For a team that was trying to pad its tournament resume and playing in front of an energized home crowd, Maryland lacked any fight. Virginia routinely beat the Terps to loose balls and outrebounded Maryland despite being a very undersized team.
If the Terps aren't able to pound teams on the glass, it's almost impossible for them to beat anyone considering how much they struggle to shoot from the outside and all of the turnovers they commit. Maryland didn't even try to work the ball inside to its big men, instead choosing to fire up outside shots without much success.
Maybe it's the youth and inexperience still shining through, but Maryland has too many players simply disappear in games. Jake Layman got off to a hot start shooting the ball only to finish with four points. As one of the team's best shooters, that simply isn't going to get the job done.
The Terps trailed by double digits for much of the second half. They managed to make a few runs at the Cavaliers, but Virginia always seems to answer back with a big three-pointer. The frustration was starting to show midway through the second half and continued into the interviews with Mark Turgeon and the players following the game.
Maryland's half-court offense looked totally out of snyc at times in the second half. Virginia's defense certainly deserves credit, but the Terps couldn't even space the floor properly or try to dribble without running into a teammate. It was an effort that left you scratching your head wondering how an ACC team with quality talent can be struggling so much so late in the season.
It also makes you wonder what's going on in practice, especially when Alex Len appears to have regressed so much from the start of the season. Len, who played a terrible game despite a stat line that might lead you to believe otherwise, is just one example of a Maryland player who seems to be getting worse instead of better.
If there was a bright spot, Pe'Shon Howard was really effective in 17 minutes of action, chipping in with one of his best performances in ACC play. Maybe that will give him the confidence boost to continue to play well the rest of the way. The Terps could certainly use his steady play at the point.
Sitting at 5-6 in the ACC, Maryland would have to finish 6-1 in ACC play to have any chance of sneaking into the NCAA tournament. Given the way they have played and the remaining schedule, that's simply not going to happen.