After easily disposing of Marist in the opening round of the Paradise Jam, the Maryland men’s basketball team leads sharpshooting Northern Iowa 33-30 at the break. Guards Dez Wells and Nick Faust both have looked great in the early going. Wells and Faust are attacking the rim and are finishing in the lane with great success. Northern Iowa has no answer for Wells off the dribble. The Panthers just don’t have the athleticism to keep up with the Maryland star guard.
- Maryland only has six turnovers after one half of play. The Terps are attacking the basket and aren’t making bad passes. Turnovers have been this team’s Achilles heel in the early-going this season, so it’s great to see this issue being slowly but surely corrected.
- One of the not-so-positive statistics is the fact that Maryland is 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Roddy Peters has taken a few ill-advised shots, but I’d expect coach Mark Turgeon to talk to the youngster about that. Forward Jake Layman has missed a few and is only shooting 2-for-7 from the floor (0-for-2 from three). Don’t expect the Terps to shy away from the three-point line and to still take those long-range shots.
- Northern Iowa has only made three of 14 three-point jumpers. The high number is not a surprise, given the fact that the Panthers make their living with shots from beyond the arc. Don’t expect them to stop with long-range shots, but they could end up with a low three-point percentage as they may get tired as we get into the guts of the game.
The second half has just begun, so check out the Terps on the CBS Sports Network! Go Terps!