Maryland men’s basketball flips the script in the rematch with Michigan, winning 64-58

Thursday introduced as a lot of a must-win alternative as a crew 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 dwelling.

Graduate level guard Jahmir Young, who has undoubtedly turn out to be Maryland’s greatest 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 general and 3-4 in Big Ten play.

“We’re all opponents at the finish of the day, and so they received us, by what, 35 up there. So we all know it was sort of like a homecoming for a few them, in order that they have been gonna carry it. We simply had to verify we got here out and threw the first punch and actually simply tried to drag this one out,” Young stated.

The rematch supplied a a lot completely different tone to start out 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 with no 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 unique look in hopes of containing Michigan star junior heart Hunter Dickinson.

Dickinson, a close-by DeMatha Catholic High School product, has lengthy made recognized 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, continually sending a second man at him, one thing that was not often 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 heart 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 massive.

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 harm Maryland, not its opponents, in latest showings.

Swanton-Rodger — the sparsely utilized third-string massive — performed the unlikely position 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.

“I believe [Caelum’s] seven minutes have been most likely the most essential seven minutes we have had all season,” Maryland head coach Kevin Willard stated.

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 discipline objectives to chip into its deficit. The Terps, in the meantime, have been held with no made 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 irate 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 received the huge defensive cease it wanted. After giving up an offensive rebound, the Terps held robust, securing possession after a Reese block.

“I believe Julian performed nearly as good a basketball sport as you may towards most likely one in every of the greatest gamers in the nation,” Willard stated. “I believed he was bodily all evening, I believed he caught to the sport plan. He received up the line, he battled, he made it robust for Hunter.”

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 last minute, and Maryland capitalized simply sufficient to safe the win.

The Terps regarded nothing like the crew that was completely dismantled by the Wolverines 18 days in the past, selecting up a essential cut up towards Michigan.

“Maryland was the most aggressive crew, particularly, not simply in the second half, however all through the sport,” Michigan head coach Juwan Howard stated.

Three issues to know

1. Welcome dwelling, Hunter Dickinson. One may think about that Dickinson has 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 attributable to 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 an impactful double-double of 19 factors and 10 rebounds.

2. Jahmir Young is a game-changer. Sans a poor efficiency in the first sport towards Michigan, Young has been one in every of the Big Ten’s greatest 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 no less than 24 factors in every of Maryland’s three convention dwelling video games. In simply 18 video games at the high-major stage, the Charlotte switch is clearly Maryland’s greatest participant.

“I believe the largest factor that we have talked about with Jahmir, and I’ve talked about Jahmir, was simply being affected person and studying the league,” Willard stated. “I believe he is taking part in nearly as good as any participant in the nation proper now, and I believe he is gotten comfy with the size and dimension he has to go towards each evening.”

3. A special script. While every thing attainable may have gone mistaken in Maryland’s New Year’s Day loss in Ann Arbor, the roles have been reversed Thursday. The Terps began the sport on the proper foot. Reese stayed out of foul hassle. Maryland combined in completely different defensive appears, 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 fan base. They’re not fairly there but, however constant performances like Thursday’s will push this crew into the postseason.

“I’ll beat the useless horse. Schedule dictates the way you play rather a lot,” Willard stated. “UConn’s misplaced 5 in a row. I can go — Ohio State, who I believe is absolutely good, has misplaced 5 in a row. Schedule generally dictates the way you play, and our schedule has been extraordinarily brutal. … my job is to be sure that they perceive that generally if you undergo a schedule — like after we received blown out [against] UCLA — that was my fault. That wasn’t the crew’s fault, that was dangerous scheduling. Schedule can dictate the way you play and I believe we have had dangerous spells, however these guys have not modified.”

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