Maryland Trounced at Home on Senior Day

Maryland lost to Michigan on Saturday 85-61. The Terps came into the game riding high off their first consecutive wins and road win since December. A win against a highly-ranked Michigan, whom they nearly beat on the road, would at least re-enter the Terps’ name into NCAA tournament discussions.

The game was close at the start, as Maryland turned over the Wolverines at a high rate and made shots. They led the wolverines 12-11, before a 25-7 run that took the Terps, and the fans out of the game. The run continued, as Michigan finished the first half on a 43-12 run. Maryland narrowed the gap a few times in the second half, but failed to get closer than 19 points. Seniors Jared Nickens and Dion Wiley both finished their careers on a whimper.

Michigan is a very good team who will likely make a run in both the conference and NCAA tournaments. Their star player Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rachman shot 6/13 from 3 to score 28 points on the day, including 19 in the first half. Freshman Jordan Poole put on a show, making tough shot after tough shot. he eded up 3/5 from 3 for 12 points.

Once again, Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter Shouldered the point-scoring for the Terps’ unbalanced offense, scoring 17 and 12 respectively. The starting lineup contributed 7 of the teams’ 11 turnovers. Jared Nickens and Dion Wiley scored 7 total points on their senior day, on 3/14 shooting.

Highlights:

With the regular season now complete, Maryland turns its hopes to the conference tournament this week. To make the NCAA Tournament, the Terps will have to win 4 games in 4 days against some stiff competition. Their first matchup is set for Thursday at noon on Big Ten Network against Wisconsin.

 

Jeremy Train

Jeremy Train is a Junior Psych major with a business minor at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has been writing for Maryland Sports Blog since January 2017 and has since been made editor as well. Jeremy used to work as an usher for the Orioles along the first base line in the lower seating bowl.

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