Call 911- The Terps Just Murdered Wagner 82-48

Sports and Bets — November 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm by

Too easy, babes.  We knew that the Wagner Seahawks were early season cannon fodder for the Maryland Men’s Basketball Team tonight, but it’s still nice to see the Terps run somebody out of the gym.  The Terps ran out to 10-2 early lead at the Xfinity Center and never looked back, controlling every aspect of the game from tip to final buzzer en route to an 82-48 blowout.  Yep, that was exactly what was supposed to happen, but with so many new faces in College Park, it was good to see Maryland playing fluidly and playing team basketball- something they didn’t necessarily do every night last season.

Dez Wells led all scorers with 18.  Jake Layman played a great and complete game and ended his night with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and a team high six assists. Highly touted freshman and point guard savior, Melo Trimble, had 13 points.

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Game Thoughts

This is no doubt a perimeter squad.  Look for a lot of three point attempts and look for some pressing and running and gunning as the Terps get into the meat of their schedule.  The Terps shot 54.5% from the field and shot 50% from 3-point land.  This means that Nick Faust definitely transferred.  It also means we got some shooters around here.

I like Richaud Pack.  The transfer started and was 3-4 from the field.  I know it’s just one game, but he seems to play smart basketball.  Pack banged two three’s, logged a steal, and gave good guard help on the glass by grabbing six rebounds. He also looks like a natural leader and calming influence on the floor.

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Dez Wells and Jake Layman looked in mid-season form.  Dez scared the living shit out of every Terps fan everywhere when he twisted his ankle and rolled around in pain midway through the first half. (He was fine and returned.) But he looked great sporting the number 44 and dominating the floor when he was on it. Dez is the man, obviously, but Jake has bullied these little programs before and then been sporadic (And sometimes just awful.) when the big dogs pulled into town.  If Jake can put it all together this season, well, that would simply be huge for this basketball team.

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Dion Wiley had 8 points off the bench.  Jared Nickens had 5.  Both freshman looked smooth and ready to log considerable minutes.

All-in-all the Terps looked great, albeit against a lesser opponent.  But I liked the way they shared the basketball and I liked the hustle play of the big men Damonte Dodd and Jon Graham.  This will be an exciting team to watch grow and move forward during the season.

Monday night the Terps’ season continues versus Central Connecticut State.

stats: ESPN

cover: diamondbackonline.com

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