The Terps may have expected to go for the Boston sweep heading into this game against the BU Terriers, but they’re getting a lot more than they bargained for. The Terps are down 42-32 at the half thanks to a slew of early turnovers and need a huge second half to get back into this one. Here are a few thoughts from this game so far…
1.) It may be the season for giving, but Maryland might be taking this a little far by gift wrapping this game to the Terriers because they continually turn the ball over. Dez Wells, Roddy Peters, and Evan Smotrycz have eight between them (Dez leads the way with four), and many of these turnovers are preventable. Three of Wells four turnovers simply bounced off hands of the big men. Shaquille Cleare and Smotrycz both need to get those hands up when they’re in the lane so they’re ready to accept a pass.
If Maryland doesn’t reign in this turnover problem, they won’t win this game. You can’t give away possessions and expect to win many games; the strategy is conducive to 10 point deficits at halftime.
2.) That being said, I don’t think Boston University is going to continue shooting 47% from three. The Terriers are shooting incredibly well right now from deep, and I tend to believe that the law of averages will balance themselves out. Maryland is getting out on their perimeter players, and half their shots are from there, so I do think eventually the Terriers will cool off.
Maryland will as well, though, and the Jake Layman three point ball is the only thing keeping them in this game. The Terps are going to have to find another player to score for them outside of Layman if they have any expectation of victory.
3.) Also, give Jake Layman the ball more and play Graham. Just let Jake Layman take every shot in the second half, let Graham play until he fouls out, and I’ll take Maryland in this one.