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NCAA Basketball: 10 biggest early team disappointments of 2023-24 season

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5. Maryland Terrapins - 8-4 (1-1 Big Ten)

The Terrapins were a team that was getting preseason top-25 votes and was supposed to have one of the top starting lineups in NCAA Basketball. Yet to this point, it’s hard to find a single really good performance from the Big Ten team as league play gets going.

Maryland started the season 1-3, including losses to both Davidson and UAB, as well as scoring just 40 points total to Villanova in an embarrassing defeat. Their best wins to this point are in overtime over Penn State, as well as a recent win over UCLA, who you might be seeing later in this piece.

The three returning seniors, as expected, are leading the team in scoring, including Jahmir Young at 19.3 ppg and 4.1 apg. The problem is that the supporting cast has collectively not brought much to the table, outside of freshman guard, DeShawn Harris-Smith. The lack of depth has stunted their offensive potential, including shooting just 28% from three-point range.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Terrapins at the start of the new year, with Purdue and several true road games coming up. If they can’t find a way to make some shots, this could be a very long year for Coach Kevin Willard and Maryland.