After Maryland games, we like to publish a quick recap with what we saw, some takeaways from the game and some stats. Unfortunately, the promised coverage of the game from subscription service BTN Plus did not come through, so we're going to have to deal with observations from the stats we have available. Maryland won the game, 86-52.
The Terps started with a small lineup, with Melo Trimble playing point guard, Richaud Pack at shooting guard, Dez Wells at small forward, Jake Layman at power forward and Damonte Dodd at center. A few minutes after the start of the game, Dion Wiley checked in for Trimble, moving Pack to point guard.
The newcomers scored 27 of Maryland's 36 points in the first half, led by Melo Trimble's 13 (a game-high at the time). It's a new era in College Park. Maryland's four leading scorers were all newcomers: Trimble, Pack, Wiley and Jared Nickens, in that order. Maryland brought in a number of shooters in their most recent class, and it paid off Saturday: they made 14 of 27 three pointers in the game.
Pack was particularly impressive, stuffing the box score with points, steals and rebounds. Freshman forward Michal Cekovsky was the only scholarship player not to score in the game.
Here's the full box score:
Three things we learned
1. Yes, Maryland will be going small. With power forward Evan Smotrycz out, the Terps started Melo Trimble, Richaud Pack, Dez Wells, Jake Layman and Damonte Dodd, choosing to go with a three-guard set. In the first half, Trimble, Pack and Dion Wiley combined for 29 points on 13 total shots. Pack, Wiley and Jared Nickens all made their cases for that second guard starting spot, but the edge likely goes to the senior Pack for now.
2. Start that Melo Trimble hype train. The freshman point guard led the team in minutes (27), points (19), tied for the lead in assists (5), while contributing two steals with just one foul and two turnovers. Sure will be nice to actually see him play. Which leads us to our third thing:
3. BTN Plus is horrible. The game didn't even broadcast on the subscription streaming service, leaving Maryland fans who spent money to watch the game cheated. Technical difficulties can be unavoidable, but the complete lack of communication, updates or apologies from BTN staff only added insult to injury. There will be two more Maryland games on BTN Plus this year -- next Saturday's exhibition against Bowie State and the November 20 game against Fordham. Here's hoping those issues get solved by then. Update, 6:14: An e-mail from BTN has confirmed it was an on-site issue with Maryland.