1.Blip or Trend: Bad 3-point Shooting
Maryland is a 39% 3-point shooting team on the season, but in the first two conference games, the team has only made 16 of its 51 attempts (31%). The small sample size can indicate an inconsequential slump, but it could also indicate a regression to the mean. As the season goes on familiar conference foes will test Maryland’s shooting ability (e.g. Northwestern employed a 1-3-1 zone). Good spacing is paramount for Robert Carter and Diamond Stone to operate down low.
2. Under control Sulaimon is a good Sulaimon
Rasheed Sulaimon is a fantastic athlete and a ferocious driver, but sometimes that same athleticism gets him in trouble. He often overpenetrates, leading to charges, rather than using simple, controlled moves. Against Northwestern, Sulaimon sank one of his first shots off of a shot fake and 1-dribble pull-up. That set the tone for a great night with him hitting four 3s and committing only 1 turnover.
3. Rebounding needs to be better
With four guys 6’9″ or taller in the lineup, Maryland shouldn’t get outrebounded, especially by inferior teams. The Terps are a relatively average rebounding team, and got outrebounded by Northwestern despite having a ton of chances given the Wildcats horrendous shooting night. The team’s lack of offensive rebounding may have to do with Turgeon’s system or the fact that they shoot over 50% from the field, so the opportunities are limited.
4. Melo Trimble continues his tear
The guard play across America is ridiculously good, and Melo Trimble is right there at the top. He’s been stellar as a playmaker this season, a major improvement he made in the offseason. Even after struggling to begin the Northwestern game, Trimble finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 0 turnovers!
5. Congrats to Coach Turgeon for notching his 100th victory at Maryland!