Maryland Comes Up Short Against NC State

For large stretches of the game, the Terps played a disjointed, frustrating style. 

Stoglin was his usual beast self and kept us in the game.  It was only at the end of the game did he start jacking up shots outside of the offense. 

Padgett showed flashes, Len did too but there just was not enough firepower coming from inside the paint. Padge has worked hard on developing his post play.  He has a variety of moves and, for the most part, is effective with his back to the basket.  The problem is that he lacks that finishing touch.  He must improve there if the Terps are to thrive this season.

Len, for the most part, disappointed tonight.  He's more robotic in the paint then I remembered.  He's basically a blank slate with his back to the basket.  His game in Europe appears to have been more of the face-up variety.  In the States, he will need to work on his post moves.  The good news is that his front court mate, Mr. Padgett can teach him a thing or two.  In fact, if you put these two guys together; you have the perfect post player.  Len still has lots to learn but I still believe he will be a force by season's end. 

As it stands now, there is no way that Alex Len is going to the NBA after the season.  He's not ready.  I actually saw him try to dribble through a double team in the paint.  At 7'1", that's ridiculous.  Maybe he could leave for Europe, but then again, why come to the States at all if his plan was to play Euroball?  He was already doing that. I think he plays next year.

Pe'Shon did not play well either.  He telegraphed 3 or 4 passes that led to turnovers and never looked for his own shot. He's too good of a shooter for that.  

Overall, the offense just looked like a bunch of guys running high screens for each other until one of the guards jacked up a three or drove to the hoop and shot.  If Len got the board, that led to a put back.  That was the only way he was able to get the ball in a position to score.

Still, the Terps were in the game until the end.  They out hustled the Wolfpack and I loved the effort.  In fact, the only real difference in the box score are the FT stats.  NC State shot 87%, while the Terps shot 62%.  That was the difference in the final score. 

The Terps were 11 point dogs coming, so a close loss is a bit of a moral victory.  Now, the Terps have 2 winnable home games coming up and they must win both.  At 12-4, the Terps would have another shot at a road win against a suddenly vulnerable FSU.  If the Terps can get a win there, the season could be transformed.

Before I sign off, two other quick notes: 
1. Sean Mosley played well tonight and really gave the Terps the only legitimate second option offensively.  Let's hope his little two-game hot streak continues.
2. Mychal Parker played solidly too.  He hit all of his shots 3-3 FG and 2-2 FT.  Defensively, he nabbed three steals.  I can't believe I'm saying this, but he could really become a surprise asset over the next two months. 
Author: Jeremy | 1/8/2012 8:38:37 PM | Tags: nc state, recap |

Maryland Opens ACC At NC State

The Terps and Wolfpack square off in the final game of the ACC's opening weekend.  Thus far, it was a weekend filled with surprises.  Clemson upended FSU by 20.  Wake squeaked by Virginia Tech while GT and Miami gave Duke and Virginia all they could handle. Before yesterday's game, the conventional wisdom had Clemson, GT, and Wake [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/8/2012 8:08:13 AM | Tags: thread, nc state, acc opener |

Wes Brown, Top RB Recruit in State Chooses Terps

Wes Brown committed to the Terps tonight coinciding with his appearance on ESPN in the Under Armour High School All-Star Football Game.    Every major recruiting service lists Brown as one of the best 20 running backs in the senior class.  It's a huge get for Randy Edsall and the best piece of news the football program has had in [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/5/2012 8:06:43 PM | Tags: football, recruiting, wes brown |

Terps v Cornell Preview and Thread

The Terps final tune-up before the ACC season gets underway tomorrow night when Cornell comes to town.  The Ivy League has given the ACC trouble this season.  Harvard's beaten BC (then again, who hasn't beaten BC?) and Florida State now sports two losses to Ivy League squads. Both Harvard and Princeton have downed the 'Noles this season. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/2/2012 8:17:07 PM | Tags: cornell, thread, basketball, acc preview |

Terps v. Samford Thread

The Terps fanbase is still abuzz from Tuesday's enthralling debut of Alex Len.  His performance showcased immense raw skill and potential. Len began his night on fire, nailing his first four shots.  It wasn't all peanuts and balloons as Len cooled off in the second half and also demonstrated his lack of experience with turnovers and a [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/30/2011 8:59:47 PM | Tags: thread, samford |

Terps Pull Away Late as Len Impresses In Debut

At times it wasn't pretty; but the Terps looked like a complete team tonight.  Five players scored in double digits (Howard, Faust, Len, Padgett, Stoglin).  The Terps also dominated on the glass (49-28). Despite the massive rebounding disparity; the game was relatively close. Albany took outstanding care of the basketball only turning [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/28/2011 8:05:59 PM | Tags: albany, recap, alex len |

Terps vs Albany: The Beginning Of An Era?

I know that there are readers who will find my headline a tad hyperbolic; but I can't help it.  I'm excited.  It's not every day that a 7'2" man-child with good footwork comes into your life.  Such is the case with Alex Len and I'm all in. I understand the need to temper expectations, and frankly, my expectations are not that [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/27/2011 8:58:23 PM | Tags: alex len, albany, game thread |

The Return Of Pe

Lots to talk about in College Park right now.  Tomorrow, we expect to see the long awaited return of Maryland's only true point guard, Pe'Shon Howard.  Howard's foot injury has healed quicker than anyone could have hoped, and as a result, Terp fans get to see what this team looks like with a real point guard. The optimistic side of me [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/22/2011 8:21:51 PM | Tags: locksley, pe shon howard, torian graham |

FIU vs Terps Game Thread

Isaiah Thomas comes to College Park this evening to take on the Terps with his 3-6 Panthers squad. I'm beyond the point of expecting any easy victories this season and I think tonight will be no exception.  Expect a game that is played with no more than a single digit lead for 40 minutes. The big news tonight was that there were rumors t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/13/2011 11:17:29 AM |

Terps vs. Mt. St. Marys

Damn Central Time Zone.  These games creep up on me.  I almost missed tip-off.  I had to look up who the Terps were playing so suffice it to say that the excitement for the season has been ratcheted down as we head in to cupcake time. The Mount (had to look up their name) will not pose much of a threat.  However, our Terp [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/7/2011 5:23:45 PM | Tags: mount st. marys, basketball, game threads, pe shon howard |
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