November 20, 2019

Maryland Basketball: Terps win big in exhibition over SNHU, but have things to clean up

The Maryland Terrapins basketball season has finally kicked off with an exhibition victory over Southern New Hampshire University, 82-60. Here are the five biggest takeaways from the victory that comes a week before Maryland opens the season against Mount St. Mary’s.

Diamond Stone is the real deal and absolutely abused his defenders

The five-star recruit is certainly living up to the hype. Yes, it was against an opponent that is far from the competition Maryland will see in Big 10 play, but so far so good. Stone showed an assortment of post moves including spins and face-up blow-bys. In just 5 minutes in the opening half, the Wisconsin native already made all three of his shot attempts. After halftime, SNHU constantly doubled the big man, who started to get into a knack of drawing fouls. He may not be the greatest defensively yet, but Stone almost demands a double-team at all times.

Offensive rotations are FAR from finalized

Mark Turgeon has not had all of his players available to him over the summer, with Melo Trimble participating in the Pan-Am games, Rasheed Sulaimon finishing his degree and Stone taking part in U-18 festivities. Tonight’s starting lineup featured Jared Nickens at shooting guard instead of Sulaimon, while Dion Wiley sat with knee inflammation. Turgeon made constant substitutions throughout the game, featuring lineups with Sulaimon playing point guard, Trimble playing along side junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley, and Damonte Dodd and Michal Cekovsky  off the bench at the same time. It is a good problem to have, but Turgeon will have to get something concrete before a date with Georgetown in a week from Tuesday.

Things were far from crisp offensively for the Terps

Early on, it looked like Terps were trying to run SNHU out of the building instead of methodically just wearing them down and out. The big play and flashy score to get the crowd on its feet was not always the smartest move, leading to several turnovers. After just one half of play, the Terps had more turnovers than made field goals and an assist-to-turnover ration of 6 to 14. Mark Turgeon seemed to straighten things out as best he could at halftime as Maryland committed just six turnovers by the starters for the rest of the game.

Expect a lot of points in the paints and from beyond the arc

Maryland has elite post threats with Diamond Stone and Robert Carter Jr. Even Damonte Dodd and Michael Cekovsky have developed into finishers near the rim. With such efficiency up close, SNHU (as many teams will throughout the year) started to double the Terps bigs. This led to great passing by Carter and Dodd to the perimeter which after additional ball movement led to great opportunities from deep. Tonight Jake Layman was the big benefactor of that as he was 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Maryland looked to have suffered a HUGE blow…but the crisis was averted

At the 16 minute mark of the second half, Robert Carter Jr. went from the help side defense block. He came down wrong and was slow to get up before limping his way towards the locker room area. Less than a minute afterwards during the under 16 timeout, Carter came back to the bench area to huddle with his teammates. After hitting some fluids and walking the pain off, Carter checking back into the game three minutes later and showed little ill-effects. The Georgia Tech transfer will likely average a double-double for the Terps, who although deep would hate to lose such a talent.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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  1. […] Thursday, sophomore shooting guard Dion Wiley hurt himself in practice and had to sit out of Friday’s exhibition against Southern New Hampshire University. Turgeon announced that Wiley would be having surgery on his torn meniscus this week. That surgery […]

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