Terps Win Close One Over Valpo, Will Face West Virginia In The “Third” Round!

Sports and Bets — March 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm by

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Terps move on! Anybody who has watched the Terps at all this year knew coming in that this would be a tightly contested game throughout. That’s just how Maryland has rolled this year. So anyone who is bitching how close this game was really doesn’t know what they’re talking about. This game may have been close, as it finished 65-62, but it was never in doubt. I actually started writing this in the middle of the second half, just because you had to know how this one was going to end. It was always destined to be a close game from the start, and it lived up to expectations. Easiest bet of the day is that Valpo would cover the 5 point spread.

Dez Wells was of course clutch down the stretch, getting a rebound off of Layman’s missed three, and putting the ball back up for an And 1. He finished with 14 points.

Despite not scoring until 5:29 left in the first half, Trimble also finished the game with 14 points. Fellow starting guard Richaud Pack did not score in the game, but he did look a lot like Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Chris Brown. A side-by-side comparison of the two shows the uncanny resemblance.

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Jared Nickens’ outside shooting was the key to the Terps’ offense in the first half, hitting four 3’s, accounting for all of his twelve points. He only finished with 14 points however, after making a pair of free throws in the second half. He was trending worldwide on Twitter (along with #MyMomAlwaysSaysIn4Words) at half time.

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Game Notes:

The Terps can not afford to get into consistent foul trouble if they expect to advance much further in the tournament.

West Virginia does however commit plenty of fouls of their own, and the Terps are very good at drawing fouls, and shooting free throws. This will be one of the keys to Maryland winning on Sunday.

Jake Layman was not much of a factor in this game at all. For the Terps to be at their best, Layman has to make himself more involved on the offensive side of the ball. It’s tough for him to be aggressive when he is in foul trouble, but he needs to play more physically.

Big Ev Smotrycz continues to struggle on the offensive side of the ball. He looks tentative when shooting, and just down right horrid when he puts the ball on the floor.

The Terps move on to face number 5 West Virginia on Sunday. Let’s keep the momentum going, and get a shot at Kentucky.

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