Terps Crush Hokies, 94-71

In the history of Maryland basketball, the Terps have had better ACC openers, but I don't remember them. Granted, Virginia Tech is not Duke, but good teams (dare I say great?) blow out average teams and that's what happened today at the Comcast Center.

What a dominant performance! Watching the game, you never got the sense that the Hokies ever had a chance.  At their best, VT could only hope to trade baskets with the Terps.  Those spurts were infrequent as Maryland killed them from the inside and from the outside.

Surprise starter, Jake Layman, came out of the tunnel like a bolt of lightning on the way to a career high 20 points.  He also rebounded, blocked shots and overall held his own on the defensive end.  He flashed the skill that had recruiters drooling last year.  Arguably, he has been the Terps most disappointing freshman but today he proved to whatever doubters there were that he too will be an impact player for this team.

While Layman came out strong, fellow freshman Seth Allen finished the game well.  Allen led all scorers with 21 points and most of that came after halftime.  His stroke is smooth and he is taking better care of the ball.

As Tim Brandt and Dan Bonner pointed out on several occasions, there were 20 or so NBA scouts in attendance. While our freshman are great, they were at Comcast to see Alex Len.  While he didn't dominate, Len dropped in an easy 16 points and 9 rebs.  He didn't show anything that scouts probably didn't already know but he certainly didn't disappoint.

Wells and Howard were efficient and Faust sat the second half out with an injury. He injured his shoulder in practice this week and he must have aggravated it in the first half.

Overall, we had two things confirmed for us today:

1. This is going to be a fun year. It's impossible to know from game to game which of our 10 rotational players will step up and stand out.
2.  This team is going to be really good.  We all hoped that the early season schedule indicated a good squad and that was confirmed on the court today.

I don't think Maryland will get ranked this week but if they beat Florida State on Wednesday and Miami next weekend, we will crack the top 25 (hopefully for good).

Author: Jeremy | 1/5/2013 12:41:41 PM | Tags: virginia tech, basketball, recaps |

ACC Opener: VaTech vs Maryland

We are finally here Terp fans! Turgeon and crew are set to tip off at Noon ET tomorrow.   Virginia Tech poses an interesting test.  They have some nice wins (Ok St) and some perplexing losses (Georgia Southern). The Hokies sport the leading scorer in the ACC (Erick Green) but lack depth.  They remind me of last year's Terps squad.  Remember, whe [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/4/2013 4:51:46 PM | Tags: acc, basketball, game thread |

Maryland vs IUPUI

I can't recall the last time that Maryland played a game on New Year's Day.  I thought there was an unwritten rule that the holiday was reserved exclusively for football.  I guess that has deteriorated now that the good bowl games all happen after the first of the year.  No matter.  Today's Terps game shouldn't be too exciting.  We're playing a tea [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/1/2013 8:16:20 AM |

Maryland vs Delaware State

The Cupcake Parade continues.  I'm sure that the team feels like we do and are ready to get the real season underway.  Alas, we have two more of these games left.  Delaware St. may be the worst of all the teams we play.  The Terps are coming off a lackluster second half against a game Stonybrook squad.  Coach Turgeon will be looking for a compl [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/28/2012 8:18:46 PM |

Maryland vs Stonybrook

They're baaaaaaack! the Terps are finally back tonight after the annual Finals Week lay off.  It's been a pretty successful week considering that the Terps have moved up more that 20 spots in the most recent RPI rating.  Maryland now sits at #35. That's great for a team that hasn't beaten a ranked opponent (or played one) all year.  That won't c [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/21/2012 5:27:22 PM | Tags: game threads, basketball, stonybrook |

Maryland vs Monmouth

Jeez, these cupcake games are getting tedious.  We are all anxious to see how this team will fare against real competition.  We got a taste of it vs. Northwestern and George Mason but it remains to be seen how good those two teams actually are.  Tonight we play Monmouth who sucks. Turgeon will likely go back to his regular starting lineup and w [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/12/2012 4:59:24 PM | Tags: monmouth, cupcakes, game threads |

Maryland vs South Carolina St Thread

It's cupcake season in College Park and the 7-1 Terps are making the most of it.  Coach Turgeon tinkered with his lineup against UMES and he indicated that he would do the same today.  With a team as deep as the one Turgeon has, why not?  It's fair to say that this team's second five could have beaten last year's starters.  The freshman need pl [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/8/2012 8:33:38 AM | Tags: basketball, cupcakes, game threads |

Maryland vs UMES Thread

Man, this game crept up on me. I'm still at work! This is the first of a huge string of cupcakes that will take us into the ACC Season.  UMES might be the worst of the them all.  If you were looking for a 30+ point win, this could be it.  As per usual, we'll be watching and hoping for someone not named Logan Aronhalt to show some long range [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/5/2012 5:14:06 PM | Tags: game thread, umes |

Maryland vs George Mason Game Thread

The Terps take on George Mason in the 17th and perhaps last BB&T Classic tomorrow.  I say last because Coach Turgeon indicated in an interview that this may be Maryland's finale in the local game.  He points to the lack of attendance as one reason.  Turgeon put words to an incredibly disturbing trend.  Where are our fans?  Comcast has been at best [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/1/2012 8:46:53 PM | Tags: george mason, game threads, attendance |

Post Game Thoughts - MD v NU

I'm late getting to this due to some client responsibilities last night but I did want to put down a few thoughts about the game on Tuesday. - Welsh-Ryan Arena is wonderful and horrible at the same time.  Wonderful: There is not a bad seat in the house.  Horrible:  The seats are mostly wooden bleachers and it looks like you push in the bleachers [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/29/2012 3:29:23 PM | Tags: acc b1g challenge, post game, northwestern |
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