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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Stephen Curry threw a pretty ridiculous half court alley-oop to Dorell Wright last night in Oakland…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhxbCZHdgRw[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says ‘rivalry week’ atmosphere setting in for Ravens at 1 Winning Drive

In fact, I heard that instead of giving away purple towels Sunday night, the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium will be handed t-shirts that read “Duck Fuke.”

Oh, me…

This really is the most exciting game of the year, there’s simply no other way to say it. You can tell from the moment you walk into the building that there is a different excitement and electricity to the week.

It’s palpable.

There isn’t quite the “hurry up and get past it” feel to this week that there was last week leading up to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, or the week before to the Carolina Panthers game.

This week there’s a “hurry up and get there, then please don’t end” feeling.

It won’t be this exciting again until January.

At least…we hope.

2. CSNBaltimore.com’s Joe Platania says Le’Ron McClain only Ravens player not practicing Wednesday

Which is a measure of good news for the Ravens considering all of the named on their injury report.

Dawan Landry was limited, but the rest of the guys were full participants. It would lead you to believe that McClain is the only player in SERIOUS jeopardy of missing Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Of course, if Michael Oher is suddenly missing from practice TODAY-whatever good news came yesterday gets IMMEDIATELY thrown out the window.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Terrell Suggs named AFC Defensive Player of the Month

Well deserved.

What honor comes from winning Player of the Month? THIS picture of Sandra Valencia. (Thanks Brosome via Busted Coverage!)

valencia

4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says John Harbaugh dismissed Hines Ward handshake complaints

He handled the question better than I would have. My response would have been “Are you effing serious?”

It probably wouldn’t have been “effing.”

A few things before we move on from the Ravens…

-We’ll be back out in Owings Mills today as the Ravens return to practice. Coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570 WNST throughout the day, checking back here at WNST.net and following us on Twitter (@WNST).

-Did you miss NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today here at WNST.net to check it out. Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who went around the NFL with Drew Thursday
  • Mike DeCourcy (Sporting News)-who talked early season college basketball with Drew Thursday
  • Our weekly Morning Reaction “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers”-as Drew took a shot at “competition” and Glenn Clark took a shot at the Cleveland Cavaliers/Miami Heat buildup
  • Ralph Friedgen (ACC Coach of the Year)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday for “The Terrapins Coaches’ Report”
  • Dave Miller (National Football Post)-who went around College Football with Thyrl Wednesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Barry Barnes (Fanhouse)-who previewed Ravens/Steelers with Rex Snider Wednesday on “The Afternoon Drive”
  • Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com)-who talked Fantasy Football with Rex Wednesday
  • All sorts of audio from Owings Mills Wednesday; including Harbaugh, Suggs, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Jarret Johnson and Haloti Ngata

It’s all in the Audio Vault…so…ENJOY! Thank me later.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Orioles make offer to 1B Paul Konerko

And you guys HAVE to feel silly, because I already printed my World Series tickets back when they signed Mitch Atkins. You’re probably going to miss out.

The immediate rumors are that Paul Konerko is probably going to pull a Paul Konerko here. The O’s will offer him a bunch of money and he’ll say “thanks but no thanks.” The word is that because he lives in Arizona, he wants to play for a team that does (at least) Spring Training there.

My suggestion? The Orioles move Spring Training to Tempe. It would at least make me happy. Isn’t that what matters?

If Konerko turns down the money, the Orioles still have to go get SOMEONE. I’m not sure if they’re aware, but Adam Dunn is available. I haven’t heard about them offering him a contract, which is surprising-because he’s pretty good.

Someone should let them know.

6. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Birds could choose not to tender contract offer to Matt Albers

No matter what happens, Matt Albers HAS to return to Charm City. His fake Twitter account is amongst the best in town.

Of course, if Albers leaves town, the Orioles will need some bullpen help.

7. The AP’s Genaro C. Armas says Jordan Williams posted double double as Maryland won at Penn State

The Nittany Lions are SO bad I actually almost felt bad for Talor Battle for a second.

Empty arena in Happy Valley. Teammates that didn’t bother to come back out for the second half.

Wow.

This takes nothing away from what Gary Williams’ Terrapins did last night, as the Terps recovered from a terrible first five minutes to dispatch PSU easily.

It was absolutely what we expected them to do, but it was important that they did it.

The Terps return to action Sunday night when they face Temple at the Verizon Center in the BB&T Classic.

8. The AP says Isaiah Philmore’s buzzer beater lifted Towson past Western Michigan at Towson Center

For the first time in my life, I left the Towson Center last night saying to myself…

“What I just saw was really special.”

(Edit from GMC: No offense to 3 Doors Down, FUEL and Oleander-who put on a hell of a show at the Towson Center when I was in 12th grade. But this was better.)

Troy Franklin and Braxton Dupree did a hell of a job in leading the Tigers back from down 15 in the 2nd half, but it was the John Carroll product who delivered the dagger…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8alC-otdSrM[/youtube]

9. ESPN.com says San Diego State will be Navy’s opponent in Poinsettia Bowl

If I was Ken Niumatalolo, I probably wouldn’t care too much who my Midshipmen were playing…mostly because I’d be in SAN FREAKING DIEGO.

Other things I don’t care too much about? Anything to do with Jessica Burciaga that ISN’T this picture. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)…

burciaga

10. The Sun’s Katherine Dunn previews weekend High School Football championship games

And tonight’s first title game is Franklin-Wilde Lake (7pm, M&T Bank Stadium live on WNUV 54.)

I’ll go 26-16 Indians.

I know this much…North Harford isn’t there. That’s all that matters.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here are my picks to win this year’s significant Grammy Awards (the nominations came out last night).

Album of the Year….Eminem “Recovery”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s[/youtube]

Song of the Year and Record of the Year….Cee-Lo “F*** You” (Language NSFW)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0mxOXbWIU[/youtube]

Best New Artist….Drake

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRLSQDCkcaA[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because it’s time to name a couple “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.” The NEW TGSOATTW honoree is from Zac Brown Band’s new CD “You Get What You Give”, which I can already tell you will be on my short list of nominees for Album of the Year this year. I love the tune “Keep Me In Mind.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFI8Sn-IoSI[/youtube]

The retro version stems from my trip to Atlanta last week, as I was reminded of the greatness of music from A-Town. Let’s not forget that this was the town that gave us the Black Crowes, Little Feat, Ludacris, Usher, Cee Lo Green, Sevendust and of course the AMAZING Outkast; who combine with Erykah Badu for “Humble Mumble”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSDDDYvd-Cs[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. CSNBaltimore.com says Ravens’ Week 12 game with Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium flexed to 4:15pm

LOVE this. Maryland plays NC State the night before, and I’m hoping it will be a relevant game that gets moved back to 8pm. If it does, I can use the extra sleep. 4:15pm is a PERFECT game time.

You would think that the game against the New Orleans Saints on December 19 would be a prime candidate to be flexed as well. The games at the Cleveland Browns and against the Cincinnati Bengals to end the season probably aren’t the type of premiere battles to warrant national television, but if there’s a lot on the line that could certainly change.

2. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Joe Flacco in Top 10 in NFL in big passing plays

“TAKE THE HANDCUFFS OFF!!!”

Some of the numbers on these 25+ yard passes might be a bit skewed by short passes that ended up going a great distance, but I think this is a legitimate statistic.

I’ve laughed at the “time to open up the offense” comments that some fans have directed to Cam Cameron in the past, but I will admit that the Ravens don’t have the personnel necessary to TRULY be the type of dynamic offense some folks want to see.

Hopefully Donte’ Stallworth can continue to progress health-wise and his speed will add something to the offense. That being said, the Ravens are STILL missing the 6’4″-6’5″ type WR to haul in jump balls downfield. I know there’s the whole NFL Draft process, but could they just petition to pick up Georgia WR AJ Green for the rest of the season?

3. ESPN.com drops Ravens to 4th in power rankings

Before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-We’ll be out at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today as the Ravens return to the practice field. We’re expecting to hear from Head Coach John Harbaugh, LB Ray Lewis, Flacco and others following this morning’s walkthrough. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570 WNST throughout the day, following @WNST on Twitter and checking WNST.net for updates!

