Men's Basketball Scrimmage: 3 Up, 3 Down
The Maryland men's basketball team hosted a scrimmage open to the public a few hours ago at Comcast Center, providing outside observers with their first opportunity to glance at this year's squad.
The Terrapins were divided into two teams and they played four, 10-minute games, each of which was officiated by referees.
We'll provide some stats at the end, but here's a quick evaluation of how the scrimmage went ...
1) James Padgett. The freshman forward might have been the most impressive player on the court today. He played solid defense, he grabbed rebounds and he displayed surprising deftness in the post on offense. Padgett finished with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting, and he drew praise from Coach Williams and several of his teammates.
"James is good because he has so many moves," senior forward Landon Milbourne said. "He’s an undersized post player; he’s not one of those 6-10 guys. So he knows how to get his shot off and he gives you a lot of moves, a lot of twists and turns. He’s pretty good at that. I even struggled a little guarding him today. If he can bring that onto the games when we start the season, that’d be good for him."
2) Sean Mosley. The sophomore guard shot 8 of 14 from the field for 21 points. Considering Mosley's shooting woes for most of last season, that stat line is worth repeating: he shot 8 of 14 from the field (57 percent) and scored 21 points. Additionally, Mosley seemed more assertive with the ball in his hands. He wasn't asked to direct the offense for long periods of time, but when he had a decision to make, he did so confidently, which is a marked development over his demeanor last season.
3) Adrian Bowie. The junior guard started out incredibly hot from the three-point line, making three shots from beyond the arc in the first 10-minute game. He finished the day 4 of 9 from three-point range and tallied 16 total points. Bowie started out last season with a deft long-range shooting touch, but grew inconsistent with his shot as the season progressed. If Bowie can find a way to be consistent with his long-range shooting throughout an entire season, it will bode well for the Terps.
1) Turnovers. Obviously, it's easier to play defense against players you know well and against plays you know are coming, but many of Maryland's 34 total turnovers on Saturday were the result of poor decision-making. Padgett tallied six turnovers. Greivis Vasquez tallied five. Landon Milbourne, Eric Hayes and Dino Gregory tallied four each. Certainly, the defensive pressure played a big role (20 total steals), but this will be an area worth monitoring.
2) Traveling violations. Gary Williams said traveling calls are supposed to be a point of emphasis this season, and they certainly were on Saturday. Officials blew their whistles and signalled traveling violations frequently, occassionally drawing protest from the coach. Will the emphasis on calling traveling violations hold up as the season progresses? We'll see (pencil me in as highly skeptical). For now, it's apparently something of which the Terps will need to be cognizant.
3) Injury tweaks. Sophomore forward Steve Goins went down during the fourth game and grabbed his surgically repaired knee. After lying on the court for a few moments, Goins got up and walked off the court under his own power. He was attended to by the team's medical staff on the sideline, and Gary Williams said afterward Goins "just twisted his knee a little bit." He should be okay. As for the turf toe injury to Eric Hayes, the senior guard said after the scrimmage that the toe "felt good. It's fine."
And now for some stats from today's scrimmage ...
Landon Milbourne: 18 points on 6 of 16 shooting, 11 rebounds, two steals, two assists, two blocks.
Eric Hayes: five points on 2 of 12 shooting, four rebounds, two steals, four assists.
Jin Soo Choi: 10 points on 3 of 10 shooting, five rebounds, two steals, one assist, one block.
Sean Mosley: 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting, 10 rebounds, three steals, three assists, one block.
Jordan Williams: four points on 2 of 6 shooting, three rebounds, one steal.
Greivis Vasquez: 25 points on 9 of 23 shooting, five rebounds, four steals, nine assists.
Adrian Bowie: 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists.
David Pearman: three points on 1 of 1 shooting.
Cliff Tucker: seven points on 3 of 12 shooting, three rebounds, three steals, seven assists.
Steve Goins: eight points on 3 of 5 shooting, seven rebounds.
Dino Gregory: 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks.
James Padgett: 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting, seven rebounds, two steals.
Team: shot 41 percent from the field, shot 45 percent (20 for 44) from three-point range, shot 78 percent from the free-throw line (22 of 28), tallied 32 assists, 34 turnovers and 20 steals.
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