Terps win Cancun Challenge; Happy Thanksgiving Soupers

Now that's the kind of performance we all knew our Terps are capable of. Is there anything better than going to sleep coming off a performance like that and waking up to the best day of the year (in my humble opinion)? There were a lot of takeaways from last night, and honestly, not all of them were good. 

Diamond struggled. He struggled badly. That said, it was nice to see Turg run plays for him late in the game and try to get him in a groove. Confidence for a freshman in these early games is so important, and Turg's strategy seemed to help. Stone clearly struggles with the physicality of D-I basketball. He can't push smaller, weaker players around like he used to in HS and AAU. Still, he finished in double figures and showed more signs of that freakish combination of skill, athleticism and strength that made him such a hot commodity as a recruit. 

Layman struggled again, but also hit a big three late in the game again. He'll be fine, he's just had a rough shooting start to the season. He's been rebounding well. 

Robert Carter's offensive skill set is truly incredible. He'll spin to the right, fake up and under and layup. Next time down, he'll post his defender, spin the same way and hit a fadeaway jumper into the corner. And then the next time down, same spin move, except this time he'll shoot that beautiful baby hook shot. He is our best offensive option. Dodd also looked great. He has really come along since his freshman year. 

The biggest problem from last night's game was the second team that Turg subbed in. They couldn't score, couldn't defend, and couldn't do anything in between. The team looked lost without Melo in there, who continues to prove he is an NBA-level talent. Brantley doesn't seem to have made the transition from a JUCO PG to a Big Ten PG. Nickens continues to be an elite outside shooter, but he doesn't do much else. Ceko is up and down, and yesterday was a down day. Sulaimon is a great defender and great shooter, but I'm not sure he is capable of running the team by himself. He can't break defenses down like Melo can. Turg needs to develop that second team into one capable of scoring and defending. Melo & Co. can't play the whole game, and when Turg subs that second team in they have to be able to hold leads and keep the team in the game. 

But really, what a performance. The win was never in doubt. A perfect way to head into Thanksgiving. Enjoy yourself today Soupers. 


Author: Josh | 11/26/2015 9:57:01 AM |

#2 Maryland vs Rhode Island (Cancun Championship)

Maryland squeaked by Illinois State last night as the Terps struggled with a game Illinois State Redbirds squad. Maryland fans were not put at ease by the performance.  Outside of the first 5 minutes and the last 5 minutes, the Terps struggled and played even with a good mid major team.  That's not what we expect out of this team. At some point, [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/25/2015 12:16:40 PM |

#2 Maryland vs Illinois State (Cancun Day 1)

Coming off last week's less-than-stellar performance against Rider, Maryland should be wary of Illinois State.  Not only are ranked teams dropping like flies, but the Redbirds are in the MVC conference and those teams are giant killers.  Northern Iowa just beat UNC last week. Our Terps are still learning to play together as a team as evidenced b [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/24/2015 1:04:24 PM |

Football Gameday: Maryland vs Indiana (And Some Rider Analysis)

The Terps welcome a team of equal ability to College Park today. Let's see if they can get off the schnide and actually win a game.  Indiana has been competitive but there won't be a talent gap on the field like we've seen in every other Big Ten game this season.  This is a game that Maryland can actually win. Now, given the above, we all know t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/21/2015 9:47:31 AM |

#3 Maryland vs Rider

After the heart stopping finish against Georgetwon, Terps fans can relax a little tonight as Rider cruises into town.  Rider is a minnow and the Terps should win by 30+ points. Of greater concern to me and perhaps other Terp fans is what we saw on Tuesday night.  I saw a team with 3 guys 6'11 or taller who got outrebounded and gave up a ton of o [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/20/2015 10:19:53 AM |

#3 Maryland vs Georgetown

The Battle for DC. Maryland should be playing Georgetown EVERY YEAR but since we don't, tonight's game is a rare treat on the schedule.  The reasons why this is not an annual game are varied and confusing, but hopefully the paralyzing ice that has frozen this rivalry will thaw with tonight's contest. Maryland is coming off a convincing but ha [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/17/2015 12:28:51 PM |

Football Gameday: Maryland vs Michigan State

Our football Terps continue to play out the string today when they travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State. The Spartans have looked shaky of late but there is no way the Terps leave Spartan Stadium with anything but a loss. I don't care that Maryland has shown life recently. They may hang around for a bit, but they can't win. In other [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/14/2015 7:09:56 AM |

Season Opener: # 3Maryland vs Mt. St. Mary's

Tonight is the dawn of the Stone Age at the University of Maryland. Diamond Stone and his highly touted teammates start their journey tonight against minnow, Mt. St. Mary's. There is so much excitement surrounding this team it's hard to put it all in perspective.  The game itself will undoubtedly be a blowout so the real drama is going to be [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/13/2015 9:51:55 AM |

Football is bad, Wiley might be done for year, bleak outlook in CP

Just kidding. Yeah, the football team is bad, and yeah Dion Wiley is done for the season. But that's about as bad as things get in College Park right now. Basketball season officially kicks off Friday night for our Terps, and the football team has put together performances that range from semi-competitive to actually competitive.  I said in my l [...] Read More »

Author: Josh | 11/10/2015 12:00:00 AM |

Dion Wiley Tears Meniscus - Could Miss Season

The headline says it all. Wiley needs surgery although it is known how much time he will miss, it could cost him the season. Obviously, this is devastating news for Wiley and concerning for Maryland. Wiley figured to garner something like 20 minutes per game this year and that will need to be replaced for the foreseeable future.  I'd expect Nickens [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/8/2015 7:56:26 PM |
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