Maryland Men's Basketball blowout Oakland 80-50

Andy Kwong

The Maryland Terrapins started the game slow yet again, being up only two points with 2:44 remaining in the first half. Afterwards the Terrapins kick started their engines and went off finishing the first half on an 11-0 run. They carried their momentum into the second half, blowing out the Oakland Golden Grizzlies by a final score of 80-50.

Oakland Golden Grizzlies had a lot of highlight moments, led by senior forward Xavier Hill-Mais. He led the team with 18 points but everyone else on the roster struggled to find a rhythm against the No. 7 Maryland Terrapins.

Three Key Takeaways:

1. Terps were the better sharpshooters

Maryland was clearly the superior team out on the court when it came to the accuracy of their shots. They made 30-of-57 (52.6 percent) field goals whereas the Grizzlies were only 19-of-52 (36.5 percent). Entering the game, the Grizzlies accuracy from behind the arc was around 10 percent higher than that of the Terps. The tides turned for them as they struggled to get anything going from downtown, converting only 28.6 percent of their shots. The Terps were not that much better, making 30.8 percent of their three-point attempts. 

From the free throw line, the Terps were dangerous. Though Mark Turgeon would like to see more of their free throws to be converted, they made 12-of-17 attempts. The Grizzlies could not get anything going, making only 6-of-15 attempts. These are probably the easiest points teams can get and the Terps took advantage of their struggles by constantly sending the Grizzlies to the line.

2. Maryland had more chemistry

Home-court advantage certainly made it difficult for the Grizzlies to get anything going, attempting shots they probably should not have. Players all over the Terps roster did a good job distributing the ball, led by their star forward Jalen Smith and freshman Darryl Morsell with seven assists each. The team finished with 19 total assists compared to the Grizzlies' 11 assists. The Terps could not have played any better defense today, blocking six shots and making 10 steals.

3. Limiting Turnovers

The one thing that hurt the Grizzlies more than their ineffective attempts to score was the turnovers. Maryland forced the Grizzlies into making 19 turnovers. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon preaches ball security and establishing momentum early in games. They forced the Grizzlies into making too many mistakes, giving the Terps significant advantage throughout the afternoon at the Xfinity Center. The Terps only have 13 turnovers as a team.

Mark Turgeon is building a quality men's basketball team at the University of Maryland. Today was a day where almost everyone one the roster made their mark in the blowout victory over the Grizzlies. From the starters to the bench players, this team outplayed and outcoached their opponents. The Terrapins have improved their record to 3-0 on the season and they hope to continue their streak going as they host the Fairfield Stags on Tuesday.

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