Terps Hold On For Big Win Against Notre Dame

12/4/2011 8:53:58 PM I get it.  Notre Dame ain't what she used to be; but the Terps just beat a Big East team today-- with 6 active scholarship players.  Think about that.

Ashton Pankey played exactly one minute and spent the rest of the afternoon in Turgeon's doghouse.  That left Stoglin, Weijs, Faust, Parker, Mosley, and Padgett to carry the load.  Carry the load they did. 

Stoglin and Mosley were masterful as Padgett, Weijs, and Parker (yes, Parker) controlled the glass. 

The team is coming together. Stoglin's natural scoring talent is really starting to emerge and he's helping to create opportunities for the other guys.

Padgett has added low post moves to his repertoire and even Weijs showed some life offensively.  In three more games, the Terps will have Alex Len and his 7'2 frame to lean on and that will hopefully turn the Terps into an defensive force.

Pe'shon Howard should follow shortly after and all of a sudden the Terps could look like a complete team.

At 4-3, the Terps have exceeded expectations.  Most pundits thought the Terps would go winless in Puerto Rico and lose the non-conference games to Notre Dame and Illinois.  Instead, the Terps are second half swoon away from beating both the Irish and the Illini.  Hard to believe.

No one is going to mistake the Terps as they are constructed right now for a contender; but the aforementioned cavalry (Len and Howard) are coming. Now, the Terps need to avoid a slip up against the cupcakes and the Terps will be 10-3 heading in to the ACC season. 

When was the last time you were happy with Maryland's non-conference performance?  I realize that expectations are low this year compared to year's past; but Gary Williams teams always seemed to disappoint early on.  Remember getting swept out of Maui during Greivis' senior season?

The Terps still have to actually WIN the next 6 games; but they should be favored in every game.  I'm sure their RPI will be terrible, but who cares.  Wins are wins and the Terps will have 16 ACC games to build a resume.

They'll like play those games with 9 scholarship players.  If so, Turgeon's troops will have a fighting chance at the Big Dance.
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