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:

PlayerGT   
ACC   
Per Min.   
Season    Per Min.   
4-SusskindDNP    


-3-0.50
5-Faust+5-20
-0.40-9-0.02
10-Weijs0+60.40+310.15
11-Parker0-2-0.06-2-0.007
12-Stoglin+7+16
0.17+760.15
13-Richmond    
DNP
-2-0.17
14-Mosley+14+27
0.29+260.05
15-BarksDNP
+10.13
21-Howard+11+200.20+380.17
22-DillardDNP-5-5.00
23-AuslanderDNP
-7-0.09
24-ThomasDNP
-14-0.24
25-Len+15+200.23+520.32
30-Pankey-5-16
-0.32-68-0.20
35-Padgett+8+4
0.05+310.08

Patrick Stevens