Apparently I was a bit too hasty with my last post on the Terps. Following a tough loss to a pretty good BC team, the Terps laid an egg at home against Ohio University (not Ohio State, Ohio U). They came out flat and unemotional, had trouble scoring points all night, and lacked a sense of urgency until the game was already decided. Maryland didn't even attempt a free throw until the second half, which shows a clear lack of aggression.
Even so, they had their chances to win the game. From 5:00 left in the game until 0:28 left, Ohio didn't score a single point. In that time, Maryland only managed to take the lead down from 12 points to 3 points. When an opponent keeps leaving the door open like that, a good team will rise to the occasion and make them pay.
The loss can't be pinned on any one player, the whole team looked bad for the entire game. It wasn't as if Ohio got lucky and shot the lights out, or that the Terps got screwed by foul trouble. The Bobcats simply outplayed the Terps for 35 minutes, and then held on for the win.
At this point, an NCAA tournament berth for Maryland looks like a long shot. They're 6-5 with 4 losses to unranked teams, and two losses at home. They don't have a road/neutral win. They still have to play a good Holy Cross team and travel to Charlotte before starting the ACC schedule. After last night, I'm not sure how the Terps are going to find 8 conference wins, and even that might not even be enough.
This would all be easier to take if we could say how young the team is and look ahead to next year, but that's not the case. There are a lot of underclassmen on the team, but the two biggest inside threats (Gist and Boom) are both seniors, and I'm not sure how we're going to replace them next season.
[As we likely will point out every game, check out It Never Rains in College Park for additional game analysis.]