Terps Go Cold, Lose In Big Ten Semis. But That’s Okay, Babes.

Sports and Bets — March 15, 2015 at 8:45 am by

Maryland, who beat Michigan State twice this season, couldn’t quite pull off the season trifecta in the Big Ten Tournament Saturday, as the Spartans wore down the Terps 62-58. Maryland started the ballgame hotter than Bar Rafaeli in your kitchen, hitting shot after shot and jumping out to a 16 point lead early.

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MSU would claw their back as the Terps started cool off, but Maryland still took a 33-25 lead into the halftime locker room.

Then things went completely south for the Terps.  They simply couldn’t buy a bucket.  Sure, MSU did a lot to deny Dez Wells the basketball (he only took eight shots all game long and only scored 10 points) and the Spartans ratcheted their team defense overall, but the Terps missed a ton of open shots.  As hot as they were to start the game, the Terps were just as cool as the contest wore on.

And Michigan State was able to capitalize, grinding the Terps into an eventual 62-58 loss. It was an ugly way for Maryland to bow out of their first Big Ten tournament.

But all is not lost, the Terps still have the NCAA Tournament to look forward to, and this team did set a Maryland record for regular season wins.  make no mistake, this isn’t just an overachieving basketball team.  This team features two of the best players to ever play at Maryland in Dez Wells and Melo Trimble and they are a big threat in the Big Dance.  Remember when the Terps won it all in 2002?  They lost to N.C. State in the ACC Semis.  (In the immortal words of Biggie Smalls, “I’m not sayin’, but I’m sayin'”.

Other Game Notes

Maryland only took 13 foul shots. That’s not a lot of charity opportunities. If the Terps aren’t driving to the rack and drawing contact to get to the line, they aren’t going to win.  Simple as that.

Jake Layman took only three shots and had only six points.  That’s kinda unacceptable.  He played 35 minutes and just wasn’t involved enough offensively.

Evan Smotrycz and Dez Wells both took eight shots.  That makes no sense.  Dez stopped being Dez for an afternoon.

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Maryland needs more from their bench in the upcoming tournament. Nine points (all from Smotrycz) isn’t enough.

While making the Big Ten finals may have given the Terps a shot at a two seed, and while winning the Big Ten Tournament would have given them an outside shot at a one seed (outside shot), the Terps should still come in as three seed tonight during the selection show and that ain’t nothing to sneeze at, Martha.  Losing in the semis of a conference tournament as a team that’s locked into the NCAA’s really isn’t that big of a deal.  The Terps have still won eight of their last nine and have been playing some of the best basketball in the country over the last month or so. It’s extremely difficult to beat any team three times, much less one as talented and well coached as Michigan State.  Now the Terps get any extra day of rest for the Big Dance and an extra day to focus on the next task at hand.  The NCAA’s are what matter, the conference tournaments are just fluff and a luxury item in the trophy case.  I’m already over this loss, time to focus on big-boy stuff.  Can’t wait for the selection show tonight!

Let’s Go Terps!

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