Tonight's tilt between the Terps and visiting Oklahoma State Cowboys is critical for Maryland. The Terps lost themselves in the first half against Pitt on Tuesday and desperately need to the right the ship against a quality opponent before the cupcakes invade Comcast.
On Tuesday, the Pitt zone flummoxed the young Terps and the Panthers went on a dominant run. Maryland fought back in the second half but it wasn't enough. Adding insult to injury, Pitt went out and lost to Duquesne last night so the Strength Of Schedule won't be helped.
That's why tonight's game is so important. It's the last chance for a quality win against a nonconference foe.
The Cowboys are decent. The Terps are 2.5 point favorites so the oddsmakers view these two teams on basically equal terms if you take away the home field advantage.
I think the game will be won on the defensive end as it will be critical for Maryland to defend the 3PT line and rebound.
With a win, Maryland will head into the Big Ten season with only one loss after playing 5 power conference teams. That would be an impressive feat for such a young squad.
Maryland takes on Pitt in the ACC/B1G Challenge tonight at the Comcast Center. The Terps return home from an incredibly successful (and stressful) holiday weekend trip to Brooklyn. An OT win over Richmond and a one-point victory vs Kansas State punctuated what could be a season defining moment for the Terps. Thanks in large part to Melo T [...] Read More »
Double thread today as the football team attempts to become bowl eligible and the basketball team plays in the finals of the Barclays Center Classic. The basketball team escaped with a win last night thanks to a great second half in which the Terps overcame an 12-point deficit. Melo Trimble led the way but all three freshman contributed n [...] Read More »
Maryland returns to the Barclay Center this evening to take on a dangerous Richmond team. The A-10 is a difficult conference and one that I would argue is above mid major status. Richmond is going to be a test. Their best scorer is Shawn'Dre Jones and he is hitting over 50% of his threes right now and averaging nearly 20ppg. On the [...] Read More »
The Terps take on Stonybrook tonight in what should be a tune up for next weekend's tougher slate. Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine any team being a tune up for the Terps right now. They simply can't play consistently for long enough stretches to put any team away. The 3PT shooting has been pedestrian and they were outmuscled by Towson over t [...] Read More »
The Terps take on Towson today without Ceko or Wiley. So far this season, we've seen a gutty team in a shooting slump. The Terps showed incredible heart coming back against Georgetown yet they haven't been able to muster a game where they shoot better than 30% from three. It's early yet and certainly not time to panic but it'd be nice to see a good [...] Read More »
The Terps limp into Lincoln tomorrow after successive blowouts at the hands of Michigan and Ohio State. While both teams are national title contenders, the Terrapins were cowed in a most embarrassing way. The Terps could not stop either team nor could they score (save for 6 points). It was a showcase in how far the Terps have to go in or [...] Read More »
Friday's game was a disappointing start but it wasn't disastrous. The Terps won and showed some flashes. The turnovers continue to be a nightmare but one has to think it will get better. The rebounding was a big bright spot as the Terps doubled up American on the boards. The shooting from the outside was dreadful. Nickens was just a mess. [...] Read More »
Maryland squeaked by American last night. They never led by more than 7 points and trailed late in the second half. Many will point to working in 3 new freshman, a grad transfer, and a shooting guard who hadn't played in 20 months while recuperating from a knee injury, but I will counter with: it was American University (12-19 last season) [...] Read More »