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So we haven't paid much attention to Maryland other than noting last year that the Terrapin tradition of tournament choking continues, with a Big Ten tournament loss to Michigan State and an NCAA choke to West Virginia, and the coup of signing Diamond Stone, we haven't paid a lot of attention.
We did have some curiosity about the play of Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon naturally, but things seemed to be going fairly well.
Lately though things haven't gone so well for Maryland or Sulaimon.
Maryland closed out the regular season 2-4, with losses to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue and Indiana and wins over Michigan and Illinois.
In his last four games, Sulaimon has scored 8, 9, 3 and 4 points. He's shot 3-5, 2-10, 1-5 and 2-6.
The Washington Post has this line, which we'll return to: "The frustration was visible on the court throughout the second half. Sulaimon stomped his feet after Trimble missed him on a potential three-point attempt."
Now that in itself is a minor point. But look at the video ESPN posted in its story about the game.
The first time we see Sulaimon, he's launching a very long three point attempt, which he missed, badly. IU brought the ball down and Yogi Ferrell shot and hit a three.
Sulaimon didn't even put a hand up.
A couple of higlights later, IU has a semi-fast break. Sulaimon just barely makes it across half-court.
The next highlight, IU's Max Zeisloft picks off a pass intended for Sulaimon from Trimble, runs out of bounds and flings it downcourt to Juwann Morgan, who takes it in for a layup.
He might not have caught up to the play, but then again, the shot might have missed. But either way, Sulaimon was not in position to do anything about it - again.
Not seeing it? Try this video instead. We defy you to find any spot where he looks engaged or committed.
Part of the reason why he left Duke (or rather was told to leave) was because his attitude became a problem. He said he was grateful for another chance and that he had changed.
Recently Lefty Driesell crowed that "I bet Mike Krzyzewski is kicking himself in the foot," but maybe not (and why would one kick one's foot anyway?). It looks like the same Rasheed to us.