4.) What has been Maryland’s biggest issue during Big Ten play?
CB: There’s been several things that have plagued Maryland as of late. The most glaring is controlling the glass. The Terps aren’t getting to the 50-50 balls. They’re allowing too many offensive rebounds to opposing teams. It seems like it’s been almost a lack of effort at times. We all remember the debacle two weekends ago at Purdue. If Maryland is aggressive on the boards and fights for loose balls, they can be a very successful bunch.
WB: Consistency. Maryland has played so up and down throughout Big Ten play, but then again, that is Maryland Basketball. They start out either really well or really bad, and then straighten up the last 15 minutes or so of the game to make it close. When this team has come out firing from start to finish, they’ve been unstoppable.
RM: One of Maryland’s issues during Big Ten play is Melo Trimble’s struggles. As of late the sophomore guard has played well, scoring 17, 18, and 19 in the last three games. But before that, Trimble was having a hard time against Big Ten teams. His struggles started on Feb. 9 when Maryland beat Purdue. Even though the Terps got the win, Melo was 2-12 from the field. In the lost to Wisconsin on Feb. 13, he was 1-14 from the floor.
JN: Maryland’s biggest issue has been the little things (turnovers and securing defensive rebounds). Maryland commits too many turnovers that lead to transition buckets and fast break chances for their opponents. Also, their inability to secure defensive boards has lead to the Terps surrendering extra possessions, which come March, could be the difference in these close games.
JR: Sheer inconsistency. We’ve had games with great offense. We’ve had games with great defense. We’ve had games with . . . adequate rebounding. The skills and talent are there, but Maryland has been unable to put it all together against a decent-or-better opponent. 30-35 minutes of solid intensity seems to be Maryland’s limit, and even then that intensity is often limited to one end of the floor.