In case you didn't notice, there was a game today. In case you didn't notice, there was basically no talk about it on the site.
That's my bad. I was en route to North Carolina today, hit major traffic, and finally got to the beach house and got internet service set up just in time to watch the final 1:42 of Maryland's easy 72-54 win over Delaware State.
So yeah, sorry for the lack of a GameThread. It wasn't something I planned. Luckily for me, this was a laugher, not a particularly important game nor a fatal upset. Still, no excuses: I fell short on this one. Forgive me?
Anyway, a few notes from the box score, which is embedded past the jump. As always, important disclaimer: didn't see the game. I apologize for that. These notes are purely statistical, meaning they may or may not be worth anything.
- The world is upside down (good)! Cliff Tucker bounced back nicely, at least on paper. 15 points, 6-7 shooting, and, most importantly, 0 turnovers. Saga averted? I'll be a believer when he does it again against top-flight competition, but Cliff is winning me over back to the good side. Meantime, Pe'Shon Howard came back strong after two so-so games in NYC with 8 points plus 2-2 shooting from deep.
- The world is upside-down (bad)! Not so for Jordan Williams, who prevented another double-double streak with a quiet statistical showing of just 6 points and 8 boards. Oh, and the whole "Terrell Stoglin is the best point guard Maryland has" argument might've taken a hit today: 0 points, 0-5 from the floor. Don't worry about either - they've proven themselves, or at least J-Dub has - but I found it interesting.
- On the point guard battle. One game - no, box score - doesn't mean that Stoglin isn't the point guard of the future. Same as Pe'Shon Howard's shot didn't mean he was the guy of the future, nor that his average showing in NYC meant that he wasn't. Same for Stoglin's two games at the Garden. These guys are freshmen. They'll have bad days, like Pe' had earlier and Stoglin possibly had today. They'll have their good days. It's way too early to call it either way - remember, most people thought that Eric Hayes was the Blake of the future, while Greivis Vasquez was a turnover-prone tweener. I'm officially waiting it out until I can't do it anymore.
- One shooting problem: solved. I think. Terps' FT shooting:14-17. Jordan Williams': 4-6. That's good.
- Other shooting problem: maybe solved. I think. Terps' 3-point shooting: 4-11 (36%). Not really that good, but I don't think Stoglin will have too many 0-2 days.
- Dominant rebounding. Not that it should've been anything else, but this is where the game was won for Maryland: the Terps held a 39-21 rebounding advantage over the Hornets. The boards came mostly from Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory (8 apiece), but everyone pitched in.
- Speaking of Dino ... He's not a star, but he's been very solid the past few games. A double-double against Illinois is nothing to sneeze at, and providing 14 points and 8 boards, cupcake or not, is fine by me. Hopefully he can continue to improve and provide a real post/rebounding presence (of any sort) at the 4.