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American University Eagles vs. Maryland Terrapins

Game Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Comcast Center

All-Time Series: Maryland leads 11-1

It's been quite a week for me (computer crashed, installed Linux...very busy) but hopefully all that will be forgetten now that Maryland basketball has returned. I'm extremely excited, because the more I think about it, the more I like this team. But more on that later: here's the stats for American:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Garrison Carr 10 36.0 6.1 16.4 37.2 3.3 10.0 33.0 2.7 3.1 87.1 0.5 2.4 2.9 1.2 3.0 1.3 0.0 2.2 18.2
Brian Gilmore 10 33.0 4.4 8.9 49.4 1.5 4.4 34.1 2.2 3.0 73.3 2.1 4.2 6.3 2.5 2.6 0.7 0.0 2.9 12.5
Derrick Mercer 10 34.8 2.9 7.6 38.2 0.6 1.8 33.3 2.3 3.2 71.9 0.7 3.3 4.0 2.7 2.8 1.2 0.3 2.8 8.7
Nick Hendra 10 22.8 2.3 5.2 44.2 0.7 1.9 36.8 1.0 1.4 71.4 0.6 2.9 3.5 2.0 1.8 0.7 0.1 1.8 6.3
Jordan Nichols 10 25.7 1.9 3.1 61.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.3 33.3 1.8 3.2 5.0 0.9 1.4 0.7 0.3 3.1 3.9
Stephen Lumpkins 10 10.3 1.6 3.2 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 1.3 46.2 1.2 1.2 2.4 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.3 1.6 3.8
Frane Markusovic 9 11.2 1.4 1.8 81.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 1.3 58.3 0.4 1.3 1.8 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.1 1.6 3.7
Frank Borden 10 20.2 1.0 3.5 28.6 0.2 1.4 14.3 0.8 1.0 80.0 0.7 1.1 1.8 1.3 1.2 0.7 0.6 3.3 3.0
Bryce Simon 1 7.0 1.0 1.0 100.0 1.0 1.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 3.0
Riley Grafft 1 1.0 1.0 1.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Steve Luptak 8 4.8 0.5 1.1 44.4 0.1 0.4 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.6 0.8 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.2 1.1
Matthew Wilson 7 3.4 0.1 0.4 33.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.7 0.6
Joe Hill 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.1 0.7 2.8 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

I don't need to remind you about last year's disappointment. But I did look at the rosters between the two, and what's changed. For American, 3 of last year's starting 5 return this year. Unfortunately, the three returning starters (Garrison Carr, Bryce Simon, and Derrick Mercer) were the three best players from last year's team, and a fourth player (Brian Gilmore), who came off the bench last year but actually played more than the other two starters, is also back. This American team is better than they were last year, so they're obviously capable of beating Maryland.

While American got better on paper, Maryland has seemingly gotten worse. They have no post presence, and made no significant additions. But there's two things there: 1) every single player improved significantly on Maryland 2) the two players Maryland lost (Gist and Osby) contributed a whopping three (that's 3) whole points against American last year. Try as they might, I don't think this year's post players could do much worse.

Let's face it, last year was an aberration. Maryland was, and still is, a better team than American. Unless there's some shocking development or the team comes out as flat as they did last year, I expect a (somewhat) easy for Maryland today - 76-60.