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Terps Advance to 2nd Round with Dominant 2nd Half in 84-71 Win over Cal

Posted on 19 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Terps picked the right time to put together one of their most impressive halves of the season.

After looking sluggish through the last 8 minutes of the first few minutes of the 2nd half; the Terps kicked things into high gear and found some serious confidence to put away Cal 84-71 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday afternoon in Kansas City.

The Terps scored 50 points in the 2nd half; which included 16 points from Greivis Vasquez (he scored 27 for the game); and consecutive offensive rebounds and putbacks from Dino Gregory to help put things away.

The Terps never abandoned their offensive philosophy; maintaining their offensive aggression dispite patches of struggles during the game. They turned things on late; driving to the basket and getting fouled; or finding the open shooter and getting jump shots to fall.

The Terps clearly proved they belonged in the Tournament to anyone who thought they were fortunate to be there; and they now have the chance to prove even more.

Their next task will be even more difficult; as they’ll face Conference USA Champion Memphis Saturday; a game after the Tigers were given a serious wake-up call by upstart Cal State-Northridge.

But for a team that many analysts and even some fans gave up on during the season; it is presumably a sweet feeling just to be amongst the final 32 teams standing this season.

(Gametime for Saturday’s matchup with Memphis is now set for 3:20)

-G

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Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with a game high 27 points; tied for the team high with 5 rebounds (Gregory, Milbourne), and chipped in 4 assists. Dave Neal added 15 points and 4 rebounds; Eric Hayes 14 points, 4 boards, and 4 assists. Adrian Bowie added 12 points and tied for the game high with 7 assists. Landon Milbourne chipped in 9 points. The Terps were out-rebounded by the Bears; 33-29. They tallied 18 assists, 5 steals and a block. The Terps shot 31-63 from the field (49.2%), 6-16 from beyond the arc (37.5%), and 16-24 from the free throw line (66.7%).

Theo Robertson lead the Bears with 22 points, adding a game high 6 rebounds. Jerome Randle added 14 points, and tied for the game high with 7 assists. Patrick Christopher added 10 points and 4 rebounds; Jorge Gutierrez and Jamal Boykin each scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Bears tallied 12 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. They shot 25-59 from the field (42.4%), 7-24 from beyond the arc (29.2%), and 14-19 from the free throw line (73.7%).

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5:08-It’s a final 84-71 Terps. They’ll have Memphis Saturday for the right to advance to the Sweet 16. What an impressive 2nd for this team against a solid Pac-10 foe. I believe the ACC remains undefeated in postseason play now.

Back shortly to wrap it up.

5:05-Greivis steps back and drills a 3 with 1:20 to play; then adds another hoop with a minute left. 82-69 Terps and we’re in junk time.

5:03-Two minutes to play and Hayes is fouled. Too good of a free throw shooting team to be worried down the stretch. Hayes makes one; 77-66 Terps. Gutierrez with a highlight-reel hoop and foul; but there didn’t appear to actually be a foul. 77-69 Terps; who break Cal’s press but ALMOST turn it over.

5:00-The back to back buckets by Dino were HUGE Rich; but it was the attitude more than anything (well; the 3′s from Hayes and Milbourne to pull away really helped too). Cal knocks down a 3 to get within 10; but this one is just about academic.

4:57-This press conference has been more trouble than it’s worth! But Maryland is in cruise control; having reached a COMPLETE other level in the 2nd. Terps up 13 with 3 and a half to play; and Drew Forrester is claiming victory right now. He has asked me to say “Looks like Forrester was right” and “put that in your pipe and smoke it.”

Son of a bitch.

4:49-Sorry for the lack of updates. Terps up 66-56 now and just forced another turnover. Feeling MUCH better now. Another hoop makes it 68-56.

4:39-Bucket from Bowie; 3′s from Hayes and Milbourne. 8-0 run gives the Terps their biggest lead at 59-51. Mike Montgomery needs a timeout.

4:36-Press conference over; Terps trailig 51-50; but headed to the line is Milbourne. He makes 1 of 2; we’re tied at 51.

4:30-Another 3 left short by Bowie; and Cal takes a 47-46 lead on the other end. Terps turn the ball over; they HAVE to start hitting some shots. Turnover by Cal. b

4:27-Mosley with a bucket; 46-44 Terps now at the official timeout. It is REALLY frustrating that I’m trying to do this during a press conference. And my laptop is dying.

