Since the March Madness on demand from CBS keeps crashing my web browser and I've lost a number of entries as a result I'm not going to comment much more on the Davidson game. Maryland didn't really play all that well but shot better than Davidson from both in front and behind the arch. Maryland's 22 turnovers, many of them silly and unforced, prevented Maryland from putting Davidson away earlier than they did. Davidson's early 3-point shooting also kept thing tight for a while but dried up in the 2nd half after Maryland's athleticism and depth wore the smaller Davidson players down.
Maryland plays Butler, probably the most overrated "mid-major" in the entire NCAA tournament, on Saturday at 3:20pm. Butler also relies on perimeter shooting but prefers a much slower tempo than Davidson. They will try to shorten the game and prevent Maryland from getting out on fast breaks. Their frontcourt is undersized and not particularly great at rebounding but they are loaded with experienced upperclassmen. If Maryland continues to be sloppy with the ball, and Maryland's freshmen guards especially Eric Hayes need to play with more poise, then this team could give Maryland an ugly loss. Otherwise Maryland should win easily over the over matched Butler team.