-The Carolina Panthers made a roster move Tuesday, signing veteran QB Brian St. Pierre from their practice squad. With starter Jimmy Clausen expected to miss Sunday’s battle in Charlotte, St. Pierre would back up rookie Tony Pike. Armanti Edwards is also on the roster, but the Panthers have been in the process of moving him to WR.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Orioles have ‘already been in contact’ with free agent Adam Dunn

Is this thing on?

ATTENTION ANDY MACPHAIL: PLEASE FINISH THE JOB!

It is NOT enough to simply talk to free agents like Adam Dunn. Adam Dunn would be an almost PERFECT piece to add to the Birds’ lineup, but he has to agree to come to Charm City.

That’s the hard part.

That being said, Dunn’s been in the area and has played for a wretched franchise with few signs of hope. The American League might help his numbers, and while the Orioles might not want him to play first base-they also don’t have anyone blocking him from the position.

There’s no reason why the Orioles COULDN’T get Adam Dunn. Especially with all of that money they have their regional cable network.

Right?

RIGHT?

5. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says former O’s prospect Scott Moore re-signed with Chicago Cubs

He will be missed.

To warm your hearts with Scott Moore gone, I figured I’d pass along this picture of Candice Boucher. (Thanks Brosome!)

boucher

6. UMTerps.com says Gary Williams announced Tuesday that Sterling Gibbs, Nick Faust officially signed LOI

While we knew both players had already committed to coming to College Park, but it’s always hard to feel TOO confident until that LOI is signed.

Maryland supporters can certainly breathe now.

They both SHOULD be good players at the college level, but clearly there is no guarantee. That being said, it is simply nice to see well thought of players headed to the University of Maryland.

Of course, we thought the same thing when McDonald’s All-American Mike Jones debuted at Comcast Center…

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland center Jordan Williams named to Naismith Award watch list

While I doubt that Jordan Williams will be on the list at the END of the season, it is VERY nice to see his name on these lists (he’s also on the Wooden Award watch list) to start the season.

I did happen to think there was one notable name left off the watch list. Renata Kuerten. I believe there’s no relation to Gustavo. I know I’LL be watching. (Thanks Guyism!)

kuerten

8. The AP says Rashawn Polk scored 29 points to lead Towson past Coppin State at Towson Center

And a nice debut from former Calvert Hall and Maryland big man Braxton Dupree, who tallied six points and 14 rebounds in his Tigers debut.

More local college hoops action tonight, as UMBC visits Loyola at Reitz Arena. Tip-off is at 7pm, you can see the game live on MASN.

And in women’s action last night, Maryland fell to Georgetown 53-45. I thought Brenda Frese was supposed to have a high-powered group this season?!?!?

9. Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terrapins trying to avenge ’08 loss to Florida State at Byrd Stadium Saturday

Did you miss Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher Wednesday with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net today to check it out! Other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Solomon Wilcots (CBS Color Analyst)-who previewed Ravens-Panthers with Drew Wednesday
  • Todd Bozeman (Morgan State Hoops Coach)-who talked about the start of the Bears’ season with Drew Wednesday
  • Anthony Burgos (Franklin High School Football Coach)-who previewed Friday night’s showdown with North Harford (they’re doing God’s work) with Drew Wednesday
  • Steve Roberts (Arkansas State Football Coach)-who previewed the Red Wolves’ showdown with Navy Saturday in Annapolis with Thyrl Nelson Tuesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Wes Shivers (Strikeforce fighter)-who joined Thyrl Tuesday on “The MMA Report”
  • Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com)-who talked Fantasy Football with Rex Snider Tuesday on “The Afternoon Drive”

It’s all in the Audio Vault, so I’ve planned your day for you. You can thank me later.

10. People Magazine says Michael Phelps dating reality TV star Brittny Gastineau

You’re thinking to yourself: “You didn’t really just post this to put up a picture of Brittny Gastineau in her underpants, did you?”

You already know the answer.

gastineau

And finally, I leave you with this.

Complex.com named this Trinity College miracle the greatest trick play in football history. It WAS pretty awesome, but does it top the hook and lateral from Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl? I don’t know…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfKL3EUj7vA[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because-as an Andy Roddick fan-I’m very personally happy for his wife (Brooklyn Decker), who was unveiled as the cover gal for the new SI swimsuit issue…

decker

Of course, I think A-Rod himself may have been a better choice….

roddick

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Vasquez joins rare company by being named ACC Player of the Week again

As Patrick (who ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich appropriately nicknamed “Stat-rick” years back) points out, Greivis is only the 4th player in Terrapins history to receive the honor multiple times in multiple seasons. The other 3 players are John Gilchrist, Albert King and some guy you might have heard of….

juan

2. SI’s Seth Davis says Vasquez “best player in ACC”, doesn’t have Terps in Top 25

I THINK Sylvan Landesberg is the best player in the ACC myself. BUT, there is ABSOLUTELY an argument that Vasquez is playing as well as Landesberg if not better-and my guess is that Maryland will have more staying power than Virginia near the top of the league.

The only argument analysts have for leaving Maryland out of the Top 25 (and they didn’t crack the AP or USA Today Coaches’ Polls) is that they haven’t REALLY beaten anyone-other than sweeping Florida State. That’s a fair argument. They get a chance to play two good teams this week, but the only win that would really mean anything would be Saturday at Duke…

3. ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has Terps IN as 8 seed in NCAA Tournament; Morgan State in as 15 seed

Which-due to who they’ve defeated-is exactly where they should be right now. The good news for Gary Williams’ team is that they get the next month to figure out what type of seed they’re going to have in the Tournament. If they keep winning, they can be as high as a 3 or a 4 seed. If they go 4-4 over the next 8 games, they’ll be in about the same spot as they are right now.

4. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Morgan State went through “nightmare” 2 day stretch before surviving Bethune-Cookman 48-47

I warned yesterday that Morgan was going to be hard pressed to beat Bethune-Cookman due to having to play 2 games in a 26 hour span. They were tired in the 2nd half, and Reggie Holmes had nothing to offer. On top of that, there were some real issues surrounding the team this weekend-and you could see how much it weighed on Todd Bozeman even after the game.

My guess is that after surviving this weekend, the Bears will go on to finish 16-0 in MEAC play. That being said, it is absolutely meaningless if they do or they don’t. They really just need to make sure they win the MEAC Tournament. It would be special if they could do both. They step out of conference play to face Winston-Salem State Saturday.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Jarrel Smith tallied 21 points to help Towson survive late rally from JMU

I was following Drew on Twitter last night (follow us @WNST) while I was sitting at Hill Field House, and I found it humorous that he kept saying things like “this would be an epic collapse” and “there’s no way Towson can blow this, right?”

You just sorta knew it was still going to be interesting.

Good for the Tigers for holding on. They’re hoping to face UNC-Wilmington tomorrow night at the Towson Center, but obviously the weather remains a factor. If they play the game and you can’t make it out, it is scheduled to be aired on MASN.

6. WNST.net’s Corey Johns says Spadafora lead UMBC with 14 points in blowout loss to Maine

I was sort of afraid this would happen. The Black Bears hadn’t forgotten how the Retrievers came up to Maine 9 days earlier and stole a win to knock them out of first place in the America East; and they had payback on their minds. On top of that, Randy Monroe’s team is just unfortunately not that good.

They’ll be back in action Thursday night at Hartford, that game is scheduled to be on MASN as well. I love Randy Monroe AND Hartford SID Sam Angell, but I think I might choose to look at pictures of Lorraine Nicholson instead…

nicholson

7. The AP says Kareem Brown tallied 18 to lift Coppin State to first MEAC victory of season over Florida A&M

As I said yesterday, thank God they beat the Rattlers-because there might not have been another MEAC win on the schedule for Fang Mitchell’s Eagles.

He has players there. He’s trying to find the right group of guys to stay on the floor. Hopefully a blowout win can help them gel together moving forward. They return to action Saturday against South Carolina State at the Coppin State Physical Education Complex.

8. Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Maryland women had no answer for Monica Wright, whose 34 lifted Virginia to victory

At this point, it will take something very dramatic for Brenda Frese’s team to continue their streak of NCAA Tournament appearances. They’re now 3-6 in the ACC, and 3 of their last 5 games are on the road.

They have talented players, they just don’t have a good mix. The good news for Brenda is that she has PLENTY of talent coming next season and only one senior (Lori Bjork), so they should be okay for the future.

They’ll try to start their one final push this season at Wake Forest on Thursday night.

9. Ravens Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Ravens will need ‘first rate offense’ to get past Colts in AFC

You can’t really argue with this.

Sure, the Ravens played the Colts close in Baltimore despite not having a GREAT offense this season-but to stay near the top of the AFC and be able to host AFC Championship Games and reach Super Bowls, you have to be able to compete with teams like Indianapolis offensively.

They have to have more than one capable receiver to do it, too. It isn’t JUST a case of needing one go-to receiver. They need to have multiple go-to receivers, a tight end that is seriously in the mix, AND a solid RB (which is the only place they currently have an advantage over Indy).

On top of that, the quarterback needs to be playing at a high level. Joe Flacco doesn’t need to be Peyton Manning, but he needs to be better than he was last season.

10. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Donte’ Stallworth ‘interesting free agent’ for team to consider after being released by Browns

We talked about it this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570, and I got the idea that fans were less against Stallworth because of the DUI/manslaughter issue than they were because Stallworth has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season.

I wouldn’t be opposed to the addition of Stallworth if it came via these situations:

1-He isn’t brought in as “the answer” at receiver, but instead to be the team’s 3rd or 4th guy. He’s had a better career than Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington, Demetrius Williams and Marcus Smith-possibly combined. I would like to see Washington back in the mix, and Smith is still under contract, but Stallworth could fit if they brought in a #1 receiver and kept Derrick Mason.

2-He comes cheap. The CBA issues are going to limit what this team can do. If Stallworth is available cheap, they might get better value there.

11. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Birds could still add another left-handed reliever before Spring Training

I want to add some analysis here, I’m just uninspired. If they add a lefty, I hope it isn’t the “Hefty Lefty”….

lorenzen

12. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Charm City Challenge canceled due to lack of corporate sponsorship

Jordan Williams
James Padgett
Kimmie English
Kris Joseph
Henry Sims
Sean Mosley
Quintrell Thomas
Malcolm Delaney
Braxton Dupree
Dino Gregory
Jerai Grant
Shane Walker
Jerome Burney
Dwayne Collins
Eric Hayes
Landon Milbourne
DaJuan Summers
Greivis Vasquez
LaQuan Williams
Alade Aminu
Shane Clark
Dante Cunningham
Reggie Holmes
Troy Smith
Jessie Sapp
Itchy Bolden
Branden Albert
James Gist
Kenny Hasbrouck
Drew Neitzel
Will Thomas
Josh Boone
Will Bowers
Tommy Breaux
Guillermo Diaz
Gerald Brown
Hassan Fofana
Ekene Ibekwe
Jack McClinton
Will Sheridan
DJ Strawberry
John Gilchrist
Jarrett Jack
Chris McCray
Lee Melchionni
Gary Neal
Andre Collins
Sherrod Ford
Mike Grinnon
Keith Jenifer
Jai Lewis
Ismail Muhammad
Josh Powell
Melvin Scott

I hope you understand why it is such a shame this is happening. I really hope this is just a 1 year absence and not a permanent cancellation.

And finally, I leave you with this…

If you haven’t been a fan of Wale thus far (and you SHOULD be), you’re going to have to start soon. Check out his new video “Pretty Girls”…not only will you like his O’s hat, you might enjoy the Ray Rice cameo as well…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zycEukBbVzw[/youtube]

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

With Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta amongst the Orioles’ prospects on a blistering pace right now; it will be really difficult for fans to watch Adam Eaton go out start after start and continue to struggle. The Orioles probably want to hold off on bringing up another of their “cavalry” of pitchers until mid-to-late Summer at the earliest; but watching Adam Eaton is going to get fans a bit riled up.

I’ve been riled up since the Orioles acquired Eaton personally.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say……

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Chris Bonetti says Tillman improved to 5-0 for Norfolk with win

Glenn Clark says Ravens’ passing camp amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Glenn Clark thinks transfer ‘good move’ for both Dupree, Towson

Bob Haynie wonders if Flacco will throw 20+ TD’s this season

Keith Melchior still waiting for Wieters

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says with Liz gone, bullpen greatly improved

Yankees Official Site’s Jared Diamond says pressure on Sabathia as he faces Bergesen, O’s tonight at Yankee Stadium

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Huff has won back fans with on-field performance

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Huff, Markakis could thrive with home run porch at Yankee Stadium

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman catches up former Oriole Eric Davis

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Rowell homered for Keys in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie gives Birds best chance to get win at Yankee Stadium Wednesday vs. Phil Hughes

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Fiorentino offensive star, Pauley pitching star of Tides’ doubleheader sweep of Louisville

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Caleb Joseph had 4 hits for Keys in loss

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Washington officially practices as Raven in passing camp

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham cleans up after me

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Washington improves Ravens’ ‘size’ at WR

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens cut Marcus Maxwell to make roster room for Washington

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Kruger showed ‘good moves’, ‘good motor’ at minicamp

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says if Rachel Alexandra runs, Borel will be on board

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says handle, TV ratings both up for Preakness

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Dunkirk, Chocolate Candy both work out Monday eyeing third leg of Triple Crown

Daily Racing Form’s Chuck Dybdal says Russell Baze again all-time winningest jockey

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says Mike Smith will race at Hollywood Park instead of mounting Mine That Bird at Belmont

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derby winning trainer Woolley could be looking for third jockey in as many Triple Crown legs

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks MJC President Chuckas should step down after Preakness infield ‘fiasco’

Reuters says Smith riding Madeo in Whittingham Stakes instead of riding at Belmont

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terp Dupree transfers to Tigers

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kennedy thinks Dupree can make ‘impact’ on CAA

Examiner Steve DeClue says Dupree ‘excited’ for chance to play for Pat Kennedy

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says transferring to Towson puts Dupree back close to Calvert Hall

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Kennedy thinks Dupree can be ‘whole package’ for Tigers

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says target J.R. Ferguson could narrow list of prospective schools soon

ESPN.com’s Bruce Feldman says Bruce Campbell ‘workout warrior’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh chats with Ballou High School Guard prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles Gateway (PA) LB prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps offered NJ WR prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Dupree thought wins over North Carolina highlights of time in College Park

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter chats with prospect Terrence Jones, friend of commit Terrence Ross (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin catches up with former Terp Travis Garrison

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey credits Jays fans for sticking through blowout loss to Virginia

Inside Lacrosse’s Justin Redd says Gvozden particularly struggled in loss to Cavs

The Sun’s Edward Lee says ’94 last time Hopkins, no other state teams reached Final Four

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Pietramala knows just how good Virginia’s Bratton brothers are

The Sun’s Edward Lee says ’88 only other year since ’71 when Jays, state teams shut out of semifinals

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks having no Jays, Terps, etc. in Final Four ‘pathetic’

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says FB Vince Murray looking forward to Ohio State game most

Go Mids details how Pasadena (TX) FB Snelson ended up in Annapolis

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says M&T Bank Stadium finalist for 2010-2014 Army-Navy Games

BLAST:

The Official Site says Crystal Palace’s Healey amongst 7 Blast players playing in USL

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps bitter he missed on Kentucky Derby bet

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Heading to Owings Mills tonight to check out Ravens passing camp. With a battle for the backup QB job, it will be interesting to see what John Beck and Troy Smith show. I still get the feeling that John Beck will ultimately be the backup QB, but I think he will get the job so the Ravens can use Troy Smith in more gadget plays.

