By default, you select faces in Maya with the whole face. I recommend changing this setting to “Center”. It makes it easier to select faces in the orthographic views and makes faces without area visible. To change the setting go to Window > Setting & Preferences > Preferences, on the left choose _“Selection” _and choose “Select Faces with: Center”.
Polycube with Zero Geometry Area Faces Select the Top Face of a Poly Cube in the side view