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Defense sucks tonight. No interior presence to guard the rim. Dickinson is killing us. We are shooting the lights out from beyond the arc which is the only reason we are in it.

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I don't know why Marial doesn't play more. He could potentially defend inside and rebound. For some reason Turgeon didn't want to give him playing time, just letting Michigan abuse us. 

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4 hours ago, Oriole4Life said:

I don't know why Marial doesn't play more. He could potentially defend inside and rebound. For some reason Turgeon didn't want to give him playing time, just letting Michigan abuse us. 

Marial has looked worse against less-talented players than Dickinson.  Unless he's improved his timing there's nothing I've seen out of him in the past that leads me to think that the Terps would be better off playing him.

Michigan just played really well and had a bit more talent on their roster than we did.  I don't think we can really run with top tier teams if they're firing on all cylinders and Michigan was.

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On 1/1/2021 at 12:07 PM, Hallas said:

Marial has looked worse against less-talented players than Dickinson.  Unless he's improved his timing there's nothing I've seen out of him in the past that leads me to think that the Terps would be better off playing him.

Michigan just played really well and had a bit more talent on their roster than we did.  I don't think we can really run with top tier teams if they're firing on all cylinders and Michigan was.

Yeah you're probably right.  I guess I'm just hoping Marial gets better.  We have no one else on the roster that can guard the rim.  Scott and Smith are both undersized and neither play good defense.  I watched most of the Indiana game tonight and there is no one who can consistently clean up the glass.

I don't see this team making the tournament.  The team shoots badly.  Not enough consistent scoring and the defense isn't as good as typical Turgeon teams.  James Graham joined the team today but I don't see him providing a whole lot in his shortened freshman year (although technically it counts as zero).  Hopefully it helps his development.  

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14 hours ago, Oriole4Life said:

Yeah you're probably right.  I guess I'm just hoping Marial gets better.  We have no one else on the roster that can guard the rim.  Scott and Smith are both undersized and neither play good defense.  I watched most of the Indiana game tonight and there is no one who can consistently clean up the glass.

I don't see this team making the tournament.  The team shoots badly.  Not enough consistent scoring and the defense isn't as good as typical Turgeon teams.  James Graham joined the team today but I don't see him providing a whole lot in his shortened freshman year (although technically it counts as zero).  Hopefully it helps his development.  

I mean, I really don't know who would see this team making the tournament in the preseason.  If anything, I'm super impressed with how well Turgeon has gotten this offense to work with a collection of role players.  I don't even think we're that bad at shooting the ball.  Ayala is doing better, Wiggins is doing better, Hamilton is a legit threat outside, Scott has his moments.  We just can't play defense against teams with a skilled/athletic/skilled and athletic big man because we don't have the talent in the block.

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Big win tonight vs. Illinois.  Maryland is 2-5 in the conference, but those two wins came against #6 and #12 Illinois on the road.  Even if there are no crowds that is pretty good.

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On 1/10/2021 at 10:15 PM, Oriole4Life said:

Big win tonight vs. Illinois.  Maryland is 2-5 in the conference, but those two wins came against #6 and #12 Illinois on the road.  Even if there are no crowds that is pretty good.

And they did it without Ayala (groin injury)

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