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

Scenario Time Score (M-U)
Margin
Three-guard 12:40 19-21 -2
Four-guard 24:42 52-30 +22
Garbage time
2:38 0-5 -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):

Player 1st half
2nd half
Total Min.
5-Strickland +16 +6 +22 34
10-Barrett +20 -10 +10 16
12-Kizer +1 +9 +10 21
13-Liles +10 -7 +3 31
14-Oyefuwa DNP -5 -5 3
20-Toliver +16 +4 +20 37
22-Rodgers +1 -1 0 18
24-Mingo DNP -5 -5 3
25-Coleman +16 +4 +20 37

Patrick Stevens