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Posted at 8:28 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Terps Face First True Road Test

By Liz Clarke

Maryland’s only two games on the road this season have been at a neutral site (New York’s Madison Square Garden, for November’s Coaches vs. Cancer benefit). On Wednesday, the 2010-11 Terps (5-2) learn what it’s like to play in a hostile arena when they take on Penn State (5-1) at the Bryce Jordan Center.

It’s another step in the evolution of the relatively young team, which has enjoyed spirited support from its fan base at Comcast Center in the season’s early-going (apart from an understandably tepid turnout the day after Thanksgiving). And it’s the first meeting between the teams since 1990. They have split games to date, 8-8.

Penn State is perfect at home this season (beating LeHigh, Saint Joseph’s, Fairfield, Central Connecticut State and Furman) but lost its only road game, at Mississippi, 84-71.

Senior guard Talor Battle paces the scoring (18.3 points per game) and poses a particular threat from beyond the arc. The Nittany Lions have two players from Maryland: junior guard Cammeron Woodyard of Westminster, who comes off the bench, and redshirt freshman Jonathan Graham (a 6-8 forward) of Baltimore, whose father, former Maryland standout Ernest Graham, helped lead the Terps to the 1980 ACC title and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Ernest Graham scored 44 points for the Terps against N.C. State in 1978 and was picked in the third round of the 1981 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Wednesday’s game, which is part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, is scheduled to tip off at 9:15 p.m.

By Liz Clarke  | December 1, 2010; 8:28 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Ernest Graham, Maryland basketball, Penn State, Talor Battle  
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Comments

I have a pretty good feeling about this team and a win tonight would not be a surprise. We a pretty athletic and players' roles and the rotation are taking shape. I sure hope our free throw shooting and 3 point shooting improve. It was interesting to watch UNC struggle with Illinois last night. The circumstances may have been more difficult because the Illini were at home, but we looked much better against them in the Garden than the Heels did last night. Tonight's game is a lot like last year when we had lost two games in Hawaii and then beat Indiana. We followed that with a loss to Villanova in DC. Let's hope that we can come away with wins tonight and this weekend against Temple. That would perhaps start to get us some attention and it certainly would be a confidence boost.

Posted by: petecard | December 1, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Who is LeHigh? I think you mean Lehigh University.

Posted by: bigo11 | December 1, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Is this game on tv? I'm worried down here on Tobacco Road I'll be stuck with Wake vs Iowa or some similarly awful game.

Need a Terps W tonight. Tucker & J-Dub need big games

Posted by: jpfterps | December 1, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Game is one ESPN2. Battle is a great player but I think the Terps should be able to handle PSU. 81-65. Agree with JPF -- big stuff from JW and Tucker tonight.

Posted by: OldNumber3 | December 1, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Terps playing in a hostile environment for the 1st time will be a big disadvantage for them tonight. They need to start the game well and not fall behind in the 1st half like they have recently. Inside presence by Williams will be key.

Posted by: carbon916 | December 1, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Terps will come away with a win tonight...the tests in MSQ and the pre season conditioning pay dividends...Gary's teams always come ready to play...there is no coach I have more confidence in when there is a big game to be played..period!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say it, but its time for Mosley and Bowie to be benched in favor of Stoglin and Howard. Maybe leave Mosley in favor of Stoglin who is instant offense off the bench, but Bowie must go and Mosley gotta step it up.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 1, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

That was a beat down. Boy, is Penn State bad, all they did was chuck up bricks from downtown all night. And to think, their fans started a #UMDHateWeek on Twitter. Ha! We were great defensively tonight and out of the half court... A lot of the PSU offensive boards were coming off of those long rebounds from the 3pt bricks they kept firing up.

Bowie - Much better effort in the 2nd half. Still think he should be coming off the bench, in a 2nd unit role playing the 2 guy next to Stoglin.

Mosley - Best game to date. Got a lot of tipped balls/steals on defensive, made open jumpers.

Padge - Best game as a Terp. He has been very aggressive in the post all year, a very nice sign as he'll be starting at PF next year.

Williams - Dominant.

Tucker - He is simply not effective putting the ball on the floor, he just gets out of control too easily. Love what he brings to the table, but in transition especially he needs to give up the ball.

Dino - His mid-range is LIGHTS OUT. I honestly can't believe how well he shoots the rock. Bravo.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 2, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain the high number of traveling violations called against Maryland? Is this Big Ten officiating, or did we lack focus in the first half?

Posted by: nuqzpymoxhsd | December 2, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Nuq,

I thought a lot of the traveling calls were suspicious too. On several of them (particularly on Mosley) it looked like the player never moved his pivot foot. On the other hand, it looked to me like MD players traveled without a call several times in the second half. I guess the officials just got tired of hearing Gary.

Also, what was up with the female announcer? She called players by the wrong names all night.

Posted by: acebojangles | December 2, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

That was a good win against PennSt, especially away. Curious to see the Temple game, might be a tougher test. We are getting better.

Posted by: Redtopper2 | December 3, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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