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 had a lot of fouls called against them too, but the refs were just awful.  I counted 5 charges and I don't think there was one blocking foul called all game.  The call that fouled out Dez Wells was an abomination.  Plumlee's feet weren't set and he should have been whistled with number 5. Instead, Wells was disqualified.  That's just one of many calls that were terrible.  The refs called touch fouls on both sides.  49 fouls were called in the game.  Think about that. That's one foul for every 45 seconds of game time!  All three officials should be suspended for the rest of the season.

This was without question Maryland's best win in two years.  Offensively, the Terps shot 60% from the field (60%!!!!), held a 38-17 rebounding advantage (Duke only had 7 total rebounds in the second half), and shot 74% from the FT line.

BUT....

The Terps could not take care of the ball to save their lives.  Maryland amassed a whopping 26 turnovers.  Turgeon said "it's what we do".  He didn't mean that lovingly either.  Seth Allen had 8 turnovers by himself.  Wells had 6.  Duke committed only 12 as a team. 

Basically, the turnovers were so bad that Maryland needed to play perfect basketball in every other facet of the game in order to win. Through that lens, it's hard for fans not to be a little wary as we head towards the home stretch.

The Terps have incredible talent.  Shooting 60% from the field and hold 20+ rebounding margin against a Top 5 team is no accident.  They just can't stop shooting themselves in the foot either.

That's the Achilles heel.  Turnovers.  It will kill us eventually.  Hopefully though, that will occur after Maryland has won one or two Tournament games.

To have that chance, Maryland will need to avoid the classic letdown game.  The Terps travel to Boston College on Tuesday.  20 turnovers (let alone 26) in that contest will almost surely result in a loss.  Turgeon and the team know this is thing that needs to be fixed.  It won't happen over the next day and half but hopefully, we'll see improvement on Tuesday.  A win, and we can start talking about bubbles and dances.




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 |

Maryland vs FSU

For the second time this month, I find myself in Las Vegas at a sales conference while Maryland is playing Florida State.  Lets hope the outcome is different.   The second half of that game was the beginning of the downward spiral for the Terps. Lowlights included 13 straight missed shots as Maryland frittered away 12 point lead. Now the Terp [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/30/2013 2:50:47 PM | Tags: game threads, fsu, basketball |

Maryland vs Duke

The Terps head to Cameron today to take on a Duke squad that is licking its wounds after a pasting vs. Miami earlier in the week.  That game should give the Terps encouragement.  Not only does it make Duke look beatable, but it also gives the Terps a better feeling about their loss to Miami. That loss was one of the worst games I've ever watche [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/26/2013 8:31:37 AM | Tags: duke, basketball, game threads |

Maryland vs BC

Happy MLK Day everyone.  I hope that whatever you are doing that you have time to contemplate what today is supposed to be about. It's not just a "day off" but a moment to honor the struggle of a people and ability of love to triumph over hate. While Baltimore and it's expats (me!!) are trying to come down from yesterday's high, the Terps give u [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/21/2013 2:03:43 PM | Tags: basketball, game threads, bc |

Maryland vs UNC

UNC is not the same UNC we are used to seeing.  They look vulnerable.  Desmond Hubert is regularly involved in things.  Remember him?  Desperate Terp fans were briefly enamored with him Jordan Williams abandoned us.  Regardless, this is not the same UNC team were used to seeing. However, these Terps aren't the same Terps we were used to seeing t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/18/2013 10:44:50 PM | Tags: basketball, unc, game threads |

Terps Get Big Win; Double-U Tee Eff Is Wrong With Offense??

I can't for the life of me figure out what is wrong with the offense.  Turgeon's complaining that they can't even run his plays out of timeouts.  Len, Cleare, Faust, Wells are all missing layups and dunks.  No one can hit a jump shot. Is it the point play?  Is it Wells? Is it Turgeon? The Terps scored 91 points against Virginia Tech 2 WEEKS A [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/16/2013 7:56:44 PM |
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