The University of Maryland men's basketball team secured an easy win over Holy Cross by a score of 95-71. They will be facing off the Rhode Island Rams, who got a win of their own defeating the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 76-65.
Terrapins do not have a set starting lineup but coach Mark Turgeon does have a lot of quality players to work with. Anthony Cowan, Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins, and Jalen Smith are four players pegged in to start the game. Sophomore forward Ricky Lindo Jr started last week but lost minutes to the red-hot junior guard Darryl Morsell.
The Rhode Island Rams are not a well-known team but they play in a more competitive conference in the Atlantic-10. They should provide the Terps with a more challenging game. The Terps' previous opponents in the Holy Cross Crusaders play in the Patriot League, arguably the worst in all of college basketball.
Let's take a look at the Rams' starting lineup and the challenges the Terps will have to deal with:
#11 Jeff Dowtin - Guard, Sr.
The 6-3 185-pound led the team with 36 minutes on the court. He made three of seven three-point attempts, which is 42 percent from the arc. If he has an opportunity to drain a three, he will not be afraid to take the shot. A major downside to his performance last week was he made only five out of his fourteen shots in the win. He averaged 15.3 points last season to go along with a 47.5 percent of his shots scored. The Maryland native is off to a slow start but if he can get going, the Terps will be in trouble.
#10 Cyril Langevine - Forward, Sr.
Langevine is the Rams' top player. He had a solid game last week, scoring 16 points and making 15 rebounds. He possesses great size at 6-8 230 pounds. He was highly recognized in the preseason earning First-Team All-Conference and All-Defense in the Atlantic-10 poll.
#0 Jermaine Harris - Forward, So.
Harris made the start last week but did not score a point. It looked like Rams' head coach David Cox wanted to see what both him and sophomore forward Dane Tate could do. Tate scored five points and made four rebounds. Both started off the season inconsistent but that could light a fire in Harris. There is no doubt that Cox likes the potential of both players and will see which one will have the hot hand.
#4 Tyrese Martin - Guard, So.
Martin is actually quite big for a guard (6-6 205 pounds). He was very efficient last week scoring 13 points and making eight rebounds. He made three shot from down town, making 50 percent of shots from the arc. The sophomore is becoming a well-rounded player being able to get boards, score in transition, and learning to distribute the ball effectively.
#1 Fatts Russell - Guard, Jr.
Russell is the smallest player on the team, sitting at 5-10 165 pounds. He currently leads the team in scoring with 18 points and is the best distributor on the team with seven assists. He averaged 14.2 points last season and is expected to make an even bigger leap this year. He has become on the leaders of this team.
Prediction: This should be a very close game that will likely be decide in the last two or three minutes of the game. Dowtin, Langevine, and Russell are their powerhouse players. They have displayed good chemistry over the years but they will have to travel to the Xfinity Center in College Park, MD. The Rams will keep it close but Mark Turgeon's Terps should come out victorious. 77-68 Terps.