-Philadelphia has made a STRONG push to get all five Army/Navy games between 2010 and 2014; and the city of Baltimore really needs to take the push just as seriously. Terry Hasseltine was hired by the state of Maryland to bring major sporting events to the area last Summer, and so far I’ve been unmoved by what has been brought. The Chelsea-AC Milan match is a good start; but the city lost the Dew Action Sports Tour; and the future of Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour in the state is also in question. Navy/Notre Dame, Navy/Maryland, and Navy/Ohio State all have a future in Baltimore; but Army/Navy is the biggest of them all; and will generate (arguably) the most revenue for the state. With no arena to bring in NCAA Tournament events just yet, and Pimlico really only being used for Sporting Events a couple days a year; this is a significantly important event.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Braxton Dupree Transfers to Towson

Posted on 18 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

Good move for both parties. Braxton can likely survive on size alone in the CAA; and the Tigers can certainly use another big body. Here’s the official release from Towson….

TOWSON, Md. – Braxton Dupree, a former All-Metro and All-Conference center from Calvert Hall who was rated the 90th overall prospect coming out of high school in 2007, is transferring to Towson, Tigers’ head coach Pat Kennedy announced today.
The 6-8, 260 pound center is transferring from Maryland where he played as a freshman and sophomore, appearing in 52 games with 14 starts.
“I enjoyed my time at the University of Maryland and appreciate all of the efforts by Coach (Gary) Williams and his staff,” Dupree said. “However, I felt it was time for me to make a change. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to play at Towson University and for Coach Kennedy. Additionally, this decision allows me the chance to be even closer to my family.”
Braxton averaged 21.0 points, 13.1 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots at Calvert Hall in his senior year when he earned first team All-MIAA Conference honors. The Baltimore native was ranked the 15th best center in the nation by Rivals.com.
“I think Braxton has made an excellent transfer choice in Towson,” said Cardinal coach Mark Amatucci. “The Colonial Athletic Association is a very strong conference and Coach Kennedy is building an excellent program. Braxton will get a terrific opportunity to continue his development and realize his tremendous potential.”
Braxton joins a strong incoming Towson class that includes 6-7 forward Isaiah Philmore (Fr., John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.), 6-9 forward Erique Gumbs (Fr., Caravel Academy/Bear, Del.), 6-4 guard Will Adams (Fr., Imhopten Charter/Philadelphia, Pa.) and 6-2 guard RaShawn Polk (So., Dudley High School/Greensboro, N.C.).
“We’re very excited about the addition of Braxton to our program,” said Kennedy. “He played in an outstanding high school program. He comes from a great family. He has an opportunity to be a real impact player in the CAA.”
TRANSACTIONS: Braxton Dupree (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) transfers to Towson.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

If you didn’t get to Unitas Stadium last night to see Johns Hopkins and Towson play another CLASSIC college lacrosse game; you’re missing out on why the sport is the best product there is. Last night’s game was a double-overtime THRILLER, but there have been 6-7 other games this season that have been just about as good, involving local teams…..

Maryland-Virginia, Maryland-Hopkins, Mt. St. Mary’s-St. Joseph’s, Mt. St. Mary’s-VMI, Towson-Hofstra, Loyola-Syracuse, etc. etc. etc. etc.

You’re missing out.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed could be on cover of Madden 2010

Cliff Saunders mocks Vontae Davis to Ravens

Bob Haynie says Dupree will have two years of eligibility after transferring

Nestor Aparicio says IronBirds will wear Under Armour with agreement

Glenn Clark says Penn State’s Cadogan, Utah’s Kruger could be Draft options for Ravens

Glenn Clark says Pietramala improves to 43-2 vs. teams from Maryland with win over Towson

Glenn Clark says Terps could use scholarship for DeShawn Painter

Gary Quill offers Pimlico picks for today

Glenn Clark says Phelps’ new girl apparently Chargers dancer

Drew Forrester says Ovechkin, Green have combined for 1 goal as Caps fall behind 3-1

Ed Frankovic says Caps ‘on brink of elimination’ after Game 4 loss to Rangers

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie struggles as Birds fall to White Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Eaton, O’s go for series win tonight vs. Colon, White Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Simon to have reconstructive surgery on elbow, will miss season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis hoping for first All-Star nod as balloting opens

White Sox Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Danks shut down Birds as Pale Hose cruised

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says 10,868 saw Birds fall to White Sox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff doesn’t think he can be first to hit Warehouse

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Fields, Thome homered for White Sox in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley doesn’t think tonight’s start ‘critical’ for Eaton

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie charged with 5 earned runs in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Rich Hill to begin rehab Friday night in Frederick

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ripken, Under Armour’s Plank enter partnership with mutual admiration society

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Salazar had HR, 3 RBI for Tides in win

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Patton, Hill can help Birds’ rotation

Examiner Steve DeClue says Sarfate hit hard in loss as well

Examiner Steve DeClue not broken up about loss of Simon

Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara says White Sox Pitcher Floyd (Severna Park native) pitching ‘stress-free’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Bergesen feels ‘blessed’ to have moved so quickly through organization

The AP says Chris Getz had 3 hits, 2 RBI, scored 3 runs for White Sox in win

Frederick News-Post says Caleb Joseph had RBI single for Keys in loss to Lynchburg

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Chris Waters picks up win for Tides over Knights

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Danks excelled in ‘chilly, damp conditions’ at Camden Yards

Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says Guillen thinks last night an example of how White Sox can ‘win’

SI’s Ted Keith says Bergesen, Arrieta, Tillman, Matusz reason for ‘hope’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says ESPN’s Clayton thinks Ravens would be willing to deal Heap for Boldin

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Johnson’s move from DT to LB example of Ravens’ scouting success

The Official Site says NFL Network’s Mayock ‘would be wary’ of selecting Britt, Nicks, DHB in Round 1

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens won’t eliminate drafting CB just because they already have depth

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens got harsh grades for picking Flacco, who has clearly lived up to pick

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Billick wishes he would have made more Coors Light commercials

The Sun’s Rick Maese says analysts split on Newsome’s Draft abilities

ESPN.com’s James Walker mocks DHB to Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens’ CB interest is ‘smoke’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says he would have mocked Maualuga to Ravens had he been available

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens would be taking ‘risk’ by not drafting receiver

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein thinks Ravens should take Britt over Nicks

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps to visit Hoosiers in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Vasquez will officially make plans to test NBA Draft waters

The Sun says Terps’ trip to Assembly Hall to come December 1

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit James Padgett

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says many Draft analysts view Vasquez as 2nd round pick

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Comcast SportsNet reports Vasquez does not want to play internationally

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Challenge opponent Hoosiers went 6-25 last season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dupree’s exit easier to stomach with Williams, Padgett coming to College Park next season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps facing Hoosiers for 2nd time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps now have extra scholarship for ’09 season with Dupree gone

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez has until June 25 to make final decision

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Barnes posts impressive 41 on Wonderlic test

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Don Brown’s defensive changes ‘challenging, welcome’ for Terps

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith looking to follow up on stellar season as returner

CBS Sports’ Chad Reuter thinks Raiders will pick DHB if Maclin gone

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles NFL Draft hopeful Scott Burley (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says City WR Coxson visited campus again (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles NFL Draft prospect Fokou (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Maddie McConnell checks in with TE/DE prospect Zack McCray at Scout.com Combine (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Friday’s ACC Tournament semifinal vs. North Carolina

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Farrell finds it tough to be away from field

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Brian Christopher nets buzzer beater in 2OT to win thriller at Towson

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand has Jays as 6th overall seed in NCAA Tournament

Inside Lacrosse’s “pcrispino” says Christopher’s game high 3rd goal was winner for Blue Jays

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jays improve to 34-3 all time vs. Tigers

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers blew 4 goal lead to Jays on Senior Night

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site announces honorary captains for Saturday’s Spring Game

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Ososki scored in OT to lift Eers past VMI

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids third overall in Academic Progress Report

Examiner Tom Flynn offers pictures from Mids’ visit with Obama at White House

BLAST:

The Official Site says Summer Camp registration open

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps will try new freestyle technique to improve sprinting ability

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps dating Miss California

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I think Greivis Vasquez ends up back at Maryland in the end. And Dupree ends up at Towson.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wacky Maryland Hoops Day Update: Vasquez to Make Plans Official Tomorrow

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Wacky Maryland Hoops Day Update: Vasquez to Make Plans Official Tomorrow

Posted on 22 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

A few tidbits….

