The Terrapins get ready to take on Stony Brook tomorrow at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the first game of the season. Tip is for 7pm.
Maryland is coming off a dominant performance against D3 Randolph-Macon College in their exhibition contest. The Terps won 88-44 after shaking off the preseason rust early on. Anthony Cowan Jr. led the Terrapins with 17 points, Darryl Morsell added 14 and stole the show with his athleticism, and Kevin Huerter tallied 12 along with 7 boards in the exhibition. The keys to take away from the contest would be that the Terps can finally play big, which they haven’t accomplished in the past few seasons. Grad transfer Sean Obi is important to this team as he is not going to be much of a scorer or playmaker, but he does the little things which Maryland has struggled with in the past. He boxes out and gets rebounds. The Terps have five solid big men on their roster this season, incuding senior Michal Cekovsky, who looks to have won the starting center role to begin the season. Obi and freshman Bruno Fernando are fighting for minutes off the bench, going against Cekovsky and junior Ivan Bender. Joshua Tomaic, who redshirted last season, performed well in the exhibition, getting minutes with Fernando out. Tomaic will most likely see the least amount of minutes out of the five, but at least he is there as a reserve in case an injury or foul trouble is to occur.
Stony Brook is coming off an 18-14 season, 12-4 overall in the America East Conference. The Seawolves are led by three players who averaged double digit scoring last year, including senior star Lucas Woodhouse. Woodhouse posted a team high 15.1 ppg and 5.1 assists per game in 2016-17.
The season is finally here for college basketball and the Terrapins kick off the 2017-18 campaign tomorrow night at 7. Maryland will have a lot of work to do in the new without Melo-era, but have some key pieces returning that can get the Terps back to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.