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 regressed so badly over the final 20 minutes.

It was hard to watch.  Lots of one on one play by the guards and poor perimeter defense.  Those have been the hallmarks of the Terps other losses.

Still, the Terps look far improved from the team we saw in Puerto Rico.  The first half was the best they have looked all season.  If they can somehow corral that effort and extend it for a full 40 minutes; I think the Terps can beat Notre Dame.

Despite the poor second half performance, the Terps could have won this game if they had just hit their free throws.  I counted two front end misses on one and ones so 13-23 really becomes 13-25.  50% from the line won't win anywhere over the long haul.

In the end, the game left me confused.  The team I saw in the first half was dynamic.  Mychal Parker even showed me something.  He took the ball to the hole with confidence on one drive and really crashed the boards.  Pankey and Padget played their best games of the season too.

I'm not sure why it all fell apart. However, I do know where it did. Early in the second half, we rested some starters and the Illini made a run against the walk ons.  They grabbed a few offensive boards and then Faust and Stoglin started going one one three and that was it.

So what happens now?  I think Mark Turgeon is a great coach.  Did anyone else notice his beautiful set play after a time out that led to a wide open James Padgett dunk?  He will get to work to fix the problems.  Stoglin and Faust played team offense for 20 minutes; Turgeon will figure a way to stretch it 40.

The team is getting better but Alex Len and Pe'Shon Howard can't get on the court soon enough.


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.] |

Terps v Iona Thread

The Terps face Iona in a decisive tilt that will determine if Puerto Rico was kind to Maryland.  The Terps do not do well in early season Tournaments.  In the waning years of Gary Williams tenure; the Terps routinely lost 2 of the 3 games.  In the dawn of the Turgeon era, a vs Iona is all that stands in the way of a 2-1 trip. It w [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/20/2011 8:03:47 AM | Tags: iona, puerto rico, thread |

Stoglin Leads Terps To Victory Over Buffs

In what was easily his finest performance as a Terp; Terrell Stoglin willed the Terps to victory this evening over the University of Colorado.  Despite being saddled with four fouls early in the second half; Stoglin closed out the Buffs with a lethal combination of threes and deft drives to the hoop. Mosley kept the Terps in it early on wit [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/18/2011 8:53:37 PM |

Terps-Colorado Thread

Could it really be any worse than yesterday?  Could we shoot that bad again?  I doubt it.  I am hoping it was the excitement of the game in an empty gym in Puerto Rico that caused our Terps to look like a group of pick-up players that never played together before. Today is a day to forget about what happened against Alabama [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 11/18/2011 3:37:58 PM |

Two Made Jump Shots

Wow.  That was some shooting display.  Outside of Sean Mosley's desperation three at the end of the half and Nick Faust's fadeaway in garbage time; the Terps only hit layups.  That's not to say that they hit many of them. The Terps shot 26% from the field and 56% from the charity stripe. No Terp scored in double figures. I realiz [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/17/2011 5:05:36 PM |

Puerto Rico Tip - Off Thread - Game 1

Our Terps get a big test tonight.  It's the middle of the work day for me so I have zero time to put up any pregame analysis.  I know that they will be ready to go.  I'm interested to see how Turgeon has prepared them. I'll be watching on tape delay.  Go Terps! [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/17/2011 2:43:47 PM | Tags: puerto rico shootout, basketball, alabama |

Turgeon Era Begins With A Win

The Terps held off a pesky UNC Wilmington squad tonight.  The final tally shows a 9 point win for the Terps but the reality is that the outcome was never in doubt.  After halftime, the Terps took control and pushed the lead to double digits. Unfortunately, they weren't able to extend the lead to 20+ points like we are used to seeing.& [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/13/2011 8:41:29 PM |
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