Playing against a tiny, overmatched Monmouth team, Maryland committed a season-high 24 turnovers but elevated its play significantly in the second half to secure its ninth straight victory, 71-38, before an announced 9,265 fans at Comcast Center on Wednesday night.
Comcast Center will once again be the site of mystery. For the second straight game, the Maryland men's basketball team will have an altered starting lineup when the Terps take the court Saturday at 2 p.m. against South Carolina State. And coach Mark Turgeon is keeping his potential lineup close to the chest.
Maryland, which gave three freshmen their first career starts, bolted to a big lead and overwhelmed winless Maryland Eastern Shore with its size and passing, 100-68. It was the seventh straight win for the Terps (7-1).
Freshman guard Seth Allen led Maryland (2-1) with 19 points, 16 in the second half as the Terps turned a relatively close game into their second straight blowout win. Sophomore center Alex Len continued his early-season assertiveness, finishing with 18 points.
The assumption for Maryland going into the 2012-13 basketball season was that one of the team's freshmen power forwards was going to take away many of James Padgett's minutes, and perhaps his starting job.
As obvious as it seems to state that the beginning and end of college basketball games often determine their outcome, the first half and final seconds of Maryland's 72-69 loss to No. 3 Kentucky on Friday night certainly played a huge part in the Terps leaving Brooklyn's Barclays Center disappointed rather than the talk of their sport.
Game 1: Kentucky 72, Maryland 69 @ The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y As much as Mark Turgeon hates to lose, the Terps at least gave notice that they should be solidly entrenched in the top half of the ACC this season.
With four freshmen and two eligible transfers — led by former Xavier swigman Dez Wells — Mark Turgeon's Maryland basketball team has undergone a makeover. It now seems to better reflect the former Kansas point guard's own feistiness and perfectionism.