Because (a) I take requests on Twitter (that's @D1scourse), (b) WNST's Glenn Clark keeps harping on this topic and (c) Maryland's dominance in conference home games is getting to be pretty remarkable, taking a look at Maryland's home/road splits seemed like a good way to kill part of a morning.
This is only conference games (now that there's five home and five road, there's a solid enough sample size to work with), and it's confined to scoring-related issues mainly because this could spiral out of control if 18 categories were wedged into a chart.
So that leaves scoring, field goal percentage and 3-point field goals percentage. Just the nine players in Maryland's typical rotation are examined, and I've put in bold a couple notable differences in the home/road splits.
As a team, Maryland is averaging 84.6 points on 51.8 percent shooting and 52.0 percent 3-point shooting in ACC home games.
On the road, the Terps are averaging 67.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting and 32.8 percent 3-point shooting.
So, yeah, they're a vastly different team. Landon Milbourne and Dino Gregory, in particular, are remarkably wide home/road splits. The only guy who plays better on the road is Jordan Williams.
So where to begin explaining this away, besides falling into the usual witless "teams are better at home than on the road" trap.
Well, let's start with the fact Maryland has played only one ACC team with viable NCAA tournament hopes in College Park. That was Florida State. On the road, the Terps have played Clemson, Duke, Florida State and Wake Forest.
So like it or not, the competition is better on the road. And not just that, but Duke, Florida State and Wake Forest are the three teams with particularly imposing size. That might just influence the numbers for Milbourne and Gregory a bit.
Nevertheless, the stats for those two have a whiff of the sort of spread a Colorado Rockies slugger traditionally faces in his home/road splits. The chasm is just too wide for size and competition issues to explain it all away.
That's why it's worth it to delve into the 3-point shooting for Vasquez and Hayes, who are the only guys with enough attempts to even begin thinking about drawing a larger conclusion. Those are massive differences, and the only logical conclusion to draw is the familiarity with the backdrop at Comcast has more than a little something to do with the success.
Maryland, you might have noticed, has only three home games remaining. So those sizzling numbers might not hold up too much longer.
Or perhaps competition really does factor in a whole bunch, and visits from Clemson and Duke and Georgia Tech will act as a correcting mechanism for the home date. It's tough to say. But what isn't difficult to assert is Maryland is a dominant homecourt team in league play, so much so that it makes the Terps' road data look worse than it really is.