The Washington Times - November 16, 2012, 10:05PM

Three games, as Maryland guard Pe’Shon Howard cautioned the media horde after Friday’s 91-74 defeat of Long Island, is hardly a lot to judge.

He made reference of that when the Dez Wells‘ comfort level against Long Island was compared to two other games … the point being, the two previous outings was hardly a huge sample size.

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And he referenced the three games to date when asked about Nick Faust’s early struggles this season.

So, OK, it’s just three games. No sweeping proclamations here.

Still … the Terrapins (2-1) have played exceptionally well when Seth Allen is on the floor.

As in, a point every two minutes better than their opponents, which is a pretty decent clip.

Maryland is 0.3 points per minute better than the opposition, so it’s not like there aren’t other guys playing well. Alex Len, for instance, is at a robust plus-0.48 points per minute.

That said, Allen is thriving. He scored a team-high 19 points against the Blackbirds, drilling five 3-pointers along the way. At plus-33, he has the second best raw plus-minus on the team behind Len.

It doesn’t mean Allen should be starting. But it also means that it shouldn’t be a shock Allen played the final 14:01 on Friday. He’s fit in about as well as could be imagined, even if it only through three games.

The full plus-minus chart:

PlayerLIU    
Season     
Per Min.   
0-Mitchell0+60.12
2-Aronhalt0+50.23
4-Allen+12+330.50
5-Faust+7+130.18
10-Layman-1+50.12
12-LipinskiDNP00.00
15-BarksDNP+10.50
21-Howard+18+310.37
23-Auslander     
DNP+10.50
24-SusskindDNP+10.50
25-Len+13+420.48
32-Wells+21+220.27
35-Padgett+8+180.34
44-Cleare+7+20.05

Patrick Stevens