Yesterday morning the Terps starting PG Pe’Shon Howard was arrested for disorderly conduct outside a College Park restaurant. From what I read basically what happened was that there was some sort of fight going on that Howard was not in but the guy who started the fight was being restrained by police and Howard kept yelling at him for whatever reason. The police decided he was distracting them too much so they arrested him and he was released after being issued the citation. At least that is what I have gathered from the reports that I have read.
The Maryland Terrapins have signed their sixth prospect for 2012 with the signing of Sam Cassell Jr. The son of a former NBA player Sam Cassell, he has playmaking ability that will help the Terps in the upcoming year. You can check out his highlights at here. From that video and various scouting reports, it is clear Cassell is a big time scorer who can help with the ball handling duties. This will be big for the Terps as their only real point guard type is Pe’Shon Howard and he has had injury issues. Also Cassell would likely become one of the best outside shooters for the Terps along with Terrell Stoglin and fellow freshmen Seth Allen and Jake Layman. Finally, Cassell is from the Baltimore area and this signing shows how far Turgeon and his staff is willing to shore up the local area. This is most likely the last signing for the Terps and I must say I like how this team looks and expect big things for the Terps.
As the year begins to draw to a close and March Madness approaches, these two teams are playing for very different purposes. For Maryland, it is all about pride with the chances of a NCAA bid as realistic as a Wizards playoff berth. UNC on the other hand needs to win this game to keep hope of an outright ACC title and potential one seed. On that note, I hope that Maryland can keep this game close but don’t expect. Coming off a bad road loss to bottom feeder Georgia Tech and playing without point guard Peshon Howard, this is not a good situation for Maryland. I expect big games from UNC big men Tyler Zeller and John Henson and a 85 to 59 UNC win.
Who: Maryland Terrapins at #15 Duke Blue Devils
When: 4 P.M. ET
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium. Durham, NC.
Spread: Duke -15.5
As Chris mentioned yesterday, the Terps starting PG Pe’Shown Howard is now out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. It’s especially unfortunate for Howard as he already missed the first 9 games of the season with a broken foot. Even though he hasn’t put up great stats thus far this season, he is a very valuable member to this team and he will be sorely missed out there. He is the only true PG that can play at an ACC type level for the Terps. Without another decent pure PG on the roster they will be forced to play Stoglin and Faust at point and mixing in walk on Jonathon Thomas when forced too. Having either Stoglin or Faust at the point guard spot hurts the team though. If Stoglin plays point that hurts his ability to score because he has work on the responsibilities of being a PG (facilitator, bringing the ball up, floor leader), along with the heavy burden of being the go to scorer. The Terps basically need him to score at least 20 a game to compete against good teams and now that he has to take on the duties of the PG, he won’t have near the energy to score at the same pace and will be playing out of his normal position of shooting guard because we all know he prefers to shoot rather than distribute.