1.) Tulsa is exactly what their record states
Oftentimes, you’ll encounter a team that has a record not indicative of their overall quality of play. With Tulsa, that is decidedly not the case. The Golden Hurricane have no signature wins, a lot of convincing losses, and have yet to play with anyone on their schedule. The team ranks 244th overall in field goal percentage (43%), 288th in rebounding (34.6) and 205th in points per game (72).
Nothing about their team stands out as particularly dangerous, unless you consider dangerous a 6’3 guard leading your team in rebounding. By and large this Tulsa team is simply not a juggernaut by any metric you look at, and while Maryland is far from it as well, this could well be considered an easy game.
2.) If you have one concern this game, let it be Rashad Smith
Rashad Smith, the 6’7 sophomore swingman from Plano, Texas, may not get all the attention he deserves for this team, but he’s their best player. Averaging 12.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds (and nearly one block), Smith is also a very consistent shooter as he hits 51% of his attempts. Smith is adept at getting to the line, and actually a very solid athlete who could become a problem for Jake Layman tonight.
Layman is going to need to avoid foul trouble today, because Smith is very talented at getting to the stripe. In the event that Layman gets into trouble, there aren’t a lot of other options to guard against him and the Terps could get into trouble.
3.) James Woodard can hit it from deep, but he can also miss from everywhere else
Woodard is a talented guard who is quick, a phenomenal rebounder for his size, and knows how to score points. He isn’t the mos consistent player on the block, and he’s shooting woefully poor this season (under 40%), but when he gets hot from deep, Woodard is dangerous.
Maryland should be very wary of allowing him to dictate play by heating up from long range, because that’s when the Terps will get exposed. Maryland’s point guard, and by that I mean Roddy Peters, needs to get in Woodard’s grill and pester him into poor attempts which he is known to take. Dez Wells might want to consider going up against him as well in order to further stop him from scoring.