In early February, then-No. 4 Maryland defeated Nebraska in Lincoln in a narrow 70-65 win. At the time the Terps had just two losses in conference play and three in total on the season, but as was typical for the rest of their season, they made what was supposed to be an easy win difficult.
Over the course of the season Maryland has had many of the same problems on both ends of the court and against the Huskers it was no different. Here are a few GIFs to highlight some key points from the Terrapins' win.
Fast-forward five weeks and Maryland sits No. 257 in turnover percentage. It's and issue the Terps never fixed.
Maryland committed 18 turnovers against the Cornhuskers, which kept the inferior team around until the final minutes despite shooting an awful 21-for-66 from the field, good for just 32 percent. Maryland shot 51 percent from the field but took 17 fewer attempts due in part to their issue with turnovers but also this next issue.
Melo Trimble and Robert Carter had four turnovers each, and Jake Layman and Diamond Stone had two each.
2. Offensive rebounding
Plug in just about any opponent and rebounding has been an issue for the Terps. Against Nebraska -- a team that starts no player taller than 6'8 -- Maryland allowed 16 offensive boards and 15 second-chance points. 6'5 Shavon Shields grabbed five on his own.
3. Melo Trimble shot well
This was before Trimble hit a wall offensively, and in vintage Melo form, he dropped in 20 points on just seven field goal attempts. Getting to the foul line was key, as Trimble made seven of his nine attempts there.
More importantly was his stroke behind the arc, though, where he was 3-of-5. As he has for most of career, Trimble kept the Terrapins around.
4. It was a block party for Diamond Stone
He had eight of them, doing his all as a rim protector. To go along with 16 points and 10 rebounds, the freshman neared a triple-double in well-rounded play.
The Huskers defended Stone similarly to Indiana, doubling down in the post at times, but he made it work and proved truly impactful on the opposite end of the court as well.
That's the story from these teams' first go-around. We'll see what's written – and GIF'd – about the second.