The Maryland Terrapins opened the ACC Tournament with a 75-62 win over Wake Forest. The Terrapins will face Duke on Friday night in the quarterfinals. Here is a detailed explanation of the grades that I would give each Maryland player that significantly contributed to Thursday night’s victory.
Dez Wells – Wells was one of the primary reasons that the Terps came away victorious against the Demon Deacons. The Xavier transfer shot the ball very well as he scored 21 points and seemed to do whatever he wanted on the court. Wells came out on fire in the second half and kept Maryland in the game. If not for Wells, the Terps may not have a date with the Blue Devils on Friday evening.
Alex Len – It wasn’t the best of games for Len. It was the type of game that the Ukrainian big man should’ve dominated and could’ve raised his draft stock. He didn’t finish with a bad line though as he netted 11 points (4-of-6 shooting) and grabbed five rebounds while dishing out four assists. During the Terps surge late in the second half, Len spent much of his time on the bench with foul trouble.
Pe’Shon Howard – It’s been an up-and-down year for Howard to say the least. From his promise early on to being suspended for the Duke game, the junior guard has persevered through it all and turned in a very strong performance against Wake Forest. In arguably his best all-around game of the season, Howard scored 10 points (3-of-3 shooting) and helped the Terps to pull away late in the game. He scored five consecutive points that put them in control for good and had a strong defensive game. Howard bothered C.J. Harris and made life difficult for the Wake Forest senior.
Nick Faust – After arguably his best game of the year in the season finale loss against Virginia, Faust struggled shooting the ball despite still scoring 10 points. The former Baltimore City College star only made two of his seven shots but ended up with a pretty good line. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out a pair of assists. It’s clear that Faust is more comfortable coming off the ball and it appears that Mark Turgeon will plan to keep things that way.
Seth Allen – Allen had a pretty solid all-around game for the Terps. The Woodbridge, Va. native scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out three assists against the Demon Deacons. Allen was able to get to the rim pretty easily and made a few tough layup attempts. When Allen is coming off the ball, he is extremely dangerous and can hit shots from anywhere.