GREIVIS

First, Comcast SportsNet sent out a pair of press releases today. Their first press release stated that they had an exclusive interview Thursday night with Greivis Vasquez regarding his future plans with the University of Maryland. An hour later, they said the interview was no longer on; but they would instead have further information regarding Greivis’ status tonight on their “SportsNite” show.

My best guess is that Greivis told Chick Hernandez he was going to attend some Pre-Draft Camps before making a final decision on whether or not he would return to school. As the school has never released anything OFFICIAL regarding Greivis’ future, this may have been viewed as news. However, seeing as how Greivis had already made those plans clear while the Terps were in Kansas City; someone at CSN might have quickly let someone in their PR department know that the interview didn’t technically contain any real “news.”

This is pure speculation on my part, and they might well let us know tonight that Greivis has decided to hire an agent and will be leaving school. But I don’t count on that. Also, it is almost completely inconceivable that Greivis has decided already to return to school, as he would lost the opportunity to participate in Draft camps. Greivis doesn’t have to make a final decision until June; and I doubt he will until then.

(UPDATE: Chick Hernandez says the announcement was that Vasquez will file his paperwork tomorrow morning, and will participate in the NBA Draft process. He will NOT hire an agent, and says he does not want to play professionally in Europe. In other news, the world is reportedly flat.)

Second, the schedule for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge has been released, and Maryland will visit Indiana as part of the event. No time/TV announcements yet; but here are the dates and games:

Monday, Nov. 30th

Penn State at Virginia

Tuesday, Dec. 1st

Maryland at Indiana
Michigan State at North Carolina
Northwestern at N.C. State
Virginia Tech at Iowa
Wake Forest at Purdue

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd

Boston College at Michigan
Duke at Wisconsin
Florida State at Ohio State
Illinois at Clemson
Minnesota at Miami

Maryland has traditionally done very well in the event at home, but has struggled on the road.

Third, if you are on the WNST Text Service, you received a text saying Braxton Dupree (Calvert Hall) had been granted his release from the school. Nothing surprising here, as this move has been speculated since Braxton was benched early in the season. He will likely move to a mid-major school in hopes to build confidence against lower competition. He has the size that should lend to him being good, but it just has not clicked against ACC opposition.

All of this news in the same week that Gary has reportedly worked back into the Lance Stephenson picture, the Terps have gotten involved with former Florida big man commit DeShawn Painter, and St. Frances star Terrell Vinson chose UMass instead of the Terps.

Busy week!

-G

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Braxton We Hardly Knew You

Posted on 22 April 2009 by Tom Clayton

With Gary and The University of Maryland letting Braxton Dupree out of his scholarship earlier today the Terps have ended a saga that began with so much promise.  In 2007 Braxton was the 16th rated center in the nation coming out of Calvert Hall, a program which produced perhaps Maryland’s most heralded player Juan Dixon.  Unfortunately Braxton story didn’t end in the story book fashion Juan’s did but instead read like a Stephen King horror novel.  The 6’8” 260 pound Dupree came to College Park a raw, skilled big man with a lot of potential, but his dedication and weight were concerns that Braxton never seemed to shed throughout his two years at Maryland.  In his freshman year playing behind seniors James Gist and Boom Osby, Braxton played in 24 games averaging just 10.0 minutes per game with 2.1ppg and 2.4rpg. 

 

 After an off-season where Braxton had worked out intensely and had reportedly lost a good deal of weight the expectations were high for a center that was part of a team that had nobody else to play the position.  Braxton started the season in the starting lineup but never established himself as the post presence the Terps were so desperately searching for. Eventually Braxton lost his starting job when former Catholic League Foe turned teammate Sean Mosley cracked the starting lineup as a true freshman.  Throughout the season Braxton simply seemed overmatched in an ACC that was loaded with talented post players and became a non-factor as his minutes were taken by Dave Neal and Dino Gregory.  Braxton ended his sophomore season playing in 27 of Maryland’s 34 games including just 3 total minutes of playing time in the Terps NCAA Tournament run.  While a lot of Terps fans would shower him with superlatives one thing that was undeniable is Braxton was consistent; in his sophomore season he played 10.3 minutes per game while averaging 2.5ppg and 2.2rpg.  In his two seasons at Maryland Braxton shot an astonishing 38% from the field a shocking number when you consider a majority of his shots were lay-ups and dunks and he rarely took a shot from outside 5 feet.

 

In the end my guess is that Braxton could see the writing on the wall, with his role diminished to almost the 12th man by the end of his sophomore season what would his role be in 2009?  Gary has actually gone out and recruited two interesting prospects that were going to eat up even more of Braxton’s minutes and relegate him to mop up duty.  One of those prospects is Jordan Williams is the 16th rated center in the class of 2009 and is projected to start as a freshman next year.  The 6’8” 245pound center out of Connecticut is proficient post scorer and rebounder who exploded on the national scene during his senior season.  6’8” 217 pound James Padgett is the other, a top 25 center prospect coming to College Park next year.  Perhaps more interesting is the fact that the long, athletic Padgett played at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York where he was teammates with Lance Stephenson.  Stephenson is the #1 rated small forward prospect in the entire 2009 class and is still considering College Park in his never ending recruiting process.

 

Another interesting development with the addition of an extra scholarship left behind by Braxton’s departure is the fact that former Maryland recruit DeShawn Painter decommited from Florida last week.  Painter 4 star Power Forward from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia would provide the Terps with great post depth.

 

While it is sad to see a player never reach their potential perhaps Braxton will be better served by playing his final two years at a smaller school.  While nothing has been discussed I believe Braxton will find a soft landing spot at Loyola with former Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos.  Patsos is creating a solid program on Charles Street has taken Maryland basketball refugees such as Andre Collins and Hassan Fofana in the past.  In the end I wish Braxton the best I hope that he finds happiness wherever he lands and enjoys his last two years of college basketball.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

After hearing what David Cordish had to say this morning; I understand his desire to purchase Pimlico and Laurel MUCH more than I previously did. He is realistically hoping to subsidize his own investment by taking money from slots and putting it directly towards the tracks. Plus he wants to keep Preakness in Baltimore AND wants to upgrade the area around Pimlico. I like all of that.

He’s my leader in the clubhouse.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says even players disgruntled about Spring Training situation

Drew Forrester says Greg Bader pretending he knows more about baseball than Mora

Glenn Clark says future of Lorenzo Neal could bring Fiammetta, Beanie Wells, Andre Brown into play at Draft

Bob Haynie says Stoglin 114th rated player in 2010 class by Rivals.com

Nestor Aparicio says Orioles’ odds even worse elsewhere

Nestor Aparicio says American Idol’s Kris Allen dead ringer for Orioles’ Roberts

Nestor Aparicio says Thyrl Nelson, Chris Bonetti to host 6-8pm show on AM1570

Ed Frankovic says Caps sign defenseman Joe Finley

Ed Frankovic says Caps to hold Fan Appreciation Week

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Eaton roughed up as Birds lose to Mets

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo says Trembley put Hendrickson officially in rotation, wouldn’t do same with Eaton

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo says Birds like Andino’s defense, ‘versatility’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say Birds’ facilities in Ft. Lauderdale, Sarasota ‘unsafe’ for players (this is an absolute MUST read)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Mike Berardino says Wieters, Tillman, Arrieta could make season more bearable for O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Sarasota, Fort Meyers, Vero Beach, return to Lauderdale all Spring Training possibilities in ‘10

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hammock sent down, Moeller to back up Zaun

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s blow 8-0 lead in loss to Mets

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Uehara, Birds take on Cabrera, Nationals today in Norfolk

The Sun’s Ray Frager thinks Birds should give Nestor credential

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Jim Johnson only real pitcher drafted by Thrift still in organization

