Maryland Terrapins to battle North Carolina Tarheels in B1G/ACC Challenge


The Maryland Terrapin basketball program is growing and continues to build on a breakout 2014 season. Not only did they get Diamond Stone, but now they recently brought in former Duke Blue Devil Rasheed Sulaimon. The Terps are slowly, but surely setting up a team that can go deep in the NCAA Tournament. They will headline the B1G/ACC Challenge with the North Carolina Tarheels this upcoming season which means big time exposure and attention for the program.

The game will be played in Chapel Hill which gives North Carolina the home-court advantage. The buzz surrounding this game will be huge considering the kind of talent the Terps will have. It will also be an opportunity for the newcomers: Jaylen Brantley, Diamond Stone and Sulaimon to see what they do on a big stage together.

Sports Ilustrated’s Seth Davis believes head coach Mark Turgeon could coach his team and raise a few eyebrows:

"“He could coach his team and pleasantly surprise the public. This fall, he will not have that luxury. It’s win big, or bust. ​To be sure, there are good reasons for those expectations. Not only is Maryland’s roster loaded with quality pieces, but it looks as if they should fit well together.” – Seth Davis"

I don’t feel like it’s win big or bust deal for the Terps this season. That puts too much pressure on the team. The Terps have an opportunity to do some damage. Every team that is stacked with talent has high expectations, but what matters is on the court performance. Mark Turgeon will make sure the team stays level headed. It’s feasible that they can get past the round of 32 because they will have the physical size in the front court with Stone, Robert Carter, Damonte Dodd and others.

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Size in the front is important because that allows a team to be physical on the boards and in the post. The Terrapins finally have that and it’s something they can use their advantage in the B1G/ACC Challenge.

This game will be huge and it could be set the precedent for how the team plays on big stages throughout the rest of the season.  On Tuesday, December 1st, Terps fans should look forward to seeing a great show.

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