Three points separate the Terps basketball squad from a 9-1 season and a perfect 10-0 mark. That loss, of course, came in the season opener when then No. 3 Kentucky fended off Maryland in the final minutes.
Since then, Maryland has reeled off nine consecutive wins, taking care of business in their non-conference schedule.
Excluding Kentucky, Maryland has played nine of the 12 non-conference foes on its schedule and has won those contests convincingly.
20: During the team's win streak, Maryland has earned an average margin of victory of nearly 20 points.
Call it old school, but the Terps have excelled in the elementary aspects of the game, too.
Last year, in head coach Mark Turgeon's first season at the helm, Maryland averaged 37 rebounds per game and 11 assists per game. This year, the team has improved on both marks.
3: The Terps rank third in the nation with 19 assists per game. Junior Pe'Shon Howard has become the school's all-time assists leader, while Dez Wells ranks in the top-two in the ACC in that category.
4: The Terps rank fourth in the nation, averaging more than 45 rebounds per game. The Terps have outrebounded their opponent in all 10 games and rank second in the nation with a +15.2 rebounding margin. Center Alex Len has set the tone, averaging 9 boards per game.
It's been a turn for the best in terms of defense, too. In 2011-12, opponents outscored the Terps, albeit by a narrow margin.
This year, Maryland has held their opponents below 35 percent shooting in about half of its games and rank 10th in the country in that category. No. 1 Indiana has held opponents to an almost identical mark.
35.4: Maryland has held opponents to a 35.4 field-goal percentage so far this season. Though it is early on in the year, it is the best mark a Turgeon-coached team that eventually advanced to the NCAA Tournament. From 2007-2011 at Texas A&M, the Aggies held opponents to an average field-goal percentage of about 41 percent.
Though Well's presence and Len's emergence have been the ultimate storylines of the 2012 season to date, the Terps have proven to have a balanced attack with their veterans and freshmen both capable of leading the team to victory.
Last year, Terrell Stoglin averaged 22 points per game and senior Sean Mosley had the second-best scoring mark at just more than 10 points per game. Other starters (Faust, Howard and Padgett) combined for about 24 points per game.
This season, three Terps have averaged double-digit scoring totals — Len (14 ppg), Wells (12 ppg) and Faust (11 ppg). Howard and Padgett have combined for 11 ppg.
Allen, Shaquille Cleare and Aronhalt average 6 points off the bench. Mitchell has contributed 5 per game.
6: The number of different Terps who have led the team in scoring during their win streak. Nick Faust, Seth Allen, Charles Mitchell, Wells, Len and even Logan Aronhalt have been the team's highest scorer.
The Terps are three games away from beginning their ACC slate of games. In the way is Stony Brook, Delaware State and IUPUI.
16-15: The combined record of the Terps' next three opponents, including a 7-2 mark of Stony Brook, who currently stands atop the America East Conference.
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