The Maryland Terrapins season came to end last night against the Kansas Jayhawks. The Terps came ready to play in the first half with impressive performances from the backcourt duo of Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon. Trimble had 10 first half points and Sulaimon had 12. Both players came ready to play, and so did most of their other key players, until the second half.
The big takeaway from tonight's game was that Kansas is just really good.
The Jayhawks are so deep and they have a plethora of players on their team that can hurt you from Perry Ellis, to Wayne Selden Jr., to Frank Mason III. Perry Eliis was the best player on the court and really made the Maryland frontcourt look mediocre. Maryland played a really tough game, especially in the first half, where they were up for a majority of the half, but Ellis really started to takeover in the second half. The Jayhawks just looked like the better team in the second half and they played like the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
This is the last collegiate game for Jake Layman, Sulaimon, and maybe a few other draft eligible players on Maryland. Layman and Sulaimon's collegiate careers are definitely over, but do not be surprised if you see Layman on an NBA team next year.
Likewise, Melo Trimble, Diamond Stone, and Robert Carter all have big decisions to make. They are all projected to get drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, but they might want to stay in college and improve their craft. Maryland was one of the best teams in the Big Ten this season and one of the better teams in the country, but they could be losing their whole starting lineup. Stone, Trimble, and Carter could declare for the draft, especially under the NCAA's new Draft declaration rule.
Now, the Terps had a fantastic season by making it to the Sweet 16 and at times Maryland did look like they could hang around ith Kansas, but the Jayhawks were clearly the better team. The Terps are obviously going to miss their star players from this season, and hopefully at least a couple players will come back to school.
Many people thought the Terps could have taken out the top seeded Jayhawks, but in the end, Kansas' experienced players were too much for the Terps. Perry Ellis ended up with 27 points and Wayne Selden had 19 points. The Terps also shot 20 percent from deep, which is certainly not ideal. Maryland's frontcourt got outplayed by the Jayhawks' frontcourt and it also did not help that players like Diamond Stone and Robert Carter were in foul trouble.
Maryland's lack of depth really hurt the team this season and depth is a big reason why Kansas is so successful. In the second half, the Jayhawks definitely looked a lot better than the Terps, while they teams looked even in first half. The Jayhawks obviously have what it takes to win the national championship.
Maryland fans should be thankful for the season that this team put together because it could be the best team that Maryland has for a long time.