We’re getting to the point of the season where every day there are several games that have major NCAA tournament implications. That could come with respect to the number one seeds, or with the all-important bubble. Who got popped, and who got squeezed? Let’s follow the bouncing ball and see.
Game of the week: Maryland 83, Duke 81. With the Terrapins moving to the Big Ten in two years, this was potentially the final game between these two arch rivals in College Park. What a way to go out. The Terrapins got a time-capsule performance from 7-1 sophomore center Alex Len. Not only did Len toss in a team-high 19 points (to go along with nine rebounds), but he singlehandedly shut down Mason Plumlee, Duke’s senior center who was previously considered a favorite for national player of the year. Maryland committed a whopping 26 turnovers, largely because coach Mark Turgeon had suspended his starting point guard, Pe’shon Howard, for violating team rules. If Maryland can avoid overcelebrating this win, it has a real chance to make the NCAA tournament. (more…)