Mar 2, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Mark Turgeon reacts during the first half against the Clemson Tigers at J.C. Littlejohn Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Terrapins VS Virginia Tech Halftime Thoughts

 

This is a pretty rough game, so I’ve only got a few thoughts so far as the Terps are down 29-28 to a shorthanded Hokies team…

1) What if I told you…

that the Terps would have only two turnovers in the first half? Would you expect them to be up by twenty? Well, you’d be entirely wrong about that one. I’ve long held the belief that turnovers are a more and more irrelevant stat, and that’s partially because I’ve been bludgeoned by so many of them from Maryland over the past few years. Well, that theory would ring true today; Maryland is down despite keeping their turnovers to a (likely) season low.

Why? Well, because other, more important stats, like rebounding, the Terps are completely botching. Virginia Tech holds a 21-11 rebounding advantage, and have eight offensive rebounds to Maryland’s two. That’s not going to cut it for Maryland moving forward, and I have a feeling I know why that’s happening…

2.) Jake Layman hasn’t played as much, and he’s one of the better rebounders on the team.

Go figure, Maryland brings Jake Layman off the bench and the Terps rebounding numbers take a major dip. That’s because despite Layman’s poor offensive play, he’s actually a solid rebounder and good at boxing out. Layman is a lot of things lately, but he is definitely a hustle guy on the defensive end. He’s great at grabbing boards and getting the ball to guards to initiate the fast break.

The impact of him being out of the starting lineup is pretty obvious: you have to play him. I thought maybe coming off the bench would be good for Layman, but he’s 1-of-4 and Maryland has never rebounded worse. Logic would suggest that you replace what you changed, and the only variable in that equation is Jake Layman.

Back to the game…

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