No. 9 Maryland men’s basketball assistant coach Matt Brady is a big metrics guy, hoping to use different stats and analytics to help the Terps find success. And before this season, he realized that the two teams that competed in the 2019 National Championship — Texas Tech and Virginia — were the two best defensive units in college basketball.
After bringing this up to head coach Mark Turgeon, Brady became set on doing anything he could to help the Terps be the best defensive team possible in 2019-20. And before the season started, he made sure players were familiar with one particular phrase that has forged the team’s identity: “Defense wins championships.