Dec 12, 2013; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Roddy Peters (2) drives to the basket while guarded by Boston College Eagles forward Garland Owens (0) during the second half at Silvio O. Conte Forum. Maryland Terrapins won 88-80. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Basketball VS Florida Atlantic Halftime Thoughts


1.) This team is very hit and miss

It’s hard to fault Maryland for taking the outside shots, as Florida Atlantic is clearly baiting the Terps into taking them, but boy do a lot of those not go in. Maryland is shooting a meager 35% from the floor, and they’re 4-f0r-14 from deep. The offense is playing incredibly inefficient basketball right now and settling for too many jumpers from Layman, Wells, and Smotrycz.

Maryland has to get to the line more than five times a game if they expect to win this one. And that starts with…

2.) Getting the big men involved

Florida Atlantic has one of the worst front courts Maryland is going to see all season, and yet between Mitchell, Cleare, and Graham they have six points in total. Maryland is not feeding their big men down low enough, and definitely not running plays that would allow them to maneuver in the post. Without that, the game is going to be extremely difficult for Maryland. High percentage shots are in the paint, and Maryland needs to veer towards that.

If no one is busting the zone with their shooting, then the big men have got to do more.

3.) What happened to Roddy?

Peters started the game, but he’s only played eight minutes since. Perhaps Turgeon was upset with his two turnovers during that span, but this offense really needs him on the floor. Nick Faust has done a decent job of running the point, and Maryland has been fantastic at not turning the ball over (only six!), but Peters is a creator even when he’s not looking to pass.

On one sequence early in the game, Peters had a great eurostep to the basket, and while he missed the layup, enough defenders committed to him that Cleare was wide open for a putback dunk. That’s the type of player Peters is, and it’s the type of player Maryland needs in a game like this.

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