What We Learned From Pittsburgh

Pete Volk

Final Score: Pittsburgh 79, Maryland 70

  • Holy free throw shooting. Struggling with it for two games is one thing; having four terrible games from the line in a row is a reason for panic. The Terps were 14-30 from the line, including a combined 2-12 from Jordan Williams and James Padgett. I’m not sure what Maryland has to do to fix this, but they have to do it, and fast.
  • Cliff Tucker is a wing, pure and simple, and a great one at that. Bobby Knight was incredibly impressed with his play, and rightly so. Tucker had 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds, and showed incredible athleticism on the floor.
  • Williams struggled at first, but had a solid game (outside of the free throw line). J-Will put up 14 and 8, shooting six of nine from the floor. After getting two fouls in the first half, Gary sat him for the last seven minutes. Dan Shulman and Knight both pointed out that J-Will has to learn how to play with two fouls eventually, and rightfully so. This would have been a good time for him to have played, as the Terps looked woefully outmatched on the inside when Padgett was in.
  • Maryland played fantastic defense on the outside. The Terps held Brad Wanamaker and Ashton Gibbs, each averaging over 19 points per game coming into the game, to 10 and 13 points, respectively, and the Panthers only made three three-pointers.
  • On the inside, however, Maryland struggled. Dino is a fantastic defender, but beyond that the Terps had trouble. Redshirt freshman Talib Zanna had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Gilbert Brown had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
  • Of course, it largely depends on the result of today’s Illinois game, but if there was ever a time where a team could lose its way into the Top 25, this was it.

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