#12 Maryland vs Michigan State

The Big Ten season has arrived.  Maryland has come through the out-of-conference slate in near pristine condition.  The lone blemish a loss to a top 5 while the Terps were without the services of their best player.

Now the Terps will have to deal with the rigors of life in the Big Ten and that means road game in difficult environments.  East Lansing, Michigan is one of those places.  Tom Izzo is a great coach and the Spartans are always tough.  This is a "Big Boy" game.  If the Terps can pull off a win, then as fans, we can ratchet up our expectations for the season.  Right now, I think the Terps have a ceiling as a Sweet 16 team.  If they can win at Michigan State, I think the Terps can be an Elite 8 team.  I'm not saying they will, I'm just adjusting my expectations based on their performances.

The Terps have shown marked in improvement with the new roster of last year.  It's beautiful to see what can happen when guys play the game the right way.  Turnovers are down, shooting percentages are up, free throw attempts are though the roof, and the defensive fg% is way down. These are the markings of a good basketball team. 

There are chinks in the armor though.  I'm concerned about a couple of things.  The assist per game are in the bottom of third of Division 1 teams.  So is the offensive rebounding rate.  Both of those are key stats and most good teams do well in both categories.  The Terps do not.  I get the rebounding.  We shoot a lot of threes which are harder to rebound and we are not a bulky team up front.  Rebounding is going to be a struggle.  The lack of assists is more perplexing.  The Terps shoot well and Melo has been sublime running the offense, so where are the assists?  I'm not sure and maybe it doesn't matter.  The only stat that matters is wins and the Terps are grinding those out.  That said, if we do hit some bumps in the road, my guess is that a lack offensive rebounding and assists will be the culprits.

Author: Jeremy | 12/28/2014 8:30:48 PM |

#15 Maryland vs Oakland

This Terrapin team has exceeded all expectations as Maryland enters its final tune up before diving into the Big Ten schedule.  What more can be said?  Melo Trimble has been a revelation.  His impact on the court goes beyond the numbers in the stat sheet.  It's the way he gets the ball into the half court set.  The way he p [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/25/2014 7:27:21 PM |

#17 Maryland at Oklahoma State

Maryland faces a stiff test this afternoon as the Terps travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State. The Cowboys feature dynamic swingman Le'Bryan Nash.  Nash is a wide-bodied wingman who can get to the rim against anyone.  He sounds a lot like Dez Wells and unfortunately Maryland will be without Dez's services again today. I expec [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/21/2014 8:24:45 AM |

#19 Maryland vs South Carolina Upstate

Who's ready for Brunch with the Terps tomorrow?  I don't think Maryland has ever tipped off a game in College Park this early.  I wonder if that will effect attendance?  Oh wait.  No one comes to the games anyway so I guess it doesn't matter.  I wish the University would start admitting students who actually liked college b [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/12/2014 8:34:26 PM |

#19 Maryland vs NC Central

Man, it feels good have a number in front of Maryland's name, doesn't it? The Terps started slow and won going away against a decent Winthrop squad.  NC Central comes to town with a less impressive resume but they are preseason MEAC favorite and likely NCAA Tournament team.  The Terps should be ready having settled into life withou [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/9/2014 8:23:38 PM |

Maryland vs Winthrop

I always get Wagner and Winthrop confused for obvious reasons. I'm not sure which one is historically better than the other. I think it's Winthorp. Every time I hear the name Winthrop, I think Louis Winthrop III and the movie Trading Places. But alas, we are playing the team and not Dan Ackroyd's character. Anyway, I hope the Terps are pissed af [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/6/2014 11:23:57 AM |

#21 Maryland vs #7 Virginia

Maryland is ranked for the first time in something like 4 1/2 years and we get to celebrate by hosting #7 UVA in our first tangle with an ACC school as a member of the Big Ten.  It's an exciting way to play this year's first meaningful game at the Xfinity Center. The Terps will be without Dez Wells which is a huge blow to our hopes.  H [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/3/2014 11:02:23 AM |

Maryland vs VMI

Hopefully the basketball team can help to erase the awful taste left in our mouths after the football team aborted their season yesterday. I won't speak of it anymore, but suffice to say that if Maryland played Rutgers 9 times, they win 10 of them.  Only an incompetent coaching staff could have given Rutgers the victory. Now onto the basket [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/30/2014 8:47:31 AM |

Gameday: Maryland vs Rutgers

The quest for 8-4 ends tomorrow with a home game against Rutgers.  Maryland can taste a decent bowl and I don't see Rutgers spoiling the party. Rutgers has been getting rolled in the Big Ten and I think the Terps have a chance to run up the score. A win and the Terps have a shot at a decent bowl.  I've seen them projected to play in t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/28/2014 9:59:04 PM |

Maryland vs Monmouth

The CBE Champions return home tomorrow night to face Monmouth.  Monmouth and Maryland share a common opponent, Central Connecticut State.  Maryland beat them by close to 40.  Monmouth beat them by 15.  I'm expecting a 20 point win.  There's obviously a hangover concern after the triumphant trip to Kansas City but I'm confid [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/27/2014 7:55:47 PM |
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