A Point Guard Would Take Maryland To the Next Level

By Horran Cameron
Mitch Stringer USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland Terrapins have a solid team. At the beginning of this season, they were almost victorious against the Kentucky Wildcats, but lost that game by the score of 72-69. On March 6, Maryland lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 79-68. The problem with the Terrapins is that they lack a distributor. Although they are competitive, they lack focus and direction at times.

Maryland has won a couple of big games this season. On Jan. 16th, they beat the No. 14 ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack, 51-50. A month later, they beat the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils 83-81. Maryland beat N.C. State due to scrappy play. They played stifling defense that yielded a poor shooting performance by the Wolfpack. Against Duke, the Terrapins dominated the game with Dez Wells playing the role of the distributor on offense. In fact, he came close to finishing the game with a triple-double since he had nine points, seven assists and seven rebounds against Duke.

Maryland is at their best when they have a distributor. Wells would probably be the best candidate, but maybe Pe’Shon Howard would be too. However, both of these players are needed for their scoring. Nick Faust is another likely candidate to assume point guard duties, but this is not his natural position either.

Maryland has shown the capability to beat good teams this year. However, having a point guard brings everything together on offense. They have five guys on the floor who are not in sync with one another. This is what the point guard does. The point guard is the floor general who sets up the offense and tells players where they should be.

Right now, Maryland is in a position where they have to win the ACC Tournament in order to earn a bid the NCAA Tournament. Although this is possible, there is a slim chance to none that it will happen. If someone steps up to become the distributor similar to the Duke game, then most likely the same result from that game will occur: a victory.

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