A team that was picked to finish sixth in the
Maryland will take a 12-game winning streak into Saturday’s ACC opener against
"They're trying to build momentum, they're trying to develop a winning attitude, so when they get into league play they know at least how to win games," Elmore said.
What Elmore sees is that Maryland is tied first in the ACC with
“That still means something whether Maryland will play a
A lot of Maryland’s success will be tied to the play of sophomore center Alex Len, who despite a two-game mini-slump playing against the zone defenses of Delaware State and
“I think they’ve got a legitimate low-post presence and skilled 7-footer and not many teams can say that,” said former Virginia Tech coach
Elmore said sophomore transfer Dez Wells, the team's second-leading scorer behind Len, is "a Stevie Francis-type player who doesn't even know yet how good a scorer he can be." Greenberg likes Maryland's two-headed point guard in junior Pe'Shon Howard and Seth Allen, whom he calls "their point guard of the future. He's athletic and dynamic."
Greenberg said the biggest question could be sophomore guard Nick Faust.
"I think the X-factor for them has to be Faust," Greenberg said "He's got to defend, he's got to take good shots, play like a guy who played 30 minutes a game last year."
Both Elmore and Greenberg anticipate that the Terps will finish higher than where the ACC writers and coaches picked them in the preseason.
Elmore said the he thinks Maryland is in a small group right behind Duke and North Carolina State and Greenberg, though not picking where he thinks the Terps will finish, said succinctly, "I like Maryland."