Post Game Thoughts - MD v NU

I'm late getting to this due to some client responsibilities last night but I did want to put down a few thoughts about the game on Tuesday.

- Welsh-Ryan Arena is wonderful and horrible at the same time.  Wonderful: There is not a bad seat in the house.  Horrible:  The seats are mostly wooden bleachers and it looks like you push in the bleachers and serve cafeteria lunch to the student body during the day.  It is easy to see why a school that is ostensibly the "Duke of the B1G" in terms of academics can't recruit.  The gym holds 6000 on good day.  I've never seen less traffic leaving a sporting event in my life.

- Terp fans were well represented.  There were easily over 200 fans at the game in red.  Gregg and I actually met at an off-campus bar with the Chicago Alumni Association and there were over 80 of us.  We took over the place.  It was amazing to see.  I actually joked with Gregg that there were more Terp fans at this game than at the Georgia Southern game in Comcast.

- I give credit to the Northwestern students for their spirit although chanting "tall and awkward" at Alex Len after he just swatted the EFF out of an NU jump shot, ran the floor and dunked on your player while getting fouled is a bit of a reach.

- Dez Wells is everything the Nick Faust isn't.  Dez is efficient, understands what the offense needs from him and he knows the difference between a good shot and a bad one.  Faust is great going to the rack but there is way too much chucking in his game and he is just not a good shooter.

- Logan Aronhalt needs more playing time.  He's clearly more developed than Jake Layman right now and frankly, he adds a dimension at the #2 spot that Faust can't.  I'm not saying that he should start over Faust, but let's be honest: Faust and Wells have overlapping skill sets and no one for years has shot the three at Maryland like Aronhalt can.  He makes Maryland extremely dangerous offensively.  With our rebounding prowess, and Dez's driving ability; I'm interested in seeing Aronhalt get reps with the first team.  His defense is borderline atrocious, but he is a difference maker and provides something that Faust can't.

- Cleare and Mitchell are beasts off the bench.  They are better rebounders than the starters and I think that because of this, our second team is going to win us a lot of games in the ACC because no one else is this deep.  This is part of the reason why we are such a good second half team.  We just wear teams down.

- Alex Len is an athlete. I saw him do things in the air that you just don't see out of seven footers.  During one sequence, he rebounded his own miss on the way down and put it back in the basket before landing.  Will Bowers he ain't.  We need to enjoy him this year because every 18 footer he hits from here on out might as well be worth one slot higher on the 2013 NBA Mock Draft board.

- Nothing has dissuaded me from my earlier prediction: the Terps will be 15-1 heading into the NC State game. 

Author: Jeremy | 11/29/2012 3:29:23 PM | Tags: acc b1g challenge, post game, northwestern |

Maryland vs Northwestern - ACC v B1G Challenge

It's a Turtle Soup Reunion / Road Trip! Both Gregg and I will be in attendance in the gorgeous Welsh-Ryan Arena.  This will be my first look at this year's squad.  All I know about Northwestern is that their arena sucks and they run the Princeton offense.  They are also undefeated.  I would expect that only one team will [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/27/2012 4:46:04 PM | Tags: acc bigten challenge, game thread |

Georgia Southern and UNC Threads

Our football team is playing hard but virtually unable to do anything offensively. Even so, they merit some space on today's game thread. The bigger game is against Georgia Southern at Comcast Center.  The basketball team needs play much better than what we saw in the second half vs. Lafayette.  Granted, Lafayette was on fire hitting 1 [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/24/2012 12:21:49 PM | Tags: game threads, football, basketball |

Lafayette v Maryland Thread

When you work digital advertising, the week before thanksgiving is always brutal. Today was no exception.  I'm just getting to this thread as the game is starting.   I don't know how much we'll learn from games against the Lafayette's of the world, but we have to make the best of them.  We should look for continued improvement and [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/20/2012 4:33:36 PM |

B1G Excitement

As an homage to our new conference namesake as well as an attempt to get everyone on board; I present 10 reasons to get excited about Maryland joining the B1G: 10.  We get our chance at revenge against Penn State for all those defeats not to mention the 70-7 drubbing that the disgraced one hung on us in 1993. Remember after this class gradu [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/19/2012 8:34:26 PM | Tags: b1g, conference realignment |

Done Deal: Maryland To Join B1G

There is a press conference scheduled at 2:30PM ET today (spoiler alert: the Big Ten Network is carrying it live) to officially announce that Maryland is joining the B1G Conference. I've made my feelings on the issue clear in the previous thread so I won't rehash them here.  I'll just summarize my feelings with the following:  you giv [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/19/2012 8:55:06 AM | Tags: b1g, conference realigment |

A Reasonable Maryland To B1G Thread

There a million opinions floating around about Maryland's impending switch to the B1G. In my opinion, it all comes down to William "Slappy" Kirwan's influence on the Board of Regents. Personally, I think Kirwan will block the deal. I've never met the man, but every opportunity he's had to do something bold in his career, he's refrained fr [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/18/2012 2:41:38 PM | Tags: b1g, conference realignment |

Maryland vs LIU Thread

Before getting into tonight's game, I'll briefly address the rumors swirling throughout Twitter about Maryland joining the Big10.  Although, until there is something definitive, it seems pointless to waste time thinking or writing about it.  I'll just say that it would be an odd move to make now considering that the ACC just raised the ex [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/16/2012 3:51:59 PM | Tags: basketball, threads, big10 rumors |

Maryland vs Moorhead State Thread

Terps open the home slate tonight vs Moorhead State.  Moorhead appears to be frisky (senior laden, make lots of 3's); but this is still Cupcake City for the Terps.  I'll be disappointed with anything less than a 20 point win here. I'm interested to see if the Terps are able to improve their shooting performance from Friday.  Faust [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/12/2012 9:06:58 AM | Tags: basketball, game threads |

Terps Come Up Short But Look Good Doing It

Some quick thoughts in no particular order: Whoever said it in an earlier thread, was right:  Charles Mitchell IS the new Charles Barkley.  Kid was born to rebound.  LOVE HIM Seth Allen will start at PG before the new year.  Kid is a baller.  He knows how to feed the paint.  He's quick and can shoot.  Pe'sho [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/9/2012 10:07:51 PM | Tags: basketball, kentucky |
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