Under interim head coach Danny Manning, Maryland men’s basketball competes, but struggles to finish games

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Tuesday’s match against Michigan will mark 10 games played since Mark Turgeon’s resignation sent a shockwave through Maryland’s season. 

Despite the change in personnel, Maryland has remained competitive, possessing a second half lead in every game under head coach Danny Manning. Despite that, Maryland has gone 4-5 (1-5 B1G) in that time.

But when crunch time arrives, Maryland falls apart.

Maryland’s last game against Rutgers was no different. After they took a commanding 11-point lead at halftime, the Scarlet Knights took over and scored over twice the amount of points as Maryland in the second half.

The Terps have struggled to play a complete game of basketball in conference play.

“Every game that we played in, we put ourselves in a situation where we know we could compete with our opponents,” Manning said. “Now it’s just a matter of finishing the performance.”

In the last five matches, Maryland won only one of them. It’s sole win against Northwestern went to double overtime in spite of a six-point Maryland lead with under 20 seconds remaining. It has been almost three weeks since the last time the Terps have won in regulation.

“We just got to find a way to continue to take steps to get better and put it all together,” Manning said. “And we’re close. Guys are continuing to come out and have great energy and great attention to detail.”

Their next match against Michigan will be another opportunity for Maryland to change their fortune, and this could be the game to do it in. The Wolverines also have only one win in conference play and their star center Hunter Dickinson is a gametime decision.

Despite the question marks surrounding Michigan’s roster, Maryland is prepared to be flexible. 

“We gameplan like they’re going to have everybody on their roster and a couple more guys [where] we don’t know where they’re at,” Manning said. “That’s the game plan.”