After a 7-0 start to the season, Virginia Tech continues to struggle as the calendar transition into January. The story on their conference opener at Maryland however, was not about their fifth loss in the past seven games, but more so about the Terps and their continued success.
Freshman forward Jake Layman sparked Maryland throughout the day, scoring a career-high 20 points in the Terrapins’ 94-71 victory over the Hokies.
The victory on Saturday afternoon was Maryland’s 13th win of the season and more impressively, it marked their 13th straight after a nail-biting, season opening loss to Kentucky back on Nov. 9.
While Layman paced the starters with his 20 points, it was fellow freshman Seth Allen who came off the bench to lead the team offensively. Allen finished the game with 21 points, while Dezmine Wells and Alex Len added 12 and 16, respectively.
So, another win and some equally impressive offensive numbers has Maryland fans excited about things moving forward in league play. Now, where is the national respect that they deserve?
At 13-1 on the season, the Terrapins are really beginning to come into their own. Their best victory on the season, outside of Saturday win against Virginia Tech, is probably a late Nov. win over Northwestern, so the patience on the national recognition does have its arguing points.
There is no doubt that we are going to see just what this Maryland team is made of once action heats up within the ACC, but for starters, winning 13 of your first 14 games of the season is no cake-walk. This team is young, but talented.
Maryland will try to keep their winning streak alive on Wednesday night as they play host to Florida State in a contest that once again gives the Terps an opportunity to showcase their worth.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS