.7: 1995 Syracuse (Semis, W/20-13, 20/48)
41.7: 2009 Cornell (Semis, W/15-6, 15/36)
40.7: 1977 Johns Hopkins (Semis, W/22-12, 22/54)
40.7: 2002 Princeton (Semis, W/11-9, 11/27)
40.5: 2006 Virginia (Semis, W/17-10, 17/42)
40.0: 1974 Washington & Lee (Semis, L/11-10, 10/25)

Patrick Stevens