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Maryland-Seattle recap - What we learned

By Rick Nelligan

Originally, I had no intentions of writing a post about Maryland’s 105-76 win against Seattle University. But I’m just so excited that basketball season is back that I can’t keep it to myself. Here’s what I learned from Maryland’s opening game of the 2010-2011 season.

  • The final score is not indicative of the way Maryland played for a decent portion of the game. For most of the first half and part of the second, the Terrapins struggled to get things going, especially in the half court offense. The Terps had 29 total turnovers, with starting point guard Adrian Bowie committing seven of those in just twelve minutes of play. If the Terps are to have any hope in the Madison Square Garden segment of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament or in the ACC, they must take better care of the ball.
  • The point guard position seems to be very fluid to start the season. Bowie struggled early and Gary Williams wasted no time in getting his young freshmen guards Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard in the game. Gary wants Bowie to take ownership of the team. However, if he continues to play the way he did, he likely won’t get that opportunity.
  • Jordan Williams can play a lot better than he did Monday night. Not that he played poorly, because he actually played pretty well. It is more of a tribute to just how ridiculously high of a ceiling this young big man has. As soon as Williams starts to understand just how strong and skilled he is, he will become unstoppable. His most promising statistic of the night though wasn’t his 17 points or 15 rebounds; it was that he was five of six from the free throw line. His one Achilles' heel could become a strength.
  • Sean Mosley continues to be arguably the best player in the nation that few people have heard of. He quietly had 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and one not so quiet block from behind on a Redhawk fast break. I would still like to see him become more assertive on offense, but I will take that stat line every night.
  • This is the most athletic Terrapin basketball team I’ve seen in a long time. Fast break buckets that were layups a year ago are turning into emphatic dunks this year from just about every player on the floor. It may not seem that important, but finishing with a dunk not only guarantees you don’t get blocked from behind, but it gives your team and fans an invaluable momentous boost -- not to mention what the added athleticism will do for Gary’s full court pressure defense.
  • The incoming recruiting class looks special, especially Stoglin and Howard. Both came into the game when it was still tight. While they made their mistakes, they also added a real spark to the offense with their highlight reel passes. Stoglin finished with 15 points, five assists, and two steals. Howard finished with just five points, but had eight assists and three steals. Both looked capable of not only playing quality minutes, but of pushing Bowie for his starting spot. Meanwhile, Mychal Parker showed his tremendous athleticism, Berend Weijs showed his knack for blocking shots, and Haukur Palsson showed the kind of hustle that will endear him to Gary Williams and the fans alike.

The Terps still have a ways to go in order to consider themselves among the upper-echelon in the ACC. One thing is for sure, they definitely won’t resemble Pepco in winter – lacking electricity. There will be growing pains, for sure. But Maryland will be exciting to watch, especially as the young guns continue to grow together. Buckle your seat belts and make sure your shells are securely fastened Terp fans; it’s going to be a wild ride.

By Rick Nelligan  | November 9, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
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helluva game.

Posted by: Matte | November 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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