Maryland looked to improve their skills in preparation for the ACC schedule only to be derailed by a William and Mary team that seemed to want it more. William and Mary stuck around most of the first half and ended up taking control early in the second to top Maryland 83 – 77. Maryland will look to bounce back Sunday against University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
The Terps are struggling a bit now and it seems to be coming from the defense. There really isn’t any problem scoring points for the Terps, but at the same time, they can’t stop others from scoring. Again, the Terps are allowing teams to shoot a ton of threes. William and Mary ended with an 8 -23 shooting stat from beyond the arc, but it was their 6 -13 ratio that held them close in the first half. Their second half percentage was 2 – 10, but it was more from poor shot selection than anything else.
Key contributions came from Milbourne (19pts/10brds) and Vasquez (26pts/6assts) as well from Jordan Williams (8pts/8brds). Milbourne has been Maryland most consistent starter all year and poses problems for most opponents at that position. He can step out and hit threes, score under the basket and make his jumpers from 10 -13 feet away from the basket. Jordan is looking more comfortable by the game and is starting to be more reliable under the basket.
As the Terps approach their ACCschedule, they are going to need to contain teams on the outside and out rebound. Their rebounding has been good, but it needs to be better if they want to improve on their +2 rebounding advantage. These two areas are guaranteed to be problems the whole year and will sink Maryland come tourney time if they cannot improve. Right now, the Terps are playing teams that they should be beating and padding their record. Look for Maryland to have strong effort in their last game before they hit their ACC schedule.