Picking Up The Pieces

It's time for some tough love.

Turgeon said the team would get better.  He was wrong.  He didn't count on Pe'shon Howard completely melting down.  Remember, Howard was averaging 6 assists/game before the ACC season started with very few turnovers. It was certain to expect a dip when the ACC season started but he degenerated to the point of being nonfunctional.  Perhaps we can blame Turgeon for having too quick a hook with Howard, but if you watched the games, it's hard to say that Pe'shon would have improved with more court time.

Nick Faust has no BBIQ and there are no signs it will improve.  His shot selection is gawd awful.  He's half a player in my opinion.  He is a two guard who can penetrate to the basket with ease.  He's also a two guard with no jump shot. That's not good enough.  When a player is one-dimensional, he can be stopped. He along with Pe'shon need to leave the program.

(As an aside, I can't tell you how sick I am of shooting guards who can't shoot.  Maryland seems to have cornered the market on this type of player.  Why?)

As for the rest of the team....

Turgeon wasn't exactly wrong.  Layman, Allen, Cleare, and Mitchell have all gotten better as the season has progressed.  I see them all getting even better next year especially with a true point guard (Roddy Peters) running the show.

Wells learned this year that he can't do it alone.  He needs a real floor leader who can distribute the rock in the half court.  This will take tons of pressure of Dez to create a shot on his own with no help.  I'm disappointed in his season but I understand why it was so uneven. 

Alex Len is a rich man's Mike Mardesich and I don't mean that as a complement.  He's physically weak (he's routinely pushed around by smaller guys in the post), does not have any low post moves that he can rely on, and is a bad post passer.  I will miss his defense but I'm ok rolling with Mitchell, Cleare, Layman, and Dodd in the front court next season.  Addition by subtraction as much as I hate to say it. 

Author: Jeremy | 2/28/2013 8:36:16 AM | Tags: season over, basketball |

Maryland vs Georgia Tech

The calculus could not be simpler.  Win and the quest for an NCAA berth continues.  Lose and the dream of an at-large berth is over. If the team can't seem to find their focus based on the above, then forget the season anyway.  Winning on the road is hard no matter where it is, but Maryland faces two bottom of the conference teams this week (GT [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/27/2013 12:07:43 PM | Tags: basketball, game threads, georgia tech |

Maryland vs Clemson

The BC loss is lingering around the fan base like a stale fart.  There is no denying its stink.  Many of us are now ready to give up on the season.  While it's not really over (I think if the Terps win out they are getting an at-large bid) few fans think that is a realistic scenario. Regardless of what happens at home vs Clemson, the Terps play [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/22/2013 12:29:05 PM |

It's Time To Give Up Terp Fans

What a pathetic effort.  When will this program ever turn it around?  I am so sick of losing. The Terps have no answer when teams commit to doubling Alex Len.  And there you have it.  The Terps should not win another because it's that simple to beat them. Allen is our best option at point guard AND he's TERRIBLE at it. Did Cleare or Mitch [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/19/2013 9:01:56 PM |

Terps vs BC

This is the classic letdown game if ever there was one.  Everyone knows it. The fans, the coaches, the players (maybe, hopefully).  What can be done to prevent it?  Well, for one thing, Maryland needs to feed the post. Alex Len demonstrated on Saturday why he is a likely Lottery Pick in June.  If BC chooses to double-team him, Len must be effec [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/19/2013 10:47:15 AM | Tags: basketball, game threads |

We Beat Duke. Now What?

I've been going to the Comcast Center for the better part of 10 years and I've never seen the place quite like that.  With or without the student section's commercial break flash mob; the arena was electric for the entire game.  The stadium was a big factor in the victory.  The game was incredibly exciting yet HORRENDOUSLY officiated. Yes, Duke [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/17/2013 7:15:05 PM | Tags: basketball, analysis |

Maryland vs Duke

The season is almost over and I get the sense that Maryland is still trying to find its identity.  That's one of their key problems.  The Terps don't know who they are or what they do well. Wells and Faust want to get out and run yet the Terps are a dominant rebounding team which lends itself to the halfcourt offense.  Unfortunately, with no qua [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/15/2013 10:11:56 AM | Tags: duke, game threads, basketball |

Maryland vs Virginia

The importance of today's game can't be overstated. The Terps are likely going to fighting for the 5th at-large ACC bid with the Cavaliers.  That means that Maryland must at a minimum split the series with them. Virginia is coming off a 37-point drubbing of Clemson. Yes, 37 points.  UVA has had a relatively weak non-conference schedule (much li [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/10/2013 9:05:06 AM | Tags: game threads, basketball, virginia |

Maryland vs Virginia Tech

Every game from here on out is critical for the Terps--especially the road games.  Va Tech is not a good team.  Maryland wiped the court with them last month in Comcast. It's fair to expect a much closer affair in Blacksburg tonight; but anything less than a win is unacceptable.  The Terps need an undefeated week in the worst way.  It's starts [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/7/2013 2:23:39 PM | Tags: game threads, basketball, vatech |

Maryland vs Wake

If you are looking for a silver lining from last Wednesday's soul crushing loss; it would be that the team finally put the ball in the bucket with some consistency.  They didn't set the world on fire but they finally topped 70 points for the first time in a month. It's little solace since the major issues still remain.  The Terps lack of point g [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/2/2013 8:24:12 AM |
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