4:23-The senior makes both; he has 11. 40-36 Terps. Cal gets out on a break; and Neal fouls Robertson.

I will admit; video went bad for a minute. 44-39 Terps now.

4:22-3 personals for Landon Milbourne early on in the 2nd half. I expected more from him today. Dave Neal fouled inside; he’ll shoot two.

4:20-Great split by Vasquez; and the finish for 2. 38-34 Terps, 13 for Vasquez. Patrick Christopher fouled by Milbourne next time down; he makes both. 38-36 Maryland.

4:19-Vasquez misses the 3 off the curl on a nice set play; then Theo Robertson gets a hoop inside and hits the PLUS ONE attempt. Shaky video right now from CBSSports.com. I’m “improvising and adapting” as Bob Haynie would say. 36-34 Terps.

4:18-Dave Neal inside for 2; Terps extend the lead to 36-31. Gutierrez can’t finish on the other end. 9 for Neal early on.

4:16-I’ve moved into the Ravens auditorium to blog live from Ray Lewis’ press conference. I’m now watching the game online on CBS Sports’ March Madness on Demand; and I apologize if I’m a minute or two behind you.

Franchise-Nestor assumed anyone in their car would be listening to the game; so he decided to go to Fox Sports Radio until the game is over.

4:11-Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with 11 points, Dave Neal added 7, Eric Hayes 6.

Jerome Randle lead the Bears with 11 points, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson added 6 each.

3:54-Hayes makes both; 34-31 Terps. Cal will get one more look. Two misses for Cal and the ball goes out of bounds with 1 second left. That took forever; and a double clutch keeps Cal from getting a shot off. 34-31 Terps, back shortly.

3:53-Robertson makes 1 of 2; Terps will get the last shot of the half. Cal’s Patrick Christopher called for the foul; Hayes to the line for 2 with 11 seconds to play.

3:50-Both teams could use some momentum heading into the half. Robertson drive and is fouled; he’ll head to the line. Terps will get one more shot after the free throw attempts and Gary’s timeout.

3:49-A big 3 from D.J. Seeley tied things up at 30 before Hayes’ floater. Which bears the question……who the hell is D.J. Seeley???

3:45-Thanks for that Drew. Not sure what I missed; but a Hayes floater just put the Terps agead 32-30 in the final 2 minutes of the half. Foul on Gregory inside; and Omondi Amoke heads to the line. He misses both. 1 minute to play in the half.

3:43- Drew still with you here from Owings Mills — Jeremy Guthrie’s been told by the O’s to come on back to Ft. Lauderdale after another miserable effort in the WBC last night.  Can’t say that I blame them.  If Guthrie doesn’t have his good stuff at the start of the season, the O’s are in trouble.  Derek Lowe…Derek Lowe…Derek Lowe…Derek Lowe.  Here’s Glenn.

3:41- Not sure why I’m doing this, but I’ll let Drew take over for a few minutes while I go set up the gear for the Ravens press conference.  Drew:  Thanks Glenn.  I stopped watching this one about five minutes into the game.  There’s no chance MD loses today.  Cal can’t rebound, for one, and can’t make shots, either.  It’s now 26-23, Terps.  They’ll lead by 7 at the half, at least.  I wonder what the spread will be for the MD-Memphis game on Saturday?  Terps +7.5?

3:38-Vasquez drives, stops, misses; Terps get the rebound in the backcourt eventually. Vasquez front-irons a long 2; and the Terps finally get fouled-believe it was Bowie. We’ll hit the last official timeout of the half with the Terps maintaining their 1 point lead.

3:36-Two interior misses by Cal; and Dave Neal is fouled after pulling down the rebound. Terps haven’t scored since Drew Forrester started talking; and Bowie and Hayes add missed 3′s to that. Under 5 minutes and Gutierrez is hit with the offensive foul.

Brutal basketball right now.

3:34-Rich; gotcha. You’re right, and it clearly has been effective. Terps have to get better collapses; and MUST continue to attack the zone. But Bowie can’t be the guy to do it. You can’t ask a 6’2″ guard to drive the zone.

Another layup for Jerome Randle and another Maryland turnover; and the Terps’ lead is just 24-23. Mosley with the walk and the foul.

3:28-Harper Kamp fouled by Vasquez inside; then Knezevic with one of the worst looking 3 point shots I have ever seen in my life. Terps turn the ball right back over with Greivis heading to the bench.

