For the first time since 2003 the Maryland Terrapins are in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Now it was up to former point guard for the Jayhawks, Mark Turgeon, to lead the Terps to a win over his alma mater Kansas. After a first half that saw the Terps play some of their best basketball in months, fans were optimistic for a second half upset bid. Maryland was far from that as they got blown out by the number one overall seed. Melo Trimble struggled again, the offense was atrocious, and rebounding was again optional. It might not be a disappointing season, but Maryland did not take full advantage of their talent by falling 79-63 to Kansas.
Maryland Basketball: Terps lay an egg in the second half, end season in embarrassing fashion to Kansas
The only thing stopping the Maryland Terrapins from reaching the Sweet 16 were the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Jake Layman emphasized that the Terps did not want to get outworked by the mid-major opponents who were able to upset California with their defense. After a “nervous” start according to Mark Turgeon, Maryland hung around with Hawaii until their offense woke up. A 14-0 run midway through the second half fueled by transition opportunities helped the College Park school put things away. The Terps will advance to their furthest point in the tournament in the last 13 years with a 73-60 victory over Hawaii.
The Maryland Terrapins’ (25-8) disappointing regular season came to an end when given a five-seed in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region. Following the early offseason hype of Final Four or bust and desires for a number one seed in the Big Dance, reality has hit that the Terps did themselves in by not fully utilizing their volume of talent. There is still time to make amends for the lackluster end of the regular season by making a deep run in the March Madness festivities.
Mark Turgeon believes the Terps brutal end of season schedule and the Big Ten tournament will prepare the group well for another NCAA tournament run. Despite the close loss to the Michigan State Spartans, a snubbed potential one-seed, the Maryland team is still a confident bunch.