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.  Still, we are talking about a team that plays 7 scholarship players and none of them are true point guards. 

With my fan's eye; I'll humbly present the good and bad from tonight's game.

The Good

- The Frontcourt.  The duo of Padgett and Pankey could be the most pleasant surprise of the early season.  Both seem to have a knack for the glass (15 boards combined) and Padgett is clearly benefiting from not having to look over his shoulder.  James knows his playing time is guaranteed and he's playing with much more confidence.  He scored his career high in points tonight.  Of course, so did Mr. Pankey.  Ashton is a good athlete and he possesses some nice low post moves.  At 6'9", he's going to be tough to handle.  I can't say enough about these two.  By midseason, I'm confident the Terps will be holding their own down low.

- Turnovers. The first half was ugly.  The Terps had 9 giveaways.  They ended the game with only 13 turnovers.  That's a great sign.  The young Terps improved as the game went on.  In fact, they had 7 TOs in the first 10 minutes, so only incurring 6 TOs in the final 30 minutes is something any coach would take.  Faust did a great job running point in first collegiate game.  An impressive feat considering he hasn't run point since middle school.

The Bad

-  Assists.  The Terps only dished out 7 assists.  Greivis Vasquez could do that in a half.  The offense flowed nicely but it is a concern that the guys are setting each other up for easy baskets.  I imagine it will get better.

- Free Throw Shooting.  Faust looked shaky from the line, but he hit the big ones when the counted (a great sign).  Padgett looked lost from the line again.  He's just not a good free throw shooter and it could hurt us at points in the season.

- Three Point Shooting.  The Terps didn't hit one all game.  That's hard to believe and I will chalk it up to a combination of nerves, the coaches demand for good shot selection, and just getting a feel for a live game again. 

Bottom Line

It's impossible to tell from tonight's contest whether or not the Terps will be good this year.  However, I feel pretty good.  They appear to be well-coached and the Team is athletic enough to compete in the ACC.  If the guard play becomes more consistent and Turgeon continue to get production from the guys up front, the Terps can very good. 

We are going to learn a lot about this team on Thursday.  Alabama is a quality team and the Terps will have to play nearly perfect to win.  I can't wait.
Author: Jeremy | 11/13/2011 8:41:29 PM |

Maryland Tips Off Against UNCW

I've been away all day, so I apologize for getting the thread up late.  Two quick thoughts: 1. Drew Nicholas ain't walking through the door, so the Terps better come to play. 2. Apparently, Terrell Stoglin is not starting.  It's clear Turgeon is going to value the basketball this year at all costs. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/13/2011 6:08:34 PM | Tags: uncw, basketball, opening game, thread |

Maryland - Notre Dame Thread

For Maryland fans, today's game should have been the most anticipated of the season.  A chance to knock off the most storied program in college football history.  Instead, Maryland has limped into this game in such a sorry state, that it's hard to imagine anything but a blowout. Maybe the Terps will surprise us, but it seems pretty obv [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/11/2011 11:02:10 PM | Tags: notre dame, maryland, football |

Paterno Fired As An Entire Student Body Disgraces Itself

"I was just following orders" didn't work for the Nazis at Nuremburg just as "I notified my superiors 9 yrs ago" doesn't work today.  That's the lens through which this scandal needs to be viewed.  Joe Paterno stood in silence for nearly a decade (at a minimum) while credible evidence existed that his long-time col [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/9/2011 9:45:29 PM |

Football Program in DEEEEP Trouble

I know we have moved on from football for the most part, but my goodness. I know we have issues and I blame Edsall for most of it, but the end of the game was enough for me to lose any confidence I had in Edsall turning this program around (after he turned it the other way!) 3 minutes left... down by 3 scores.  Sure, a comeback would ta [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 11/5/2011 1:32:03 PM |

Northwood v Maryland: Inside The Box Score

Full disclosure:  I did not get to see the game on TV so I'm relegated to delving into the box score.  A couple of nuggets stick out: - Maryland turned the ball over 23 times.  Northwood turned it over 11 times. - Maryland shot 59% from the charity stripe (19-32) to Northwood's 81% (17-21) Those two statistics explain why the [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/4/2011 7:34:32 PM |

Men's Basketball Exhibition Thread

The Terps play their one and only exhibition game tonight.  More importantly, it's the only time we will get to see Alex Len until December 28th. I'm not sure what to expect because Turgeon has to prepare the team for the first part of the season.  However, I expect Turgeon knows where the fans heads are and will give us a bit of a sho [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/4/2011 4:01:54 PM | Tags: northwood, basketball, exhibition |

Alex Len To Be Cleared?

I am loathe to post any "breaking news" that comes via Twitter; but Jeff Barker is extremely reliable. See for yourselves: @sunjeffbarker Marynd (sic) center Alex Len expected to be cleared and be available to begin practicing for the depleted Terps basketball team as soon as today Obviously, this is wonderful news and it immedi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/2/2011 10:06:26 AM | Tags: alex len, cleared |

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 [...] Read More »

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 |
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