It's Basketball Season!

It's hard to fathom, but basketball season is upon us.  It's the most wonderful time of the year. 

Maryland tips off the season against UConn in Brooklyn this Friday.  I think the game is a toss up.  Surely, Maryland is going to be better than last year's team.  Yes the Terps have lost a lottery pick but I think the Terps can improve without the presence of Alex Len.

The front line will be bolstered by Shaq Cleare and Chuck Mitchell gaining a year of invaluable experience and off season training.  Damonte (Snoop Doddy) Dodd and Evan Smotrycz will supply much needed shot blocking (Dodd) and scoring (Smotrycz). 

The loss of Seth Allen for 6-10 weeks hurts the back court.  He was our starting PG.  I think Dez Wells is up to the task with a few caveats.  Wells wants (needs?) to showcase his PG skills if he is to make the leap to the next level.  He's not a good enough shooter to play the Two at the next level so he needs to make a name as a distributor.  That will provide Dez with all the motivation he needs to make this experiment a successful one.  This hope is belied by the fact that Wells demonstrated poor decision making at many points last season.  Will that change now that he is running the whole show?  I think the answer is yes because Wells knows his teammates and the offense much better now than he did last year. 

Regardless of who runs point for Maryland, the entire season depends on two things:

1.  Shot Selection
2.  Turnovers

Poor shot selection was the biggest reason why the Terps failed at times last year.  Nick Faust and Wells were two of the biggest offenders but the whole team suffered from the affliction. I optimistically attribute this to so many freshman and sophomores playing big minutes.  Now, the top returning players are all juniors and sophomores.  I expect most if not all (I wonder if Faust will ever get it) to make better decisions.  The key is to not force things (I'm looking at you Dez and Nick) and share the ball.

Turnovers are the scourge of every NCAA team and this week's exhibition against Catholic (15 TOs) did not exactly engender confidence that the Terps will be much better this year. Wells is strong with the ball and that should help.  Another factor that should make things better is that the Terps have three 3PT sharpshooters (Jake Layman, Evan Smotrycz, and Seth Allen) who should free things up for the big guys down low to operate in the low post.  With Wells and Faust slashing to the hoop, you've got all the makings of a team that beat you in multiple ways.

Turnovers and Shot Selection are all about good decision making.  Have our guys learned how to do that? 

We'll find out on Friday how far along these Terps are in the quest to reclaim the national prominence we once held.   Neither outcome would surprise me.

Author: Jeremy | 11/6/2013 2:20:01 PM | Tags: season preview, basketball |

Terps v Cornell Preview and Thread

The Terps final tune-up before the ACC season gets underway tomorrow night when Cornell comes to town.  The Ivy League has given the ACC trouble this season.  Harvard's beaten BC (then again, who hasn't beaten BC?) and Florida State now sports two losses to Ivy League squads. Both Harvard and Princeton have downed the 'Noles this season. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/2/2012 8:17:07 PM | Tags: cornell, thread, basketball, acc preview |

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 |

2010 Terps Football Preview

We're Number #1!!        Image by Getty Images via @daylif In two days time, the Maryland Terrapins will have the opportunity to erase the disaster that was the 2009 season.  At 2-10, the Terps reached a new low.  The head coach, Ralph Friedgen, had his legacy questioned.  The coach-in-waiting, James Franklin, looked less like an offensive genius [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/4/2010 7:42:11 AM | Tags: football, terrapins, season preview |

Season Preview Part 2 - Player Profiles

Image by Getty Images via Daylife As you all know, college basketball kicked off this week and our Terps are set to tip off in less than 48 hours time.  I will be in Vegas for the occasion.  Actually, I won't be in Vegas specifically for MD vs. Charleston Southern.  Let's just call it a coincidence.  Of course, this means that regardless of how m [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/11/2009 8:31:10 PM | Tags: season preview, basketball, maryland |

2009-10 Maryland Terrapins Basketball Preview, Part I

Image via Wikipedia I started this blog the year I graduated from Maryland's Smith School of Business in 2004.  I believe my "season preview" post for that 04-05 season predicted an Elite 8 appearance as the Terps were poised to build off their improbable run in the 2004 ACC Tournament.  John Gilchrist looked like he was headed for the NBA Lotter [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/21/2009 9:50:14 PM | Tags: maryland, basketball, terrapins, season previews |

Maryland vs. Clemson Preview and Thread

Clemson comes to town today and frankly, I'm not excited.  In fact, it could be a blood letting.  Maryland is in complete disarray and reeling from losses to schools with next no football pedigree.  It is not exactly the best time to host perennial power, Clemson.The loss last week to Rutgers officially lowered the floor for the season. There is no [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/2/2009 7:03:39 PM | Tags: clemson, game previews, game threads, add new tag |

Duke Preview. Will It Be Jeckyl Or Hyde?

What's going to happen tomorrow night?  Does anyone actually know?  Does Gary Williams know which version of the Terps will show up?  Would you be willing to bet one way or another as to which team will show up?  Will MD get blown out by 40 or will they punch their ticket with an emphatic win?I sure as hell don't know. What I do know is that if the [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/24/2009 9:18:17 PM | Tags: duke sucks, game previews |

Charlotte at Home = Trap Game

Charlotte is dangerous. They lost to Clemson by 1 point. Last year, the Terps won on the road in what at the time, signaled a brief resurgence that culminated with our victory at UNC a few weeks later. This time around, the Terps are looking to keep their longest winning streak in two years alive as they head into the conference schedule.The Ter [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/3/2009 1:39:09 AM | Tags: charlotte, game previews, game threads |

George Washington Preview and Thread

My slingbox is out of commission, so I will have to follow the proceedings online. GW is rebuilding. The Colonials didn't even finish over .500 last year (figures we played VCU last year in the BB&T) and are looking to rebound.Their squad is young and has some talent; but the Terps have no excuse to lose tonight. Maryland should win by 15-20 [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/7/2008 7:02:18 PM | Tags: game previews, game threads, gw |
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