Dez Drops 33, Brings Terps Back From The Dead

Featured, Sports and Bets — December 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm by

It has been a rough start for the Maryland Terrapins basketball team.  After Ohio State embarrassed the Terps on national TV, George Washington joined the early season beat down party by handing Maryland their second straight loss.  And sorry folks, the Terps should never, and I mean never, lose to G.W.  But it’s been that kind of year for Mark Turgeon’s Terps, and the natives are getting a little restless.  Some alums and long time fans are already calling for Turgeon’s job, despite the huge recruiting class that is coming next season.  It seems interest in Maryland basketball is extremely low these days as well.  The Terps desperately needed someone to step up, and they desperately needed a win.

Which brings us to Dez Wells.  Wells has been and up and down performer in his time with the Terps.  He can be brilliant, and even unstoppable offensively at times, but he also has his stretches where he looks extremely ordinary.  A lot of that can be attributed to Wells being forced to play the point in the absence of a true point guard, as well as a lack of pure shooters around him to keep defenses from collapsing on his drives.  Yet there is no doubt that he is the best player on this team, and when it’s going good for Dez, it is going real freakin’ good for the Terps.  Maryland needs Dez to be special until either Seth Allen comes back or until Roddy Peters gets adjusted to the college game, or until the calvary charge of talent comes next year.  That might be a lot to ask, but the Terps are asking it anyway.  Last night Dez answered the call with authority.  Wells scored a career high 33 to lift Maryland past Boston College 88-80, in Boston, which has been a town of horrors for the Terps in the past.   Dez was clutch, scoring 18 of those 33 within the game’s last 7 minutes. Now that’s how you carry a squad.

A lot of Dez’s success last night can be attributed to Roddy Peters playing substantial quality minutes.  Peters played 26 minutes and scored 14 points on 5-8 shooting, while dishing out 3 dimes.  Peters looked the best he’s looked all season (despite his 3 turnovers and 1:1 assist / turnover ratio).  His development allows Wells to play the 2, where he belongs.  Peters’ being productive is the key to Dez’s success.

Jake Layman also played well last night, netting 13 points and hitting two 3 point buckets.

Charles Mitchell only registered 17 minutes.  I can’t figure out how a guy that hustles so hard and is so good on the glass can only get 17 minutes, but maybe that’s just me.

Next Maryland takes on Florida Atlantic on Saturday at 2 p.m.  Let’s hope the Terps come out tough and quick instead of lazy and slow starting.  They really need to win these next 4 non-conference games at home before ACC action picks back up with Georgia Tech on January 4th.

Let’s Go Maryland!

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