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 game was so close.  That's encouraging.  The guards are learning a new offense and system and that undoubtedly will lead to more turnovers in the early going (Faust, Stoglin, and Mosley accounted for 13 turnovers). I expect TO% to improve despite the level of competition increasing in a couple of weeks.

As for the FT shooting, Pankey and Parker-- two guys who barely played lasted year -- combined for 7 misses.  Stoglin, a proven FT shooter had 4 misses.  Again, I expect improvement here.  Parker and Pankey have nowhere to go but up.  Stoglin will return to the mean and be shooting in the 80s by the time the real season starts.

Another interesting tidbit is +/- numbers.  Guess who led the way?  None other than Alex Len.  In 16 minutes, he was +10.  He only scored 4 points, but he registered 6 boards and 1 block.  Without seeing the game, I'll wager his presence in the paint disrupted what Northwood wanted to do offensively.  It's a telling statistic.

On the other side, Stoglin was -12. Ouch.  He's our best player.  With 5 turnovers and 7 for 18 shooting, it is easy to see how his +/- could be so bad.  He's a shoot first point guard and that can lead to night's like this.  Fans of Allen Iverson can attest to that.  It's up to Turgeon to put the proper restraints and make sure Stoglin operates with more control.

Of course, there were two other debuts tonight.  Nick Faust started and scored 14 points.  It also appeared he came up lame during the final stretch and sat for the rest of the game.  My goodness, let's hope that is just a cramp. He shot 5-11 from the field including 4-8 from three.  He also pulled down 6 boards.  He's the real deal.  I'm thinking that he finishes in the running for freshman of the year and drops in close to 14 points per game.

Finally, there's the coach, Mark Turgeon. I can't tell anything from the box score about how the team looked and whether Turgeon seemed to be in control as a tactician.  I'll have to leave that to those who watched the game. Please weigh in and let me know your thoughts.
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 |

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 |
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