Maryland Basketball Vs Morgan State: First Half Thoughts

 

Nov 15, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins mascot dances on the court prior to the start of the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Comcast Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 15, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins mascot dances on the court prior to the start of the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Comcast Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Terps are up 45-31 on the Morgan State Bears, and look to be running away with this thing. What do I think about the first half? Here ya go:

  • I would already give the midway game ball to Charles Mitchell, who finally recorded not one, but two whole assists in the first half, but that may have to be reserved for Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz. The two forwards have been absolutely phenomenal for the Terps, connecting on a combined 5 of their 9 three point attempts. The pair have scored 22 of Maryland’s 45 points, and are having one of those halves that make the Terps so (potentially) lethal.

    When those two are connecting on their shots, the Terps floor spacing is so good that, yes, even Charles Mitchell can find an open man. If only a third option would show up…

  • So much for that turnover problem being at least mildly resolved. The Terps had only five turnovers with three minutes to go, but they upped the total to eight with some careless basketball towards the end of the half. I know they’re not a big deal, and I know they’re small potatoes in the grand scheme of things, but it’s that carelessness that limits the Terps. If they can’t do it in a pushover game like this, how are they going to do it against anyone else?

    One of the more annoying things is how lazily they work it around the perimeter sometimes. It’s almost inexcusable at this stage of the game; high schoolers put more care into passing than Smotrycz and Wells do sometimes. It’s why Varun Ram and his tight dribble are such a refreshing look…

  • What I just said above may be negated by the fact that this Maryland team has such quick hands. Perhaps due to their overall size, the Terps already have three steals today, and may well be en route to six or more. Maryland’s got tall players at every position but center, and when their hands are up and in passing lanes it’s very difficult for other teams to work the ball around. Their guard-oriented roster gives them an aggressive, quick-handed mentality that most teams don’t have.

Topics: Maryland Basketball, Maryland Terrapins, Morgan State

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