Bob Haynie: The Pin Is Pointing At Maryland’s Bubble
Winning on the road is always one of the toughest things to do for most teams in sports. Even the good ones struggle to play their best away from their home venue.
For the Maryland Terrapins, it has been an absolute nightmare to succeed away from the Comcast Center.
The road blues for Mark Turgeon and his Terps hoopsters continued on Wednesday night with a 78-68 loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Even though their Bubble may be ready to burst, Maryland just can’t seem to pick up the pace when they need to the most.
The Yellow Jackets, who had already lost five ACC home games, looked like a well-oiled machine as they took apart Maryland at the new McCamish Pavilion.
With the loss, the Terps are now 1-6 in hostile territory in conference play.
As I have said many times, I thought this was going to be a season in which the Terps would return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
Unfortunately, it looks as though that may not be the case.
Maryland owns wins over Duke and North Carolina State at home. Both of those teams will make the Big Dance and Duke may be a number one seed.
But, because of their inability to win on the road, those victories might ring hollow in the eyes of the NCAA selection committee.
As they stand, the Terps have three regular season games left–two away from Comcast–and sport an unimpressive RPI of 73.
Needless to say, Maryland has some work to do.
Turnovers and an inconsistent offense have been season-long problems for the Terps. This team just does not value the basketball or shoot it very well.
I know they are young, but after 28 games, when do we stop using that as an excuse for the same mistakes being made over and over again.
They are “kids”. I get that. And the future still looks bright for the program.
But this is big time college basketball and a lot of us expected them to “Dance” this season.
For Maryland hoops 2012-13, it’s time to step up, or step aside.