Rich-I like the results they have gotten from the zone; but I’m not sure I like the zone against the best 3 point shooting team in the country.

Terps get a HUGE block; but Bowie called for the travel to turn the ball over again. Terps maintain the 3 point advantage at the 3rd official timeout of the half.

3:26-Patrick Christopher throws home the alley-oop to pull the Bears within 1; Nikola Knezevic into the game and called for the foul. Hayes with the long 2 to get on the scoreboard; 24-21 Maryland.

3:25-Theo Robertson to the free throw line; he makes both. Terps tuen the ball over on the other end; 22-19 Terps midway through the first half.

3:24-Randle AGAIN to the basketfor 2; Vasquez answers with the 3 on the other end. 9 for both of the star guards thus far.

3:23-Vasquez into the lane for a jumper; putting the Terps up 19-15. 6 so far for the junior from Venezuela.

3:18-Patrick Christopher on the board with the third chance hoop. Milbourne fights for the offensive board on the other end; making one of two free throws. Randle drains the 3; then Vasquez called for the offensive foul. 17-15 Terps and Cal gets the ball back. Harper Kamp into the game for the Bears.

An overrule gives Maryland the ball back after the 2nd official timeout.

3:17-Pair of free throws from Vasquez; 16-10 Terps. Terps get a turnover going to the press to get the ball right back. Dino Gregory and Eric hayes in the game.

3:16-Rich, Drew added “Maryland’s not losing to these guys” after he told me it was over a 2nd time. The guy is just unreal.

3:12-Jerome Randle with the bucket for Cal; bucket for Landon Milbourne; then a drive and finish for Randle. Vasquez responds with an awkward hoop; an the Terps are up 14-10 at the first official timeout. This one isn’t slowing down any time soon. 13:27 to play in the half.

3:10-Dave Neal with the ugly jumper in the lane; he has 5 early and Maryland leads 10-3. Mosley with the steal on the defenive end; but can’t knock down his first 3 point attempt. Cal loves to shoot; and Theo Robertson knocks one down here. 10-6 Terps.

3:08-Boykin makes one of two free throws; and it’s 8-3. Both teams trying to get up and down the floor quickly as expected early on. Gutierrez and Mosley get tangled up; Gutierrez called for his first personal.

3:07-Sean Mosley’s free throw troubles continue; hitting just one of 2. 8-2 Terps. Jorge Gutierrez into the game for Cal. Boykin fouled by Mosley on the other end after Cal kept possession on a jump ball.

3:06-Adrian Bowie and Landon Milbourne with buckets; followed by a 3 from Dave Neal. Boykin with a putback on the other end; and it’s 7-2 Terps early.

3:03-Gary sticks with the Greivis Vasquez/Adrian Bowie/Sean Mosley/Landon Milbourne/Dave Neal lineup that’s been working; Mike Montgomery goes with Jerome Randle/Patrick Christopher/Theo Robertson/Jamal Boykin/Jordan Wilkes.

4-0 Terps; Drew Forrester chimes in with “This game is over.” It never ends…..

3:00-3 minutes from tip-off. I will say that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has already walked into the room once today and let everyone know that he talked to Gary Williams a few hours ago. Bisciotti has to be particularly distraught; as he would miss the next game if the Terps win; as he has to head to the NFL Owner’s Meetings this weekend.

Pre-game: Well, this might be the strangest live blog I’ve ever done. I’m not at the Sprint Center in Kansas City; I’m at the Ravens Complex in Owings Mills. And today’s blog might be interrupted a bit; as the Ravens scheduled a pesky press conference with Ray Lewis. Bear with me, I’ll do everything I can to keep the damage minimal.

The 10th seeded Terps bring a 20-13 record into this afternoon’s game; the 7th seeded California Golden Bears are 22-10. The winner of today’s game in the West region of the NCAA Tournament will advance to face #2 seed Memphis on Saturday.

Gary Williams is making his 13th appearance in the Tournament as head coach at Maryland; Mike Montgomery is making his 1st appearance as head coach at California (of course; it is his first season). The last time the two coaches faced off was also in the NCAA Tournament…….a win for the Terps in the 2001 Elite 8. The two teams shared one common opponent this season; with both the Terps and Bears having lost to Florida State.

