Terps' struggles on 3s dragging down offense
The foundation for the recent woes of the Maryland offense has been built brick by brick.
With the Terrapins suddenly anemic from the outside, hitting just seven of 45 (15.6 percent) from beyond the arc in the last three games, there has been a carryover for the rest of the offense as Maryland has had three of its lowest assist totals (four, 10 and five) and its three lowest scoring outputs (47, 51 and 52) of the season.
When Maryland (14-4, 2-3) plays host to Boston College (9-8, 1-3) on Tuesday night, the Terps look to break out of their shooting slump and discover the cure for their ailing offense.
|Boston College at Maryland|
|When » Tuesday, 9 p.m.|
|Where » Comcast Center|
|TV » ESPNU|
"We're not getting a lot of assists because we're not making a lot of shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "I think it just kind of all snowballed at once -- not getting to the foul line, not making jump shots, not finishing around the basket."
With the Terps struggling from the outside, opposing defenses can sag on top scorer Alex Len, who has taken only 15 shots in the last two games.
"Give North Carolina credit the other day. They doubled him. They weren't gonna let him shoot it," Turgeon said. "Until guys start making some shots, we're gonna continue to see that. It's a product of our whole offense and what we're going through as a team."
Another consequence of the Terps' shooting slump, according to Turgeon, has been an inability to get the ball inside and draw fouls. Maryland has shot only 22 free throws in the last two games combined, its fewest by far this year in back-to-back games.
After hitting 18 of 45 shots (40 percent) from beyond the arc in its first two ACC games, Maryland has struggled since. None of its shooters has been immune, including freshman Seth Allen (1-for-12), sophomore Nick Faust (1-for-8), senior Logan Aronhalt (1-for-7) and junior Pe'Shon Howard (1-for-7). The only Terps player who has made more than one 3-pointer over the last three games is freshman Jake Layman (2-for-5).
"It might be a rhythm thing," Aronhalt said. "I might have got out of sync a little bit."
Early this month, Aronhalt was shooting 56.5 percent from beyond the arc and would have been the runaway leader in the ACC with a few more attempts. But he has hit only two of 12 since.
Maryland now ranks 226th in the nation in 3-point shooting, hitting 32.4 percent, third worst in the ACC. According to Faust, whose outage has come after hitting four of six in a loss to Florida State, the Terps are getting quality shots.
"It's just bad shooting," Faust said. "We've got guys like Logan, who usually makes wide-open shots, but he's missing wide-open shots."
In his search for offense, Turgeon has shown no hesitance to juggle the lineup. On Monday he said he will sit freshman center Shaquille Cleare against a Boston College team that runs a four-guard, perimeter-oriented offense.