- N. Korea wipes Kim Jong-un uncle from Web
- Man arrested in car bomb plot at Kansas airport
- Prison inmates take up ‘Knockout’ game, target female officers
- U.S. Army hails success with drone-shooting laser
- John Kerry: Israel-Palestinian peace deal paved for April
- India diplomat who touts women’s rights busted for $3 wage to nanny
- MSNBC host Ed Schultz paid $252K by unions in 2012-2013
- Korean War memorial ordered to take down Christian cross
- Billy Graham near death, ‘close to going home to be with the Lord’
- SeaTac, Wash.: City’s new $15 minimum wage heads to court
Maryland’s 2nd half vs. Northwestern a glimpse of what could be
Terps were firing on all cylinders
EVANSTON, Ill. — Forget the defensive shortcomings Maryland exhibited against Lafayette. Ignore the slog in the Terrapins’ victory over Georgia Southern.
And please, by all means, pay no mind to Tuesday’s careless first half against Northwestern.
It was the 20 magisterial minutes the Terrapins authored to close out a 77-57 defeat of the Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena that demonstrated just what Maryland might prove capable of as it delves deeper into the season.
“If we play hard every time like we did tonight, I think we’re going to be good,” center Alex Len said.
This is not hubris, not braggadocio from the soft-spoken sophomore. This is reality, one buttressed by the best half the Terps (5-1) summoned in the season’s first month.
They shot well after the break, 66.7 percent from the floor. Maryland, which had massive turnover problems when it wasn’t foolishly hoisting bad shots, had only four giveaways. It throttled the Wildcats on the glass, and it found graduate student Logan Aronhalt for some zone-busting 3-pointers when it wasn’t pounding Northwestern in the paint.
“They stuck it to us in the second half,” Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said.
The seeds of a dangerous team — if not a truly resplendent one then surely a bunch capable of toppling anyone on the right night — are there. Len’s value is more readily recognized each game, a skilled big man who is nearly impossible to contend with at both ends of the floor.
Yet it’s not all about him. Aronhalt’s shooting is a weapon Maryland requires to open up space inside. James Padgett is more adept at exploiting opportunities. Pe’Shon Howard returned from knee surgery with a penchant for fewer turnovers. Dez Wells remains a do-everything option.
The pieces are slowly beginning to coalesce, and the picture late Tuesday evening in the Chicago suburbs was even more promising than what the Terps offered in their season-opening loss to Kentucky.
“I’ve got a good team,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “We haven’t played like it all year until tonight, but we have good players. Nothing out of Seth tonight, and we all know how good Seth [Allen] is. Nothing out of Jake Layman, and we all know how good Jake Layman is. The good thing is we have the luxury of finding the right guys each night to plug in instead of going with the same six or seven we had to this year.”
There are caveats worth mentioning. Northwestern (6-1) was at a severe athleticism deficit, one Maryland was neither patient nor smart enough to pick apart in the first half. The Wildcats showed little interest in offensive rebounding, a bit of an issue when a team shoots 34 percent and takes nearly half of its attempts from beyond the 3-point line.
In short, it wasn’t a victory Maryland is likely to point to in March as a resume-building triumph. It was, however, proof the Terps’ optimal level is higher than what they revealed in the first five games.
“I think so, but I think we can still be better,” Aronhalt said. “Defensively, we were pretty good but we could take another step and be that much better. It’s going to be scary when we put a 40-minute game together.”
Maryland isn’t frightening on a full-time basis, not yet. It could mold itself into such an outfit as it continues to figure things out.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- George Mason's defense dissipates in 84-74 loss to Northeastern
- Maryland's Pe'Shon Howard willing to let others put ball in the basket
- At 7-5, George Mason looks on the bright side entering CAA play
- Terps beat IUPUI, set for ACC after final tuneup
- Maryland's Jake Layman shows signs of progress in freshman season
Latest Blog Entries
By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
- U.S. Army hails success with drone-shooting laser
- U.S. Navy-China showdown: Chinese try to halt U.S. cruiser in international waters
- Broncos-Chargers game ends with several stabbings
- Sheriff: Colo. school shooter kills self, wounds one
- Billy Graham near death, close to going home to be with the Lord
- Obama birther theories float as Hawaii health director killed in crash
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whisky: U.K.-born expert
- Obamas call to close Vatican embassy is 'slap in the face' to Roman Catholics
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
A politically conservative and morally liberal Hebrew alpha male hunts left-wing viper
Musings of a bilingual, agnostic, combat veteran and jewelry maker.
Topics will include politics, religion, race, culture, and anything else that needs to be discussed...
Our Choice: Individual responsibility and self-government or the abandonment of the American Revolution
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow