COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland got its first live game action after an offseason of hype on Friday night, a 91-55 victory over Southern New Hampshire University.
Here are five things you need to know about the win, which came in front of 13,598 at XFINITY Center.
1) Dion Wiley out with injury
The sophomore from Oxon Hill, Md. was held out of Friday’s game after experiencing swelling in his right knee after practice on Thursday. He underwent an MRI on Friday and will be re-evaluated on Saturday. More on it here.
He sat on the sidelines in his warmup outfit during the game.
2) Analyzing the starting lineup: Trimble, Nickens, Layman, Carter, Stone
Man, that’s a lot of length at the two through five spots. It’s also a supremely talented offensive unit with every player able to stretch the floor out to the three-point line. They showed it in the early minutes of the half by getting out to a 19-6 lead while shooting north of 70 percent from the floor.
3) Turnovers a problem
Maryland had eight turnovers in the first 11 minutes of Friday’s game and 14 by halftime. The root cause of the issue could be a number of things. Chemistry is still a work in progress. Maryland was playing fast -- like, really fast at times. They were also being risky by trying to fit the ball into small windows that they might not normally look for.
Maryland finished with 23 on the night.
4) Something Maryland hasn’t had
It was clear from the jump that Diamond Stone gives Maryland something they did not have last season -- someone they can throw it to on the block and trust to score it going one-on-one. He scored six points in his first five minutes on the floor, mostly off of isolations in the post.
The Penmen would eventually double-team post entries to force the ball to the perimeter, but against teams in the regular season teams will have to decide whether to double or let him be because of Maryland’s perimeter options. That makes it tough.
Stone finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
5) Any scorer on any given night
It’s a point that again has to do with Maryland’s versatility. Five different players were in double figures on Friday, the entire starting five -- Trimble, Nickens, Layman, Carter, and Stone. The way Maryland moves the basketball, it doesn’t rely on any one player offensively.
Not only were all of those players in double figures, but all hovered at or above 50 percent shooting from the floor. Layman was 4-of-8 from three-point range and Trimble was 5-of-6 from the foul line.