COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland’s offensive scheme is a machine that takes in a bunch of factors and spits out a result. When it’s humming along, the ball movement, screening, and transition motion find a player in a given position on the floor -- whoever it is, wherever it is -- and gets them a shot.
It could be Melo Trimble on a drive to the rim or Jared Nickens on a trailing three or Jake Layman coming off a screen or Diamond Stone in an isolation in the post or Damonte Dodd on a dunk off a dish from Rasheed Sulaimon. The machine whirs and whoever it chooses, the shot tends to be a good one and it creates box scores like we saw in Friday night’s 80-56 Maryland victory over Mount St. Mary’s.
Five players scored in double figures and gave us a glimpse of what the offense for the No. 3 Terrapins could be this season. Will we see more of this type of offensive distribution as the year goes on?
“I hope so,” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “That’s the way it’s set up to be and we’re hard to guard because we have so many guys that can do things.”
The five players in double figures didn’t even include shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who shifted more into the role of a distributor with five assists to go along with his five points. Turgeon, though, said the Duke transfer is “going to have nights where he’s in double figures” as well.
Sophomore Michal Cekovsky missed being in that double-digit group by just one basket, finishing with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting.
“Teams have to worry about so many guys that if one guy is hot, they’re going to worry about him and then another guy will get hot,” senior Jake Layman, who finished with a team-high 16 points, said.
“It’s going to be nice to have that all year.”
After the season-opening win against a mid-major, Maryland gets an early test on Saturday when this type of well-distributed scoring will be key.
Georgetown awaits on Tuesday at XFINITY Center and the Terrapins hope the offensive production comes along with it.
“If we can average five guys in double figures,” Turgeon said, “then we’ve got something going.”