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.


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:

Player LIU    
Per Min.   
0-Mitchell 0 +6 0.12
2-Aronhalt 0 +5 0.23
4-Allen +12 +33 0.50
5-Faust +7 +13 0.18
10-Layman -1 +5 0.12
12-Lipinski DNP 0 0.00
15-Barks DNP +1 0.50
21-Howard +18 +31 0.37
DNP +1 0.50
24-Susskind DNP +1 0.50
25-Len +13 +42 0.48
32-Wells +21 +22 0.27
35-Padgett +8 +18 0.34
44-Cleare +7 +2 0.05

—- Patrick Stevens