Tired Terps Tumble Down the ACC Standings


Fatigue and sloppiness plagued the Terps in their second straight disappointing loss this week — a 78-63 setback at Miami. With little production from their bench (4 points from Jerome Burney vs. 0 points from the bench against Viriginia Tech) and foul trouble forcing James Gist to take a seat, Maryland could not generate enough intensity and energy to match the quickness of the Hurricanes. Even a new hairdo by Babbale could not provide enough of a boost to keep his batteries charged in the second half. Gary just has no one to turn to on the bench to give him a much needed breather. You could see in the body language of the Terps that they could not keep climbing up hill for the second straight game. Their iron man lineup looked like they were playing with lead in their shoes as they were repeatedly outhustled for loose balls. Even the rebounding statistic of plus seven for Maryland was misleading. It seemed that Miami had no problem getting key offensive second chances whenever they needed a boost. Hayes shot well in the first half (hopefully breaking out of his slump) … but it was not enough to even keep the score close as Miami pulled away in the final minutes. A rested Maryland team can compete with the elite for brief stretches; but over the course of 40 minutes — especially when facing some foul trouble up front — the Terps resemble turtles more than greyhounds. The NCAA seems like a longshot as the Terps stagger down the homestretch. They still will have an opportunity to shine in the ACC Tournament, but the proximity of successive games over a condensed timeframe will rather accentuate their lack of depth.