1) Melo Trimble must push the pace at all times
Despite shooting only 2-12 from the field, Trimble’s increased aggression in the 2nd half changed the complexion of the game. After halftime Trimble began pushing the ball in transition, often resulting in drag screens that opened up the floor for penetration. The Terps are one of the nation’s slowest teams because they have a ton of rotation big men, but they must begin to play faster if they want easier shots.
2) Robert Carter is as skilled as they come
RCJ has been better than advertised for the Terps, and against Purdue he put all of his skills on display. When he wasn’t knocking down 3’s, he was dishing out assists, blocking shots, or playing good defense. Carter Jr. should be talked about more nationally because he’s definitely playing like he deserves to be highly regarded.
3) Jake Layman, where art thou?
Let me be clear, I’m not looking for Layman to be scoring 20 points every game, but consistently disappearing during games as a senior is not a good habit. Layman finished with only 3 shot attempts (missed all of them), and didn’t make much impact elsewhere. We all know Layman is a talented player, but it’s time to leave a mark and become Maryland’s swiss army knife!
4) The Terps won an old school Big Ten game
This game was by no means a shootout, but one built on inside play, especially given the collective size of the players. Neither team shot the 3 ball well, combining to make only 7 of 43 attempts. These are the types of games the Terps need to win in preparation for a championship run.
5) Maryland’s 26 game home win streak continues
There’s a reason the streak lives on. The Terps’ faithful are loud and really supportive, giving the home team a great boost.