This is certainly the best Maryland has played since the second half of the Notre Dame game. Maryland is not letting the score affect their play, which is exactly what any coach wants. Despite the score, I think Maryland has put themselves in a position for them to have a great shot at the upset. But before that, Maryland must focus on these things.
- A quick Maryland spurt could give all the momentum in front of their home fans. On the other side, a Pittsburgh spurt can put this game out of reach. The biggest key is staying composed. Jamie Dixon is a very smart coach, Lamar Patterson is a phenomenal scorer, and James Robinson is a great point guard. Maryland can match up, but they need to play smart and feed off the energy of the electric Comcast Center.
- Maryland’s defense was inconsistent that half. Before the first media timeout, I thought the Terps played outstanding and very vocal on defense. Then the second team came in and Maryland was a step late on switches, giving Pittsburgh an opportunity to come back. Maryland’s offense is too inconsistent to not play good defense. If the Terps can hit shots in the second half and defend, there is no reason this team can’t pull out the win.
- Guard Dez Wells played aggressive throughout the entire game, but the results were mixed. Wells finished the half with eight points, but the bulk of those points were in the first ten minutes of the game. Wells is the best player on this team hands down. His supporting cast must also play a little better offensively, but in order to remain in this game, Wells needs to get going.
- You would be lying if you said this game was poorly officiated. The calls certainly will not get better, but Maryland needs to make sure that they are composed because a technical will not help their chances. I know Pittsburgh is winning, but I can’t say they are undoubtedly the better team in this game. A couple of controversial calls gave Pittsburgh the opportunity to grow the lead at the free throw line, where they are 16-17 in the first half.