Paradise Jam: Maryland vs. Northern Iowa

Here we go.  The Terps have a chance to salvage a bit from the weekend after yesterday's Tour de Force of ineptitude from Randy Edsall.

Are they up to the task?  Unfortunately, the signs point to no.

Offensively, the Terps looked lost in the first half against Marist, one of the worst teams in the entire NCAA.  Turgeon continues to let Nick Faust run wild (2-8 on Friday, 13-45 on the season) with apparently no repercussions for his awful play.  We'll see if Turgeon has the stones to do the right thing and bench the kid.

Dez Wells has not been much better.  Dez plays like he is the Alpha Dog and he's not.  He's a gifted player, but when the Terps need a bucket, I'd rather Jake Layman or Chuck Mitchell take the shot.  Layman can hit from anywhere on the court and Mitchell can beat his man on the interior.  Are they perfect players?  Far from it, but they are the best offensive weapons the Terps have.  Wells is a slasher who doesn't do anything but shoot (often wildly) when he gets to the hole.  It's not hard for teams to figure out.  How many times will Turgeon watch Wells go to the rack with two or three defenders draped all over him before he tells him to stop?  Perhaps after seeing Faust do it so many times that Well's attempts don't look so bad.

Shaq Cleare showed a pulse against an over-matched Marist but he's no Charles Mitchell.  Both are terrible free throw shooters but Mitchell loves operating with his back to the basket while Shaq has no idea what to do.  There's really no comparison between the two players. Turgeon needs to stop pretending and install Mitchell as the starting center.

Peters, Mitchell, Wells, Layman, and Smotrcyz give the Terps the best chance to win. Anyone paying attention to this team can see that they are the five best players on the squad. This line up should against Northern Iowa in particular because the Panthers lack quickness and prefer to shoot the long ball.  That should make them easier to defend for guys like Smot and Layman.

Yes, Smot and Layman present defensive problems for Turgeon as neither is a stout man-to-man defender but Northern Iowa is not exactly filled with McDonald' All Americans.

The bottom line is that Turgeon needs to find a way to get offensive consistency without losing too much defensively. 

A loss today and the Maryland athletic program has turned in yet another lost weekend. 

Author: Jeremy | 11/24/2013 8:24:31 AM | Tags: basketball, paradise jam, northern iowa |

Gameday: Maryland vs BC

Today we find out if Maryland figured out all the problems last week against Virginia Tech or if they will descend back into ineptitude. BC is capable and will be ready to play.  I expect a tough contest. A win and it will be hard to argue that Randy Edsall hasn't had a successful season.  It would be a miraculous turnaround from the way we f [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/23/2013 9:21:11 AM | Tags: football, gameday, bc |

Paradise Jam: Terps vs Marist

Today is the first day of the rest season.  Let's see if the Terps can bounce back from that HORRIFIC loss at home to Oregon State. First things first.  It's time for Turgeon to make some tough choices. 1.  Roddy Peters must start at PG.  Dez Wells is not a PG at this level.  Plain and simple.  Peters is raw but he can handle the rock and kno [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/22/2013 2:05:54 PM | Tags: game thread, paradise jam, basketball |

Terps Are A Mess; Lose To Lowly Oregon State

What a debacle. Nick Faust is just gawd awful.  He needs to be benched never to return.  He can't defend.  He's selfish. He does not know what to do with the ball.  He should just start doing the opposite of what he thinks is the right thing to do.  It will serve him better than his instincts. If only Faust were the only problem.  Shaq Cleare [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/17/2013 7:55:02 PM | Tags: basketball, analysis |

Maryland vs Oregon State Thread

I'm typing this while a hideously wet Ravens - Bears game so I apologize for the brevity.  Go Terps. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/17/2013 3:30:04 PM | Tags: basketball, game thread |

Gameday: Maryland vs Virginia Tech

Maryland's descent into irrelevance continues today against Virginia Tech.  At this point, I think we'll just take a sign that the team is returning to their early season form.  A win would just be gravy.  In reality, I don't think any of us believe we'll see anything but what we've seen since the Florida State loss. Injuries are one thing but t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/16/2013 8:39:19 AM | Tags: football, gameday |

Maryland vs Abilene Christian

Terps look to rebound this evening against some cannon fodder named Abilene Christian.  There's a joke in here about Christians being thrown to the Turtles (as opposed to Lions) but I'm too lazy to come up with it. Before the rout ensues, I wanted to point out some interesting data points from the UConn game. - Terps got zero blocks.  UConn h [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/13/2013 2:33:34 PM | Tags: basketball, game thread |

Gameday: Syracuse v Maryland

This is simple.  Lose today and the fans will forget about the football team and start focusing on basketball.  Win and the team maintains its relevance. Oh, and the Terps are bowl eligible. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/9/2013 9:27:46 AM | Tags: football, gameday, syracuse |

Terps Fall Short In Brooklyn...Again

Some quick hits: -There are no moral victories.  -There were some things to be encouraged about but we all need to remember that Maryland STUNK for 32 minutes of the game. -Faust is a Pee I Gee PIG.  18 shots! He made 5 of them.  Faust is sure he is a crunch time guy.  He's not.  His shot selection is horrendous. -Dez is not a point gu [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/8/2013 8:29:39 PM | Tags: uconn, basketball, analysis |

Maryland vs UConn Game Thread

The Terps kick this season off in a few hours and excitement is building throughout Terpland. A couple things to watch for... Last year, Alex Len dominated Kentucky and Terp fans everywhere thought we'd see that for the rest of the year.  We were wrong.  The lesson:  don't take anything that happens tonight too seriously. Have last year's [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/8/2013 1:29:39 PM | Tags: game thread, basketball |
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