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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 02/10/2011

On heels of romp, Terps turn to home stretch

By Liz Clarke

A game as lopsided as Maryland’s 106-52 victory over Longwood Wednesday at Comcast Center is bound to include some statistical gems and oddities. Among them:

Maryland’s bench out-scored Longwood’s 42-6.

The Terps shot 65.6 percent from the field in the second half, making more baskets in the period (21) than the Lancers did the entire game (19).

Maryland crushed Longwood on the boards, out-rebounding the height-challenged Lancers, 55-28.

But a handful of more conventional stats from the game are likely to weigh more heavily as Maryland (16-8, 5-4) launches into the final seven games of its season, trying to claw its way into NCAA Tournament consideration. Among them:

4-0: The record of the starting lineup Maryland used for the fourth time this season, with the frontcourt of Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory complemented by guards Adrian Bowie, Sean Mosley and Pe’Shon Howard. After much experimentation, that seems to be the group best positioned to get the Terps off to a quick start.

10: The number of 3-pointers made by the Terps on 28 attempts. Maryland hadn’t hit that many from beyond the arc since the team crushed North Carolina, 92-71, on Feb. 7, 2010 at Comcast, with Greivis Vasquez accounting for six of the Terps’ dozen 3-pointers. While being open had a lot to do with the 3-point barrage against Longwood, the Terps’ long-range shooting, hardly a strength in the season’s early-going, has improved.

24: Sean Mosley’s minutes—the most on the team—against Longwood. The good news there is that the Terps should be rested for the tough slog ahead, with four road games among the seven remaining ACC contests, starting with Saturday’s trip to Boston College and Tuesday’s visit to Virginia Tech.

28: That’s how many assists the Terps had on their 39 field goals. It’s a season-high for Maryland. With no lights-out shooter, sharing the ball and finding the open man (along with rebounding like crazy) is essential for the Terps.

By Liz Clarke  | February 10, 2011; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  | Tags:  ACC, Longwood, Maryland basketball  
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Comments

Not on the subject of bb...When is the ACC Jerks going to release the football schedule..Every other conference has released..O i guess the turds in Greensboro think it will be a big spash

PS HEARD THAT THE ND/TERPS SEATS WILL BE 100 BUCKS A PIECE..THATS DANNY BOY...

Posted by: carolina1 | February 10, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Let's look at reality for a minute. We used the game to shoot our 3 point shooting skills and shot 10 of 28? This starting line up is 4-0 (one of those wins against Longwood). Let's have a review of who the other 3 teams were. One was Wake Forest, now that's big. Bet the other two were against UVA and another heavyweight. And our rebounding and assists were high last night, against a team who has one 6'6" starter and four others no taller than 6'2". Liz, I hope your were enjoying a fine pinot when you had to come up with your game article and this TI post. Think this game should even be counted in GW's total wins? Wonder if he will create a special blow-up of the headline to adorn a wall in his office?

Posted by: petecard | February 10, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Why can't they play like that every game?

Posted by: SirPelleas | February 10, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Petecard,

This kind of comment is why I have trouble taking your criticisms of GW seriously. I agree that this line-up's 4-0 record doesn't mean a whole lot, but why the gratuitous swipe at GW? Do you think coach K or coach Wooden removed the games they won against cupcakes from their records? Teams play cupcakes. It happens.

Posted by: acebojangles | February 10, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@acebojangles - your comment is justified but I doubt it will change anything.

@petecard - Three-point shooting aside (no question it is not a consistent strength), you have made it abundantly clear that you frown upon the scheduling of the Longwood game. I suppose you would prefer a bye week, which is the alternative. I think you're just looking for something to criticize, but whatever.

A little background on Longwood's season before you thumb your nose further at this win: they have played a grueling nonconference schedule, including seven previous games against Top 100 teams. Prior to this game, their worst loss was by 45 @Colorado (a pretty decent team). They managed smaller margins against the likes of Kansas, Marquette, New Mexico, Seton Hall, and Va Tech (the latter was a relatively tight 18-point game). We absolutely pounded them on both ends of the court, despite lots of PT for guys like Parker, Weijs, and Levent. Is it a win to hang our hats on? No, but it avoids the lull of an extended break, it highlights our continued improvement running the offense (28 assists is impressive regardless of the opponent)...and who knows, it might be a springboard for Mosley to step up offensively?

Posted by: Jeremy76 | February 10, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Two comments: @acebojangles, don't be so sensitive. That comment was in the context of the quotes by GW that (jokingly) he should retire to forever be linked with Coach Wooden. What was coach Wooden's last win? I think it was his 10th NC. @Jeremy76, no I don't want them to have a week off and I understand that everyone schedules cupcakes and scheduling isn't perfect. But, as I have said before I would certainly prefer a better match-up. And please, I really don't want to hear ANYTHING about our performance and what it means because it means nothing. No one got hurt and the highly touted Mr. Parker got 8 minutes. Oh yes, and we shot 10 of 28 from behind the arc. Good grief.

Posted by: petecard | February 10, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Petecard - I think you are the one who is overly-sensitive. Relax and cheer on the Terps. We know you have a personal vendetta against the Coach, but give it a rest. Besides, if Coach would retire how in the world would you channel your (negative) energy?

I too have been frustrated by the Terps play at times, but am hoping that they can pull it together for a good stretch run. Go Terps!!

Posted by: kevinb2000 | February 10, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Terps blow out Longwood. What's the next high school team they'll take on? Totally meaningless win.

Posted by: uconnjak | February 10, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

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