Terps Cruise Past Hapless Deacons

1/12/2011 8:27:17 PM In what universe does a team like Maryland shoot its worst FG% of the season and win on Tobacco Road?  Welcome to the ACC circa 2011.   Wake Forest is brutal and they may not be the worst in the conference (that would be reserved for Georgia Tech).

The Terps will take it.  Tonight, MD was in desperate need of a win and they played arguably one of their worst games of the year (38% from the field and 52% from the line).  Yet, the Terps cruised to victory. 

The Terps now sit at 11-5 (1-2) and have the Herculean task of beating Villanova in Philadelphia.  A win would adrenalize the season; but we need to be realistic.  Nova has won 10 games in a row and they rarely lose in the city of Brotherly of Love. 

For Maryland to have a chance, they will need to play much better than tonight.  Jordan Williams was terrible from the field as he had several shots blocked. The freshman guards, particularly Terrell Stoglin, were pedestrian at best.   Stoglin's line was particularly forgettable:  1-9 FGs, 3 assists, 3 turnovers, and 0-4 from 3PT.  He looked lost for the majority of the game.

On the positive side, Cliff Tucker seems to have rediscovered his stroke.  He may very well find his way into the starting lineup on Saturday. 

Hawk Palsson continues to play well on both ends of the floor.  He showed off some nice moves in the paint and boxed out and rebounded well.  He may be our best freshman right now.

Dino Gregory is the de facto leader of this team.  He is playing like a senior and he has turned himself into a legitimate defensive threat.

Padgett, Bowie, and Mosley are what they are.  There are flashes, but I can't rely on any of them.  Padgett's airball late in the game was short by about five feet.  Lawrence Joel Coliseum was so empty that you could hear Padgett scream in horror as it left his hands.  It was the funniest moment of the year so far. 

Maryland has a chance to beat Nova on Saturday; but only if they can fix the FT issues that plague them.  80% or better from the stripe will be required to win in Philly.
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