The Terrapins headed into the Maui Invitational as the favorites to take the tournament's championship trophy home with them. They left, however, losers of two of their three games there, finishing fourth in the tournament.
Maryland started the game hot, forcing a turnover on Wisconsin's first possession that led to an Eric Hayes three-pointer. But, after going up 7-0, things began to unravel. The Badgers proceeded to go on a 19-2 run en route to a 10 point halftime lead.
The Terps were able to make a few runs in the second half, but they never came quite close enough to complete their comeback on the Badgers. After pulling within five points with just inside 10 minutes to play, the Terps allowed the Badgers to go on a 9-2 run, putting them down 12 points with only five minutes to play, essentially putting the game out of reach.
While Maryland actually outscored the Badgers in the second half, the Terps' poor first half effort doomed them, as Wisconsin cruised to a 78-69 victory.
The Terrapins finished the game with four players in double figures. Greivis Vasquez broke somewhat out of his shooting slump, leading the team with 18 points. Landon Milbourne added 15 points, and Sean Mosley added 10 to go along with his team-high three assists. Hayes added 13 points and a team-leading five rebounds.
For the Badgers, Jason Bohannon led the team with 20 points. John Leuer added 16 points and tied for the team-high seven rebounds. Trevon Hughes totaled 14 points and six rebounds, and Jordan Taylor lead the team in assists with five.
The main issues that the Terps faced were their defense and their rebounding. The offense played pretty well, as they shot 48% from the field, and only turned the ball over nine times. They allowed Wisconsin to shoot almost 50% from the field, however, and allowed them to make 10 three-pointers. They also lost the rebounding battle to the Badgers.
If the Terps want to get back into the top 25 discussion, they will have to start playing better against stronger teams. They looked dominant against early-season competition, but struggled against the stronger opponents they faced in Maui. Maryland will play their next game at Indiana in the annual Big Ten/ACC challenge on December 1st.