Today’s game is being shown on CBS (WJZ 13 locally; Channel 23 on Comcast in Baltimore County). Tim Brando and Mike Gminski have the call.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland 68, Cal 61

If Cal gets hot; they’ll win. I’m counting on them not getting hot. This should be the type of game where Landon Milbourne scores 24 using his size and range to his advantage.

Oklahoma 87, Morgan State 75

I think they’ll cover. But Kevin Thompson can’t mark Blake Griffin. Sooners roll.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Rex Snider thinks Maryland should be competing with Duke, North Carolina annually

Glenn Clark says Gary gets good news from Forbes magazine

Bob Haynie wonders how far Terps can advance

Chris Bonetti remembers Bias in picture

Drew Forrester thinks Orioles may be wrong about number of listeners

Nestor Aparicio offers Chapter 11 of Orioles book

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens officially part ways with Rolle

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Carr officially signs with Ravens

The Official Site says Carr believes he can make ‘big impact’ at CB

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says secondary has undergone ‘major facelift’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens trying to solve Right Tackle puzzle with Pace

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens see Carr as 3rd QB

The Sun’s Ray Frager says MASN will carry 52 press conference live

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says L.J. Smith to take physical today

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens should draft right tackle; not sign another aging veteran

Examiner Steve DeClue says signing Pace ‘makes little sense’

Carroll County Times says Ravens free $4.1 million by letting Rolle go

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders what Pace signing would mean for Willie Anderson

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Fabian Washington helped get Carr to Baltimore

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens have done nice job of replacing free agents lost

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan mocks Harvin to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says home portion of split squad doubleheader with Cardinals rained out

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says rotation remains ‘unsettled’

The Official Site’s Steve Dorsey says Eaton solid; but Birds fall to Cardinals

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts thinks WBC amongst ‘best experiences of life’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Penn, Bergesen miss chances to pitch with rainout

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck ‘projects’ Eaton as #3 starter

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Simon, Penn, Liz, Sarfate to pitch for O’s today

Examiner Jay Trucker says Guthrie struggles in Team USA loss to Venezuela

The AP says Trembley thinks Birds have ‘no clear front runners’ for other 3 rotation spots

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jerome Randle-Vasquez matchup key to today’s first round game

California Official Site says Randle knows Bears trying to ‘contain’ Vasquez

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary challenged Terps after Carolina loss; team responded with win in College Park

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps need scoring from someone besides Greivis

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Neal has become ‘backbone’ of Terps

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Stephenson still considering Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Mosley thought Terps ‘struck’ by Gary’s UNC move

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bowie went back to mohawk

The Sun offers video of Vasquez/Neal/Milbourne press conference

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Montgomery knows both teams will try to get up and down floor

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Gary defends recruiting again

The Sun’s Rick Maese says hundreds watched Maryland practice at Sprint Center

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Obama likes Terps today

The Sun’s Rick Maese shares story of Cal big man Jordan Wilkes

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson will also be outside factors for Golden Bears

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Hayes now ‘steady game manager’ for Terps

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says Gary not a fan of ‘recruiting geeks’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Bowie will have size advantage over Randle

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland-Cal matchup of ‘distinguished coaches’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Obama has Memphis over Terps in 2nd round

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thinks Cal similar to Duke; who Maryland lost twice to

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Milbourne getting first chance to PLAY in NCAA Tournament today

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Montgomery has been perfect fit in Berkeley

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears will have to find way to stop Vasquez

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez hit midcourt shot to end Wednesday practice

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Brando, Gminski calling today’s game

DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Gary knows Terps will have to ‘attack’ California

San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons says fans aren’t particularly interested in watching Cal at Tournament

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde wonders if Sweet 16 run could bring Gary, Yow ‘together’

SI’s Andy Staples picks Cal 88-80

Sporting News’ Dan Shanoff thinks Maryland ‘best shot’ at upset this afternoon

Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy thinks Gary probably doing ‘best’ coaching job

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps enjoying NCAA Tournament experience in Kansas City (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell scouts Dartmouth

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem previews Spring QB’s (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with Good Counsel prospect Louis Young (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein says Heels looking to snap 19 game losing streak in ACC vs. Terps Saturday

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says season ends for Eers with loss to James Madison in CollegeInsider.com Tournament

The Sun says Goode lead Eers with 11 in loss

Carroll County Times says Sam Atupem, Will Holland each add 10 in loss

Frederick News-Post says Dukes answered all of Mount’s runs

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Morgan hoping for ‘higher national profile’ with Tournament appearance

