With exam week quickly approaching, most of the population in College Park, Maryland will head back to the warmth of their households in order to celebrate the coming holidays. Meanwhile, the Maryland Terrapins basketball team will continue to play and has quickly reached the end of their out-of-conference schedule.
Maryland has faced tough competition thus far, and has suffered their fair share of bumps and bruises in the process. Maryland started slow out of the gates in the 2013-14 season, dropping two of their first three contests to the likes of University of Connecticut and Oregon State University.
Then, the Terps rattle off four consecutive wins highlighted by four-point victory against Providence College. Then, Maryland hit another cold streak after being crushed by number five-ranked Ohio State University, and upset by local rival George Washington. Since those two loses, the Terps have rebounded by defeating Boston College and Florida Atlantic.
In the first semester, the terrapins have been led offensively by the veteran duo of Dez Wells and Jordan Layman. The two have averaged 15.3 and 15.0 points respectively and have single handily led the Terrapins to several of their wins. Maryland will now enter the brutal schedule of the Atlantic Cost Conference.
This will be the Terrapins last trip down tobacco road, as Maryland will leave the conference for the Big 10. Like many Maryland teams, this squad is extremely streaky, and I would expect nothing to change as the Terps begin to compete against elite teams. Watch for Wells and Layman to steal the show against several of the nation’s top teams especially come February and March.