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Two opinions are becoming widespread in college basketball. The first? Maryland’s starting five is arguably the nation’s best. The other? That Maryland likely has the highest ceiling of any team in the nation if they eventually reach a point where they can put it all together.
Combine those two things with the fact that there are legitimately 12 to 15 teams that could win a national title right now and it becomes clear that what Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. told Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell on Tuesday night’s SportsTalk Live is not far-fetched.
“The more we continue to play with each other, the season continues to go on, we’re getting to know each other even better, the chemistry is going great,” Carter said. “I think we’re going to have a chance to win it all.”
Absolutely Maryland has a chance, as do a dozen or so other teams. But what Maryland has that others do not is something unique -- the whole band is just now starting to play together.
Winning in March is about coming together at the right time. (See Walker, Kemba). Maryland got off to a late start in August because its key pieces had not yet gotten on campus, whether because Rasheed Sulaimon was finishing up his degree at Duke or Melo Trimble and Diamond Stone were involved in various capacities with USA Basketball.
Now, the Terrapins have turned one of their biggest early weaknesses, defense, into their biggest strength. That is now paired with a starting five that could feature the team’s leading scorer at any of the five positions on a given night.
There is NBA talent up and down, but it is just a matter of getting into sync. Quality wins over Iowa and Purdue might have set the foundation for the home stretch.
“We all understand that we’re talented enough to play at the next level. We understand that from day one,” Carter went on to say. “Our goal right now is just to win a national championship, do the best we can do while we’re in college to be remembered here in college, to leave a legacy and that will take care of itself. We win like we’re supposed to win, that aspect will take care of itself and we’ll be able to do our individual things afterward.”