Maryland vs UMBC

12/29/2017 2:29:15 PM

The Terrapins begin life without the services of Justin Jackson tonight. Diagnosed with a season-ending labrum tear, Jackson is officially shut down.

Despite his horrid play this season, this is a big blow for Maryland. Jackson is the team’s leading rebounder (!!) and he’s also one of a couple players capable of creating his own shot. Sadly, we haven’t seen much of that this season. The hope is that much of that has been due to this lingering shoulder issue and we’ll get the freshman version of Jackson next season. Unfortunately, it has made the task for this season much harder.

Maryland appears to be squarely headed for the NCAA bubble. They lack a signature non conference win (Butler?) and have a head scratching loss to St. Bonaventure. The B1G conference appears to be down this year, so for Maryland to be safe, they need at least 10 conference wins maybe 11. That’s a tall order and it will be incumbent on folks like Ceko, Fernando, and Morsell to really step up and fill in for Jackson.

The Terps could have or should have won each of their games so far. It’s becoming a broken record, but Maryland must get control of the turnover situation. Jackson was a big offender but the Terps managed 17 turnovers against Farleigh Dickinson without him so the problem is team wide.

What’s exciting is that the Terps have shot the ball well and rebounded. It’s time to cut down on the turnovers. Let’s start tonight.

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