Marlyand BB: Fear the Turtle No More
Coming into this season, the University of Maryland men’s basketball team had won 131 nonconference home games since head coach Gary Williams took over the program in 1989.
Ohio University 61 - Maryland 55.
American University 67 - Maryland 59.
Just like that, the prestigious Terrapins, National Champions in 2002, have turned into the laughing stock of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The team has struggled to hang on to the ball, almost always committing more turnovers than its opponents. The Terps have also been out-rebounded on a consistent basis.
Granted, the team has started two sophomores in the backcourt, and has a frontcourt consisting of freshman Braxton Dupree, sophomore Landon Milbourne, and senior James Gist.
But these kids are playing Division I basketball—and shouldn't be held to a mere five baskets in the first half against an underdog like American.
These losses come just weeks after Maryland struggled against Northeastern, eventually defeating the Huskies 74-72 in overtime.
Maryland fell to Boston College 81-78 in the ACC opener—another game the Terps were favored to win at the Comcast Center.
There's now talk of this team not making any postseason tournament (NIT included) just five short years removed from hoisting the championship trophy in the Georgia Dome.
Maryland is a team with a history of coming up big in rival games. The Terps swept Duke and North Carolina last season, earning themselves a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Butler in the second round.
But given the way this year’s team has started, fans of the Terrapins better hope they turn it around.
If they don't, nobody will fear the turtle come March.
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