Some Basketball Analysis To Cheer You Up

Food for thought as you try to erase the memory of yet another awful performance by the football team...

Let's take a look at the 2010 and 2011 rosters and try to make some projections about the season.  For comparison purposes, I picked the top 5 2010 player by points per game.

2010
C Jordan Williams
F Dino Gregory
G Cliff Tucker
G Terrell Stoglin
G Adrian Bowie

2011 (Projected)
C Alex Len
F James Padgett
G Nick Faust
G Terrell Stoglin
G Sean Mosley

Let's take a look at the two squads position by position

2010 Adrian Bowie vs. 2011 Sean Mosley  - Mosley is the glue guy that every team needs.  What he lacks in scoring, he makes up for with defense and leadership.  He's better than Bowie in every way minus the jump shot.  What's more, Mosley is surely better than his 2010 self.  Advantage: 2011

2010 Terrell Stoglin vs 2011 Terrell Stoglin
- It's well documented that the biggest leap a player makes while in college is from his freshman year to his sophomore year.  Stoglin was one of the best freshman in the ACC and he is sure to be one of the top scorers in the conference this season.  Advantage 2011

2010 Cliff Tucker vs. 2011 Nick Faust
- Cliff Tucker did less with more than just about any Terp player in recent memory.  Nick Faust dominated the scrimmage today and has impressed everyone who has seen him play.  I watched in person at an All-Star game in Chicago last year and he was clearly a top player.  He will be one of the best freshman in the ACC this year. Advantage 2011

2010 Dino Gregory vs. 2011 James Padgett
- First of all, Padgett may not even start.  It could be Pankey or Weijs for all we know.  In fact, the big news out of the scrimmage today is that Weijs had 13 points.  The truth is that it is likely to be a three-pronged approach from the 4 position all season. Regardless of who plays, it is safe to say that, as fans, we will miss Dino Gregory.  Advantage 2010

2010 Jordan Williams vs. 2011 Alex Len
- This is impossible to say since we've only had a small taste of Len's ability.  However, it is a tall order to expect him to eat up 16pts and 11rbs per game.  Even so, Len's talent and size are salivating.  I do believe he can deliver the same rebounding numbers and I'm inclined to think that he could get close to 10 points per game as well.  Defensively, he's almost assuredly an upgrade over Jordan.  I'm an optimist, so it's a lot closer in my heart that it probably is in reality.  As such I give the nod to Williams.  Advantage 2010

Of course, all of this is predicated on Alex Len obtaining eligibility, but I think that the 2011 starters will likely be better than last year's squad.  Pretty remarkable considering how many folks are throwing in the towel before the Terps have played one game. 

If Len plays, we'll be so much better than people think.




Author: Jeremy | 10/29/2011 6:54:57 PM |

BC Game Thread

The 2-5 Terps welcome the 1-6 Eagles to the "The Sieve" today. In the world of college football; this game is as about irrelevant as it gets.  Few will watch the game in College Park. The poor attendance is mostly due to the woeful record the Terps bring to the game; but I hope part of the sparseness we'll see at the Sieve is due to [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/29/2011 7:28:42 AM | Tags: bc, game thread |

Pe'Shon Is Gone (for 12 weeks)

I go away to an all day training for work and this is what happens??? Obviously, losing Howard for 12 weeks from an already depleted roster is brutal.  If Alex Len misses significant time; then we will be battling the schedule with 7 scholarship players.  Ouch. Terp fans need some good news.  Alex Len elgibility?  Torian G [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/27/2011 4:29:50 PM | Tags: pe shon howard, injury |

Alex Len Eligibility Part Deux

Alex Len tweeted on Friday night that he expects to hear from the clearinghouse today.  Let's hope the news is good.  I'm still licking my wounds from the most atrocious Ravens performance I've ever seen. I had trouble sleeping last night and that hasn't happened since the Cory Lucious shot. If Len is declared eligible or receives a mi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/25/2011 7:25:01 AM | Tags: alex len, ncaa clearinghouse |

Start Danny O'Brien

OK.  The CJ Brown Experiment worked for 3 quarters.  It's over.  As we learned today, you can't build an offense around the QB sneak.  I know that 100+ years of football have already proven this fact; but apparently Randy "the Edsel" Edsall needed to learn this lesson the hard way. Seriously.  Think about it.&n [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/22/2011 6:45:58 PM | Tags: edsall, fsu, recap, bad losses |

FSU Gameday Thread

The Terps need a win in the worst way.  The season is slipping by and Edsall (or is it Edsel?) is looking like a lemon. The Terps travel down to Tallahassee to tangle with a Seminole that has absolutely collapsed.  In the preseason FSU was a top 5 team.  Now with losses to Oklahoma, Clemson, and Wake; they are desperate. Enter [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/22/2011 7:32:52 AM |

Alex Len Eligibility Thread

It appears that today is the day we hear on Alex Len's eligibility.  Mark Turgeon mentioned a few weeks ago that even if he is declared ineligible today; there will be an appeal process that will give Len the opportunity to get reinstated. Hopefully, it won't come to that and we will hear good news today.  from my standpoint, I thi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/21/2011 10:16:27 AM | Tags: alex len, ncaa clearinghouse |

Terps Fall Apart; Lose 56-45

CJ Brown almost did it by himself.  Outside of Justus Pickett and Davin Meggett he had no help.  Brown set  a school records for rushing yards by a QB and he put 45 points up against the #24 ranked defense in the nation. Yet it was not enough.  Not even close.  That's because Maryland's receivers are the worst I've ever [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/15/2011 8:51:53 PM | Tags: recap, clemson, edsall |

Clemson - MD Thread

It's back to the reality of middling expectations now that the euphoria of last night's midnight madness has worn off. Yes, the football team comes home today to take on Clemson.  The Tigers may be the best team the Terps will face all year.  It's not likely to be pretty. While I'm encouraged by the performance of the defense last w [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/15/2011 7:13:45 AM |

Midnight Madness 2011

Not since 1992 have we entered a Midnight Madness with lower expectations than this season. Gary Williams' retirement and Jordan Williams early and unfortunate departure have left the program at a crossroads. The hiring of Mark Turgeon and his early recruiting successes have given Terp Nation reason for optimism; but for most fans, that opti [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/14/2011 1:27:49 PM | Tags: midnight madness, basketball |
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