Maryland vs Central Connecticut State

11/17/2014 9:47:31 AM The Terps kicked off the season with a resounding win.  The victory against Wagner represented the largest margin of victory since....wait for it....2010.  Yep, that's right.  It's the largest margin of victory of the Turgeon era. 

Before we start booking our travel for March, we need to see a little more. Dez Wells, despite the ankle scare, looked like a man amongst boys out there.  He looks the part of a guy who will play at the next level.  He's the number 1 option on offense and appears ready to make the leap to all-conference first-teamer.

Jake Layman displayed the all-around game that we will need from him in order to compete this year.  He scored 16 points and none of those points came from beyond the arc.  He led the team in rebounding, and as a bonus, also led the team in assists.  We'll see what happens when the bullets start flying for real but early returns are encouraging.

Trimble looked great too.  He's got a great handle, really helps to get the ball moving in the half court, and defended well.  The other newcomers in the backcourt showed promise.  Wiley, Nickens, and Pack can all move well and shoot.  Again, we'll see what happens when the bullets are flying for real but it's hard not to be encouraged.

I'm still worried about the frontcourt.  The pu pu platter of Dodd, Graham, and Ceko doesn't offer much offensively.  Graham will do the yeoman's work to defend and rebound, but is going to get mostly putbacks.  He's not going to be able to create a shot.  Dodd can be an elite shot blocker but I don't see where his offense will come from.  I was pleasantly surprised in what I saw from Ceko but he still looks like a deer in headlights.  The good news is that he has five fouls to give and as long as he comes to play defensively, we'll get something out of him.

Tonight's matchup should be another 30 point blowout and let's hope we remain on schedule.  Lot's of power schools have been struggling, so easy wins against inferior opponents demonstrate that this team is different from previous Turgeon iterations.


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