Maryland got the win they needed to get in order to be considered a serious bubble team. Alex Len and company was able to hold off No. 2 Duke’s late comeback attempt and it ended with a court storming in college park.
Len proved he was one of the nations top big men on both offense and defense throughout the entire night. The 7 foot center finally had his breakout game that will give him some recognition as one the best big men in the game. He doesn’t block 10 shots or grab 10 rebounds, but he affects the game in so many ways that it makes up for his lack of rebounds and blocked shots he should have with his size.
On defense, he held one of the best players in the country, Mason Plumlee, to his season low, four points. The presence of a seven footer was just to much for Plumlee to handle. He was unable to get off any hook shots due to Len’s size and he couldn’t get around the length of him to get an open look. Len was just to much for Plumlee to handle and the absence of Ryan Kelly definitely hurt Plumlee because it allowed Len to mainly guard Plumlee with help.
The 7 footer was also affective on the other side of the court. He was 6-8 from the field and was extremely efficient in the paint. He was able to draw fouls and get to the line. He was 7-8 from the charity strike and created a huge match-up problem for Plumlee who ended up fouling out late.
Len also grabbed nine rebounds and block three shots in his breakout performance.
The play of Len allowed for Maryland to get the win they needed if they want to make the tournament and if Len continues to play like this, watch out for the Terps.