On Wednesday night, at the Xfinity Center, the Maryland Terrapins were trying to earn their second significant victory of the young 2014-15 college basketball season. A week after beating then-#13 Iowa State, the Terps played host to the seventh-ranked Virginia Cavaliers.
Unfortunately for coach Mark Turgeon and his crew, Tony Bennett’s Cavs proved why they are ranked in the Top Ten.READ MORE: Baltimore Police Officer "Miraculously" Avoids Injury After Crashing Into Stream
Meeting in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge after being conference foes for years, Virginia crashed the boards and shot the ball at 53.1% clip to hand the Terps their first loss, 76-65. Playing minus Dez Wells (16.2 ppg ), who is out with a broken wrist, Maryland had a rough time trying to generate much offense against one of the nation’s best defensive teams.
The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead and forced the Terrapins to play catch-up in front of the home crowd and a national television audience. Of course, that did not work out well.
Maryland shot 40% from the field and had just 16 made baskets. They were outrebounded 34-22 and could only manage three offensive boards against the physical Cavaliers.
Virginia was crisp on offense and scored many easy hoops on a night in which Maryland blocked a mere two shots. In the paint, the Cavaliers dominated by outscoring the Terps 36-20.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: 1.5K New Cases & 17 Deaths Reported Saturday
To be fair, minus Wells and senior forward Evan Smotrycz, Maryland was obviously not at full strength. For youngsters like Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Michal Cekovsky, it was a learning experience.
They were taken to school by a very good team.
Hopefully, what they learned will help them in the long run.
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