Thursday introduced as a lot of a must-win alternative as a staff can have in January.
Maryland men’s basketball not solely couldn’t have a repeat efficiency of its 35-point loss at Michigan on Jan. 1 — its worst since becoming a member of the Big Ten — but it surely wanted a victory. With NCAA Tournament bubble speak rising, the Terps quieted the doubts and held serve at house.
Graduate level guard Jahmir Young, who has undoubtedly change into Maryland’s finest participant, as soon as once more led the approach with 26 factors on 9-of-19 capturing. The Terps exacted revenge on the Wolverines with a 64-58 win, enhancing to 12-6 total and 3-4 in Big Ten play.
The rematch offered a a lot completely different tone to begin than the first showdown, with the Terps leaping out to a 7-2 lead. Michigan led 17-0 in the first matchup between the groups, holding the Terps and not using a single level till the 12:09 mark of the first half. The Terps threw a 2-3 zone protection at the Wolverines instantly Thursday, mixing it up and offering a special look in hopes of containing Michigan star junior middle Hunter Dickinson.
Dickinson, a close-by DeMatha Catholic High School product, has lengthy made identified his animosity towards former head coach Mark Turgeon and Maryland. Sure sufficient, in his first sport in entrance of the XFINITY Center followers, they responded, raining down jeers from the seats.
The Terps contained Dickinson and Michigan early, always sending a second man at him, one thing that was hardly ever seen on New Year’s Day. Maryland raced out to a 15-6 lead powered by Jahmir Young’s early scoring flurry, prompting Michigan head coach Juwan Howard to burn his first timeout. Freshman middle Caelum Swanton-Rodger checked in early to alleviate sophomore ahead Julian Reese, who picked up an early foul however maintained a bodily begin, and regarded the a part of a Big Ten large.
Maryland constructed its result in double digits about 11 minutes in. Michigan struggled with a scoring drought lasting 4 minutes and 11 seconds, a theme that had damage Maryland, not its opponents, in latest showings.
Swanton-Rodger — the sparsely utilized third-string large — performed the unlikely function of offensive dynamo Thursday, capitalizing on the alternative with Patrick Emilien (ankle) unavailable. Swanton-Rodger had 4 factors — together with a ferocious dunk over Dickinson — three boards and a block in the first half.
Although the Terps appeared to have a complete grip on the first body, they solely led 34-32 at the break. Jett Howard drilled three 3-pointers, Dickinson had 10 factors and Michigan hit six of its final eight area targets to chip into its deficit. The Terps, in the meantime, had been held and not using a shot for the final 3:46 of the half.
Although Maryland began the second half on a 6-2 spurt, Michigan clawed again, tying the sport at 42 with about 12 minutes remaining. Willard burned a timeout with 11:55 left, simply moments after he was offended at the officers for not calling, nor reviewing, a possible shot clock violation on a Dug McDaniel jumper, which was instantly adopted by a vital Dickinson putback layup.
Dickinson checked out of the sport at the 11:55 mark of the second half with the rating remaining tied at 42. He remained out till the 7:04 mark, and the Terps took benefit, stretching their result in 55-49. Maryland made 6-of-7 photographs, together with a string of 4 straight, earlier than Dickinson returned.
By the time Dickinson checked again into the sport, Maryland already had management. The Terps as soon as once more stretched their result in 10 with a Young layup with 4:30 remaining for the star level guard’s twentieth and twenty first factors.
Leading 59-52 with lower than three minutes to play, the Terps bought the huge defensive cease it wanted. After giving up an offensive rebound, the Terps held sturdy, securing possession after a Reese block.
Young nailed the entrance finish of a one-and-one, bringing the lead again to eight, however Michigan scored 4 straight to make it a 60-56 sport with 40 seconds remaining. By then it was a foul-shooting contest, although. Michigan missed 4 3-pointers in the remaining minute, and Maryland capitalized simply sufficient to safe the win.
The Terps regarded nothing like the staff that was completely dismantled by the Wolverines 18 days in the past, selecting up a obligatory break up in opposition to Michigan.
Three issues to know
1. Welcome house, Hunter Dickinson. One might think about that Dickinson had Jan. 19, 2023 circled on his calendar for fairly a while. The All-American has by no means been capable of channel his aforementioned hate into an precise efficiency in entrance of Maryland followers as a result of each the COVID-19 pandemic and Big Ten scheduling. Dickinson could not match his 32-point, 12-rebound efficiency from Jan. 1, however he completed with a powerful double-double of 19 factors and 10 rebounds.
2. Jahmir Young is a game-changer. Sans a poor efficiency in the first sport in opposition to Michigan, Young has been one in all the Big Ten’s finest level guards in league play. With 26 factors Thursday, he wrapped up his fifth 15-point sport in seven Big Ten outings. He has scored not less than 24 factors in every of Maryland’s three convention house video games. In simply 18 video games on the high-major degree, the Charlotte switch is clearly Maryland’s finest participant.
3. A special script. While all the things doable might have gone fallacious in Maryland’s New Year’s Day loss in Ann Arbor, the roles had been reversed Thursday. The Terps began the sport on the proper foot. Reese stayed out of foul bother. Maryland combined in completely different defensive seems, regularly sending double groups at Dickinson. Maryland utilized strain and scored 14 quick break factors; it solely had three in the first assembly.
This regarded like the 8-0 Terps who captured the hearts of their fanbase. They’re not fairly there but, however constant performances like Thursday’s will push this staff into the postseason.