Maryland's defense looked out of synch early, allowing Bama to build a 36-20 half-time lead. The Terrapins toughened their defense in the second half and exposed the rust still sticking to Alabama's athletes.
This was my first look at all the freshmen and I was very impressed. Mark Gottfried used to recruit athletes and try to teach them how to play basketball. Anthony Grant recruits basketball players and teaches them how to grow better - much, much better. The raw talent on this team is impressive. We now have at least three guys who can hit the outside shot. All of the new kids play defense. Given time they should be able to develop into a much more efficient offensive unit than we have seen at the Capstone in about a decade.
Engstrom did provide some defensive help, but trying to feed him underneath the basket today was a waste of time. He mishandled almost every pass thrown to him in traffic. Coach Grant says the young man has good hands. I believe him. Let's hope he's still just acclimating to the speed of the game. Charles Hankerson looked much improved over last year and even presented an offensive threat.
Here's a box score and play by play summary of this afternoon's game. Tony Mitchell earned Player of the Game honors, leading all scorers with 17 points including 3 of 4 from outside the three point arc.
Tomorrow's game will be broadcast on ESPN2, I think they said at 9 eastern time, but be sure to check your local listings.