The Sun’s Rick Maese enjoyed Camden Chat’s Pedro Martinez April Fool’s gag

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Reimold likely to be Birds’ top minor leaguer

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Eaton finishes Spring with 7.29 ERA

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Obando, Sosa, Belle amongst worst RF’s in team history

The AP says Scott proves ‘generosity’ with O’s

RAVENS:

The Official Site says Roy Anderson, Matt Weiss added to coaching staff

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason remains ‘staple’ in offseason conditioning program

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Landry signs tender, expected to start again in ‘09

The Sun says Anderson will be defensive assistant

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says 52 probably not worth money he’s paying paid for on-field abilities

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens looking at Eastern Michigan Tackle T.J. Lang

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will get chance to face Cutler

ESPN.com’s James Walker says veteran minicamp May 8-10; rookie camp June 15-17

SI’s Don Banks mocks DHB to Ravens

CBS Sports’ Frank Cooney says Eagles, Vikings join Ravens as teams interested in DHB

NFL.com hosts chat with Matt Birk; who tells fans he needed ‘new adventure’ in Baltimore

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says practice gets more ‘intense’ for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says ’10 Tucson PG prospect Stoglin commits to Terps

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Stoglin didn’t know much about Terps growing up on West Coast

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Stephenson ‘late in the game’ to re-open recruitment

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Villanova’s Dwayne Anderson (Silver Spring native) has fond memories of Maryland winning title

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dupree could be ‘odd man out’ with Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens re-living “One Shining Moment” with Juan Dixon, Byron Mouton

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Arizona rumored to still be in picture for Stoglin despite commitment to Maryland

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says targets Roscoe Smith, Terrence Ross to participate in ‘I-95 Elite Challenge’

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Tim Wheatley (editor) not thrilled with “Tearjerker” headline after Terps’ Elite 8 loss

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut recaps up and down season for Terps

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Navy

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps trying to move past Virginia marathon tonight vs. Mids

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Alex Peaty will start again in cage vs. Rutgers

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers practicing with just 6 healthy offensive linemen

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s contest with Albany

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s game with Binghamton

Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein says Retrievers still ‘team to beat’ in America East

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Slotbacks coach DuPaix looking forward to facing mentor Ellerson at Army/Navy (must subscribe)

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Andy Tormey finalist for Senior CLASS Award

The Sun’s Edward Lee offers instructions on how to vote for Tormey

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids will stick with Tommy Phelan in cage

DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy and Craig Stouffer say Phelan coming off 15 save performance vs. Georgetown

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews MAAC trip to Canisius tomorrow

MARINERS:

The Official Site previews Mariners trip to face Lions tomorrow night in Columbus

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Cordish’s interest based in part by opportunity to ‘pay (himself) a fortune’

The Sun’s Hanah Cho says Pikesville’s Verstandig wants to bid on tracks; but only to tear them down

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Here are some weekend picks….
-Maryland 9, Navy 7. The Terps will have the opportunity to shake off their marathon game a week ago; and Navy probably won’t be the team to try to get into a track meet.
-UMBC 12, Binghamton 7. The Retrievers were so impressive in their win over Towson Tuesday night; I’m not sure how I could even pick this game to be close.
-Loyola 9, Rutgers 6. I don’t care much for the Scarlet Knights; but I also hope the Greyhounds don’t have a hangover factor after their disappointment a week ago.
-Johns Hopkins 11, Albany 6. The Jays REALLY need this win.

I’ll check in at some point this weekend before a 15-7-0 Sunday.

-G

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Memphis Ends Maryland’s Season With 89-70 Beatdown

Posted on 21 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland’s season came to a screeching halt with an 89-70 loss to Memphis Saturday in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers were outstanding in all phases of the game; and possibly inspired by questionable comments made earlier in the week by Maryland star Greivis Vasquez. 

The season ends for the Terps with a 21-14 record; highlighted by 3 wins over Top 10 teams and the 3rd trip to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament in their last 3 appearances. But that’s where the good news ends. 

Critics will point out that the Terps again finished their season without reaching the Sweet 16; making it a 6th straight season they’ve failed to reach that plateau. They will also point out that the team suffered another double digit loss to end the season; their 7th such loss this season. The Terps were considered a “bubble team” right up until Selection Sunday; finished under .500 in ACC play (even including a pair of wins in the ACC Tournament), and failed to produce a first team All-ACC Selection. 

Those who defend this Maryland program will likely point out that this was arguably Gary Williams’ best coaching job of his career at his alma mater; taking a team that lacked much in the way of special talent and coaching them into being one of the final 32 teams competing for a National championship. 

The season will be remembered by all as a season of great ups and downs; which kept fans and detractors entertained throughout. But with the end of the season; the Terps will now face a number of questions….

-Will Greivis Vasquez return for his senior season?
-Will high school superstar Lance Stephenson choose to join the program? 
-Will Braxton Dupree or other underperforming players choose to transfer elsewhere?
-Will players who showed unpolished talent (Landon Milbourne, Adrian Bowie, Sean Mosley) progress into more all-around players with leadership capability? 
-What will incoming freshmen James Padgett and Jordan Williams do for this team’s almost completely absent frontcourt?
-Will there be any changes to the coaching staff? 

There will be one question no one will have to bother to ask; even though some will undoubtedly want to anyway….

-Will Gary Williams remain the head coach?

Whatever happens between now and Midnight Madness will be supervised by Gary Williams (save for some completely unlikely turn of events); and he will be able to do what he chooses without answering questions about his passion, desire, and ability for……at least a couple of days. 

It will be an interesting stretch for this Maryland program; and will likely lead to another interesting season. 

-G

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Final Stats:

Tyreke Evans lead the Tigers with a game high 19 points. Doneal Mack scored 17, Robert Dozier 17 with 8 rebounds. Shawn Taggart added 14 with a game high 11 rebounds; Roburt Sallie scored 13. Antonio Anderson finished with a game high 11 assists; the Tigers tallied 21 as a team to go with 3 blocks. The Tigers out-rebounded the Terps 33-23. They shot 31-53 from the field (58.5%), 10-19 from beyond the arc (52.6%), and 17-22 from the free throw line (77.3%). 

Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with a team high 18 points and 4 assists. Adrian Bowie added 11 points, Eric Hayes 10. Dave Neal finished his college career with 9 points and a team high 4 rebounds. Landon Milbourne added 8 points and Sean Mosley 7. The Terps finished with 9 assists and collected 3 blocks. They shot 27-62 from the field (43.5%), 5-14 from beyond the arc (35.7%), and 11-19 (57.9%) from the free throw line. 

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5:24-Adrian Bowie finishes scoring; Terps fall 89-70. Terps finish the season with a 21-14 record. I’ll wrap this up in a second. 

5:21-Braxton Dupree in the game; you wonder if this is his final minute in the Under Armour threads. Preston Laird into the game for the Tigers. Yeah, me neither. 

5:20-My good friend and former Raven Tommy Knight chimes in via text-”Tickets for NCAA Tournament in Glendale? You coming?” Thanks for rubbing salt in the wounds pal….

5:18-Is Tim Brando calling Jin Soo Kim “Jun Soo Kim”? Really? Hoop from Mosley gets the Terps within 20; they can put some polish on this turd in the last 2 minutes by getting it under 15. 

5:14-I will certainly miss these live blogs. I have enjoyed doing them all season; even when it was just me & Rich bouncing stuff off each other. They have been a lot of fun. I will likely miss Maryland’s Spring Football Game due to the NFL Draft; so our next blog probably won’t happen until Maryland visits Cal in the fall to open football season. (Of course; given the state of sports media; let’s just hope we’re all still here in August!)

Drew Forrester chimes in via text…..”This one is over.” Forrester FOR THE WIN! I guess I’ll let my friends in Arizona know they don’t have to get me any Spring Training tickets for next weekend. 

Jin Soo Kim into the game. 

5:13-Dave Neal with the 3; he’ll enjoy the final few minutes of his college career. It was a special season for Neal; who Gary Williams wants to remind you was “All-Met.” 

