Terps flag sadly lowered to half staff

Terps students unfurl a giant MD flag at the UNC game.

Terps students unfurl a giant MD flag at the UNC game.

We entered the Comcast Center on Wednesday with our hopes held high, a jacked-up crowd buzzing with anticipation of a glorious finish and a charge into the NCAA Tournament.

We left with a huge whooshing sound (the air being let out of our balloon.)  All of the bad shooting, turnovers, and inconsistent defense exemplifying the Terps down portion of their roller coaster season was on display in the worst way against North Carolina.

Now we’re faced with the prospect of needing to win their final ACC game at Virginia and win the ACC tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament, the odds are long.

Looking forward:

The lessons learned from fighting thorough adversity with a very young team and getting close should reap benefits in the years to come.  While the season is not over, the Terps can start to look to next year and must address four critical needs.

1) Get a true point guard; someone who is a natural at the position, who won’t turn the ball over, who can push it up with speed, and who can make an entry pass to the post.  Even a talented freshman would be a badly needed upgrade.

2)    Develop more of a low post presence.  Folks lament the fact that Alex Len might leave for the NBA, which would be a mistake on Len’s part from a playing skill level, but maybe not from a monetary standpoint.  If he goes, big bodies Shaq Cleare and Charles Mitchell will capably fill in, and probably generate more offense, because both have more coordination and bulk then the lanky Ukrainian.  If Len stays, hopefully he’ll get some coaching and develop a low post move.

3)  Improve outside shooting.  Nick Faust, Seth Allen, and Jake Layman should take a lesson from Virginia Tech’s Erick Green, who worked in the of fseason to improve his shooting by making 20,000 jump shots.  Now he leads the nation in scoring.  What a work ethic!

4)  Schedule big tests early.  The 2012 tune-up schedule was a joke and the prospect of joining the B1G in 2014 is no joke.  The nucleus of a solid team is there but they require quality opponents early in the schedule to build seasoning.  A few early losses against good teams means nothing as long as you learn from it and excel in your conference games.

Looking forward to winning at Virginia on Saturday and gaining some valuable experience in next week’s ACC Tournament.  Here We Go Maryland Here We Go!

About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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