After going 13-1 prior to conference play, the Maryland Terrapins are now sputtering as they navigate their way through the ACC schedule. Early in the year when teams largely play non-conference opponents, Maryland dominated the competition; their only loss coming to the defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats. In that time span, it looked as if head Coach Mark Turgeon had found the key to success for a Maryland program that found itself struggling in the last few years of former head coach Gary Williams’ tenure. To some extent, he has found some things that work with his team.
As conference play is now in full swing, the Terps are showing a ton of potential, but they’re obviously a team that’s not ready to compete at a high level right now. Their roster is largely made up of freshman and sophomores, and they’re earning some battle scars this season. Terps fans, however, should be very excited about the future.
Despite being one team in the non-conference and another team in-conference, the Terps are still 15-6 and have a shot to make the NCAA tournament if they can turn their season around. With the exception of their game against Duke, Maryland has been competitive in each of their games thus far this season. Wednesday night’s loss to Florida State in Tallahassee surely hurt Maryland’s cause. Although Maryland dominated much of the action on the road, they let their lead slip away and allowed Michael Snaer of FSU to hit another game winning buzzer beater.
Maryland must regroup quickly, because their season is far from over.