Terps end O.O.C. play 12-1; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

On Saturday, the University of Maryland ended 2012 with a win vs. Delaware State. Today, the Terrapins began 2013 with a 81-63 victory over the IUPUI Jaguars.

With the win, the Terps end their Out of Conference schedule with a 12-1 record. Maryland will begin Atlantic Coast Conference play Saturday at home vs. Virgina Tech.

The Good:

1) Mitchell got the opportunity to start, coming off his outing vs. Delaware State, and apparently continued strong performances in practice. Mitchell’s first basket came on a dunk with about 7 minutes left in the 1st. Wells fell to the floor delivering a pass to Mitchell for the PF’s 2nd basket. Going across the late, Mitchell got the defense on his shoulder to score from close-in. Fouled on the play, Mitchell hit his FT as well at the 10 minute mark of the 2nd half.

2) Howard got MD on the board, hitting a 3 pointer in the first minutes of the game. He was not able to secure the ball, but Howard showed some nice  hustle going for the ball out of bounds with 7 minutes left. Howard had a steal and a layup, pushing the lead to 9 at 50-41 in the 2nd. The lead was pushed to 16, when he hit a 3 from straight on in the middle of the 2nd. He showed the hustle again later, diving into the stands with just over 7 minutes remaining.

3) With the Terps down 14-3, Allen entered the game and drilled a 3. After another IUPUI basket, Allen hit another. Scoring off a layup, Allen gave the Terps their first lead (20-19). Allen started the 2nd half. In nice control, Allen exploded for a dunk late in the 2nd half.

4) Aronhalt entered the game, and hit a 3 of his own. That pulled the Terps within 7 a 19-12. With the ball in his hands, he delivered a nice look inside to Padgett. He hit a 2nd 3 with a minute left in the half, pushing the lead to 6. Aronhalt started the 2nd half, and hit a 3 in the first minute. Seconds later, he came up with a steal.

5) Coming out of a timeout, Layman gave MD their first interior basket with just over 11 minutes left in the 1st. Layman finished a 2-1 break with a dunk on the alley-oop pass from Faust in the 2nd half.

6) Padgett cleaned up on a weak-side follow, getting the Terps within 1 at 19-18. Off the bench, Padgett had 6 points and 5 boards in the first half. Padgett started the 2nd half, and followed a Wells miss to push the lead to 9.

7) Wells provided the latest example of his athleticism, hanging in the air, and getting his shot off for his first points. He his his FT for the And 1. This capped a 14-0 MD run, giving the Terps a 23-19 lead. Pushing the ball up court, he found Mitchell for a layup as he fell to the ground. Wells had a tip follow to end the 1st half, pushing the lead to 7. Going 1×1, Wells scored easily on a 2nd half drive. Just turned the corner on his defender and went to the rim.

8) Len’s first basket came at the 5:39 mark of the 1st half. He followed a Mitchell miss to get to the line a minute later. Crushing the glass, Len followed a miss from Allen for a slam with authority early in the 2nd half.

9) Cleare’s first basket came on a short turnaround jumper in the 2nd. The next time down he had a great catch, and used his body to absorb contact and score again. Following a Layman miss, he scored for a 3rd time.

10) Faust got on the board with a 3 in the middle of the 2nd half. Nice pass from Faust to Layman on the alley-oop. He followed with a short jumper. A Faust steal led to an Allen dunk.

11) Maryland was 8 of 17 from 3. The Terps won on the boards, 34-17. Maryland was 15 of 19 from the FT line.

12) 8 Terps players had at-least 7 points.

The Bad:

1) Allen had the ball in his hands with the shot clock winding down, leading to a turnover with about 12:30 left in the 1st half. A pass behind Aronhalt, led to another unforced turnover at the 2 minute mark.

2) Maryland had 5 turnovers in the first 8 minutes.

3) 8.5 minutes into the game, the Terps had yet to score a basket in the paint.

4) Padgett got to the line (and knocked down his shots), but he should have finished the look provided to him by Aronhalt in the middle of the 1st half. A minute later, he was not ready to handle a pass from Allen.

5) Layman missed an open look from 3 at the 8 minute mark. In the middle of the 2nd half, he missed another open shot form outside. Layman bailed out on a potential charge late in the 2nd half.

6) The MD starters came back into the game following a timeout, with 7:14 left in the 1st half. IUPUI proceeded to hit 4 of their next 5 shots, including two deep 3′s over the next 3 minutes.

7) At the half, Len had 5 points, but 3 of them had come at the line. He only had 2 boards. Faust had yet to score, or do anything aside from one assist. It’s great that Maryland has the depth to handle limited production from this duo against a team like IUPUI. It remains to be seen if Maryland will be able to survive half’s where these two provide nothing against better teams.

8) IUPUI was 9 of 23 from beyond the arc.

9) Faust and Allen combined for 9 turnovers.

The Ugly:

1) IUPUI beat the Maryland press, and knocked down a 3 to take the early 5-0 lead. After Howard gave the Terps their first points, IUPUI went right back down the court and hit another 3. Another MD miss was followed by IUPUI crashing the boards and scoring again to take a 10-3 lead. Coming out of the TV timeout, the Jaguars scored again. A stolen pass and layup gave IUPUI a 14-3 lead, with 14:55 left in the 1st, and forced a timeout from Turgeon.

2) IUPUI came into this game with 7 injured players, and having suffered numerous blowouts during the year (including against Michigan, and Butler, and a 22 point loss to Oakland their last time out). Going to half time with the Jaguars only down 7 was disappointing. IUPUI shot 52% from the floor in the 1st half.

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