5:11-The “bucket and the bruise” for Bowie (thanks Lamont Germany!). Tyreke Evans exits to a nice ovation; and Bowie completes the 3 point play. If the Terps can somehow get this below 20 in the final 4 minutes, they might confuse people into thinking this one wasn’t as bad as it was. 

5:10-Memphis fans with the “A-C-C” chant FTW. That’s good stuff from them; knowing that the ACC will now have just two teams left in the NCAA Tournament (North Carolina and Duke). 

5:09-Add another 3 from Mack; and Memphis’ lead is 29. Gary needs to go to the bench to get Memphis to call off the dogs too. 

5:07-Antonio Anderson finally gets on the board; and Shawn Taggart reaches 10 rebounds while sitting on the floor. Unreal. 

Rich; I have heard many of the same things about Memphis; but certainly have to say I am impressed by what John Calipari has done there. He proved a season ago that it is possible to win a National Championship from outside the power conferences; and may one day do so. I doubt it will be this season however. 

5:03-I haven’t flipped on the radio to hear what Johnny Holliday is talking about; but you imagine he’s trying to sell fans on what this team will look like next season with Jordan Williams and James Padgett joining the frontcourt. 

The bigger question would be who the scoring responsibility falls on if Greivis Vasquez does indeed end up in the NBA Draft. Obviously Maryland fans are hoping Lance Stephenson will be the option (or a returning Vasquez); but the reality is that a combination of Milbourne, Mosley, and Bowie might have to be where the scoring goes. None of them are good shooters. 

4:58-Maybe I should take it as a sign of mercy that my internet isn’t working. Sallie with another 3 to re-extend Memphis’ lead to 22 at 77-55. Vasquez called for a technical; he’s clearly showing his frustration here. I wonder if Vasquez is doing what Steve Francis allegedly did in his final Maryland game (a Tournament loss to St. John’s); and talking about how much money he’ll make in the NBA next season. About 8 minutes left in the season for Maryland; and Gary sends Vasquez to the bench. 

4:45-Greivis now with 16 on the day; and might put up a pretty number before it is all said and done. But if it comes in a blowout; it might not mean much.

By the way; when I said “hoop and the harm” recently; I couldn’t help but think of Morgan State Play by Play voice Lamont Germany. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Lamont call a game; you’re missing out. His voice is outstanding; and goes with “the bucket and the bruise” as his basket and foul call. LOVE hearing Lamont call a game; and especially loved hearing his excitement as the Bears clinched the MEAC title. 

4:44-Lead right back to 20 after a 3 from Sallie. Evans fouled on the floor on the other way by Hayes. Terps with some fury; but still trail by 20 at the first official timeout of the 2nd half.

4:41-Doneal Mack FINALLY misses a 3. Vasquez feeds Milbourne inside on the other end; and Milbourne misses badly. Vasquez is fouled; then finally feeds Milbourne for the hoop. Vasquez drills a 3 after a Memphis turnover; but Memphis gets an alleyop. Terps and Tigers trade buckets before another 3 by Greivis; then two more traded hoops. 65-48 Memphis; and Maryland is pressing too hard and getting exposed in the halfcourt right now.

4:40-Ed; please refer to my blog from Friday. Vasquez put himself in this position. This is who he is; and it will certainly be part of his legacy.

4:36-Tyreke Evans with the hoop and the harm; but misses the free throw. 59-34 Tigers. Vasquez gets his first bucket of the 2nd half; and then the Tigers have to call a timeout when they can’t inbound the ball. Terps trail by 23.

4:35-Mosley called for the travel; he’ll sit down in favor of Hayes. We’re not too far from seeing Jin Soo Kim and Braxton Dupree……I think.

4:34-What did I say about Mosley and Bowie needing to make their free throws? Mosley makes just one of 2 this time. Taggart fouled inside by Dave Neal; and the Terps appear to be just about willing to accept their fate thus far in the 2nd half. Taggart makes both; and Memphis now has their biggest lead at 24; 57-34.

4:33-Vasquez misses his first jumper of the half; while Evans connects again. 17 for Evans; Tigers by 22. Mosley fouled going to the hoop next time down.

4:27-Seth Davis tabbed Adrian Bowie with the “Ba-Ba-Bowie” nickname during CBS’ halftime show; and I have to admit I chuckled. Although I imagine Davis didn’t exactly come up with that one. Greg Anthony dismissed Maryland’s chances before the game; and thus far he’s dead on.

This game is reminding me of the last Maryland-Memphis game (in 2004) I spoke of before tip-off. Except of course for the fact that MEMPHIS is playing the flawless basketball.

This might very well be the last 20 minutes of Greivis Vasquez’s career in College Park; and you can’t help but wonder about his legacy in comparison to his numbers. I guess I shouldn’t get ahead of myself; but………

Halftime stats: Tyreke Evans lead Memphis with a game high 15 points and 3 assists. Doneal Mack added 14. 8 points and 4 boards from Robert Dozier; 6 points and a game high 5 boards from Shawn Taggart. Roburt Sallie added 6 off the bench; and while Antonio Anderson was scoreless; he has a game high 7 assists. The Tigers out-rebounded Maryland 15-13. The tallied 11 assists and 1 block. They shot 19-27 from the field (an UNREAL 70.4%), 8-11 from beyond the arc (an even more unreal 72.7%), and 7-8 from the free throw line (87.5%).

Dave Neal and Greivis Vasquez each had 6 points ot lead the Terps; Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, and Eric Hayes all added 5. No Terp had more than 2 rebounds or 1 assist. The Terps tallied just 2 assists and 1 block in the first 20 minutes. They shot 14-36 from the field (38.9%), 1-9 from beyond the arc (11.1%), and 4-6 from the free throw line (66.7%).

None of those numbers are pretty.

4:11-Eric Hayes FINALLY gets Maryland’s first 3; and Memphis will take a 53-33 lead to the break. I will say this much……Maryland is NOT playing as poorly as they played in the blowout loss at Duke. Memphis is just playing VERY inspired basketball. I’ll be back shortly…..because I have to. Glad I didn’t book my flight to Phoenix!

4:09-Vasquez and Tucker miss 3′s; Tucker’s was an airball. 1 minute to play after Tyreke Evans is called for the offensive foul. Terps BADLY need to score here; but Vasquez will turn it over instead.

4:08-Mack gets the roll on the floater inside; Vasquez goes to the hoop the other way. Kemp knocks down a 3; and Gary needs ANOTHER timeout. 53-30 Memphis; and this Tigers team can’t do ANYTHING wrong so far. This one is UGLY.

4:07-Willie Kemp makes one of two at the line; then Vasquez misses a 3 badly. Vasquez hears it from the Memphis fans; Terps trail by 20.

4:03-Rich; we might have to entertain ourselves in the 2nd half.

Sean Mosley misses the front end of the 1 and 1; then Mack nails ANOTHER 3. Mack gave Vasquez a look after the 3; you think the Memphis players heard what Greivis said yesterday?

Putback dunk for Gregory gets the Terps back within 19; then Neal misses another 3 after stepping up. Terps 0-5 from outside so far; and frustration is setting in as Gregory is called for a foul.

4:01-Sallie hit with the foul before the final official timeout of the first half. This story has played out one too many times this season. One team is just MUCH better than the Terps. This one looks like it will be the same story. Unfortunately; that’s the problem with not have the same talent level.

3:59-Neal hits both at the line; cutting the Memphis lead to 13. Tigers break the press again and get a dunk from Dozier. WAAAY too many easy buckets. Tigers by 15. Neal misses a turnaround; Mack drills another 3. Just when things were going right for a minute…..Tigers 44-26 now. 9 for Mack. Timeout Terps; and Drew Forrester might as well let us know this one is over. Tigers can’t miss.

3:57-Doneal Mack shoots over the zone; and he drills the 3. 36-21 Tigers. Tucker goes to the hoop this time down; he finishes and is fouled by Taggart. Tucker appears to have a black eye; don’t know what the story might be there. He hits the free throw; he has 5 points and heads to the bench for Hayes. Terps might need him on the floor for offense. Tigers break the press and get ANOTHER 3 from Mack. Neal fouled inside by Dozier. 39-24 Memphis.

