Postgame notes from the Florida Gulf Coast win

November 26, 2011|By Don Markus

So what should Mark Turgeon talk about the next time his team practices - the first 30 minutes of a 73-57 win over Florida Gulf Coast Friday night at Comcast Center or the last 10?

Given what Turgeon has been saying in his recent press conferences, I think he will have his team look at what they did right in building a 16-point lead early in the second half and what they did wrong in nearly blowing the big lead.

As Maryland (3-2) gets ready for its next game Tuesday at home against Illinois in the ACC/Big East Challenge, these are the good, the bad and the very ugly from the win over the Eagles.

The Good

Terrell Stoglin's decision-making. The erratic sophomore guard didn't shoot it particularly well from the field, making five of 13, and was horrific at the line down the stretch, missing six of his last nine, but his shot selection was a lot better, as was his defense until he tired down the stretch.

John Auslander's energy off the bench. The former walk-on, who started his college career at Division III Greensboro College, gave the Terps a big lift off the bench and was effective enough to be in the starting lineup for the second half tip. He didn't play as much down the stretch when Florida Gulf Coast went small, but should get quality minutes against the Illini.

The Bad

Maryland's players thinking this is a pickup game and they can take wild, ill-advised runs to the rim when the play breaks down. I don't know how many times Mychal Parker or Nick Faust put their head down and drove, rather than kick it out for an open jumper or dish inside. They had better learn that lesson before the ACC, when they won't get any calls.

Breaking the press doesn't seem that it should be too difficult. But the Terps at times look like the fourth-grade team you tried to teach last winter about breaking the press, with guys picking up their dribble and panicking the moment a double-team comes their way. Stoglin said that the Terps were doing that before the double-teamed showed.

The Ugly

We've seen Maryland teams in the past have issues at the free throw line, and this one should practice its foul shots before they step onto the court Tuesday night. The Terps are going to struggle to score this season inside - at least until Alex Len gets back - and missing all those free throws Friday night nearly caused them to lose.

Outside shooting. The Terps were four of 13 on threes, and only were saved by the fact that the Eagles were worse, two of 19. Stoglin was two of seven on threes, and while only one of them was a really bad shot, he is going to have to make a higher percentage for Maryland to be competitive in the league.

One more thing

Speaking of Len, the Terps are halfway through his 10-game suspension by the NCAA. If he is as good as some believe, Maryland should not be as bad in the frontcourt as predicted. James Padgett had another solid effort (11 points) against Florida Gulf Coast. No word yet on Pe'Shon Howard, but in this case, I think no news might be bad news. Just a gut feeling.

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