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2023-24 Game 9: 12/6 Penn State 7PM BTN


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#1 BSLZackKiesel

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Posted 04 December 2023 - 10:57 AM

Following a loss in their conference opener to Indiana, Maryland returns home to face off against Penn State in what will be their final conference game until January. The Nittany Lions have an identical 4-4 record to the Terps, and have lost four straight games to Texas A&M, Butler, VCU, and Bucknell. Mike Rhoades is in his first season in Happy Valley after spending the previous six years at VCU. The team was forced to replace 11 players from last season's roster.

 

Penn State is led by a talented backcourt of Kanye Clary and Ace Baldwin, Jr., who are both averaging more than 14 points per game. Maryland fans will be familiar with Qudus Wahab, who joined the Nittany Lions following a second stint at Georgetown last season. He's averaging 11 points and 9 rebounds per game. Like the Terps, their entire team has struggled to shoot the ball, particularly from beyond the arc.

 

KenPom Rankings

  • Maryland: #69 (#171 AdjO, #20 AdjD; #280 AdjT)
  • Penn State: #127 (#119 AdjO, #147 AdjD; #65 AdjT)

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Posted 04 December 2023 - 05:55 PM

I'll say we win this one.

 

We better win this one or the bottom will fall out -- if it hasn't already.


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Posted 04 December 2023 - 06:27 PM

Penn State always gives Maryland a tough time so I wouldn't be shocked if Penn State wins.

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Posted 04 December 2023 - 06:51 PM

Penn State always gives Maryland a tough time so I wouldn't be shocked if Penn State wins.

Have anyone but Scott, Reese and Young even played against Penn St? Don't think anyone on PSU roster has played against Maryland. 2nd and 1st year coaching staffs (staves?).

Won't argue with the history you cite, especially in State College, but that no it's more of an historical curiosity than meaningful factor for this game.

Nobody should be shocked if Maryland loses, of course.

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Posted 04 December 2023 - 06:57 PM

Since joining the Big Ten, Maryland is 7-7 against Penn State. All but one matchup (a road loss in 2019) have been decided by seven or fewer points.

 

Maryland hasn't won a game in State College since their inaugural Big Ten season.


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Posted 04 December 2023 - 06:58 PM

Since joining the Big Ten, Maryland is 7-7 against Penn State. All but one matchup (a road loss in 2019) have been decided by seven or fewer points.

Maryland hasn't won a game in State College since their inaugural Big Ten season.


Is that true? Didn’t we destroy them the Diamond Stone year? That was his best game for us if I recall

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Posted 04 December 2023 - 07:00 PM

Is that true? Didn’t we destroy them the Diamond Stone year? That was his best game for us if I recall

That was a home game, and Maryland won 70-64. Diamond Stone had 39 points, but everyone else struggled to score.

 

https://www.sports-r...0-maryland.html


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Posted 04 December 2023 - 07:01 PM

That was a home game, and Maryland won 70-64. Diamond Stone had 39 points, but everyone else struggled to score.

https://www.sports-r...0-maryland.html


Geez. Imagine getting 39 points from someone in a college game and only winning by 6?

Clearly I shouldn’t have questioned you :-)
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Posted 04 December 2023 - 07:06 PM

Geez. Imagine getting 39 points from someone in a college game and only winning by 6?

Clearly I shouldn’t have questioned you :smile:

It was a strange game. Happened on a Wednesday afternoon during winter break between Christmas and New Year's so the place was empty. I was a senior at UMD that year and remember driving down from my parents' house. The first half was brutal but Stone went nuts off the bench in the second half. Wound up being a "sigh of relief" game since we were ranked #4 at the time and had only one loss to UNC.


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Posted 05 December 2023 - 06:51 PM

Jahmir Young and Mady Traore are both reportedly dealing with injuries and haven’t practiced yet this week. They’re both questionable for this game.
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Posted 05 December 2023 - 07:02 PM

Traore is a non-factor. Honestly didn't even know he was on the team until a couple of games ago.

I'd be shocked if they could overcome no Young.

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Posted 06 December 2023 - 08:35 AM

Maryland enters this game as 7.5-point favorites. ESPN gives them a 73.6% chance to win.
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Posted 06 December 2023 - 09:59 AM

I like MD to win if Young plays, but regardless I'm taking PSU and the points. 



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Posted 06 December 2023 - 05:21 PM


Jahmir Young and Mady Traore are both reportedly dealing with injuries and haven’t practiced yet this week. They’re both questionable for this game.

Neither Young or Traore are listed on Maryland’s injury report for this game. Both are available for Kevin Willard.
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Posted 06 December 2023 - 05:28 PM

Thank God Traore is available! Difference maker.

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Posted 06 December 2023 - 06:51 PM

Starting Five: Young, Harris-Smith, Scott, Geronimo, Reese
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Posted 06 December 2023 - 07:05 PM

Wahab still getting yelled at for not passing the ball. Good to know he hasn’t changed in the last couple years.
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Posted 06 December 2023 - 07:09 PM

Penn State coming out with far more energy than Maryland in the first five minutes. So, business as usual for the Terps.
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Posted 06 December 2023 - 07:19 PM

Wahab still getting yelled at for not passing the ball. Good to know he hasn’t changed in the last couple years.


For all of his limitations, MD could use him.

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Posted 06 December 2023 - 07:20 PM

MD with 7 points in 8 minutes.




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