# 9 Maryland vs Illinois

Maryland capped off an perfect opening week to Big Ten play with a convincing win against a pesky Minnesota team.  The Gophers were desperate to avoid an 0-2 start and yet the Terps beat them anyway.

Now, the Terps travel to Champaign to face an equally desperate Illini team.  Illinois has started Big Ten play with an 0-2 record and can ill afford to drop a home game.  The house will be rocking and Maryland will have their hands full.

The turnover bug has cropped up in the last two games but that has coincided with a step-up in team rebounding from the likes of Damonte Dodd.  Dodd is emerging into a real player and his improved play offers Maryland the balance it needs to go deep into the postseason.  Jake Layman's scoring seems to have tapered off but his unselfish play has really buoyed Maryland in the early going.

Looking at the schedule, Maryland won't have many opportunities for quality wins.  In fact there are only two games left on the calendar that involve Maryland playing top 25 teams.  @ Ohio State and home vs. Wisconsin.  All of the other remaining games are against Big Ten opponents with middling RPIs.   That means Maryland can't afford to drop games it should win because the RPI will suffer.  What's more, teams will be gunning for the Terps as we represent one of the few chances for them to score a quality win.

This is heady territory for such a young team but so far the Terps have been near-perfect. Wins @Illinois and @Purdue this week will cement the Terps as one of the two best teams in the Big Ten.

Author: Jeremy | 1/4/2015 8:58:44 PM |

#12 Maryland vs Minnesota

The Terps will try to avoid a letdown against a game Minnesota squad.  The Terps gutted out a tremendous victory in East Lansing earlier this week.  The game had everything.  Poor play.  Dramatic shots. A Come-from-behind win.  Now the question is can the Terps keep it going. On paper, Minnesota is a good team.  They are second in the nation in [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/2/2015 7:38:34 PM |

Foster Farms Bowl Preview

Editor's note:  I'm posting two articles today. This one is a preview for the Bowl game.  The one below it is the game thread for the Michigan State game.  Please try to make comments specific to those games under the proper post. Thanks. I did a blogger exchange with Hank Waddles at GoMightyCard.com and here were the results of our Q&A: Hank [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/28/2014 8:33:47 PM |

#12 Maryland vs Michigan State

The Big Ten season has arrived.  Maryland has come through the out-of-conference slate in near pristine condition.  The lone blemish a loss to a top 5 while the Terps were without the services of their best player. Now the Terps will have to deal with the rigors of life in the Big Ten and that means road game in difficult environments.  East La [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/28/2014 8:30:48 PM |

#15 Maryland vs Oakland

This Terrapin team has exceeded all expectations as Maryland enters its final tune up before diving into the Big Ten schedule.  What more can be said?  Melo Trimble has been a revelation.  His impact on the court goes beyond the numbers in the stat sheet.  It's the way he gets the ball into the half court set.  The way he protects the basketball.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/25/2014 7:27:21 PM |

#17 Maryland at Oklahoma State

Maryland faces a stiff test this afternoon as the Terps travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State. The Cowboys feature dynamic swingman Le'Bryan Nash.  Nash is a wide-bodied wingman who can get to the rim against anyone.  He sounds a lot like Dez Wells and unfortunately Maryland will be without Dez's services again today. I expect OK St to [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/21/2014 8:24:45 AM |

#19 Maryland vs South Carolina Upstate

Who's ready for Brunch with the Terps tomorrow?  I don't think Maryland has ever tipped off a game in College Park this early.  I wonder if that will effect attendance?  Oh wait.  No one comes to the games anyway so I guess it doesn't matter.  I wish the University would start admitting students who actually liked college basketball.  The current c [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/12/2014 8:34:26 PM |

#19 Maryland vs NC Central

Man, it feels good have a number in front of Maryland's name, doesn't it? The Terps started slow and won going away against a decent Winthrop squad.  NC Central comes to town with a less impressive resume but they are preseason MEAC favorite and likely NCAA Tournament team.  The Terps should be ready having settled into life without Dez Well [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/9/2014 8:23:38 PM |

Maryland vs Winthrop

I always get Wagner and Winthrop confused for obvious reasons. I'm not sure which one is historically better than the other. I think it's Winthorp. Every time I hear the name Winthrop, I think Louis Winthrop III and the movie Trading Places. But alas, we are playing the team and not Dan Ackroyd's character. Anyway, I hope the Terps are pissed af [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/6/2014 11:23:57 AM |

#21 Maryland vs #7 Virginia

Maryland is ranked for the first time in something like 4 1/2 years and we get to celebrate by hosting #7 UVA in our first tangle with an ACC school as a member of the Big Ten.  It's an exciting way to play this year's first meaningful game at the Xfinity Center. The Terps will be without Dez Wells which is a huge blow to our hopes.  However, th [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/3/2014 11:02:23 AM |
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