Nov 8, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard/forward Dez Wells (32) at the net during the second half against the Connecticut Huskies at Barclays Center. Connecticut Huskies won 78-77. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
That was rough. The Terrapins turned the ball over six times in about ten minutes against Abilene, and looked like a team that just woke up from nap time. This is the second game in a row that the Terps have come out with a complete lack of fire, and you get the sense that this may become a recurring thing throughout the season unless someone steps up to prevent this type of thing. Abilene leading at the half is decidedly not good.
The lone bright spots of this game have to be Nick Faust and Charles Mitchell, who are a combined seven of nine from the field and have 14 points between the two. Charles Mitchell also has 7 rebounds and continues to look exceedingly dominant out there. Not entirely sure I can say the same about the other big men. Suffice it to say Chuck is the energy guy this year, just as much as last year.
But he still doesn’t play a ton of defense, and this team is still struggling to replace Len’s presence down low. Abilene Christian has penetrated at will this game, and they’ve been ale to kick the ball out to open shooters and take advantage of Maryland’s poor perimeter defense. We saw it against Connecticut, and we’re seeing it again this year. The slides aren’t as fluid as they need to be.
In case you were wondering, yes, Varun Ram has played more minutes in the first half (12) than Dez Wells (5). And you read that entirely correctly. Wells was taken out of the first half not due to injury, but potentially due to some minor squabbling between he and Turgeon as well as a lack of fire on the court. If you were wondering about the Dez Wells effect, then take a look at how Maryland did this first half.
Paging Shaquille Cleare. We’ll receive you whenever you’re ready.