ACC Scouting Report: Maryland

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Mustapha Farrakhan and some of his UVa teammates may get open 3-point looks against Maryland.

In these scouting reports there hasn’t been much discussion of the flex offense. Virginia has faced teams that run a flex (N.C. State) and has seen teams that have worked in flex sets (Virginia Tech and Wake Forest) but the Hoos haven’t faced an attack like they will see against the Terrapins. Let’s take a look at that and more in this ACC scouting report.

Maryland Offense

In these scouting reports there hasn’t been much discussion of the flex offense. Virginia has faced teams that run a flex (NC State) and has seen teams that have worked in flex sets (Virginia Tech and Wake Forest) but the Hoos haven’t faced an attack like they will see against the Terrapins.

While many teams use flex sets, very few teams are known for their flex attack. On the current college basketball landscape, Maryland, Gonzaga and Boston College are the most notable teams who attack almost exclusively out of the flex. In the flex offenses run by these teams, all five players on the court serve as interchangeable cutters and screeners. The players run through a continuous flow of patterned cuts that put an emphasis on screening for the screener and keeping a defense honest by providing the threat to attack off of a ball reversal.

While the Cavaliers will see another flex system when they face Boston College, there is a significant difference between Al Skinner’s offense and Gary Williams’ offense. When you watch Boston College play, it is easy to see that the Eagles are running an offense that very few teams do – they throw a number of bounce passes on the perimeter, post up their guards and run their offense with all their players compacted around the lane. Maryland’s flex isn’t nearly as unusual on today’s college basketball landscape, but the Terps will do many things similar to Boston College just with different spacing.

Boston College’s offense is called a tight flex, while Maryland just runs a normal flex. When Maryland has

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