Playin’ Some D Babes. Terps Get Big Win vs Notre Dame

Featured, Sports and Bets — January 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm by

The Terps played their best basketball of the year during the second half  of their 74-66 win versus Notre Dame at the Comcast Center tonight.   Maryland trailed 34-25 at the end of the first half, and it looked like it was going to be another long night for the struggling Terps.  But something happened at half time.  I don’t know what it was, but something had to have occurred.  Because this team came out on a mission, a mission to stifle the Fighting Irish on their end, and to use that defensive momentum to build an offense and a lead.  Maryland came out with an 8-0 run to start the second half; a run that was sparked by Maryland forcing 3 straight turnovers and by a Dez Wells from Seth Allen alley -oop dunk.   The Terps would finally take the lead on a Seth Allen 3 at the 11:58 mark and they would never look back.  The Terps played solid defense, got good point guard play out of Allen, and Dez Wells slashed his way to the free-throw line where he would can 11 of 13 attempts.  It was beautiful.  It was the first time all season that I saw the Terps play solid, confidant basketball against a good opponent all season.  It was nice to witness.

Shaq Cleare played some quality minutes tonight, and while 7 points and 2 boards is hardly earth shattering, he seemed to have a command about himself in the paint which I haven’t seen against a quality opponent.  His spin move and finish at the 5:09 mark was Olajuwon-esque.  He converted the 3 point play, too.

Charles Mitchell rose from the dead tonight with 10 and 7.  His foul on a Notre Dame 3 pointer late in the game was really dumb, but we’ll forgive him due to his hustle, enthusiasm, and all around beast-like nature on the glass.  He  remains one of our favorites.

Seth Allen looked great.  14 points, 5 boards, and 4 assists.  Even better, he had exactly 0 turnovers.  We’d like to see the assists number go up some, but when he’s playing well, Maryland is a different team.  Let’s hope he continues to progress.

Dez Wells didn’t have a great shooting night, but he really took the game over in the second half by driving to the hoop and drawing fouls.  He scored 11 of his 17 from the charity stripe.  Wells also handled the rock a lot down the stretch.  He’s the unquestioned leader of this team.  If the Terps can find him a couple of leadership side-kicks, they may be okay down the line.

It was good to see this team respond so well in the second half tonight.  Next up: at N.C State on Monday the 20th.

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