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Bozeman has pulled Bears from terrible 30 year span

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bears will have to come up with inside answer for Griffin

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Morgan win over Oklahoma would be ‘improbable’, not ‘unheard of’

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ray Ratto says Bozeman seeing past, present in Kansas City

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site
previews Saturday’s contest with UMass

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Dave Ryan says Jays weren’t happy with ‘moral victory’ at Syracuse

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Berkman thinks Salisbury got ‘lucky’ with Cannone

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says state regulators looking to stop wagering companies

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says state could use ‘supertrack’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Jimmy Woods; who scored 6 goals and added 2 assists for Baltimore Lutheran as they cruised to a 17-1 victory over Beth Tfiloh.

Talk to you this afternoon with a Maryland/Cal live blog.

-G

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…. And More Bad News For Maryland, Too

Posted on 19 March 2009 by Rex Snider

I rarely write companion pieces, but I think one of my previous blogs has created a stir that’s less than acceptable. So, it’s time for some clarification …..

With all due respect to Glenn Williams ….. umm, I mean Glenn Clark, I couldn’t really care whether Coach Gary gets another year tacked onto his contract. I don’t pay Gary’s salary and if a losing conference record earns an extension, God bless him.

Lets be blunt with each other, WINNING is the bottom line ….. even in NCAA competition. If you disagree and feel “graduation rates” and “special seat deals” are just as important, then welcome to your finished product.

But, you can bet on this ….. on Monday, April 6th, the nets are getting cut down and a huge trophy gets hoisted on the court, at Ford Field, in Detroit. And, I’ll betcha there will be no mention of schools that graduate their seniors. Cruel business, huh?

I don’t expect anything other than WINNING from Gary Williams. If he can’t compete with Duke and North Carolina, there is a guy waiting to try – somewhere. Fifteen months ago, nobody knew John Harbaugh’s name.

Different sport? Sure ….. but, everyone is replaceable. The University of Maryland basketball team is a “Boeing 747 of sorts” and they don’t NEED Gary to fly it. The school and team are bigger than the man, and they always will be.

Are you getting tired of the seasons of barely reaching 20 wins and a .500 record, in ACC competition? If not, there is no need to read any further. But, I simply think more should be demanded from a program with such deep resources.

Winning is contagious and it’s the primary reason the most sought-after recruits choose Duke, Carolina, Florida, Kansas and other schools over Maryland. These kids are watching the NCAA Tournament and they’re really watching as the teams dwindle down.

I’m not a Gary Williams detractor. And, I’m a Maryland fan. On Sunday, I listened with anticipation, as the seeds were revealed. I was driving along I-95, and pleading with my radio. Finally, the good news was shared.

But, it shouldn’t be this way …..

Maryland fans and supporters deserve a better fate than to sit on the edge of their sofa, every year, with hopes of their “bubble” landing in the NCAA tournament. Meanwhile, the Duke and Carolina fans consistently see their teams earning top seeds.

Yes, I keep referring to Duke and Carolina. But, they’re Maryland’s obstacle in reaching ACC greatness, again. Duke and Carolina succeed where it really counts and I’m not talking about graduation rates. It’s big-time college sports – you gotta win.

A week from today, a likely scenario will be an actual observation and reality ….. Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams will be priming their teams for the Sweet-16 and Gary Williams’ season will be in mothballs. If this isn’t viewed as unacceptable, then it’ll be repeated, again and again.

Glenn Clark and I enjoy trading these barbs – we’re friends, and the friendly contention propels us. But, he has his beliefs and I have mine. I know he’s reading this, so I want him to honestly answer this question …..

“If Roy Williams endured a 6-year stretch of surpassing 20 wins ONCE and an 8-8 (or worse) ACC record, in 5 of the 6 seasons, do you think he would be getting an extension?”

The answer is not “No” – it’s HELL NO !!!! In fact, I’d bet every last thing I own that Roy Williams would no longer be the head coach at North Carolina, before he saw that 6th season. Why? The University of North Carolina demands more from its coach.

Over the past couple days, I’ve heard all kinds of excuses and I’m gonna cover a few of them …..

I actually heard “Maryland can’t compete with Duke and Carolina – the ACC Tournament is usually held in their backyard.” Well, tell me this ….. what happened when Maryland lost 10 other games outside the Great State of North Carolina?

