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MD / Iowa Thursday Night

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It is not an easy matchup for Maryland.  Hopefully they come out swinging (and rebounding)

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Very tough matchup, but one that the Terps need if they wish to add a quality win to their resume.

 

One thing that works in MD's favor is that they are an exceptionally good home team--their next conference loss in the friendly confines will be their first one.

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It's really a must win if they are to stay in the hunt for a top 2 seed, and the conference title.  It's a tough matchup, and they're going to need to play much more physically on the boards to win this.

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alienrace- I concur and I think the Terps have been buying into all of the + hype about them.

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It's really a must win if they are to stay in the hunt for a top 2 seed, and the conference title.  It's a tough matchup, and they're going to need to play much more physically on the boards to win this.

I actually think that is what happened. That was a dogfight and the Terps gutted it out. Layman couldn't hit the ocean if he was standing on a beach, but the guy is tenacious on defense.

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A lot of things were not working for the Terps last night. But they gutted out a win with effort.

Who was that ESPN pair calling the game. They seeme very anti Maryland.

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A lot of things were not working for the Terps last night. But they gutted out a win with effort.

Who was that ESPN pair calling the game. They seeme very anti Maryland.

 

You know, I didn't think that but my fiance surely did.  She kept asking why they hated Maryland so much.  Of course then again, she gets so completely riled up during the games it's hard to tell...I have created a monster! 

 

Gutted out is definitely a good term for the second half.  In the first half, firing on all cylinders and hitting their shots, they were smooth and pretty much unstoppable.  Iowa made some adjustments, and the Terps started out ice-cold, particularly Laymen, who couldn't buy a bucket at any range.  But, Sulaimon and Carter picked up the slack and had good nights...that's the 2015-2016 Terps though, when one or two are struggling, they have so many more that can step up.  Carter's NBA stock is really going up...that cat is smmmmoooooth and can score facing the basket or with his back to it. 

 

The key though, was Turgeon.  This was his best coached game of the year.  First, the defensive assignments were brilliant, and limited Uhtoff to just 9 points and only 2 made FG's.  When Iowa started zoning them in the second half, he started getting more designed plays to beat it, and when the Terps extended the lead late, they converted on the possession they needed to seal it and put Iowa into foul mode. 

 

This was really a must-win game, if they wanted a top seed.  Now that is intact, and they have a stretch of games that if they play to potential should set them up to run the table until they face IU in the final game which might decide the conference title, and give them a #1 seed.

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Nice analysis. The number one seed might be a tough get. 2 is theirs to lose for sure but a one would be a fantastic leg up. Would be the first time since they won it all.

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A lot of things were not working for the Terps last night. But they gutted out a win with effort.

Who was that ESPN pair calling the game. They seeme very anti Maryland.

I think it was Seth Greenberg ... he clearly has an axe to grind against MD. Probably from his days at Va Tech. He does give them a lot of credit and loves Trimble but is hypercritical especially over minor things.

 

I bet his problems are derived from coaching in front of the hostile classless Maryland fans....although he had success against MD and the fans really didn't show up to support the team during lean years so who knows.

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alienrace- solid assessment, plus props to Trimble for nailing the free throws at the end.

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Another back yard brawl, knew they weren't going to run OSU out of the gym twice in two weeks.  Ran the offense well, though once again the second half it bogged down at times when the open 3's weren't falling.  Still, Melo and Layman were strong, and Sulaimon hits his only shot, a key 3 pointer to help pull the Terps away at the end.

 

One thing is clear - nothing is a given on the road in conference play.  That crowd was amped, and OSU came out about as hyped as you'd expect.

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Terps back to #3/4 in the polls, looks like they are in great shape to pick up a #1 seed if they take care of the teams they should beat.  (which is really, all of them left on the schedule).  @IU looms as the toughest test pre-tourney.

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There's still some pretty big challenges left. Wisconsin and Michigan are no gimmees, but they're coming to CP. Purdue and Indiana are both on the road. though. Terps need to keep the pedal to the metal. I like that different guys are capable of stepping up in any given game.

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I forgot about the road game with Purdue, that is a tough one.

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INDIANA

03/05/16 MARYLAND 12:00 AM

03/06/16 MARYLAND 12:00 AM

 

MARYLAND

03/05/16 INDIANA 12:00 AM

03/06/16 INDIANA 12:00 AM

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Maryland only plays IU once in the regular season. That would make eighteen Big Ten games. However, the times is still TBD. Maybe they're flipping between the 5th/ 6th?

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If I had to hazard a guess, I'm going to say that the Terps wind up with 5 losses after the B1G Tourney.  Hard to say if it will merit a #1 seed or not, because the Top 5 has been in such flux this season. 

 

If only 4 losses, then I think a #1 seed is a lock. 

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If I had to hazard a guess, I'm going to say that the Terps wind up with 5 losses after the B1G Tourney.  Hard to say if it will merit a #1 seed or not, because the Top 5 has been in such flux this season. 

 

If only 4 losses, then I think a #1 seed is a lock. 

The last couple weeks have me feeling a little less confident.  They need to get more active rebounding and find ways to get the ball in the paint and stop settling for three point shots. 

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The last couple weeks have me feeling a little less confident.  They need to get more active rebounding and find ways to get the ball in the paint and stop settling for three point shots. 

Completely agree. And as for the last part, I think that applies to NCAA BB in general. It is unfortunate what has happened to the game. The three-point shot has become the last refuge (or maybe first choice) of teams that can't or won't run an actual offense. I miss that. It burns me up when teams just run down and throw up a wish without even trying to run a play.

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Well, you can look at it that way, and to a certain degree it is true.  What I think the real issue is that defenses have gotten MUCH more physical, and allowed to be that way, with tons of hand-checking and bumping that didn't used to be allowed.  It's getting more difficult to even get the ball inside, much less score from there. 

 

The Terps have some superb big men in Stone, Carter and Layman.  They need to really play the inside out game more.  When Trimble and Sulaimon are penetrating, they are most effective.  The one thing that I see a little too much of is though, is both of them kicking it back outside when they have a pretty good shot themselves.  They need to a be a little, not a lot, just a little, more selfish.

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They have a good chnace to work out the kinks tonight in Nebraska.

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had me worried   , but the Terps hung tough in Nebraska. Suliamon got away with  travelling a few times.

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had me worried   , but the Terps hung tough in Nebraska. Suliamon got away with  travelling a few times.

What's with all the turnovers? Of course I missed most of the first half while BTN farted around with Rutgers-Illinois triple OT. Apparently turnovers is what made the game scary since the Terps owned the paint and shot well. Stone is a beast.

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