Maryland suffered their first loss of the season last Tuesday against Penn State 76-69. The same issues that have plagued the Terps all season finally caught up with them. However, despite the loss, Maryland remains in the top 10 with a number seven ranking. With another crucial road test lying ahead how can the Terps get back in the win column?
Maryland must start fast
As has been the case in a few games this season the Terps have started slow. After escaping Illinois with a 59-58 win The Nittany Lions finally made the Terps pay for their inconsistencies. For the second game in a row, Maryland never seemed to put it together. Their biggest lead of the night was one point and Penn State had a response for every Maryland run.
The Big Ten is going to be a challenge from top to bottom. With the exception of Northwestern, every team has a conference win so far. If the Terps are going to make a run at a Big Ten title they will have to find their groove.
Seton Hall comes in struggling
Before the season began this had the looks of being a potential top 15 matchup. But with Seton Hall losing back to back games they are now unranked. They also look to be without star guard Myles Powell who suffered a serious concussion during the loss against Rutgers. Without Powell and his 21 points per game, only one other person averages in double figures for the Pirates and that’s Foward Sandro Mamukelashvili with 10.9. This is a team the Terps must take advantage of. Anthony Cowan is averaging 16.5 points and will look to keep his strong play going.
This is a must-win game. Number seven team in the county against a team that is struggling this needs to be a get right bounce-back game.
Following this game, Maryland will then take on Bryant before really getting into Big Ten play. A date with fifth-ranked Ohio State is on the horizon as well as a matchup with upstart 10-1 Indiana team that will be a fight. You can catch the game on FS1 at 7 pm. GO TERPS!