Maryland basketball is ranked 349 in experience among all of the college basketball programs in the nation. That makes this Terps squad the second youngest team in the country. However, they looked mature against the no. 24 Nebraska squad Wednesday night, resulting in a 74-72 win over the Cornhuskers.
Freshman Jalen Smith struggled in the first half, after failing to dive for a loose ball and Isaiah Roby scoring over him with a might dunk. But Smith shot a floater with 3.8 seconds left to win the game for the Terrapins at Xfinity Center. The Terps bring in the New Year undefeated in 2019 with an impressive win in conference play.
The game was close all game, with Nebraska finally breaking free and pushed their lead 47-39 over Maryland. That’s when Maryland went on .a 10-2 run followed by both teams trading baskets. Cowan, who struggled in the beginning of the game shot a three-pointer, giving Maryland a four-point lead with over five minutes remaining. It was all Smith after that. First, he made a crucial lay in after a Cowan missed three, followed by the floater that sealed the win on their home floor. This team is very young, but with more playing time and figuring out how the style of play goes in the rest of the conference, this team can be a scary one.
One player that has shown great potential this season is freshman Ricky Lindo, Jr. Lindo has been excellent on defense and delivered the game winning block in the final seconds of the game. Lindo helped the Terps pull past Radford as he replaced Jalen Smith due to an illness he had. He scored eight points and ten rebounds for Maryland as they improved to 10-3 at the time. Now, once again, with Lindo’s help, the Terps improve to 11-3.
Maryland last defeated a ranked team was in 2016 over Purdue. This was certainly a statement win for them as they lost closely to Purdue and Seton Hall. They are sixth in the Big Ten standings, so if they continue to play like that, they can rise in the conference. But first, they will head up to New Jersey to take on Rutgers. Tip off at 2 p.m.