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 an unnecessary goaltending.  But still, it would be hard for any rational Terp fan to be anything but ecstatic after the game.

My unscientific opinion is that if Len had been a "normal" 2011 recruit, the major rating services would have listed Len as a Top 50 player coming out.  I think that is a conservative estimate.

His raw potential is off the charts.  He's a 7 footer with agility who can run the floor.  He's got a nice touch on his jumper too.  Guys like that don't just come around all the time.

The other 8 Terps in the rotation are going to benefit tremendously from Len's presence.  We saw a little of that on Tuesday night. For instance, I expect the perimeter defense to significantly improve over the next month thanks to Len.  Stoglin and Howard are not exactly "lock-down" defenders; but now they will have the luxury of staying put in a man to man scheme.  They won't have to be as concerned with drives to the hoop because Len is in the middle to shut things down.  Instead, they'll be able to focus on stopping guys from getting open looks on the perimeter.

There will also be lots of open looks to go around on the offensive end as Len will command a double team down on the block.  We saw evidence of that on Tuesday. 

Still, Albany kept the game disturbingly close.  I think things will be different today.  Look for the Terps to get a handle on turnovers and to play better defense.

A 20+ point win would be a great end to the year.  As we look to 2012, the Terps could become one of the biggest surprises in the country.  I think this Terps squad could be the most balanced team we've seen in these parts since 2003.  Who could have imagined that?
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 |

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 |
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