#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 Columbus.  Maryland is probably better than all three of those teams.  Each team exposed weaknesses in the Terps game.  Indiana exposed poor perimeter defense.  Northwestern exposed our inability to stop the dribble-drive. Ohio State stifled our guards and forced us to score with our big men which didn't happen.  Jake Layman has largely been absent in all three of these games.

Most good teams go through stretches like this.  Things stop coming easy.  Opponents have game planned to stop what the Terps like to do.  The question becomes how quickly can the Terps adjust and get back to winning ways?  The fact that the Terps play so many freshman would lead one to believe that the adjustment period could be a long one. 

We'll know how the Terps are progressing against Penn State.  They can be frisky but the Terps are better then they are at almost every position.  It should be a double-digit win.  If we struggle, then expect a rocky road through February.  After the weekend road game at Iowa, the schedule does ease up a bit so the Terps can afford to simply hold serve and advance to the NCAAs.  No one wants that.  We want this team to exhibit the strength they showed through the first 19 games of the season.

I think we'll see a return to form before the end of the season.  I just worry that it won't be right away.  Regardless, we will get a progress report tomorrow night.

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 leve [...] 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 mere [...] 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 [...] 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 Terp [...] 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 Rutg [...] 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 [...] 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 ca [...] 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.  The [...] Read More »

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