Monday, January 30, 2006

Mike Jones, the Sweet and Sour Chicken of College Basketball

Losing to Temple was pathetic. I'm sorry, but there is just no excuse for that. I want to say that Maryland gets unlucky in that teams always seem to have their best shooting day against us, but after a while it just comes down to one thing. Maryland plays very poor half court defense. They over committ on shots and then leave other guys wide open for easy 3's. They fail to box out on many occasions and give the other team easy second chance opportunities, and the turnovers on the offensive end become easy points for the other team.

Mike Jones! What is up with that guy. He was on fire, but at the same time I have never seen anyone have more turnovers. It is not really all that helpful to your team to score 23 points but turn the ball over 6 times all by yourself. That doesn't even count all the passes that didn't get stolen, but were tipped and disrupted the offense. The guy has so much upside, but he always counters it with poor decisions as well. His stroke is sweet, his passing is sour. He's the guy that needs to step up if this team wants to make a run down the stretch.

The turnovers just need to stop. I don't know why that is so hard. Are they telegraphing their passes or something? Every team seems to be able to get in the passing lanes so easily this year against us.

Scoring isn't the problem for the Terps. Playing smart on both ends fo the court will win us some games. It's the mental errors that need to be addressed and I'm not sure these guys are capable of doing it. I have a source inside the organization that said, "These guys are just dumb." That's not good when your own people don't think you are smart enough to be a great team. The Terps are plenty athletic. They need to work on mental skills and toughness.


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