Maryland beats the crop out of Huskers in second half to win 64-50
It was not their best game of the year, but Maryland won on Tuesday in the first part of back-to-back games against Big 10 opponent Nebraska this evening 64-50. Aaron Wiggins continues to provide much needed offensive punch to the Terps lineup that has been desperately needed this entire season with 21 points in the victory. This marks 5-of-6 games in which Wiggins has scored seventeen points or more and Maryland has gone 3-3 in those contests.
While this might not be impressive, .500 is the magic number in the final games as the season, as many bracketoloigist believe Maryland will need to go .500 in Big 10 play in order to hear their name called on Selection Sunday. With five games remaining needs to win four more games to reach that goal.
Mark Turgeon continues to use his smaller lineups in hopes of stretching the floor with Jairus Hamilton and tonight, Hamilton was “Non Stop” this evening going 6-of-7 from the floor to bucket fifteen points for the Terps. Running mate Galin Smith also came off the bench for the Terps and received only eleven minutes, in an apparent move to rest the legs of their most consistent forward.
There was a lot of sloppy basketball played tonight and Maryland was able to capitalize in the rebounding category as they outrebounded Fred Hoibergs team 42-26. Maryland would have likely outpaced the Cornhuskers by a larger margin, but the Terps had a season high seventeen turnovers at Xfinity Center.
The Cornhuskers played Maryland tough in the first half, matching Maryland’s intensity on defense and reducing Maryland to only 32 first half points. Those watching the game, realized despite the poor shooting, Maryland was the better team tonight. While Nebraska kept the game close in the first half, Maryland seemed to be putting themselves in better position with higher percentage shots throughout the evening which showed itself in the second half of play. “They made some shots early and had some though threes on us and we really locked in and played a terrific second half.” Said Turgeon.
In the second half, Maryland was able to find some consistency on offense and were able to attack the basket and get to the foul line. One of the facets of Maryland’s game that has been sneaky good lately has been their free show shooting. Maryland made 9-of-10 free throws in tonight’s game 46-of-55 in their last 5 games. With limited room for error on offense, Maryland has used the free throw line to add needed points.
Maryland will once again play Nebraska tonight at Xfinity center at 7:00.