1) So far, I’ve liked what we’ve seen out of Seth Allen
Allen came into the game a few minutes after tip off with Maryland down early, and did little to temper the expectations from the kid. Allen sparked a 15-2 run thanks to a three pointer, a layup, and an assist on some three pointers to get Maryland back into the game after being down by double digits. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what he brings to the table, but Allen definitely puts some explosiveness into this offense. A large part of that is because of his three point shooting; with Roddy Peters you won’t get anything from outside of two feet but with Allen, he can hit from everywhere on the court.
But the biggest thing is that you get the idea Maryland will be a lot more explosive with him on the court when he’s healthy. A second unit of Charles Mitchell, Nick Faust, and Seth Allen (with Graham providing the defense) is chock full of talent. Once Allen shakes off the rust, I could see him being the starting point guard, and Peters with the second unit is still just as effective. It’s nice to have more options.
2.) Damonte Dodd and Graham getting minutes is huge for this team
Maryland needs a rim protector with some serious length, and they brought in Damonte Dodd to be that guy. Unfortunately, his foul rate and mental errors don’t allow him to get many minutes. Graham has the same issue, only it’s his offensive game and his foul rate that doesn’t let him to play a ton. But both saw ample minutes in the first half, and both did well during their time on the court.
Graham and Dodd block shots well and force teams to play the perimeter. Tulsa was obviously knocking down an absurd amount of three pointers last game, but at least the interior bleeding stopped. The Terps ought to embrace the heck out of that. Sure, they lose scoring down low with Charles Mitchell off the floor, but they gain defense, and a lot of it.
3.) Speaking of post play….
I’m really not sure where Maryland will get easy buckets from when the shots aren’t falling and they play Graham and Dodd a lot more. The two big men provide no offense, and it was obvious the Terps needed some easy baskets early on and weren’t getting them. Fortunately, Maryland dug themselves out of the hole thanks to Seth Allen’s play, but the Terps need easier shots.