The Washington Times - January 15, 2012, 08:11PM

Alex Len didn’t score a point for Maryland in its 61-50 defeat of Georgia Tech on Sunday.

The Terrapins still fared better with him on the floor than anyone else.

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Maryland held a 15-point margin when the 7-foot-1 freshman was playing. Put another way, the Terps were outscored 25-21 when he wasn’t on the floor.

OK, put in one more compelling way: Maryland allowed half of Georgia Tech’s points in the 12 minutes Len wasn’t on the floor.

While this isn’t the best metric in a vacuum, here are Len’s plus-minus totals in his first six games:

Albany: +4
Samford: +7
Cornell: +16
at N.C. State: +9
Wake Forest: +1
Georgia Tech: +15

How much better Maryland is with Len in its rotation still remains to be seen. He wasn’t much of a factor offensively Sunday, taking only three shots. He still was a factor defensively, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking three shots.

One things there’s little question about: The Terps are better when Len’s on the floor. Six games worth of data certainly backs up the assertion.

The full plus-minus chart:

Player GT   
ACC   
Per Min.   
Season     Per Min.   
4-Susskind DNP    


-3 -0.50
5-Faust +5 -20
-0.40 -9 -0.02
10-Weijs 0 +6 0.40 +31 0.15
11-Parker 0 -2 -0.06 -2 -0.007
12-Stoglin +7 +16
0.17 +76 0.15
13-Richmond    
DNP
-2 -0.17
14-Mosley +14 +27
0.29 +26 0.05
15-Barks DNP
+1 0.13
21-Howard +11 +20 0.20 +38 0.17
22-Dillard DNP -5 -5.00
23-Auslander DNP
-7 -0.09
24-Thomas DNP
-14 -0.24
25-Len +15 +20 0.23 +52 0.32
30-Pankey -5 -16
-0.32 -68 -0.20
35-Padgett +8 +4
0.05 +31 0.08

Patrick Stevens