He certainly showed his shooting range and athleticism in the way he got after a few shots – including to block one flying out to a 3-point shooter – and ran the floor.“Coach talked about it, being more aggressive on the boards, get stronger and block shots,” Len said.
While Duke’s Mason Plumlee is still considered the best big man in the ACC, it will be interesting to see how Len’s game evolves in the next three weeks before the Terps head down to Cameron Indoor Stadium. The NBA scouts will continue to be in attendance at all of Len’s games given how he is being mentioned as a certain lottery pick in the spring.
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Turgeon said Friday that he expected Virginia Tech guard Erick Green, the ACC’s leading scorer and the No. 2 scorer in the country at more than 24 points a game, to get his share on Saturday. Green did, finishing with 28 points on 8 for 18 from the field and 10 for 11 from the free-throw line. But as Turgeon hoped, the Terps made Green work for everything he got.
“He is good. He reminds me of Terrell [Stoglin],” Turgeon said. “I didn’t let Terrell go like that – if I did Terrell would have gotten 30 a game. He is hard to guard. We have play him again. We will have to guard him a lot better if we want to beat him on the road. I thought we did a good job on [Robert] Brown and [Jarrell] Eddie.”
The one thing that surprised me was that even without Faust, considered the team’s best shutdown defender when he wants to be, the Terps did a good job early on Green and didn’t allow him – or the Hokies – to get off to a fast start.
Green didn’t take a shot for nearly the first 4 ½ minutes, after the Terps had jumped out to a 15-6 lead. I figured Faust was going to play Green, but Pe’Shon Howard did a pretty good job setting the tone defensively on him and had help later from Wells, Allen and even Layman.
A fan’s frustration
You knew there would be some Hokies fans at Comcast Center on Saturday. You heard one during the national anthem give a shout out to Green. But how about the guy sitting a few rows behind the media section, who voiced his lament when Green went hard to the basket and the fan thought he was fouled?
“C’mon ref, that’s not a foul? We [stink] bad enough. We need all the calls we can get,” the fan yelled.LOOKING AHEAD
The Terps will try to tie the school record of 14 straight wins – set by the 1931-32 team led by Louis “Bosey” Berger, Maryland’s first all-American – when they play Wednesday night against Florida State. The 9-5 Seminoles, who lost their season opener at home to South Alabama and also lost at home to Mercer this season, are coming into College Park after winning their ACC opener at Clemson on Saturday, 71-66. Florida State won despite Michael Snaer, the ACC’s third-leading scoreer, going scoreless in the first half and finishing with just eight points.