Terps Cruise Past Georgia Tech 77-61

Wasn't it nice to watch a game where the Terps were the one with the big lead and fending off attempts to cut into the margin rather than the other way around? 

The Terps played fantastically in the first half.  All 9 guys in the rotation contributed and Georgia Tech had no answer.  The second half was different but this team isn't used to playing with a big lead and it is easy to understand the lapses.  Anyone complaining about that is picking nits.

It's time to bring Nick Faust in from the cold.  He's been sensational the last three games.  I don't know if it is his new role off the bench, coaching from Juan Dixon or a combination of the two, but Faust is finally starting to play like we knew he could.  It is so obvious that it all comes down to shot selection for him.  When he plays smart, his talent takes over and he becomes a killer.  My favorite play of his was late in the second half, during a fast break he caught a pass out on the wing, faked the three and passed it away so the team could set up the offense.  Five games ago, he was jacking that shot.  He's learning.

Seth Allen's arrival has settled the rest of the squad into their natural roles.  It's been great to see. Even Shaq Cleare showed some life today and made some nice shots. 

Unfortunately, this team has little margin for error given the early losses but they look like a team to be reckoned with.  Monday poses a huge test against Pitt.  Pitt is an excellent team and their building is a tough place to play.  A win and we'll be in dreamland. 

Realistically, I think we should hope for a split out the next two games.  After Pitt, the Terps travel to FSU and we've haven't had much luck down there.  That said, we should have beaten FSU twice last year so we owe them and the Terps shouldn't be afraid.

I'm marking the tape.  Nine more regular season wins and the Terps are dancing.

Author: Jeremy | 1/4/2014 8:26:12 PM |

Maryland vs Georgia Tech

Maryland begins its ACC season in earnest today.  The ACC season is always crucial but this time it feels especially poignant.  The Terps have a lackluster non-conference schedule with embarrassing losses against BU and Oregon State and winnable games against UConn and GW that ultimately also ended in losses. These results put an extr [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/3/2014 9:49:19 PM |

Maryland vs NC Central

The Terps have a matinee tipoff against a frisky and experienced NC Central squad. This is a game that is likely to be competitive throughout.  Turgeon is still figuring out his lineup as his bigs have underperformed and Seth Allen is back in the fold. Jonathan Graham and Damonte Dodd are on the ascendancy while Mitchell and Cleare are [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/31/2013 9:42:09 AM | Tags: basketball, nc central |

Maryland vs Tulsa

Seth Allen is slated to make his return today.  If you think that is a panacea for what ails this team, think again.  Allen will help but this team looks completely lost on both ends of the court. I've been converted from a Turgeon fan to a Turgeon critic.  The players are not just failing to get better, they are regressing. Faust [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/29/2013 3:08:19 PM | Tags: tulsa, basketball |

Military Bowl: Maryland vs Marshall

It's Maryland! It's Marshall! Who's not excited for the 2013 Military Bowl? Seriously, it's hard to get pumped to play the Thundering Herd but at least it takes out mind off the PATHETIC basketball team. In my opinion, bowl games like this should not exist.  If Maryland can't be granted an opponent that is not better than all but one [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/27/2013 8:01:47 AM |

Maryland vs Boston University

Sorry for the late start here.  All you need to know about this team is defined by Roddy Peters's plus/minus in the Florida Atlantic game.  Turgeon needs to stay with the kid as he makes the offense go.  That's it. Go and do it. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/21/2013 11:17:05 AM |

Maryland vs Florida Atlantic

It's pad the schedule time for the basketball team with four cupcakes scheduled between now and the new year.  The Terps should emerge 10-4 with a 17 game ACC slate in front of them.  Wounded but not dead, the Terps must continue to improve.  The road win at BC was nice in that it was a road win and the Terps lost the lead but de [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/14/2013 7:54:56 AM | Tags: basketball, florida atlantic |

College Cup: Maryland vs Virginia

Yeah that's right.  I'm putting up a soccer thread.  Deal with it. The Terps are in their EIGHTH College Cup in 16 years and have a shot at their THIRD national championship in the last 8 years.  Would we love to see some of that success with basketball, eh? This has been an interesting season for the Terps.  They started [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/13/2013 2:02:33 PM | Tags: soccer, college cup |

Maryland vs BC

Maryland kicks off the ACC season on the road against a team that looks eerily similar to the Terps: BC.  I say that BC is similar because they have been competitive with good teams (see UConn and Providence) but can't seem to beat any of those teams.  I'm probably being too nice to BC.  Maryland is definitely better than they ar [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/12/2013 10:16:48 AM | Tags: basketball, bc |

BB&T: Maryland vs George Washington

Do you remember when the BB&T Tournament used to be a high quality affair?  Much like the decline of the Terps fortunes over the years, so too has the BB&T sank to mediocrity.  Now, it just basically an annual game with either George Mason or George Washington.  Georgetown is the only thing keep this from being a great region [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/8/2013 9:18:45 AM | Tags: bb&t, basketball, george washington |
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