Maryland Basketball: Terps Still Have An NCAA Tournament Chance

By Gregory Philson
Maryland Basketball
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The Maryland Terrapins lost a tough game against the Virginia Cavaliers Monday. While a loss never helps build an NCAA tournament resume, there is still hope in College Park. Maryland has another game with Virginia and games remaining against the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange. Clearly, how the Terps handle those three games will determine if they will find a way to sneak into the NCAA tournament.

Maryland has been quite the anomaly the entire college basketball season because of not having a true point guard which put scoring guard Dez Wells in an unwanted and uncomfortable position. Wells did not handle his time as the point guard well and was actually benched by coach Mark Turgeon. Wells was rightfully shifted back to the two-guard, but his inconsistency continued.

Wells has shaken off those struggles for the most part to lead the team in scoring at 15 points per game and look way more confident than he did just a month ago. Maryland has won three of five games, and Wells has averaged 17 points per game on just 9.2 shot attempts per game. This is a sign of not just an efficient scorer but also one who knows where he can score best and when to set up other players. This change in Wells’ game has allowed Seth Allen to emerge as a go-to scorer. Allen starred in the Terps’ victory over Florida State over the weekend as he scored 21 of his career-high 32 points in the first half. He knocked down 7-of-10 three-pointers in his 12th game back from a foot injury. Allen’s return could not have been better timed, and now Maryland has two legitimate players who can put up big numbers in bunches.

Maryland’s road to the NCAA tournament is not easy with its remaining schedule, but the fact that Wells and Allen can both catch fire in the same game makes the Terrapins extremely dangerous. If Maryland plays well enough to get into the dance, it will be a team no one will want to face.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC college basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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