I suggested that the only way that Temple would win this game is if Maryland gave them a slew of turnovers and they had one of their best shooting nights of the season. Well, Maryland turned the ball over 20 times and Temple had one of their best shooting nights of the season. As a result the Owls took 12 more field goal attempts and 18 more free throws than Maryland did in the game. Despite outshooting Temple from the floor in addition to the 3-point and free throw lines, holding a +6 rebound margin and dishing out 5 more assists than their opponent the Terps still lost. The culprit was mostly the turnovers: Maryland's inability to stop them or create them. When was the last time Maryland only had 1 steal in a game? Almost two years ago against NC State, February 1, 2004. Temple is the only opponent to have fewer than 12 turnovers this season against Maryland. There were other smaller reasons like poor defensive rebounding, some terrible shot selection, the entire frontcourt going MIA for long stretches.
Since this was not an ACC game it has little real importance right now. You could argue that it may knock Maryland down a seed or two if they get a bid but with this squad I don't think we should be worried about how high a seed they get. Worry about them qualifying for the NCAAs first. With a 4-2 record in the league with a home game against North Carolina coming up they are in good shape.
I was out of town this weekend and have not had a chance to review the full game tape yet. I'll write more on the game tomorrow.
Around the ACC
Look who is back from the dead. Boston College started out ACC play by going 0-3 and looking fairly bad in the process. They have since gone 4-1, even if they only eked out wins in three of those games, and now sit in a great position to make a run at 2nd place in the league. They have a big game with Duke in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday and then face the cellar dwellers of the ACC in Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, a combined 2-12.
Speaking of Wake Forest their season from hell continued over the weekend as they gave the formerly winless Hokies their first victory in ACC play this season. That gives the Deacons their fourth home loss already this season and third loss at home in ACC play. It would take a big turnaround to get eligible for the NIT with 5 road games left in ACC play including at Duke, Miami and Boston College and home dates with NC State, BC and North Carolina still remaining.