We’re at halftime of the Maryland Terrapins vs North Carolina State, and I’d like to formally apologize if you tuned in from the start. Maryland’s up 29-20 after playing what could arguably been their worst start to a half, ever. The Terps shot a disastrous 34.4% from the floor, and the only reason they’re ahead is because of a late push and NC State being NC State. The Wolfpack have shot 22.2%, so you can imagine how bad this has been. Onto analysis…
1.) Both these teams aren’t great for their own reasons
Both teams have completely logical reasons why they’re playing so badly right now. For State, it’s the reality that they just aren’t that good of a team without their best player. TJ Warren, one of the best players in the ACC and undoubtedly the best player on NC State, is out and no one has stepped up. Fortunately for the Wolfpack, no one on Maryland has, either.
Their excuse, of course, is that they’re an awful road team. The Terps are averaging well below their averages on the road, and that first half was no different. They’re the worst road team I’ve ever seen, so that they came out and shot so poorly is no shock to me. The only player who has been remotely decent has been Damonte Dodd, which makes sense because it shouldn’t make sense.
2.) Was that Maryland’s good half or their bad half?
This team is typically only capable of playing one effective half, so the question I posit to you is: was that their best half? They’re terrible on the road, so it’s hard to tell if that was the best we were going to get from Maryland this entire game or if this was their low point and NC State was that bad.
They’ve got nine points to give away in the second half, but if they play even better then this should be a blowout game regardless of what NC State throws at them. But what if that’s thee best they can do? If that’s the case, the Terps are basically screwed here. The law of averages suggests that NC State isn’t going to be that bad for 40 straight minutes, even if you factor in that they’re State. We’ll see in the second half.
3.) Dez Wells needs the ball a bit more this half
We saw how he set up Jake Layman on that half ending three pointer and it’s simple, really. Dez Wells is a playmaker, and he’s playing in his hometown. I’d think he wants to play very well despite some early nerves, and Turgeon should feed him the ball a healthy amount this half since he basically took the first half off.