Home » The Morning Dish » Currently Reading:

The Morning Dish – Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017 The Morning Dish No Comments

It’s almost unthinkable that a Big Ten team can have a 17-2 record and be flying under the radar. Yet that’s exactly what Maryland has done so far this year in building exactly that gaudy record.

The anonymity of the Terrapins can be summed up by the observation that Maryland may be as well known for one of its two losses this year (a home meltdown in the final minutes against Nebraska) as for its best win (a one-point squeaker over Kansas State). Regardless, the Terps just continue to win, as displayed Thursday night in an 84-76 win at Iowa.

Melo Trimble scored 20 points and hit two big three-pointers in the late going, and he helped save Maryland after it lost a 15-point lead. It wasn’t pretty, but it was third road win in the Big Ten and puts the Terps atop the conference standings after six games.

Part of the reason Maryland is so anonymous is because it is starting three freshmen-very good freshmen, but frosh without the hype of constant TV adulation as those at places like Kentucky and UCLA. Anthony Cowan, Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson have been critical to the Terrapins’ success, serving as the team’s No. 2, 3 and 5 scorers, and it can easily be argued that they’re among the most valuable groups of first-year players in the country. Certainly it’s a group that deserves to be taken notice of, more than it has been so far.

Still, this is a team that has a preseason All-America candidate in Trimble, and one would think his leading such a young team to such a good start would be newsworthy and be considered a testament to him. Yet even that hasn’t materialized; as a college basketball veteran, it’s almost as if Trimble has been forgotten to a degree nationally because he hasn’t left for the pros early and because he isn’t being talked of as a lottery pick in mock drafts.

Of course, the other part of Maryland’s relative obscurity relates quite a bit to its schedule. Specifically, it has been solid, workmanlike, but not spectacular. Even with 17 wins, the Terrapins do not have a win over a surefire NCAA Tournament team yet, and it’s for that reason that they just moved into the Associated Press top 25 poll this week-at number 25. Big Ten credentials and all.

There is the win over Kansas State and another against Indiana, but after that the resume of wins is filled with maybes. Are wins against Michigan, Oklahoma State and Georgetown good wins? Maybe, maybe not. Thursday’s win fell right into that grouping; the Hawkeyes are a team good enough to beat Purdue and Iowa State, but mediocre enough to be barely above .500 and lose at Northwestern by 35 in its previous game.

We’ll find out very soon just how good the Terrapins are. Maybe. Upcoming games include road trips to Minnesota, Ohio State and Northwestern. Yet Maryland only plays league heavies Purdue and Wisconsin once each, and only plays Michigan State and Indiana at home, too. It’s entirely possible that we could enter the NCAA Tournament, and many still will be wondering just how good the Terps are.

Side Dishes:

  • It was a night chock full of important early season conference contests, most in leagues typically outside the TV spotlight. A huge game in the Colonial Athletic Association saw UNC Wilmington win at College of Charleston 65-59 in a clash of league unbeatens. The Cougars won the stylistic battle, making this a low-scoring defensive affair, but the Seahawks won the war and are now 18-2.
  • Dayton pinned Richmond with its first Atlantic 10 loss, pulling away late for a 75-59 win. Those two are tied with La Salle atop the league after the Explorers topped Davidson 91-83.
  • A showdown between the top two expected contenders in the Summit League went to North Dakota State, which is now 1 1/2 games up on after an 89-83 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne in which the Bison finished the game on a 15-3 run. Paul Miller scored 33 points for NDSU.
  • Also in that state: North Dakota edged Weber State 80-77 to tighten up the Big Sky race.
  • We mentioned South Carolina Upstate in our around the nation notes earlier this week, and the Spartans announced themselves as a contender in the Atlantic Sun with a 62-60 win at Florida Gulf Coast. Michael Buchanan scored the winning basket with a putback with two seconds left. Four games into the 14-game A-Sun schedule now, four teams (USC Upstate, FGCU, North Florida, Lipscomb) are tied for first at 3-1, while the remaining four teams are tied for fifth at 1-3.
  • The Big South also had a showdown at the top, and the league put on a terrific show as it typically does in its rare national TV appearances. Winthrop held off UNC Asheville 76-73 in a game loaded with twists and turns and buoyed by a boisterous crowd at the Winthrop Coliseum. Very good show by two good teams.
  • There was little drama in games involving top 25 teams on Thursday. The closest came in Los Angeles, where Arizona was pummeling USC early in the second half, but the Trojans came back and made the Wildcats sweat considerably before finishing off a 73-66 win.
  • Oregon swamped California 86-63, but the win was clouded by the loss of Dillon Brooks again to a leg injury in the first half. Needless to say, the Ducks’ season could be riding on his status going forward; we saw how they struggled early on without him, and while this is a talented team, Brooks is the difference between them being a national title contender and having a ceiling considerably lower.
  • More news from Thursday: Indiana’s O.G. Anunoby will be out indefinitely from the injured right knee he suffered Wednesday night in the Hoosiers’ narrow win over Penn State. IU hasn’t released much more information than that, and obviously as we saw with Duke and Grayson Allen earlier this year, “indefinitely” can wind up being any number of things.
  • Also, very unfortunate news for Ohio University, where senior star forward Antonio Campbell will miss the rest of the year with a broken foot. Campbell is the reigning MAC player of the year and was averaging 16.4 points and 8.9 rebounds, and his loss threatens a potentially huge year for the Bobcats, who were among the very favorites in the league but have lost two straight since his injury.

Tonight’s Menu:

  • Start it off with a good one in the MAC, where the lone TV game of the night has Eastern Michigan at Akron (6:30 p.m., CBSSN).
  • MAAC contests on the docket include Fairfield at Iona, Manhattan on the road to Monmouth and Canisius facing Quinnipiac.
  • Horizon League games include Detroit Mercy at Wright State, suddenly struggling Oakland at Northern Kentucky, Cleveland State at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Youngstown State facing Wisconsin-Green Bay.
  • One game in the Ivy League also is an intriguing one with Yale at Brown.

Enjoy your Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville

Advertisement


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 by

In our first off-season edition, we look back on the season that just ended, including redemption for one team and a big development for a conference that has had more questions than success on the hardwood. We also look at players coming and going, as well as big coaching news on a day where there was a lot of it.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2017

April 4, 2017 by

We look back at Monday’s national championship game, which was not a thing of beauty but had plenty of drama. Along the way we share some post-game quotes from both coaches.

College Basketball Tonight – April 2, 2017

April 3, 2017 by

In our Final Four special edition, three head coaches join us to offer their insights on the Final Four, as well as their own programs.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout