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The Maryland Terrapins Men’s Basketball team saw their 2018-2019 season come to an end on Saturday when Tremont Waters knocked in a game-winning layup to give the LSU Tigers a 69-67 victory to advance to the Sweet 16.
The Terps got off to a slow start against the Tigers, trailing by nine at halftime. LSU would stretch the lead to 15 early in the second half before Mark Turgeon made an in-game adjustment to switch to zone defense that proved to stifle the Tigers over the last 15 minutes of the game.
It was the type of adjustment that Turgeon haters have been crying for over his tenure in College Park. “Great recruiter, terrible coach” is the consistent cry. This in-game adjustment worked perfectly. Not sure why exactly Turgeon elected to switch back to man-to-man on the final possession, but this move got the Terps back in the game and even took a 64-62 lead with 1:45 remaining.
On Thursday afternoon the Maryland Terrapins started their 2019 NCAA tournament run with a 79-77 win over the Belmont Bruins. It was a slug fest of a game, with both teams trading punches down the stretch. In the end, the Terps pulled out the win to advance to the second round for the first time since 2016.
Coming into this matchup Belmont was a trendy upset pick across the country and probably even a favorite in the state of Maryland due to chronic pessimism coming from Terps fans.