A Star Is Born

Pe'Shon Howard, welcome to Maryland!  In his second game as a collegian,  Howard hit the game winning shot to beat a veteran College of Charleston team.  Players will go their entire careers without hitting a game winner and Howard drained one in his second career game.  He was the best guard on the court.

The kid is clutch.  He even improved his FT percentage from 0% to 50% over the final minutes.  OK, that's a joke; but his performance tonight was the best we've seen from a freshman guard since Greivis Vasquez single-handedly beat the Illini at University Hall in 2006.

The Terps fought back from six points down over the final 6 minutes. Howard played the crunch time minutes--all of them.  Bowie left with an eye injury with about 4 minutes to go and Howard took over.  I assume that Bowie could have come back in; but Gary was going to stick with Howard no matter what.

As far as I am concerned, Pe'Shon Howard is the starting point guard for the Maryland Terrapins.  Adrian Bowie can do some nice things; but Howard is a far better decision maker with the ball.  Howard can score in the paint and from beyond the arc.

You know how I know that Pe'Shon Howard did something incredible tonight?  I'm five paragraphs in and I have yet to mention Jordan Williams dominant performance in the trenches, nor have I mentioned the Terps pathetic FT shooting.

Williams was a man among boys.  He should have finished with 30 points and 15 boards if he could only hit free throws.  Regardless, he grabbed nearly half of Maryland's total rebounds for the game (15 of 31 and 7 of 13 offensive).

Of course, it wasn't all peanuts and balloons.  The aforementioned FT shooting was an abomination.  The entire team was terrible and it should have cost us the game.  That can't happen in NY next week.

We learned who Gary trusts right now and who he does not.  The list surprised me.  Mychal Parker didn't see the court at all.  Hawk Palsson got 10 minutes and looked good out there.  Who would have predicted that a month ago?  James Padgett only saw four minutes of action and Berend Weijs saw three.  It's clear that Gary doesn't think they are ready for crunch time.

Outside of the FT shooting; that's the biggest red flag coming out of this game.  Gary only trusts two of his big men: Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory.  Weijs and Padgett didn't get the minutes and it showed in the box score.  The Terps got out rebounded and the second leading rebounder was Dino Gregory with four.

That won't fly. Tonight's win was exhilarating; but it proves that the Terps have a long way to go.  Terps lack a consistent threat from three, the FT shooting is a disaster, and we aren't crashing the glass.

The College of Charleston is a solid veteran squad; but they aren't Pitt, Illinois, or Texas. These weaknesses will get exposed next week; but that is a discussion for another time.  Right now, the Terps are 2-0 and that is all that matters.
Author: Jeremy | 11/10/2010 10:11:01 PM |

Terps vs. College of Charleston Thread

Something about the College of Charleston scares me.  It's probably related to Maryland's first round defeat at the hands of CoC in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. It could also be due to the Cougars upset of UNC last year.  Or maybe it's because their Coach, Bobby Cremins used to torch the Terps in the late 80s and early 90s when he was at [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/10/2010 9:52:48 AM |

Post-Seattle U Observations

Last night, Terps looked like an entirely different team than the one we've become used to over the last four years. The Terps are as athletic as one could hope for.  Everyone can run the floor.  Our guards are quick.  Our big men can throw it down with force.  Perhaps the biggest revelation last night was that the Terps [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/9/2010 9:55:24 AM |

Terps vs. Seattle University Game Thread

I realize I still owe a "Part II" of my season preview; but I ran out of time and the season has crept up on me. The new-look 2010-11 Terps kick off their season tonight with what should be a tune-up game. Despite a storied history that dates back to the 1950s, Seattle University is relatively new to Division I.  The sc [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/8/2010 10:02:18 AM |

Maryland Falls Short in Miami

The Terps almost pulled it off.  Maryland had the lead in the final minute; ultimately could not hold on.  Miami connected on a 35 yard pass with 45 seconds left and that was that.   There is no such thing as a moral victory; but you have to be encouraged that Maryland went down to Miami and went toe to toe with The "U". [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/6/2010 7:53:50 PM |

Miami - Maryland Game Thread

The rubber meets the road for the Terps tomorrow.  If the Terps can go down to Miami and beat the Hurricanes; then we can officially start getting excited about an Atlantic Division title.  It will also get the Terps to seven wins which is beyond what most thought were possible.  The Hurricanes will be without Jacory Harris and t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/5/2010 8:18:09 PM |

106 - 58!

OK.  It's only a preseason game.  There's no reason to get carried away.  But still!  The Terps steamrolled Florida Southern.  I know.  Florida Southern is a Division II school.  Last year, the Terps beat DII, Indiana, PA by 20 points. Does this 48 point drubbing mean that we will be twice as good as last year?&nb [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/1/2010 7:18:11 PM |

Maryland Crushes Wake; Space Commits to FSU

As the great Ron Burgandy once said, "that escalated quickly".  The Terps scored 45 straight points turning a 10-7 lead into a 55-7 lead.  It's the third largest margin of victory in Terps history.  Granted, Wake Forest is clearly an ACC bottom feeder; but only a good team can blow out a bad team like this.  Clear [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/30/2010 6:50:57 PM |

Maryland - Wake Forest Game Thread

Tomorrow is homecoming and the Terps are favored to beat a beleaguered Wake squad to move to 6-2.  If the oddsmakers are right; the Terps will head into their final four games having already secured bowl eligibility. Unfortunately, oddsmakers don't play the games. While it's true that Wake sits at 2-5; a closer look at their schedule gives [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/29/2010 8:07:15 PM |

Nick Faust Commits To Maryland

It's hard to accurately express what a big deal it is for Maryland to land a commitment from a Top 25 player like Faust.  His skills, as evidenced by this sizzle reel, haven't been seen in College Park in a long time.  He reminds me of Rudy Gay; only with a better jumper.  Based on straight rankings; he's the best Terp recruit [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/28/2010 1:14:05 PM |
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