A Star Is Born

11/10/2010 10:11:01 PM Pe'Shon Howard, welcome to Maryland!  In his second game as a collegian,  Howard hit the game winning shot to beat a veteran College of Charleston team.  Players will go their entire careers without hitting a game winner and Howard drained one in his second career game.  He was the best guard on the court.

The kid is clutch.  He even improved his FT percentage from 0% to 50% over the final minutes.  OK, that's a joke; but his performance tonight was the best we've seen from a freshman guard since Greivis Vasquez single-handedly beat the Illini at University Hall in 2006.

The Terps fought back from six points down over the final 6 minutes. Howard played the crunch time minutes--all of them.  Bowie left with an eye injury with about 4 minutes to go and Howard took over.  I assume that Bowie could have come back in; but Gary was going to stick with Howard no matter what.

As far as I am concerned, Pe'Shon Howard is the starting point guard for the Maryland Terrapins.  Adrian Bowie can do some nice things; but Howard is a far better decision maker with the ball.  Howard can score in the paint and from beyond the arc.

You know how I know that Pe'Shon Howard did something incredible tonight?  I'm five paragraphs in and I have yet to mention Jordan Williams dominant performance in the trenches, nor have I mentioned the Terps pathetic FT shooting.

Williams was a man among boys.  He should have finished with 30 points and 15 boards if he could only hit free throws.  Regardless, he grabbed nearly half of Maryland's total rebounds for the game (15 of 31 and 7 of 13 offensive).

Of course, it wasn't all peanuts and balloons.  The aforementioned FT shooting was an abomination.  The entire team was terrible and it should have cost us the game.  That can't happen in NY next week.

We learned who Gary trusts right now and who he does not.  The list surprised me.  Mychal Parker didn't see the court at all.  Hawk Palsson got 10 minutes and looked good out there.  Who would have predicted that a month ago?  James Padgett only saw four minutes of action and Berend Weijs saw three.  It's clear that Gary doesn't think they are ready for crunch time.

Outside of the FT shooting; that's the biggest red flag coming out of this game.  Gary only trusts two of his big men: Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory.  Weijs and Padgett didn't get the minutes and it showed in the box score.  The Terps got out rebounded and the second leading rebounder was Dino Gregory with four.

That won't fly. Tonight's win was exhilarating; but it proves that the Terps have a long way to go.  Terps lack a consistent threat from three, the FT shooting is a disaster, and we aren't crashing the glass.

The College of Charleston is a solid veteran squad; but they aren't Pitt, Illinois, or Texas. These weaknesses will get exposed next week; but that is a discussion for another time.  Right now, the Terps are 2-0 and that is all that matters.
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