Miami Q&A and Game Thread

 I'm reprising the oft-used blogger Q&A exchange for the Terps upcoming tilt in Miami tomorrow.  The good folks at the excellently-named Category6 have asked me a few questions about our Terps and I've returned the favor by asking them a few of my own about the Hurricanes.  We'll start with my questions to them and end with my answers to their queries.

Here goes: 

TS: What are the early reviews on Jim Larranaga? Is he getting more out of this team than Frank Haith could? Are you generally satisfied with his vision for the program?
 
The reviews are very positive. In fact the athletic department just extended him an additonal 3 years through 2019. While Haith may be doing wonderful things in Missouri, the feeling is the Canes underachieved during his tenure. Larranaga seems to get as much as possible out of his players, and Miami has overcome a ton of injuries through his leadership. I think most Cane fans feel very fortunate to have Coach L aboard.


TS: What's the key to beating Miami? What do the Terps need to stop the Canes from doing in order to pull out a win?
 
Generally Miami either shoots lights out or can't hit the side of a barn. That being said, teams who force Miami to shoot long distance and keep the ball away from Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson have been more successful (since Johnson's return). Maryland's best bet would be to double the post and hope Malcolm Grant and Durand Scott are having off nights. More then a few players, for whatever reason,  have had huge nights against the Canes. If Terrell Stoglin can repeat this patten, that too would help Maryland's chances.


TS: The Canes are 7-3 since Reggie Johnson came back. That's including a couple of close losses to UVA and NCST. How does he make Miami more dangerous and how do teams stop him?
 
The interesting thing is that Reggie is not 100% yet. But the mere presence of a 6'10 280-300 pound center with soft hands and good passing skills would make any team more dangerous. Miami is loaded with shooters, when they go inside-out via Big Reg guys like Malcolm Grant, Rion Brown, and Trey McKinney-Jones get much better looks. The best (only) way to stop him is to get him in foul trouble and on the bench


TS: How do you think Maryland matches up with Miami? What's your prediction?
 
I think Miami is the bigger and deeper squad. That being said we know Stoglin and Mosely are not to be underestimated. I do however seeing Miami winning at home 79-66.

Here are Cat6's questions about the Terps: 

C6: Terrell Stoglin is having an incredible year. What NBA or current college player is his game reminiscent of? What type of players have had success slowing him down?


Right now, a lot of Terp fans are comparing him to Greivis Vasquez.  Their games couldn't be more disparate; but both players have/had a knack for scoring points in bunches for both teams.  One minute, Stoglin will drain back-to-back threes within the flow of the half court set; and the next minute, he's chucking up off-balance shots on a fast break just when the team needs a good possession.  Vazquez did the same thing. 

In terms of actual style, I'd say Stoglin is a poor man's Allen Iverson (minus the shut down defense).  He's a great clutch shooter; but he's also deadly going to the hole.  He's also a shooting guard in a point guard's body.
 
C6: Aside from Stoglin, who else has played well this year? Who is the biggest surprise player? Who is the biggest disappointment?

It depends.  The first three games Alex Len played were a revelation.  He averaged 14 points and 8 boards in under 20 minutes per game.  He even showed up on an NBA 2013 Mock Draft! He's fallen down to Earth big time when the ACC Season started. He's an unreal talent. He's 7'1", with good feet, and a three point shot.  He's learning the US game; but will be a force by the end of the season.

Recently, Sean Mosley has stepped up his offense game; but he often throws up a 3 points, 4 fouls game as often as he turns in 19 point scoring nights.  Ashton Pankey has been the biggest surprise.  He's a 6'9" redshirt freshman who will be a star eventually. He is still raw defensively and needs to work on his footwork but he's got a good offensive game and no one anticipated that- even Turgeon.

The biggest disappointment has been freshman Nick Faust.  He's going to be good and he oozes athleticism; but his outside shooting has been dreadful.  He was touted as an elite shooter and he's hitting 19% of his threes. 
 
C6: How would you classify Maryland's style of basketball? Do they press? Who is their best defensive player?

The Terps ran the flex offense and pressed for the 22 years that Gary Williams was at the helm.  They run the motion with Mark Turgeon; but you get the sense that Turgeon wants to run more.  He just lacks the horses.  The Terps play 9 guys, but they are the only scholarship players on the team.  The guards are sub-par defenders and Turgeon is not able to press as a result.
 
C6: Which players/match-ups on Miami concern you? How do you see the game on Wednesday playing out? What is your prediction?

Obviously, Johnson and Kadji are concerns.  Miles Plumlee took our bigs to school last week and both Kadji and Johnson are capable of doing the same.  Terp bigs Ashton Pankey and James Padgett have displayed good skill; but they've lacked the toughness that is required to defend and rebound in the paint night in and night out in the ACC.

The Terps have been in every game they've played since they added Len and starting PG Pe'Shon Howard to the roster on 12/28.  Unfortunately, the games are 40 minutes long. The Terps will go toe to toe for 30 minutes and then falter down the stretch.  This happened during  the most recent losses (NCST, FSU, Temple and Duke). A big reason is free throw shooting.  In crunch time, I don't trust any Terp at the line.  That includes Stoglin who had big misses against both Duke and Va Tech this past week.
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