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In the four games since the ACC-opening route of Virginia Tech, Maryland is averaging 53 PPG.
While others have had their hands in the offensive struggles -- Len not asserting himself enough, Wells erratic at times, etc -- it's not difficult to diagnose the primary cause.
In those games, Maryland's four guards (not including the swingmen, Layman and Wells) have shot 26 of 103 from the floor (25.2 percent), recorded 17 assists and 26 turnovers and made 11 of 52 threes (21.1 percent).
With Howard, again, it's impossible to say what's happened. He's never been a superstar, but he's shown the ability to be a solid "caretaker" type of point guard who can make things happen for teammates and hit a shot here and there. I don't know if it's the injuries or something else, but his confidence is not there. He looks tentative even when making a simple pass and is really loose with the dribble too often. I don't know what the answer is here.
Allen is going to be a streaky shooter all year. That was expected. He struggled early today and then appeared to lose some confidence and couldn't hit a shot, including a short-armed layup.
Aronhalt has cooled off some, going two of 12 from three-point range in those four games. I believe he'll shoot better down the road, but I also think the speed of ACC play has hurt his ability to spot up and knock down shots a bit. He doesn't have a lightning quick release, and guys guarding him have been able to rush him a bit. But he's also missed several open ones. This is probably the least of the concerns among the guards.
Faust, I think, is mentally stuck between being a wing and a point guard. He's usually either just making a safe perimeter pass or driving furiously to the hoop. There's not much in-between. His jumpshot has looked a bit better at times, but he's streaky. Seems like he needs that first one to go down or else it's a long day.
You've also got to keep in mind that two of those guys are playing the first ACC ball of their careers, one is an athletic but raw sophomore and the other is a junior coming off multiple injuries, who wasn't highly recruited in high school. When you add in a really young frontcourt, I don't think it's as easy to put up points as some might think.
This post was edited by JeffErmann on 1/19/2013 at 1:37 PM
Other than that, how was the play, Mrs.Lincoln?
Building my entire life around Maryland sports probably was a mistake
I'm sick of the negativism around here. You can say that the glass is 1/16th full, but you guys go right to "the glass is 15/16ths empty" meme. Think positive, people!
I agree that Pe's decline is puzzling. I thought that he would be a rock solid if physically limited floor general who would steady a young team and get us in the plays, and maybe hit an occasional three. But he has played afraid since Snaer dominated him defensively in FSU; he was awful against Miami, pretty bad but with a few moments that he could build on in NCSU, and just an outright detriment today. Four games is enough. I would drop him from the rotation altogether.
Faust has a mediocre handle and poor basketball IQ and makes rash decisions, usually resulting in an offensive foul. To me, he should play back up point guard and split minutes on the wing with Aronhalt and Layman.
I would give the ball to Allen for 30 minutes at the point. He has the best handle; he can create; and he is sporadically a good passer, although he does not look to kick out the ball enough on the drive. I think he does not understand the defenses he is seeing or proper entry passing techniques, but that is coachable, and I would rather suffer with him as he learns than go with a no-future bandaid of Faust at the point.
Wells has to play 30-32 minutes, despite the maddening unforced errors.
Aronhalt just has to deliver from deep or sit. He missed some potential momentum turning wide open shots today, and has been cold in the last 4 games.
Layman was anxious and distracted today. I would like him to get opportunities still but he has to get mentally tougher if he wants to play.
Padgett is way worse than he was last year;I don't see the offensive boards he got last year. Just a nonfactor. It seems he could not handle the internal competition and he shrank after being benched. Another guy I would reduce to spot minutes absent fould trouble. Maybe use him in the ends of games if we need post defense, although Cleare is better at that.
Mitchell shows good energy on the offensive boards, but he is a poor defender and does not box out on the defensive end. Cleare was unfocused today, and I prefer him off the bench. I don't like the substitutions where Len and Cleare are both out of the game.
I would be on Len pretty hard if I were Turgeon. You are 7-1 and you get 5 rebounds in 31 minutes; you fumble away passes and get stripped repeatedly, including by 160-lb pound Marcus Paige; you fail to body up on McAdoo; and you make major mental lapses in hedging on great 3 point shooters. He was awful today.
Some things I would like to see offensively:
1. Most of our plays are designed to get the ball down low to our bigs or to generate 3 point shots, but neither our bigs or our shooters are converting. We don't ever seem to hit guys cutting to the hoop.
2. We don't take advantage of the height advantage Faust and Layman often have. Can we run some screens to get them posted on the low block?
2. I think we also need some curls to get them 15 foot jumpers.
This post was edited by amenchorus on 1/19/2013 at 2:27 PM
Ugh, you just reminded me Pe is a junior
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