Terps Finish The Regular With A Gritty Road Win At Nebraska.

Sports and Bets — March 8, 2015 at 11:16 pm by

Folks, your Maryland Terrapins have now won seven straight college basketball games to finish the regular season.  This latest victory, a 64-61 nut-cruncher in Lincoln, Nebraska, put Maryland’s character on display, most notably the basketball character of Maryland’s Big Three: Melo Trimble, Jake Layman, and Dez Wells.

Jake Layman, who was said to be fighting an illness, stepped up his defensive game to the highest its been all season.  Layman had three blocks on the night, but his swat seemed everywhere.  He challenged a lot of shots close to the rim and he was out on threes when he was taken away from the hoop.  And though he was only 3 for 9 from the field he had a nice dunk from a Wells inbounds, and he hit a key three to cap off the Terps’ crucial 10-0 run mid-way through the second half.  He also hit all four of his foul shot opportunities. Solid effort from the junior forward.

Then there was Melo. We all know Melo is smooth as all hell.  He is efficient, tough as nails, and he never seems to get rattled. His line (21 points/7 Boards/ 4 assists) shows his all around game and strength.  Melo was absolutely killing Nebraska going to the hoop.  Trimble makes finger rolls, scoop shots, and lay-ups with opponents draped all over him look easy.  He can finish with the best of ’em and he draws contact better than any guard in the Big 10.  Tonight, besides hurting Nebraska while driving to the hoop, Melo really drove the dagger home at the foul stripe.  Trimble shot 9 of 10 from the line.  He’s a pick your poison guy.  Let him finish and it’s two or foul ’em and it’s two.  He’ll hurt ya either way.

And Dez.  This is Dez….

 

And so was the last big jumper of the game with a little over eleven ticks left on the game clock and four ticks left on the shot clock.  Everybody watching, listening, announcing and playing in the game knew that Dez Wells was going to get the ball.  But that didn’t matter.  Dez wasn’t going to be denied.  He received the inbounds, turned, and hit a jumper right in Terran Petteway’s grill.  That put the Terps up three, and there would be no overtime as Nebraska’s last ditch effort was complete doo-doo.

Other Game Notes

The first half was choppy and brutally officiated.  It was hideous basketball.  I now know why so many Big 10 games are slowed down and physical.  It’s because a lot of them are officiated that way.  The refs were much better in the second half, but they were too involved early.

Dez finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double in a row.

Richaud Pack was jawing a lot with Terran Petteway.  Pack was D-Up on Petteway a lot. Petteway is a great player, he had 19 tonight, but due to all his shit talking, it was especially sweet when Wells mopped that jumper in his eye at the end of the ballgame.

Varun Ram got stats tonight!  He got stats!

BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Varun Ram, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0

Next Up:  It’s onto Chicago for the Big 10 Tourney.  Terps are a 2 seed and they don’t play til Friday.

Let’s Go Terps!

stats: espn

cover pic: philly

 

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