3:55-You imagine this will be the only year Memphis has a player like Tyreke Evans; but it is certainly worthwhile. Evans puts home the layup after the alley-oop pass wasn’t there; he has 15. Mosley then blocks Evans in transition the next time down. Mosley gets the ball inside on an offensive rebound and is fouled by Sallie. 33-19 Memphis. Tucker tips one back in off a Milbourne miss; and the lead is 12 for Memphis again.

3:54-I will admit that I have really enjoyed the State Farm commercials during the Tournament. The hot dog vendor that doesn’t have buns; and the popsicle vendor that doesn’t have sticks-that’s good stuff. Much better than the game thus far.

3:51-CBS tells us that Memphis has an 11-7 rebounding advantage so far. You get the feeling that number would be more lop-sided if Memphis was actually missing a few shots.

Terps to the zone; and Bowie called for the foul away from the basket. We hit the 3rd official timeout of the half; Terps trail by 12.

3:49-Putback slam from Robert Dozier; and Memphis has their biggest lead at 31-15. Lots of Memphis fans in KC today apparently; and Maryland is doing little to quiet them.

Tough hoop from Dave Neal; then Bowie with the layup off the steal. John Calipari will take a timeout as the Terps cut the lead to 12. 5 points for Bowie to lead the Terps so far.

3:46-As a reminder; Tyreke Evans is NOT the troubled player Maryland recruited before problems within the athletic department kept him from getting to College Park. That player was TyREE Evans, who ended up at Tennessee.

TyREKE Evans makes both freebies; he has 13; Tigers by 14. Pierre Henderson-Niles called for the offensive foul on the other end. Bowie misses one inside; then Anderson is fouled driving. Cliff Tucker into the game; he HAS to give the Terps some offense.

3:45-Roburt Sallie AGAIN from 3…….is there a Roburt Sallie on Maryland’s bench somewhere??? Evans drives and is fouled by Hayes; Evans will go to the line with Memphis ahead by 12. Things don’t appear to be getting better. 6 for Sallie.

3:43-This will be another key today. A guy like Bowie CANNOT struggle at the line the way he has in the past. They can recover from things like that against lesser teams; but Bowie and Mosley have to get to the line; and they have to connect.

As I say that, Bowie front-irons his first attempt. He makes his 2nd; 24-15 Memphis.

3:40-Badly missed hook from Dino Gregory there. If he wants to be an ACC big man; that has to be in his arsenal. Bowie fouled; Tyreke Evans will re-enter. Bowie to the line with the Terps trailing by 10; 9:53 to play in the half after the 2nd official timeout.

3:39-Just when I mentioned Roburt Sallie…….there’s his first 3. Vasquez answers with a runner; 22-14 Memphis. Terps have to get a better defensive option. Can’t give a guy like Robert Dozier the room to hit a jumper like he just did. 24-14 Memphis.

3:37-Rich, too many missed layups all season. If you can’t shoot from outside; you can’t fail at the basket as well. They have done that WAAAY too much.

Brando and Gminski say Neal must be the “X Factor”; but I think they need to find a way to get Neal and Gregory both on the floor.

Jumper from Milbourne, then a drive and finish from Bowie; and it’s 19-12 Memphis.

3:35-A reminder that Tigers’ reserve guard Roburt Sallie went off for 35 points the other day thanks to hitting TEN 3 point attempts. Sallie has been a minimal factor throughout the season; but if he starts getting shots; this could get REALLY brutal. Of course, if the Terps don’t settle down, they might not even need that.

3:33-Vasquez into the lane for his first bucket; 17-8 Terps. Evans finds Taggart inside for a hoop the other way. Mosley steals a rebound from Anderson and Vasquez splits the defenders; but he misses the layup. I haven’t been counting the misses at the bucket in recent games; but I might start. Maryland gets the ball back after the first official timeout; but they already trail 19-8. Not good.

3:30-Vasquez gets into the lane; but misses the floater off the curl. On the other end; Evans goes right to the basket for a layup. Vasquez is stripped on the other end; and Evans gets another chip shot. 15-0 run for the Tigers; 11 points for Evans. Hayes FINALLY ends the run with a layup; and Maryland trails 17-6.

3:28-Greivis will have to be the man to carry the Terps through these tough stretches; although Memphis can neutralize that if they keep making every shot. Greivis is being defended by Antonio Anderson; who is amongst the best defensive guards in the country; and won the Defensive Player of the Year award in Conference USA.

3:27-Evans to the line; he hits both. 11-4 Tigers. Tigers go to the press; Eric Hayes into the game. Terps break it; but Milbourne misses a jumper. Dozier gets an easy hoop inside; and the Terps trail 13-4. I’ve seen one too many games start this way this season…..Gary takes his first timeout.

3:25-Mosley can’t find the jumper from the free throw line. I imagine he might get that shot a few times today. Evans banks in a long 2…..those are the type of shots that go in when it’s “your day.” Bowie drives and throws up a wild airball on the layup attempt; then Mosley fouls Evans as he drives. This one could get ugly quick…

3:24-Misses from Milbourne and Bowie on one end; then Taggart hits the jumper. Vasquez fouled in the backcourt; 7-4 Tigers.

3:23-Taggart makes both free throws; we’re tied at 2. Memphis is going to have a size advantage; the Terps will have to be scrappy on the boards. Mid-range jumper from Milbourne; then a 3 from Evans; and it’s 5-4 Tigers.

3:20-Maryland’s lineup remains Dave Neal/Landon Milbourne/Sean Mosley/Adrian Bowie/Greivis Vasquez. Memphis goes with Shawn Taggart/Robert Dozier/Antonio Anderson/Tyreke Evans/Doneal Mack.

Good defense from the Terps on the first possession; getting a steal at the end of the shot clock. Neal with the layup; and Brando calls him “The YMCA future star”…..brilliant. Vasquez fouls a driving Evans the opposite way; then Taggart is fouled by Neal fighting for a rebound.

Pre-game: After the debacle in Owings Mills the other day; I have returned to the Glenn Clark compound in White Marsh; where I will be joining you today.

The #10 seed Maryland Terrapins tangle with the #2 seed Memphis Tigers today in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament; a quarterfinal in the Tournament’s West Region. The winner of today’s game will advance to face the winner of tomorrow’s Missouri/Marquette matchup in the Sweet 16 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ next weekend.

Gary Williams’ Terps bring a 21-13 record into today’s game; while John Calipari’s Tigers are 32-3. The teams have two common opponents on the season; with Memphis losing in overtime to Georgetown in December; and collecting a double digit win over Gonzaga in February. Maryland suffered double digit losses to both teams at the Old Spice Classic in November. Today’s game is being played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

To get here, Memphis tallied an 81-70 win over Cal State-Northridge in the first round; while Maryland beat Cal 84-71. The Terps have not reached the Sweet 16 since 2003; when Drew Nicholas’ Terps beat Xavier in the 2nd Round before falling to Michigan State in the round of 16.

The last time Williams and Calipari faced-off in the NCAA Tournament was in 1994; when Joe Smith and the #10 seed Terps stunned Marcus Camby and the #2 seed UMass Minutemen 95-87 in the 2nd round. Sound familiar?

The biggest storyline entering today’s game certainly has to be the comments made by Maryland’s leading everything Greivis Vasquez yesterday regarding the strength of the ACC in comparison to Conference USA. You can read about the comments in my blog from last night.

Today’s game can be seen on CBS-WJZ 13 in Baltimore (Channel 23 on Comcast in Baltimore County). The game is also available streaming online via CBSSports.com, thanks to “March Madness on Demand.” Tim Brando and Mike Gminski will call the action.

The Terps and Tigers have played just once in their long respective basketball histories. The game was played at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA to start the 2004-05 season. Maryland was thoroughly dominant in one of the most impressive basketball games the school has ever played; routing the Tigers 84-61. John Gilchrist and Chris McCray each had 16 points to lead the Terps; Gilchrist and Travis Garrison 10 rebounds each.

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