Just a few thoughts after a tremendously disappointing night:
As to the charge of having too high expectations for this season, I guess I have to plead guilty.When it comes to most Terrapin sports, I am always the optimist. Before last night’s game hope was high for a 2 game conference ending sweep and becoming a virtual lock to getting an at large bid. When the Heels jumped out to a 12-6 lead, I felt we were in trouble. We just seemed flat early which is hard to comprehend with what was at stake.
Biggest misconception about the offense is that we don’t try to pound it down low. Every time Alex gets the ball low–2 and sometimes maybe 3 guys are holding him, punching, him etc. Guess what Alex had but 2 foul shots last night. So what does Alex do— dish it out to a wide open guard for a 3—Here’s how we fared on threes last night
Overall 3-23. Most of the shots were wide open. If we can’t hit open shots why would other teams not double down on Alex. By the way Alex will be a lottery pick in the NBA this year and one of the clear reasons is that this class is considered perhaps the worst class out of college maybe ever.
Coach Turgeon was just about despondent post game last night. The flurry of mistakes at the end of the half made him go ballistic at the end of the half. Here is his post game press conference. Memo-47
I thought his employment of the press was a good move and asked him about it. Listen to hear his response. By the way, for the first time in 4 games, Jake came alive during the press and helped cut the lead to 6. Minus a few not so well thought out decisions, Nick Faust played well last night finishing with 16 points.
So it’s farewell to James Padgett, who played his last game at Comcast (unless a NIT game is there). James always gave the Terps everything he had and last night he finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds in only 20 minutes.
The final possible track for a bid–Win the next 3 games and there would be hope but UVA is a terrible matchup for Maryland. Joe Harris has been unstoppable and the Terps have no answer for him.
That’s enough depression for one night. Tune in to Terp Talk tomorrow night at 6 for more discussion.