It was another game of runs for Maryland as they took on Northwestern in the Quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in nearby Washington DC.
Verizon Center was packed of Terps fans hopeful to see the beginning of a championship run before the NCAA Tournament begins next week. They did not get what they wanted in the 72-64 loss by Maryland at the hands of the Wildcats.
Maryland took control from the tip, but the Wildcats just had other plans. Led by Bryant McIntosh, Scottie Lindsey and Vic Law, Northwestern put together massive runs of 20-4 and 20-5 to take all air away from the Maryland sails.
Terps fans can be pleased with the efforts put together by Kevin Huerter, who finished with 19 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Knocking down some long-range bombs to keep Maryland chugging, he was the heart of this team after not making the All-Freshman team.
Trimble added 20 points, but never connected from range, and Anthony Cowan was the only other Terp in double digits, with 13 points.
Other than those three, nobody on this team looked like they made it into Washington D.C. for the game. Seven other players who touched the floor for Maryland combined for 12 points. Mark Turgeon had just about no affect on the game, surprisingly, since he avoided a technical foul or two in this one.
Despite shooting 47% from the field, the Terps find themselves free falling as March Madness ensues. With Selection Sunday looming, Maryland is looking to be anywhere from a 7-9 seed.
An 8-9 game, followed by a matchup with any number 1 will prove to be a bit much for this team at this point for Turgeon and company.