It’s halftime in Greensboro, and the Maryland Terrapins are up 34-32 against the Florida State Seminoles thanks to, well, Seth Allen and his amazing outside shooting. The game has been dictated by three pointers for the first half, as Maryland has a bunch of them while Florida State has none. Unfortunately, Maryland may not be that hot all game long, and may need to get something from their big men. Onto some halftime thoughtage:
1.) Jake Layman is making up for Smotrycz being out
It’s somewhat subtle and I risk jinxing it by even discussing it, but Jake Layman is playing well today away from Comcast. When it was announced Smotrycz was out, I was initially worried about how Layman would pick up the slack because of how unforgiving the rims have been away from home. Well, after one half, Layman is doing all that he needs to do. He’s got eight points, one of which was a monster dunk, and two three pointers for the Terps already and is proving to be a tough matchup.
What I like most about Layman is that he’s rebounding as well as ever, too. He’s got four rebounds, and two of those are on the offensive glass. That’s something that Smotrycz excelled at that helped Maryland win games. Smotrycz knew how to get his hands on offensive rebounds, and now Layman is doing it. The Terps are going to need yet another half of Layman playing within himself and playing well, because Florida State is going to make a push.
2.) Maryland’s big men have done next to nothing offensively.
Of the Terps 34 point, only eight have come on shots in the paint. Of those eight points, only two came from people named Jonathan Graham, Damonte Dodd, Charles Mitchell, or Shaquille Cleare. Quite frankly that’s not a winning formula for the Terps. Their big men just aren’t getting the ball in the post and are frustrated by the length of Florida State. In particular, the usual catalyst for the Terps post play, Charles Mitchell, isn’t going to get anything accomplished against the 7-foot Bojanovsky of FSU.
But that’s not entirely on the big men, because the guards have to dribble drive through the lane to actually get them the ball. So far, only Roddy and Nick Faust have been able to do that with any consistency, and that’s why they’re playing quite a bit. But even when they do make accurate passes from the dribble drive, people like Damonte Dodd have to finish at the rim. What’s worse is that unless the big men finish, they get put to the line, where Maryland’s big men have really, really, struggled. Right now they’re out there to rebound and pick up fouls, but for Maryland to win they’ve got to be more than that.
We’ll only give you two for now as the second half gets underway and Dez Wells starts to do Dez Wells things…