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 high on the offensive end.  I'm not exactly expecting 15 points per game this season.  What I do expect is for Alex Len to immediately transform this team defensively. And that's MORE important.

Maryland should be able to defend and rebound with anyone in the country now.  Len can be an elite shot blocker/alterer (don't underestimate the value of altered shots just because they don't show up on the stat sheet) from day one.

If Maryland defends and rebounds well, they will be in every game.  That is a fact.  Len can elevate us defensively and that makes the Terps exponentially more competitive.

Offensively, I'm expecting him to be rusty and to struggle running Turgeon's sets.  The way I see it, Alex Len can be effective in the half court in three ways:

1.  1-3 reliable back to basket moves
2.  Passing out of double teams to open shooters when he receives the ball on the low block.
3.  Shooting 75% or greater from the free throw line. 

If Len proved effective in just one of these areas this season; it's probably 2-3 more wins to the Terps.  If he is proficient in 2 or all of these areas; then watch out because I think the Terps are contenders for upper echelon of the ACC.

Tonight, the Terps play Albany and we won't learn all that much.  It's not even known how minutes Turgeon will let him play. 

I recommend that you look at one stat when it comes to Len's performance tomorrow night: plus/minus.  If he has a strong plus/minus, that means that the Terps are playing well when he is in the game.  It's also an effective measurement of his defensive value while playing.

I'll be monitoring it closely and will publish the stats in a post after the game.
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 |

Terps Hold On For Big Win Against Notre Dame

I get it.  Notre Dame ain't what she used to be; but the Terps just beat a Big East team today-- with 6 active scholarship players.  Think about that. Ashton Pankey played exactly one minute and spent the rest of the afternoon in Turgeon's doghouse.  That left Stoglin, Weijs, Faust, Parker, Mosley, and Padgett to carry the load.& [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/4/2011 8:53:58 PM | Tags: basketball, recap, notre dame |

Terps Tackle Irish - Preview And Thread

Terps played tough but ultimately fell short against Illinois during the week.  Now another big non-conference opponent comes to DC to take on the Terps.  The Irish are not Illinois.  In fact, Notre Dame has looked poor against quality teams this year. To wit, Missouri and Gonzaga have beaten Notre Dame by a combined 59 points (8 [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/4/2011 9:05:20 AM | Tags: notre dame, preview, basketball |

Terps Squander Chance With Flat 2nd Half

Tonight the Terps played a great first half.  Dare I say it, they dominated for most of it. Everyone was contributing and the Terps looked good in the offensive set.  It all fell apart in the second half.  I'm sure that Bruce Webber and the Illini made good adjustments, but Coach Turgeon has to be disappointed that the Terps regr [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/29/2011 7:44:57 PM | Tags: recap, illinois |

Terps vs Illinois Primer and Thread

I'll be in the air tomorrow, so I need to get this thread up now.  Here's the deal:  I live in Illinois.  I have nothing against the Illini or their fans, but I'd really like to win this game.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look like our Terps are capable of competing against high-major teams.  I hope I'm wrong, but the Ter [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/28/2011 8:26:51 PM |

Open Letter To Randy Edsall

Dear Coach Edsall: As an alumnus and lifelong fan of the University of Maryland Athletics program; I implore you to do the right thing and resign effective immediately.  Today's collapse against NC State represents a new low for program. It's also the fourth or fifth "new low" the program has witnessed since your arrival.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/26/2011 7:44:24 PM | Tags: fire randy edsall |

Maryland v Florida Gulf Coast Thread

Florida Gulf Coast comes to College Park as a warm-up opponent. With big games against Illinois and Notre Dame on the horizon, Coach Turgeon is likely looking at tonight's contest as a means to gauge the team's progress. As San Juan painfully demonstrated, the Terps are far from being a dependable team on either end of the floor.  They are [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/25/2011 1:50:42 PM | Tags: florida gulf coas, game thread, basketball.] |
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