Well, that was exhausting. For most of the second half, Maryland had the game, on the road against the No. 7 team in the country, under control. The Terps even controlled a double-digit lead for a little while. Then, Villanova went on a 19-0 run, and like a newly-single man after 30 years of marriage, Maryland forgot how to score.
Maryland continues to hang with the best, and there is something to say about that. There is no doubt in my mind that Maryland is one of the 20 best teams in the country. However, if you can’t win at least one of those games instead of just losing close ones, you might not make the cut come March.
Jordan Williams scored 25 points and 14 rebounds for his 11th straight double-double (one game shy of Len Elmore’s school record), Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory each scored 10, and Terrell Stoglin had a great game, scoring six points with eight assists, but ultimately Villanova came out with the win, 74-66.
After a dominating performance by Williams in the first half and to start the second, Villanova switched it up to a 2-3 zone, cutting of Maryland’s passes to the inside. The Terps were then unable to make the open threes that resulted from this defensive scheme, shooting two of eleven from beyond the arc.
For Villanova, Maalik Wayns scored 22, Corey Fisher scored 17, and Antonio Pena scored 14 points with 10 rebounds. The Wildcats outrebounded Maryland 40-30, and Antonio Pena and Isaiah Armwood combined for eleven offensive rebounds, more than all Terps combined.
Hopefully, UVA can beat Duke and make all of our days just a little bit better. Maryland’s next game is Thursday at home against Virginia Tech.