Maryland Beats Colgate 95-40 In Final Game Before Duke

The Terrapins seemed to have found a good balance of freshmen and seniors at the perfect time before an important trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

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Maryland Vs. Colgate: Terrapins Dominate In All Facets Of 95-40 Win

If you're a Maryland Terrapins fan, this game was probably pretty fun for you. And it gives us just a shred of hope that Maryland is finding its best lineup and may even be gaining some momentum prior to the toughest challenge of the season this Sunday night against the Duke Blue Devils.

As discussed by SB Nation's Terrapins blog Testudo Times, one critical element of the game was yet another change to the starting lineup, and it worked out well for the Terps tonight.

We'll get more to performances in a minute, but there was one extremely important development today: the starting lineup changed (again). Terrell Stoglin took the place of Pe'Shon Howard in the starting lineup, who had recently replaced the enigmatic Cliff Tucker. The lineup shows a lot of promise and seems by far Maryland's best lineup for half-court offense. No one other than Stoglin has shown the ability to take pressure off Jordan Williams in the post, so him starting is a good sign. He's not an ideal point guard and is more of a scoring-first combo guard, but right now, that's fine  for Maryland.

Adrian Bowie led all scorers for Maryland with 16 points tonight, while Stoglin, Tucker, Williams, and Dino Gregory each contributed 12 points. The Terrapins also shot an impressive 42.9% from behind the arc, including three three-pointers from the hot-shooting Stoglin.

Maryland will need to continue that accuracy on Sunday as they travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the top team in the country.

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Maryland Vs. Colgate: Terps Look To Impress In Final Game Before Duke

One challenge that Gary Williams and the Maryland Terrapins are facing this season is finding a balance of players that will allow the team's freshmen to grow and prosper will keeping the seniors involved and happy. With a huge matchup against the Duke Blue Devils looming on Sunday, the Terps have one last tune-up game against the Colgate Red Raiders to figure it out before its too late.

Colgate's 1-11 record won't scare anyone, but as SB Nation's Maryland blog Testudo Times points out, they do have some strengths.

Jordan Williams will finally be countered by some height, even if not a lot of it. While Colgate's strength is certainly in its guard play, there is some length on the squad, mostly from 6-10 junior center Nick Pascale. He receives minimal minutes, but he does start. And even though he doesn't put up crazy numbers - 6 and 6 a game - the height is a nice refresher after getting short cupcake after short cupcake.

The two guards to know are Joe Hoban and Yaw Gyawu. Hoban's a 6-1 senior and is averaging 9 points and 3.3 assists per game while essentially serving as Colgate's point guard. Gyawu, a 6-5 junior, is Colgate's leading scorer. He's not an outside threat - he's only taken 2 three-pointers on the year - but he's good around the rim and can put up points in a hurry.

The game will be carried locally on Comcast SportsNet Plus at 8:00 PM.

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