September 21, 2019

Maryland Basketball: No. 2 Terps fall to No. 9 UNC, 89-81, as turnovers and cold shooting late too much to overcome

In the most anticipated game of the year for the Maryland Terrapins, the No. 2 ranked team in the country traveled to Chapel Hill to face off against former foe North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. UNC had their best player, senior point guard Marcus Paige, return to the lineup after he suffered a wrist fracture to his non-shooting hand. After it looked like Maryland might get run out of the Dean Dome early, they fought back to make this one of the most entertaining college basketball games of the year. It was two heavyweights responding to the other’s blow without quit — often with unconscious shooting.

Unfortunately, the hot shooting for Maryland went cold in the late stages of the game and they fell 89-81 to the Tar Heels in a game that was much closer. [Read more…]

Maryland Basketball: Five Takeaways of Terps Season Opening Victory over Mount St. Mary’s

{Photo by: UMTerps)

{Photo by: UMTerps)

The highly anticipated Maryland Terrapins basketball season has finally started! The #3 ranked team in the country, their highest ranking since after winning the national championship, took care of business against Northeast Conference favorite Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers. After a sloppy first half, Maryland cruised in the second half to a 80-56 victory against a respectable opponent.

Turnovers continue to be a concern

In the Terps lone exhibition game of the year, Maryland committed 20 turnovers as they looked to try and go for the home run ball too many times. Early on, the Terps were falling into bad habits caused by poor entry passes into the post where Mount St. Mary’s fronted most of Maryland’s bigs. After starting the game with assist-to-turnover ratio of 6 to 8, Mark Turgeon seemed to make a good correction midway through the first half. The Terps would go on to the finish the game with a 9 to 6 ratio, in which two of the turnovers were committed by emergency point guard Varun RamRobert Carter led the team with 4 turnovers for the Maryland, again much of them coming off of big to big passes to the post. The three ball handlers of Melo TrimbleRasheed Sulaimon, and Jaylen Brantley combined for a mere 4 miscues in 69 minutes of play.

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