I can't recall the last time that Maryland played a game on New Year's Day. I thought there was an unwritten rule that the holiday was reserved exclusively for football. I guess that has deteriorated now that the good bowl games all happen after the first of the year. No matter. Today's Terps game shouldn't be too exciting. We're playing a team that pronounces its name, "Ooheey Pooey" for Pete's sake. How good can they be?
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We've all grown tired of these cupcake games and mercifully, today's is the last. Despite our readiness to get the real season underway, we have learned a few things along the way:
- Logan Aronhalt is one of the best three-point shooters we've ever seen in a Terp uniform. He's currently hitting threes at 53% clip.
- Charles Mitchell is a "bawse". In rapper parlance, that means an awesome gangster. In basketball, it means a beast. Simply put, Mitchell has the best rebounding instincts as well as some of the best footwork I've ever seen out of a Maryland freshman. He's relentless. He also has a nice touch from the FT line. He's further along than Shaq Cleare.
- Turns out that Pe'Shon Howard can play PG. He's averaging over 6 assists and has assist to turnover ration over 3.2 Let's see how he does against ACC guards, but he's given us all we could have hoped for at this point.
- Dez Wells is one of the best combo guards Maryland has had in a loooong time. I've been trying to think about the last guard the Terps have had who come close to Wells' skill set and I think we need to go back to the Wizard, Walt Williams. That is saying something.
I think the Terps start the year in the same fashion that they ended it. I predict a 25 point win.