The Terps are preparing for their first evident street round of the period.
Maryland men’s ball stays impeccable on the season, as it’s falling off a 2-multi week with prevails upon Notre Dame and Illinois.
Be that as it may, the Terps didn’t do what’s necessary to keep up their spot in the most recent AP Top 25 Poll — they dropped one spot to No. 4 in the wake of being bounced by Ohio State, which has looked like the best group in the Big Ten hitherto.
Obviously, Maryland scarcely made due against Illinois, which likely added to the drop in the rankings.
“I was just disappointed by how unready we were,” head coach Mark Turgeon said Monday. “We talked about just trying to get better. There’s a lot of things that we’re not very good at right now.”
After not having a genuine street game to this purpose of the period — the Orlando Invitational was an impartial site — that will change for the Terps on Tuesday. They’re made a beeline for Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions, who were simply whipped by the Buckeyes on Saturday.
Tipoff is planned for 7 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on ESPN2.
Penn State Nittany Lions (7-2, 0-1 Big Ten)
2018-19 record: 14-18 (7-13 Big Ten)
Lead trainer Patrick Chambers is in their ninth season in charge of the Nittany Lions, turning into the longest-tenured mentor since Bruce Parkhill, who drove the group from 1983-1995. Notwithstanding posting only two winning seasons in their eight past and neglecting to make a solitary NCAA Tournament, Chambers was broadened a year ago through 2021-22.
Players to know
Lamar Stevens, senior forward, 6’8, 225 lbs, No. 11. Like Cowan for the Terps, Stevens has begun each and every game for Penn State since their appearance on grounds before the 2016-17 season. They are in line for their 114th back to back start on Tuesday, and they are assembling a remarkable last battle up to this point. While their scoring is down from a year back, Stevens has enhanced their effectiveness. In nine games, they are averaging 16.8 focuses on 45.8 percent shooting with 7.3 bounce back, 1.9 helps and 1.7 takes.
“He’s powerful from the perimeter,” Darryl Morsell said. “He drives powerfully, he posts up powerfully. We’re just going to try and make it difficult for him, give him a lot of different looks.”
Myreon Jones, sophomore watchman, 6’3, 175 lbs, No. 0. Jones didn’t have a lot of an effect as a first year recruit, as they arrived at the midpoint of simply 10.8 minutes and 4.0 focuses per game off the seat. Be that as it may, presently as a starter, Jones has been spectacular. They are averaging 13.1 focuses — second in the group behind Stevens — on 44.4 percent shooting and 40.8 from past the bend. They are likewise the group’s driving facilitator, averaging 3.0 helps per challenge.
Mike Watkins, senior forward, 6’9, 257 lbs, No. 24. Watkins has been a backbone in the turn since their appearance on grounds in 2016, as they are begun 75 of their profession 98 games. That incorporates a 9-of-9 stretch to begin their last crusade, and they are assembling another solid season for the Nittany Lions down low up to this point. They are right now averaging 10.7 focuses on 58 percent shooting, while at the same time including 9.1 bounce back, 3.8 squares and 1.3 takes per game.
Barrier. Like Maryland throughout the last couple games, the way to Penn State’s initial achievement has been its protective ability — it at present positions 27th in the country in guarded proficiency, per KenPom. Rivals are making simply 42.9 percent of their two-pointers (36th), and the Nittany Lions have first class square (15.3 percent, seventeenth in the nation) and take (13.1, thirteenth) rates.
Free-toss shooting. It’s still early, so the free-toss numbers for Penn State could address with more games played. Be that as it may, as it stands at the present time, the Nittany Lions are leaving a huge amount of focuses at the philanthropy stripe. They are right now shooting simply 67.2 percent from the line, tenth in the Big Ten and 240th in the country.
While poor free-toss numbers aren’t really an executioner, Penn State gets to the line at a high rate — its 21.3 endeavors per game positions in the main 75 in the nation. The Nittany Lions presently miss seven free tosses for every trip, which could return to haunt them in a nearby game.
Three things to observe
1. Would maryland be able to get things moving early? On the off chance that this sounds monotonous to people, it is for us too. In their initial 10 rounds of the period, the Terps have gotten out to an early lead just once — in the Orlando Invitational title against Marquette. What’s more, and still, at the end of the day, it took them a couple of moments to truly get moving.
On Saturday against Illinois, Maryland saw direct the dangers of sleepwalking through a first half. In the event that it were not for a wonderful run in the last five minutes of the game, the group would have its first loss of the period.
There’s no uncertainty the ability the group has making it work at this moment. Be that as it may, if the Terps start languidly in their first evident street round of the period, it won’t be anything but difficult to mount a rebound against the Nittany Lions.
“For some reason we always start out slow at Penn State,” Cowan said. “At other Big Ten schools, the gym is probably always full there. At Penn State, it’s not as much, so you gotta find your own energy, which can definitely be difficult.”
Obviously, Maryland did precisely what Cowan itemized a year ago at the Bryce Jordan Center. The then-No. 17 Terps trailed Penn State, 42-20, at halftime and eventually lost, 78-61.
2. Who controls the bouncing back fight? For just the second time this season, Maryland was outrebounded in its game against Illinois on Saturday. The Terps, who entered the 2019-20 season donning another look as a physical group, were out-built and out-hustled by the Fighting Illini. Penn State is another harsh group that realizes how to snatch intense bounce back and positively influence the inside. The matchup of Jalen Smith (10.1 sheets per game) versus Watkins (9.7) will be one to watch down low.
“You just got to want it more, that’s what [rebounding] comes down to,” Morsell said. “That was our goal in practice today, was to be tough. I think it’s something we focused on, and hopefully that changes.”
3. Will the Terps break out of their three-point shooting droop? Maryland is right now shooting simply 30.4 percent from past the bend, which positions thirteenth in the Big Ten and 255th in the country. In any case, that absence of progress hasn’t prevented the group from taking a huge amount of triples, as it positions in the top-third of the nation in three-point endeavor rate.
For whatever length of time that the Terps continue shooting them, they will need to turn the tables and beginning hitting shots from outside. Furthermore, that all beginnings with Aaron Wiggins and Eric Ayala, who are consolidating to make only 3.1 of their 10.9 endeavors per game (28.4 percent).