NCAA Tournament Preview

It's hard to argue that Maryland didn't get over-seeded on Sunday. While the record (24-8) may warrant a #6 seed; the Terps have limped home (4-6 over their last 10 games) with some really bad losses (@ Penn State, home to Iowa, Big Ten Quarters vs Northwestern).

In terms of their Tournament chances, it all depends which team shows up. Will it be the squad that started 20-2 and had a double-digit lead on Purdue or will it be the team that blew the Purdue game down the stretch and limped through the end of the season?

My money is on the latter if Justin Jackson can't regain his January form. Remember how good he was in January? He hit 11 straight threes at one point and was a force going to the hoop.  In February, he disappeared.

Simply put, Melo needs a reliable number two, particularly one that can score from inside and outside, to take the pressure off. Otherwise, defenses will just collapse on him with double teams and he's not a good enough of a shooter to keep them honest.

I firmly believe that Maryland is one of the best teams in their region if we get the Justin Jackson from January. Without him, we'll be lucky to survive Xavier and frankly, I worry about our prospects for next year. I understand the freshman doldrums but he looks completely lost and has no confidence.

Turgeon needs to get Jackson in the right frame of mind quickly.

Author: Jeremy | 3/14/2017 12:33:40 PM |

Big Ten Quarterfinals: #25 Maryland vs Northwestern

It has begun. The Big Ten Tourney has already provided us with its share of upsets. #1 seed Purdue is gone. The Terps have an opportunity in front of them. They take on a Northwestern that they dominated in Evanston last month. From there the path toughens but there are no teams in the conference that Maryland can't beat. Couple that [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/10/2017 6:02:03 PM |

Michigan State @ Maryland

The Terps righted the ship earlier this week with a convincing 20 point win at lowly Rutgers. Today, the Terps have the chance to consolidate their gains with a win over a mightier foe, Michigan State. The Spartans will be fighting for their Tournament chances but the Terps have much at stake too. Maryland needs to win in order to secure a dou [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/3/2017 11:32:40 PM |

Maryland @ Rutgers

Tomorrow's game against Rutgers is an absolute must win if Maryland is to avoid any bubble talk. To put it simply, the wheels have fallen off the bus in February. The Terps had a magnificent January (New Year's weekend vs Nebraska was the only blemish) and have followed it up losing 5 of 7 in February.  The problem is primarily defense. Y [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/27/2017 5:31:03 PM |

#24 Maryland vs Iowa

 Reeling. There is no other way to describe the Terps right now. Losers of 4 of their last 6, the Terps seem to be running out of steam. Maryland has had leads in the second half during three of the four losses. The issue is hard to pinpoint but it's easy to point to the fact that we start three freshman and they are currently playing the long [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/25/2017 1:54:29 PM |

#24 Maryland vs Minnesota

First of all, I want to apologize for not putting up a game thread for the Wisconsin game. It's the first time that's happened and I promise it won't happen again.  Sunday's defeat was disheartening. Not so much because we lost but in the way we lost. Wisconsin turned it on in the second half and Maryland couldn't match the intensity. The Terp [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/21/2017 9:23:09 PM |

#23 Maryland @ Northwestern

Shit's about to get real for the Maryland Basketball Team. We've had a nice season to date with a couple of strange bumps, but on the whole, this team has exceeded all expectations and is poised for the postseason. The schedule get tougher starting tonight. Amazingly, historical doormat Northwestern has solidified its place as an upper ti [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/15/2017 5:17:25 PM |

#21 Maryland vs Ohio State

This week's loss to Penn State was the team's worst performance since the Pitt game and it leaves the Terps in desperation mode against Ohio State today. With a difficult road week ahead (@Northwestern @Wisconsin), a loss could send the team into a tailspin. The problem is multi faceted but part of the issue is Trimble's shot selection. H [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/10/2017 10:56:29 PM |

#21 Maryland @ Penn State

The Terps must rebound after Saturday's heartbreak as they go on the road to State College tomorrow. If this team has a weakness, it's that there is sometimes too much deference to Melo Trimble down the stretch. It happened in the Nebraska game and it happened again down the stretch against Purdue. Melo is so good that Turgeon is right to [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/6/2017 7:10:03 PM |

#17 Maryland vs #23 Purdue

Incredibly, the Terps are 3-point underdogs at home tomorrow when they take on the Purdue Boilermakers.  That's astounding when you consider that the Terps have a better record against like opponents (they've lost to Iowa and Minnesota), the Terps are ranked higher, and it's a home game. I think it is going to be a close game but the lack [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/3/2017 9:31:09 PM |
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