#17 Maryland vs Iowa

Maryland beat Penn State this week but it was hardly a resounding win.  Penn State went toe to toe with the Terps.  A month ago, Maryland probably wins the game by 15 points but things are a bit different now.

With so many freshman logging crucial minutes, the Terps have hit a bit of a trough.  Melo Trimble is the straw that stirs the drink and teams are determined to stop him from doing what he likes to do.  He's been facing constant double teams.  Add to that the fact that he's no longer getting the calls he used to (no idea why that's happening) and he's in a big shooting slump.  It's a vicious cocktail that has robbed Melo of his confidence.

On the bright side, he decided to beat Penn State in other ways in the second half.  He became an assist machine and starting getting everyone involved.  Double team him on the perimeter.  John Graham will get open layups.  This was a huge development.  It showed me that Melo has a natural feel for the game and can still make an impact if he's not scoring.

That said, he needs to start scoring again.  He hasn't had a field goal in 2 games.  That's over 70 minutes of playing time.  No team can win when consistently when their best player is getting shut out.

Enter a tough road test at Iowa.  Maryland hasn't had a good win since Jan 17th. Heck, the Terps haven't even been competitive against the conference's top teams during that stretch. It's hard to expect a win today, but at the very least Maryland needs to be competitive.  Another blow out and the questions will start to be asked about the direction of the team.

Surely, Maryland has a Tournament resume, but the selection committee doesn't like to pick slumping teams. There's still plenty of time, but Maryland needs to find it's way out of this funk to have the kind of season we all know that they are capable of having.

Author: Jeremy | 2/8/2015 7:34:11 AM |

#17 Maryland vs Penn State

The Terps have been stewing for a week as they try to work the stink off from the Ohio State debacle.  It's a pivotal time for Maryland and Coach Turgeon.  The Terps clearly lost some of their mojo during the most recent three game stretch.  Indiana shot the lights out.  Northwestern took us to the brink at home.  Ohio State blew us out of Colu [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/3/2015 8:05:57 AM |

Terps Mauled In Columbus

How bad was it?? We will drop out of the top 25 with a blowout loss on national tv. no doubt there. 3 straight games with double-digit deficits in the second half. No inside play at all. the big 3 (Layman, Melo and Wells) shot 7 for 30. 7 for 30. The whole team quit at the under 8 timeout. They have to sit with this loss for a week. If they [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/29/2015 7:42:32 PM |

#16 Maryland vs Ohio State

The Terps will have their hands full tonight.  Road games in the B1G are a grind.  The officiating has been universally horrible with a bias towards the home team.  The teams fish in similar talent pools so pulling out road wins is a rarity.  Maryland has had good success but only when the defense is playing at an elite level.  The last two gam [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/29/2015 12:32:24 PM |

#8 Maryland vs Northwestern

Maryland is licking its wounds after a pounding at Indiana.  The Hoosiers shot 68% from three on 22 attempts.  That is an unbelievable rate of success.  While the Terps got pasted by 19 points, there is reason to believe that the Hoosiers played out of their minds and probably would have beaten anyone on Thursday. If Indiana had merely hit 40% of t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/25/2015 8:05:09 AM |

#8 Maryland vs #23 Indiana

Maryland played one of their most complete games of the year on Saturday.  The Terps whipped a motivated Michigan State squad.  It's becoming clearer that the Terps are at their best when Melo Trimble and Jake Layman are the top scoring options.  Dez Wells has been the #1 option for the last two years but the offense just doesn't perform as wel [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/19/2015 8:31:53 PM |

#14 Maryland vs Michigan State

Today's game should be a barn burner.  The Terps had perhaps the win of the season with their double OT win at Michigan State. The Spartans and Coach Izzo were decidedly unhappy with the result.  With a week to prepare and in desperate need of a signature win, I expect Michigan State to give the Terps their best shot. At 16-2, the Terps are play [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/16/2015 8:17:40 PM |

#14 Maryland vs Rutgers

On paper, the home game against Rutgers should be the easiest game on Maryland's remaining schedule. That was until Rutgers beat the #4 team in the nation, Wisconsin on Sunday. In college basketball, anything can happen so it's hard to discount a possible upset although I highly doubt it.  Maryland has played well at home all year and Rutgers b [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/13/2015 8:45:26 PM |

#9 Maryland vs Purdue

Wednesday's game was definitely a set back but road games are always hard and the Terps were due for an off night.  Lucky for me, it coincided with me being in Vegas so I got the double whammy of a gambling loss. Now, good teams tend to bounce back after tough losses.  Maryland is a good team so I expect the Terps to play better today.  However [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/9/2015 8:20:46 PM |

# 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 affo [...] Read More »

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