Terps Come Up Short, Again

1/22/2012 8:44:13 AM

For me, yesterday's loss at the hands of an eminently beatable Temple squad was the first truly frustrating loss of the season. Sure, I've been disappointed with other losses this year, but I always felt the other team was simply the better one and the Terps were learning on the job, so at least the loss was productive

Yesterday was different.  It's clear that the Terps lack the mental toughness required to beat teams on the road.  The last 7 minutes of the game were atrocious both defensively and offensively.  From offensive standpoint, the entire team just deferred to Stoglin and he proceeded to basically go 1 on 5 for the rest of the game.  Yes, Terrell Stoglin is an elite scorer and our best player; but he can't do it alone and he can't do it outside of the team's offensive scheme.

Defensively, the Terps just stopped guarding the perimeter over the final 7 minutes.  It was disgraceful.  Mychal Parker, in particular is a terrible defender.  He got caught out position multiple times throughout the game.  The Terps also tend to over rotate and teams are just swinging the ball over to the weak-side shooter for open looks.  That's not going to work against Duke.  Our wind defenders need to stay home.  The open base line three is more dangerous than the ball handler driving against our bigs.  Padgett and Len (when healthy) can more than hold their own against driving guards.

This team is not ready to compete night in and night out.  The roster is light and we've known this for some time.  The best players are freshman and sophomores.  In my view, that why we are seeing the Terps falter.  As I mentioned the mental toughness to excel and the end of close games is not there.  Another example of this is the horrendous free throw shooting.  The Terps started out 6-6 from the line and finished 6-15.  There's your ballgame right there.  I'm tired of this.  The guys in the locker room need to get tougher quickly.  Duke comes to town this week and the Terps have to eliminate these issues.

Emotions will be running high as Gary Williams will be there to see the court at Comcast Center named in his honor.  Hopefully, the team will rise to the occasion and play a game that befits the courts new name.


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