Deep Depth. Ten Terps played between 13 and 24 minutes. The only player among the 10 in the rotation who didn’t score (or take a shot) was junior Pe’Shon Howard who nonetheless delivered seven assists. “We have great depth,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “The hardest thing for me today was getting guys in the game. Guys were playing good and I had to take them out.”
Selectivity. After his guards went a combined 10 for 47 against Kentucky, Turgeon stressed improved shot selection. The guards responded by going 14 for 28 against Morehead. After making 2 for 12 against Kentucky, Dez Wells hit 3 of 6. Nick Faust improved from 4 of 15 against Kentucky to 4 of 6. Pe’Shon Howard didn’t attempt a shot after going 1 of 8 on Friday night. “I think we were all amped up for the Kentucky game,” Turgeon said.
Suffocating. Maryland’s defense forced Morehead State into 32 percent shooting overall, 7 percent from the arc (1 for 14), and 20 turnovers. “Coach emphasizes defense a lot,” Wells said. “He wants us to be one of the best defenses in the country and we take on that challenge.”
Cleare improvement. After struggling in an exhibition game and playing only seven minutes against Kentucky, freshman Shaquille Cleare had by far his best performance, scoring eight points, grabbing five rebounds, and blocking three shots – all forcefully. A notoriously weak foul shooter, Cleare made 6 of 8 from the stripe.
Rodman-like. Freshman Charles Mitchell continued his amazing knack for gathering rebounds. He had nine in 21 minutes on Monday, leading Maryland to a 40-32 edge on the boards. In 55 minutes, including the Terps exhibition win, Mitchell has 34 rebounds.