It's no secret that Maryland has played an exceedingly weak nonconference slate to begin its 2012-13 campaign. That's the only explanation for an 11-1 team, with its lone loss suffered against Kentucky, to remain unranked.
Stiffer competition is looming ahead. In a two-week stretch from January 5th to January 19th, Maryland faces off against Virginia Tech, Miami, NC State, Florida State and North Carolina.
An unintimidating early-season schedule means the Terps won't be very prepared for these tougher foes. Included in that package of five games will be meetings with Erick Green, Durand Scott, CJ Leslie, Michael Snaer and James Michael McAdoo—a level of talent that Maryland hasn't seen since Kentucky.
Mark Turgeon and his staff will have to make some adjustments, and here are five that I believe are essential for Maryland to succeed in its second to last season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.