CSN Final Exam: Who gets the last shot for Maryland?

CSN Final Exam: Who gets the last shot for Maryland?
December 19, 2013, 12:45 pm
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As Maryland players take a week to complete their final exams, CSN is building its own final exam to evaluate the season so far, including the ups, the downs, and what might be ahead. It will be 10 questions, two each day from Monday to Friday. Think you can ace it?

Question 7: Maryland is down by one point and has possession with seven seconds remaining. Who gets the last shot?

a) Dez Wells

b) Jake Layman

c) Evan Smotrycz

d) Charles Mitchell

CSN’s Answer: a) Dez Wells

This could obviously be situation-based, but hypothetically down by one point and not needing a three, Wells going north to south toward the basket is still Maryland’s best option.

His combination of size, speed, and body control makes him difficult to stay in front of and, let’s be honest, there are times when he can absolutely take over. Didn’t see it? Go back and watch the final six minutes of Maryland’s win over Boston College.

There is an interesting and developing dynamic at play here, though. Maryland is developing two weapons for late-game situations. Wells is the inside option, but Jake Layman is quickly developing into a possible go-to if Maryland needs a three-pointer late or if Wells is smothered going to the rim.

Nick Faust’s drive and dish with under a minute to play against Florida Atlantic sealed the game for Maryland. Pairing an inside presence with an outside threat makes a team that much more difficult to defend in one-possession situations.

Maryland will be fortunate if Layman can become that “other guy” down the stretch.

Miss the other questions on the exam? Catch up below:

Question 1: Who is Maryland's midseason MVP?

Question 2: Who should be the starting PG once Allen returns?

Question 3: What should Nick Faust’s role be?

Question 4: Should Charles Mitchell start?

Question 5: Should Jonathan Graham be getting more minutes?

Question 6: Will Maryland win any ACC games against Top 25 teams?

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