Are The Terps A Good Shooting Team?

12/24/2009 7:23:42 PM Anyone who has followed the Terps over the last two seasons would read that headline and think it blasphemous.  But, last night's shooting performance has me feeling a little frisky and I thought I would explore it a little.

Let's take a look at the Terps last 3 games:

Villanova: MD shot 9-19 from 3PT range (47%) and 28-53 from the field (53%)

EKU: MD shot 7-17 from 3PT range (41%) and 29-62 from the field (47%)

Winston-Salem State: MD shot  12-18 from 3PT (67%) and 33-58 from the field (57%)

Totals: 28-56 (50%) from 3PT and 90-173 (52%) from the field.

Now, a three game trend does not make this recent hot streak the new reality; but it does open the door to the possibility that this team will be much different from the previous two incarnations.

It may turn out that the loss to Villanova was the best thing that could have happened to this team. For it was in the second half when the Terps really started to find their collective shooting stroke and they haven't looked back since.  It was as if at halftime, they said if Nova can shoot the lights out, why can't we?

Of course, it's not all peanuts and balloons.  Rebounding has become a huge problem.  So bad in fact,  that rebounding could become the Achilles heel this year and ultimately keep the Terps out the Tournament.

Each Terp team of the last three years has had a fatal flaw.  Two years ago, it was turnovers.  Last year, it was shooting (I know we were small, but we surprisingly held our own in rebounding).  This year, it is rebounding.

Our Terps are an imperfect bunch; but I will take a team that can shoot the rock over one that can't any day of the week.  It's been so long since the Terps shot the ball consistently that I can barely remember it.  I'm not ready to proclaim our shooting woes solved; but I defy you to find another three game stretch where they have shot the ball this well since Mike Jones and company left town (not exactly the halycon days; but you know what I mean).  It could be even longer than that but I am too lazy to look it up.
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