Welcome to our next edition of "The Five," where we take a look at five trends from Maryland's 80-60 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday Feb. 1.
A+ for Allen
With Maryland up 10-11 Mark Turgeon opted to sub in Roddy Peters giving point guard Seth Allen a breather. With Allen on the bench Maryland turned the ball over four times in a span of about two minutes as the Hokies took a two-point lead. The Terps were a different team with Allen on the court Saturday. When he came off the bench after the Hokies' surge, he led the Terps on a 12-5 run and turned a three-point deficit into a four-point lead. Allen is a significant difference maker not only with his ability to score, but more importantly because of his ability to control and facilitate the Terps' offense. Allen hit 5-of-9 from the floor-- including back-to-back 3-pointers during the Terps aforementioned 12-5 run in the first half—while dishing out seven helpers in (if not his best)his most complete game this year. As he continues to get back into top shape, he should only continue to improve.
Sharing is Caring
The Terps had 15 assists against Virginia Tech on Saturday, including a career-high seven from Seth Allen. Maryland continued to move the ball well, building on the improvements they showed on Wednesday night against Miami, a game which they also tallied 15 assists.
While much was made of Jake Layman's highlight reel dunk, the play overshadowed another tough night for the sophomore, who started the year off shooting the ball so well from the perimeter. Layman took just seven shots, and hit two of his four 3-point attempts, but he seems to be lacking the rhythm he had early on in the year.
Cleaning up the Mess
Maryland had five turnovers in six possessions in the first half, which probably had most Maryland fans thinking it would be a long day down at the Castle. However, the Terps managed to clean up their act quickly—thanks in large part to Seth Allen—and finished the game with just nine turnovers. Especially impressive was that the Terps had jut two second-half turnovers despite extending their lead to as many as 25 points. In the past, this team has lost focused and subsequently their lead, in games they should have won bug. The difference Saturday suggested that the Terps may have in fact learned a lesson or two along the way.
Keeping the Balance
Maryland had four players in double figures on Saturday: Dez Wells led the team with 19, while point guard Seth Allen chipped in 16 and Nick Faust and Jake Layman added ten a piece. The balanced scoring, and a second-half romp kept any player from playing more than 30 minutes something that should help the Terps keep the bounce in their steps as they prepare to play another tough road game on Tuesday against North Carolina at the Dean Dome.
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