The Maryland Terrapins get back at it on the hardwood tonight as they continue their home schedule for the 2012-2013 season against the defending champions of the Northeast Conference (NEC) the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds. Fresh off a win over Morehead State the Terrapins hope to build on the positive momentum from their first taste of victory this season against the Blackbirds.
LIU-Brooklyn presents an interesting challenge for this Maryland team as the Blackbirds are averaging 85 ppg as a team early on in the season. That is quite the number for a college program to average; however, you must look at the quality of competition which it has come against (Morehead State and Lafayette) and take into consideration that the Blackbirds have lost both of their games this year. What does that tell me? Be on the lookout for a high scoring affair at Comcast this evening.
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Comcast Center – College Park, MD
LIU-Brooklyn Player to Watch: Jamal Olasewere
The Silver Spring, MD native has started off his senior season in a major way leading the team in scoring early on with an average of 25.5 ppg. Olasewere isn’t going to kill the Terps from the floor as his shooting percentage so far has left a bit to be desired. He is hurting teams, however, with his ability to get to the foul line. Through two games Olasewere has attempted 31 free throws, converting on 25 of those attempts. The 6’7” senior forward is also averaging 8.5 rebounds per game so far for the Blackbirds, so you can tell he is far from a one trick pony. Should Maryland contain Olasewere and keep him away from the foul line where he can rack up free points the Terrapins should be in good shape tonight.
Maryland Terrapins Player to Watch: Charles Mitchell
What is the best way to slow down the opposing teams’ best rebounder? Have a rebounding machine of your own to throw out against him. Charles Mitchell has been unstoppable on the glass early in his collegiate career. In only 18.5 minutes per game Mitchell is averaging a staggering 9.5 rebounds per contest. I have been watching basketball, both collegiately and professionally, for a long time now and I cannot remember a player who has dominated the glass on both ends of the floor like Mitchell has these first two games as a Terp. While his scoring ability needs to catch up with his rebounding prowess there is no doubt that Mitchell will be seeing more and more of the floor with rebounding numbers like that.
The Terps length in the frontcourt will be too much for the Blackbirds to handle and Pe’Shon Howard and Seth Allen will slow down LIU-Brooklyn pg Jason Brickman, and the eight assists per game he averages, enough to win comfortably.
Final Score: Maryland 86 LIU-Brooklyn 68