Another shaky day in the Baltimore/Washington corridor, with both Maryland and Loyola falling on the road. ...
Jake Layman, Maryland
Things haven't gone well for the Terrapins of late, but the freshman's post-Christmas surge has settled into providing sound, solid minutes even when Maryland isn't winning. Layman played 21 minutes and scored just three points, but is still much further along than at this time last month.
He also provided one of the most productive back-to-back possessions of the game for Maryland, hitting a 3-pointer on one end and blocking Rion Brown's shot at the other. There is still improvement to be had, but Layman is not regressing against better competition, one of the few welcome signs for the Terps over the last week.
Maryland point guards
Seth Allen and Pe'Shon Howard combined for four points, five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 46 minutes against Miami. That just isn't going to cut it.
A game earlier, the pair totaled two assists and eight turnovers.
Assist-to-turnover ratio isn't the end-all statistic some coaches would have you believe. But there needs to be some sort of complementary production (read: scoring) to offset any giveaways. Allen provided that in the loss to Florida State. Neither point guard could muster much of anything against Miami.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
Teams ahead of Loyola in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings. The Greyhounds' 64-57 loss at Rider knocked them out of a three-way tie for the top. Now, Loyola (12-6, 4-2) is looking up at Niagara and Iona and is tied with Rider, with whom it has already split its regular season series.
Points per possession for Maryland in a 54-47 loss at Miami, matching its least efficient offensive day under Mark Turgeon. The Terps also had 0.70 points per possession in losses to Alabama and Virginia last season.
ON TAP MONDAY
It's a loaded MEAC Monday in the corridor, with three teams playing at home ... Howard (4-13, 1-2) plays host to defending conference champion Norfolk State (8-10, 3-0) at Burr Gymnasium. The Bison have not reached the 50-point plateau in three of their last four games. ...
Morgan State (4-8, 1-0) meets Savannah State (7-9, 1-1) in the only regular-season meeting of two teams expected to finish toward the top of the MEAC. ... Coppin State (3-14, 0-2), which has dropped five in a row, plays host to South Carolina State (4-11, 0-2) in West Baltimore.
--- Patrick Stevens