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An ACC team is going to be playing for the national championship. You can't argue that fact. Well, I guess you could argue that fact, but you'd need to convince me that a nasty outbreak of alligators in Maryland and Duke's locker room is imminent, causing the NCAA to name the winner of Notre Dame-Loyola the 2012 national champion due to "Forfeit (Eaten by Alligators)."
SEMIFINAL II: (UNSEEDED) MARYLAND AT (3) DUKE
How will Duke handle Maryland's patience on Saturday? (That's not the super slo-mo camera, kids. That's just the Terrapins.) My gut tells me that the Devils are ready for it; it's just a question of how they can spin it and withstand it.
Detailed profiles will follow, but for now, here's how each team stacks up in some legacy metrics:
|BIG STATS||PACE STATS|
|Record||11-5||Clear %||88.76% (7)|
|Adj. Off. Efficiency||36.87 (3)||Opp. Clear %||85.45% (41)|
|Adj. Def. Efficiency||24.86 (7)||Faceoff %||50.43% (28)|
|Poss. Percentage||50.53% (23)||Pace||59.56 (58)|
|Off. Poss./60 min.||30.13 (50)|
|DEFENSIVE STATS||Def. Poss./60 min.||29.44 (6)|
|Saves/Def. Poss.||0.30 (42)||OFFENSIVE STATS|
|Opp. Sht. %.||27.02% (20)||Goal Differential||+50|
|Opp. Effective Sht. %||27.74% (20)||Shooting %||31.69% (8)|
|Def. Assist Rate||0.15 (13)||Effective Sht. %||32.39% (8)|
|Man-Down/Def. Poss.||0.12 (51)||Assist Rate||0.20 (14)|
|Man-Down Conversion %||35.09% (33)||EMO per Off. Poss.||0.09 (49)|
|Man-Down Reliance||0.16 (52)||EMO Conversion %||41.86% (41)|
|C/T per Def. Poss.||0.27 (8)||EMO Reliance||0.10 (45)|
|Turnovers/Off. Poss.||0.38 (3)|
|Opp. Saves/Off. Poss.||0.33 (46)|
|BIG STATS||PACE STATS|
|Record||15-4||Clear %||85.25% (22)|
|Adj. Off. Efficiency||36.26 (5)||Opp. Clear %||87.03% (49)|
|Adj. Def. Efficiency||26.38 (12)||Faceoff %||55.80% (11)|
|Poss. Percentage||50.76% (15)||Pace||66.08 (27)|
|Off. Poss./60 min.||33.54 (20)|
|DEFENSIVE STATS||Def. Poss./60 min.||32.54 (33)|
|Saves/Def. Poss.||0.29 (43)||OFFENSIVE STATS|
|Opp. Sht. %.||26.74% (16)||Goal Differential||+51|
|Opp. Effective Sht. %||27.61% (18)||Shooting %||30.34% (21)|
|Def. Assist Rate||0.16 (23)||Effective Sht. %||30.94% (22)|
|Man-Down/Def. Poss.||0.12 (49)||Assist Rate||0.18 (22)|
|Man-Down Conversion %||44.59% (50)||EMO per Off. Poss.||0.11 (23)|
|Man-Down Reliance||0.20 (58)||EMO Conversion %||22.54% (56)|
|C/T per Def. Poss.||0.24 (23)||EMO Reliance||0.07 (55)|
|Turnovers/Off. Poss.||0.44 (19)|
|Opp. Saves/Off. Poss.||0.35 (50)|
More deadly information after the jump.
|Duke||J. Wolf||10.38||20||2.81||31||Maryland||J. Cummings||9.53||37||2.48||54|
|Duke||C. Walsh||7.91||78||2.72||34||Maryland||O. Blye||7.84||83||2.17||49|
|Duke||R. Rotanz||7.58||88||2.08||57||Maryland||J. Haus||6.57||132||1.65||99|
T.O.V. = Total Offensive Value (individual points per 100 offensive possessions). This is updated through all games played by May 20, 2012.
Rank = National T.O.V. rank. This is updated through all games played by May 20, 2012.
So, that's your overview. Who are you taking to win on Saturday evening?