#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 well with him as the lead dog.  Dez is realizing that and it shows in the team's overall performance.  I give Dez a lot credit for his willingness to put the team over his own goals.  Don't get me wrong. I believe that Dez is key to our success this year, he's just not the focal point of the offense anymore.

Much is being made about Maryland's free throw shooting this year.  The Terps aren't only shooting a much better percentage than in year's past, the amount of free throws they are taking is at historically high levels.  Part of this can be explained by the fact that Melo is just incredibly adept at drawing fouls.  Another aspect is the officials have made hand-checking a point of focus this year and that plays right into Trimble's strengths.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I think Maryland is getting to the line because they are often in the lead late in games and have been able to ice the game at the stripe. Most good teams shoot more free throws than their opponents.

Indiana has squeaked into the top 25 this week after an impressive road win at Illinois.  The Terps know first hand that it's not easy to win in Champaign.  The Hoosiers have been good at home.  They beat Ohio State a few weeks ago.  Maryland represents a top 20 RPI win that will be a resume builder for the Hoosiers.  We'll get their best shot. 

Indiana looks a lot like Maryland.  They shoot the ball well from three and are led by freshman guards.  The Terps are a better version in my opinion but road games are really hard so I'm not getting my hopes up.  17-2 is beyond anyone's wildest expectations so a win in Bloomington is just gravy.


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 |

#12 Maryland vs Minnesota

The Terps will try to avoid a letdown against a game Minnesota squad.  The Terps gutted out a tremendous victory in East Lansing earlier this week.  The game had everything.  Poor play.  Dramatic shots. A Come-from-behind win.  Now the question is can the Terps keep it going. On paper, Minnesota is a good team.  They are second in the nation in [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/2/2015 7:38:34 PM |

Foster Farms Bowl Preview

Editor's note:  I'm posting two articles today. This one is a preview for the Bowl game.  The one below it is the game thread for the Michigan State game.  Please try to make comments specific to those games under the proper post. Thanks. I did a blogger exchange with Hank Waddles at GoMightyCard.com and here were the results of our Q&A: Hank [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/28/2014 8:33:47 PM |

#12 Maryland vs Michigan State

The Big Ten season has arrived.  Maryland has come through the out-of-conference slate in near pristine condition.  The lone blemish a loss to a top 5 while the Terps were without the services of their best player. Now the Terps will have to deal with the rigors of life in the Big Ten and that means road game in difficult environments.  East La [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/28/2014 8:30:48 PM |

#15 Maryland vs Oakland

This Terrapin team has exceeded all expectations as Maryland enters its final tune up before diving into the Big Ten schedule.  What more can be said?  Melo Trimble has been a revelation.  His impact on the court goes beyond the numbers in the stat sheet.  It's the way he gets the ball into the half court set.  The way he protects the basketball.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/25/2014 7:27:21 PM |

#17 Maryland at Oklahoma State

Maryland faces a stiff test this afternoon as the Terps travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State. The Cowboys feature dynamic swingman Le'Bryan Nash.  Nash is a wide-bodied wingman who can get to the rim against anyone.  He sounds a lot like Dez Wells and unfortunately Maryland will be without Dez's services again today. I expect OK St to [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/21/2014 8:24:45 AM |
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