Terps Make “Minor 4” With Squeaker At Bama

Featured, Sports and Bets — March 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm by

The Maryland Terrapins finally beat a good team on the road.  Maryland did just enough to hold off Alabama Tuesday night  to earn a trip to Madison Square Garden for the NIT’s “Final Four”.  It was a hideous display of basketball as Maryland tried desperately to give the game to the Crimson Tide, but thankfully Alabama refused to take advantage of the Terps’ generosity.  Alex Len played very well scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 boards, but his two missed free throws with 27 seconds left helped set up some last second dramatics.  Alabama had possession in the waning seconds of the game, down by only one, but Len blocked a Rodney Cooper lay-up with just three seconds left.  Alabama had one more chance, but again refused to take the lead, as Trevor Lacey’s potential game winner fell short.  The Terps had escaped with a 58-57 win and punched their ticket to New York.

This game was a great victory for the Terps, but damn they can be tough to watch.  The turnovers are just brutal and even with the injury to Seth Allen, Coach Turgeon refused to rotate into a big line-up, despite Maryland’s decisive size advantage.  Alabama plays great half-court defense, especially on the perimeter, so the turnovers were to be expected, but I still can’t figure out why Maryland refuses to play big-boy basketball when matched up against four guard sets.  Ultimately it worked out, as the Terps will live to play another day, but I still don’t get it.

I am now becoming mildly excited about Maryland’s little post season run.  It seems the Terps are finding some mental toughness lately and that’s good to see.  Hopefully this march through the minor tournament circuit can give this Maryland basketball team some confidence moving forward. It would be great to win this N.I.T. thing.  But next year, it’s gotta be NCAA or bust.



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