Stoglin Leads Terps To Victory Over Buffs

11/18/2011 8:53:37 PM In what was easily his finest performance as a Terp; Terrell Stoglin willed the Terps to victory this evening over the University of Colorado.  Despite being saddled with four fouls early in the second half; Stoglin closed out the Buffs with a lethal combination of threes and deft drives to the hoop.

Mosley kept the Terps in it early on with four threes while Nick Faust heated up in the second half and contributed 15 of his own.  All told, the Terp guards combined for 62 points.

I'll make a prediction right now.  The Terps won't lose often if they get regular contributions from their guards like we saw tonight. 

It was a huge win.  Last night's loss was demoralizing so it was great to see the Terps shoot so well.  The Terps rebounded so much better tonight and that was mostly due to the improved shooting.  After all, since defensive rebounds are easier to get the offensive ones; it should be expected that the Terps would improve in that department. 

There are two things that concern me despite the win.

1.  Free Throw shooting.  Stoglin is the only guy I trust from the stripe.  The rest of the starters are suspect.   Parker looks lost from the line and Faust is clearly rushing his attempts.  Padgett has no touch from the line and I think that Pankey will need lost of attempts before he gets his rhythm.  In the meantime, the Terps are likely to kill themselves from the line.

2.  Where are the assists? Through three games, Maryland is averaging just over 8 assists per game (they had 10 tonight).  That's just not going to get it done.  It seems that the only way the Terps are scoring are through jumpers, put backs, or drives to the basket.  They need to set each other up for easy baskets while running Turgeon's offensive sets.  That's what good teams do.  They get each other easy baskets.

However, now is hardly a time to be glum.  The Terps beat a Pac-12 school with only 7 scholarship players.  It's quite a feat and one that Turgeon and every player on the team should revel in.

Sunday at 2pm ET (yes, Sunday), the Terps face off against Iona.  The Gaels were 94-88 winners over Western Michigan this evening.  Iona is really good.  They lost to Purdue by one point in the opener. They play like a real team.  Their PG dished out 15 assists this evening.  That's 50% more than the entire Terps squad produced!

Beating Iona will take more of an effort than it took to beat Colorado tonight. Don' count it out though.  If our guards are hot, the Terps will be tough to beat.  Leaving Puerto Rico with 2 wins would be an absolute dream.  Fortunately, the Terps get a day to rest tomorrow.  That's a huge gift for a team with a 7 man rotation.
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