The Big Ten only had one team in action on Sunday, as Maryland faced off against a really good Marquette team in the afternoon. The Terps entered the matchup hoping to score the team’s first resume win of the season.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-No. 5 Maryland Terrapins 84, Marquette Golden Eagles 63
Through seven games, we hadn’t seen much that would indicate Maryland was a legitimate top 10 team this season. Sure, Maryland was 7-0 and most of the games came in convincing fashion, but the Terps had never really “wowed” during that time. Maybe that was a byproduct of playing a week opening slate, but that was the impression.
However, that ended on Sunday.
Maryland got its first opportunity of the season against a quality opponent in Marquette on Sunday and thoroughly impressed. The Terps came roaring out of the gate and never looked back. Things were essentially over by halftime and Markus Howard was a complete non-factor, finishing with six points and a 48 offensive rating. All told, Maryland grabbed an 84-63 win to improve to 8-0 overall this season.
This was a big one for the Terps. Not only for the reasons stated above, but also because it puts the team in great position to keep things rolling in the weeks to come. Maryland will now get winnable home games against Notre Dame and Illinois this week before facing some tougher road challenges later this month. Either way, Maryland fans have to be excited about how this team looks right now.