The Maryland Terrapins were led by their second-year guard, Nick Faust. Faust had 18 points, three rebounds and three assists, which propelled Maryland past the Clemson Tigers, 72-59. Devin Booker led Clemson with 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks.
Maryland started two centers in the low post, Shaquille Cleare and Alex Len. This change in the starting lineup reaped good benefits for Maryland because Cleare finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds. Len had nine points and eight rebounds. Maryland controlled the boards by amassing 37 total rebounds compared to Clemson’s 27 total rebounds. Maryland ranks fourth in rebounds in the NCAA, with an average of 41.7 rebounds per game. Maryland’s stifling defense forced 11 turnovers by Clemson. Clemson guard, Rod Hall, had seven of these 11 turnovers. Maryland continues to win key games without having a true point guard. The ball-handling responsibilities have become the responsibilities of Nick Faust, Dez Wells and Jake Lyman. Wells was primarily the distributor today. He finished the game with seven assists.
Maryland has a slim chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Maryland has four more conference games left on their schedule. They will be facing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Cavaliers. Maryland needs to win at least two of these games to maintain a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. Currently, Maryland is 7-7 in the ACC conference. Their overall record is 19-8, which is the same as North Carolina and North Carolina State. Maryland can solidify their bid to the NCAA Tournament by making it to the second round of the ACC Tournament. Although Maryland is currently ranked sixth in the conference, they could possibly finish the season as high as third in the conference.