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Michigan upsets Maryland in Ann Arbor: 5 things you need to know


Michigan upsets Maryland in Ann Arbor: 5 things you need to know

Some nights, it’s just not your night. On Tuesday night, Maryland ran into a hot-shooting basketball team and the Terrapins just couldn’t quite muster enough.

Even without star senior Caris LeVert, Michigan used 41 percent shooting on 29 three-point attempts to shut the door late on Mark Turgeon and Maryland, 70-67, at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.

Zak Irvin led the way for Michigan with 22 points. Maryland’s front court attack tried its best to keep the Terrapins in it, with Jake Layman, Diamond Stone, and Robert Carter, Jr. combining to score 55 of the team’s 67 points on the night.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Hot start for Michigan from the outside, which gets crowd into it

Through the first four minutes, Michigan was 3-of-4 from three-point range and got the crowd into it. That was the concern for Maryland out of the gate. Though smaller, the Wolverines shoot it well from the outside.

Without LeVert, the shot creation was not there like it would have been if he were in the game. Because of that, they have had to shoot over the top. Maryland’s bigs again had trouble closing out, especially when switching on screens and ending up in tough matchups.

Duncan Robinson, the 6-8 former D-III player, got hot, too. He was 4-of-5 from deep in the first half. He finished with 17 points.

2) The Melo foul trouble and the Varun adjustment

Maryland guard Melo Trimble picked up his second foul with 9:30 to play and head coach Mark Turgeon turned to former walk-on Varun Ram instead of junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley. It was a smart move.

Brantley is a scorer. That was not the issue. Ram meant there were really only four offensive threats on the floor, but defense was more important if Trimble was going to be forced to the bench.

Trimble was held in check all night. He was just 1-of-7 from the floor for two points and he had four turnovers to just three assists. Taking him out of the game changes Maryland’s dynamic entirely as an offensive unit.


3) The front court powers a comeback

Turgeon came out of the half making the same adjustment he did when the team was struggling against Penn State at home. To the bench went Damonte Dodd and into the game came the team’s best interior spark, Diamond Stone.

The Wolverines did not have the size on the interior to match up against the five-star freshman. Down 13 points with 16:38 to play in the second half, Stone powered Maryland on an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to four with 12:27 to play.

During that stretch, Maryland finally got some defensive stops, which enabled Stone to go to work down low and make a dent in the deficit. He finished with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.

In addition, Jake Layman stepped up. He takes more than his fair share of criticism for how he plays in the team’s biggest games. He often fades into the background offensively, but he was the exact opposite on Tuesday night.

Working mostly out of the post -- where he tends to thrive -- he was aggressive and active, carrying the offense when the backcourt was almost non-existent. He had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

4) Wolverines punch back down the stretch

Maryland took the lead, 57-56, with 6:48 to play, but Michigan broke out of its slump and starting fighting back. Robinson, Zak Irvin, and Derrick Walton all saw jumpers fall again after they rimmed out prior.

Maryland got it as close as 69-67 late, but could not pull it off.

5) The reality? Sometimes you lose

Maryland entered this game 15-1 on the year, the best start in school history. They ran into a team that was hot from three, even when there were not defensive lapses on the perimeter. They were on the road in an electric environment. This was as close to a road back-to-back as you’ll get, having just played Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday.

You occasionally lose games because it is hard to win on the road in college basketball.

This is still a talented Maryland basketball team in a year where the road to the Final Four is devoid of any one, dominant team. Just look across the landscape. No. 1 Kansas lost of the road Tuesday night. Michigan State has taken a loss. North Carolina lost earlier this year on the road to Texas. Last year, the Terrapins lost on the road to Illinois in Big Ten play.

It happens and Maryland will move forward.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.