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Terps continue to struggle with loss to Pittsburgh

After finishing with 18 rebounds against NC State, Charles Mitchell did not have a single board against Pittsburgh.
After finishing with 18 rebounds against NC State, Charles Mitchell did not have a single board against Pittsburgh.
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The final score may have indicated a close, hard-fought contest, but it would certainly not tell the whole story in Maryland's 83-79 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Terps played well early in the contest but trailed by double-digits for much of the second half. Pittsburgh's inability to close out the game from the foul line was the only reason the final score wasn't a larger margin.

In fact, the Panthers gave the Terps every opportunity in the closing minutes to storm back and steal a game in which Maryland had been clearly outplayed, but they still couldn't pull it off.

Maryland gave up a bunch of layups in the second half and turned the ball over far too much to be a top 25 team, even on their home floor.

At one point, an incensed Mark Turgeon called a timeout and could be seen on the sidelines demonstrating all of the easy layups Maryland was surrendering on the defensive end.

The loss drops Maryland under .500 in ACC play and makes it almost inconceivable for the team to reach the NCAA tournament. In fact, the Terps probably have a better shot at finishing the season with an overall losing record than they do of dancing come March.

Dez Wells took a surprisingly low number of shots until the final minutes of the game, and Charles Mitchell did not record a rebound before fouling out. Frustration is clearly building for a team of supposedly talented players falling far short of expectations.