Terrell Stoglin, A Maestro

2/20/2011 6:46:03 PM [Image flickrUrl="http://www.flickr.com/photos/insidemdsports/5463627294/" url="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5139/5463627294_367bfb6266.jpg" align="Left" caption="Dino Gregory borrowed Milbourne's shot for the rest of the season." credit="Inside MD Sports"  width="333" height="500" ]
For the second time in as many games; Terrell Stoglin shredded whatever defense the opposing team threw at him and he dropped in a sublime 25 points.  Unlike the last outing; the Terps won this game.

The Terps won because someone besides Stoglin and Jordan Williams showed up offensively.  Dino Gregory displayed a repertoire he stole from Landon Milbourne. It's now safe to say that Dino has the best mid range jumper on the team. If you had told me that I would be writing that 2 years ago; I would have vomited in my mouth.

But let's get back to Stoglin for a minute.  The kid dished out 9 dimes against 1 turnover.  He's now second on the team in scoring (11.1 per game) and he is in virtual tie for second in assists (3.2 per game).  Stoglin has accomplished these numbers while only logging the sixth most minutes played on the team.  In short, he's been the most productive player on the team outside of Jordan Williams and he appears to be getting better every game.

Speaking of Jordan Williams; he's upped his FT percentage to 58% (10-12 tonight), and while I don't have the numbers, I'm virtually certain that he's over 70% in the ACC this season.  In short, he's much better from the line, and that bodes well down the stretch.  Stoglin and Williams represent the best young duo in the conference, and that is enough to give this blogger hope for the remaining regular season games. (Apologies to Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes; but one of you won't be here next year).

Many, including me, have buried the Terps this year; but this week is truly their last shot.  They have two top 50 RPI teams on the schedule, including one ranked in the Top 20.  If (a gigantic, massive, if) the Terps can beat FSU and UNC in succession, the Terps can win out and finish 10-6.  If that happens, a 21-10 Terps will likely still need to win a couple of games in the ACC Tournament; but they will have made a good case for the NCAAs.  The selection committee loves hot teams and the Terps would fit the bill.

It starts with FSU on Wednesday night.  There is no room for error.  It's a game the Terps must win.  If they lose, they will have to win the ACC Tournament to qualify.  With Bowie and Tucker passing the baton to the freshman, I'm hopeful that the Terps can get that breakthrough win.

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