Before everyone panics, you are never as bad as you look when you are losing. I do believe that was the case tonight. Remember Maryland is not going to win every game on the road. Dodd was due to have an off game as he had been playing out of his mind recently. The entire team had an off night yet the Terps only lost by 7. The Terps are 14-2 and will be fine.
If you listened to Terp Talk tonight, you would have heard me express my fears about this game. The second it was announced that Rayvonte Rice, clearly the best player on Illinois was out, I knew the Terps were in trouble. The first game after such an injury teams always seem to rise to the occasion. Malcolm Hill has a super game game tonight (28 points on 9-18 shooting) but it was the steady play of PG Jaylon Tate that did the Terps in. In 31 minutes he has 10 points, 4 assists and only 1 turnover.
The Seniors were asleep tonight for Maryland:
Smotrycz 0-6 2 points 3 reb in 21 minutes
Dez 2-8 6 points 2 reb in 27 minutes
Pack 1-7 2 points 5 reb in 30 minutes
The Terps only were saved from a total blowout by Wiley and Nickens.
I would expect Nickens or Wiley to start instead of Pack on Saturday. Melo must have a shooter to compliment his game, for him to be more effective. Pack has not filled that role. Smotrycz has not been producing in his 20 minutes per game. Jon Graham is providing more energy in half of the minutes. But certainly this squad must get stronger showings from Dez to win on the road.
MSg to Melo–when the team is falling apart on offense take over.Next up–Purdue on Saturday afternoon on the road.
In a game that they led from start to finish the Terps jumped out to a quick 4 to 0 lead at the opening tip off, upped that to 37 to 19 at the half, started the second half like the first and led by 42 to 19 one minute in, saw Oakland cut it to seven 63 to 56 with 4 minutes left and then went on a 9 to 0 run to win by 72 to 56.The Terps are now at 12 and 1 heading into the Big Ten schedule and should possibly move up another notch or so in the rankings.
Dez Wells back after missing seven games due to a wrist injury showed just how important he will be down the stretch as when the game got close he scored on a variety of shots to help the Terps pull away at the end. Dez, scoreless in the first half, played 22 minutes, scored 10 points on 5 for 9 shooting and had 4 assists. Coach Turgeon played ten guys with all of them getting into the scoring column. As in just about all the games Trimble and Layman had the commentators searching for words to describe their play. Trimble was an amazing 5 for 6 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points, high for the game. Would you believe that he did not go to the free throw line one time the entire game? Layman again had a double, double with 15 points and a team leading 12 rebounds. Both Layman and Trimble had 11 points at the half. Pack had another strong effort with 8 points and 4 for 4 from the stripe. Wiley had 5, Graham, Smotryz and Checko all had 4 each, Nickens 3, and Dodd 2. Talk about balanced scoring !!! The Terps made 14 straight free throws before missing their last two and finishing 14 for 16, 87%. We finished 8 for 20 from beyond the arc, 40%.
Our next game, December 30th at Michigan State begins the Big Ten schedule and three of our next four will be played away so things are definitely going to get tougher for the Terps but they appear ready for what lies ahead. No more cupcakes and being new to the Big Ten will mean that we have a target on our backs so we have to prove we are up to the task. GO TERPS !!!
Taters, Terpman 2
Terps are now 8-0 with UVA on the way to College Park for Wednesday night matchup.
Please don’t wake me because I must be dreaming. First the Terps go to the Big House and take down Michigan. And now back to back wins over ASU and #13 Iowa State. Really? Maybe the tide has finally turned for the Terps.
There is not much to say other then the team looked great. Certainly Dodd and Cekovsky played better then they have all year. Jared Nickens came off the banch to score 15 points on 60-10 shooting including 3 treys.
Jake is playing much more physical and garnered 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Melo was steady again scoring 11, adding 2 assists and committing just 2 turnovers in 33 minutes.
Turgeon has to be doing cartwheels on his plane ride home. That’s 5-0 for the Terps.
Former Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams was enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014 on Sunday.
Williams, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in August, is the first coach to be inducted in both hall of fames in the same year.
Williams and the Class of 2014 were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball.
Turgeon Post Game Press Conference
Dez Post CCS Game
Turgeon’s Post Game Press Conference on Friday
Great team play—excellent spacing, strong, consistent defense
The more I see Melo the more I like his game. Very steady. Only 1 turnover in 22 minutes.
Richaud Pack–another strong effort–played 10 minutes at the point very admirably
Jake–super game–new energy in his game–16 points –9 rebounds and yes 6 assists
Dodd–started slow but finished with 8 rebounds and 8 points in 16 minutes
Dez–7-11 from the field. Tweaked his ankle but was OK —thank heavens
Next up–Monday Central Connecticut
10,500 in attendance
Turgeon Post Game vs Bowie State
The 2014 Super B1G Maryland Madness will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. at XFINITY Center.
Maryland Madness will mark the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2014-15 Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the brand new state-of-the-art video board in the XFINITY Center. Both teams will also be unveiling new 2014-15 Under Armour uniforms.
In addition, the Maryland volleyball team will play host to Michigan State at 6 p.m. on XFINITY Center’s main court. It is the first time the squad will play at that venue since 2010.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. and admission to all festivities is free. Seating is first-come, first-serve.
GENERAL PUBLIC: One lucky fan will win a trip to the 18th annual Big Ten men’s basketball tournament in Chicago March 11-15. Fans are eligible to win through a special promotion at Maryland Madness but must be present to win.
In addition, Gymkana Troupe will perform and there will be more Super B1G surprises too, including a special appearance by a guest performer.
Run of Show:
- Volleyball: Michigan State at Maryland – 6:00 p.m.
- Maryland Madness begins – 8:00 p.m.
- Women’s Basketball team introductions – 8:10 p.m.
- Men’s Basketball team introductions – 8:30 p.m.
- Maryland Madness concludes – 9:00 p.m.