Looking to bounce back from two consecutive road losses that were must-have games, the Maryland Terrapins will face the North Carolina State Wolfpack for the only time this season Sunday evening. To give off some positive vibes, the Terps will even honor former guard Greivis Vasquez before the game.
In their last two games, Maryland has struggled defensively which isn’t good for a team that has been uneven on offense this season. Sean Mosley was terrible Tuesday night showing no confidence in his shot. Mosley is a microcosm of the Terps’ season, very good defensively but can be awful at times on the offensive end.
On the other hand, the Wolfpack has won two consecutive games, but still stand at 4-7 in conference play. Their leading scorer is Tracy Smith who averages 14.3 points per game. Smith will have the task of dealing with sophomore forward Jordan Williams. Smith can be dominant, but he has dealt with injuries this season.
A key to this game will be how well Maryland’s offense gets the ball to Williams. Williams hasn’t been very good inside the last couple games, mostly because of the other team’s defense. He will only be successful if the other players can make their outside shots.
This is a winnable game for Maryland and one they need if they want to get back in to the NCAA Tournament picture. If they lose this one, they will likely be an NIT team.