College Park, Md. – Maryland came in to tonight focused on defeating Longwood, which they did soundly. However, the real concern shifts to the game at Boston College on Saturday. The game tonight was merely a formality.
Maryland will look to avenge a home loss back in December when they travel to Boston this weekend. The Terps fell at home 79-75 behind 13 three-pointers by Boston College. Coming in to tonight’s game Maryland ranked 5th in total defense (according to KenPom.com), but just 61st in 3-point defense.
The Boston College game will be the first leg of a two-game road trip. The second leg sees the Terps traveling to Blacksburg and taking on Virginia Tech. All of Maryland’s remaining home games are winnable games. The Terps need at least a split of their remaining four road games (against BC, Tech, UNC and Miami).
The game against Longwood tonight saw no players play more than 25 minutes. Something Coach Gary Williams stressed would help in practice leading up to the Boston College game. Sean Mosley had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Hawk Palsson had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists with his best game in a Maryland uniform.
Overall, only Jordan Williams had what could be considered a “disappointing” evening. Williams was in foul trouble early, but still managed to play 21 minutes. Williams had 9 points and 11 rebounds. No double-double against a team without a player above 6’6″ counts as a disappointment in my book. Still a productive evening nonetheless.
Big games against bad teams won’t mean much come March if the Terps cannot find a way to win on the road these next few weeks. When asked if he could learn anything from blowout wins against Wake Forest and Longwood, Coach Gary Williams responded “We’ll know Saturday”. This much is true, we will find about the Terps on Saturday against Boston College.