I really liked this one ….. “Gary did his best with an undersized and lesser talented team, this year.” Really? Well, who built the FREAKING TEAM ??? With all due respect to Bill Parcells, is Gary buying the groceries ….. or is this someone else’s shopping list?

Recruiting can’t be easy and it probably takes some “hat in hand” ass-kissing along the way. We all know rules exist and promises are hard to make. A coach can’t promise cars, money or other lures. But, they can offer a winning tradition and lots of exposure on the big tube.

Look at it any way you desire – slice it, dice it, GINSU-knife it ….. Mike Krzyzewski can walk into a living room and guarantee a kid he’ll be part of a championship program. He can honestly say “son, you will compete for an NCAA title with me.” He wouldn’t be lying.

Meanwhile, Gary Williams can say “I’ll do my best to ensure you graduate.” If I was a parent in that room, I’d kindly say “Mr. Williams, we’ll take care of that …. can you ensure our son will play in the NCAA Tournament?”

This whole “graduation” business is bunk. Our country has the distinct honor of having 22 year-old men fighting on a foreign shore for our freedoms. And, our very communities are protected by 22 year-old law enforcement officers.

If Landon Milbourne, Dave Neal or Eric Hayes need Gary’s oversight or influence to graduate, they’re not ready for the REAL world. Graduating from college is squarely on their shoulders.

You know what cures Glenn Clark and Rex Snider from disagreeing? Yep, it’s one thing ….. WINNING. It cures everything. If Maryland wins 25 games and goes 10-6 in the ACC, they earn a 5th seed in the NCAA’s and everyone is happy, while chugging down icy cold Bud Lights at Dellarose’s.

The NCAA Tournament starts today, and teenage boys across this country – from French Lick, Indiana, to Wilmington, North Carolina, to Lansing, Michigan, will be watching the games with anticipation. Some of them will have pretty important decisions to make in a few years.

I wonder what gets their attention – graduation rates, seat deals or winning? I think we all know that answer …..

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

How much more fun did you have filling out your brackets today when Maryland was one of the schools on the list?

Me too.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks Bozeman’s story better than Gary’s

Drew Forrester thinks Gary probably smirked after getting in

Nestor Aparicio wonders if Bisciotti will hang with 52 or Terps on Thursday

Drew Forrester thinks facing Cal ‘fair if not favorable’ for Terps

Rex Snider offers career advice to Jay Gibbons

Drew Forrester says Jim Johnson’s injury of concern-because he can pitch

Nestor Aparicio posts Chapter 9 from his book on Orioles, WNST

Chris Bonetti says Cal has interesting choices as a school

Ed Frankovic says Caps recall Varlamov before heading back on road

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps to face Cal in first round of NCAA Tournament Thursday

The Sun’s Ken Murray and Rick Maese say Hayes think moment ‘nerve racking’ leading up to Selection Sunday announcement

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Terps bring ‘momentum’ into Tournament

The Sun says opponent Cal shoots well from outside

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Golden Bears could hurt Terps’ zone with outside shooting

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Vasquez thought selection announcement amongst ‘best moments of (his) life’

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Terps in West region (Sweet 16 would be played in Glendale, AZ)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Hayes left off ACC Tournament team

LA Times’ Chris Dufresne says health of St. Mary’s Mills could have kept Terps out

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Terps’ draw ‘solid’

Examiner Dylan Waugh thinks Terps ‘should be thrilled’ with Tournament matchup

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Neal was on ‘Cloud 9’ after hearing Terps in

The AP says Neal ‘almost started crying’ when he saw Maryland was in

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says ‘loud roar’ came from Comcast Center lounge when Terps announced IN NCAA Tournament

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Bowie’s nerves ‘jolted’ by Mississippi State’s win over Tennessee

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg doesn’t think Gary deserving of harshest of criticism, highest of praise

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps were ‘worried’ when they saw Arizona selected

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps avoid 4th NIT appearance in last 5 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary will receive a ‘bump’ through 2013 for reaching Tournament

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps ‘elated’, ‘relieved’

San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons says Montgomery gets Bears to Tournament in 1st year in Berkeley

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Terps wouldn’t have had great argument had they been left out

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps example of committee wanting strong non-conference schedule

SI’s Luke Winn excited for potential Vasquez-Tyreke Evans showdown

Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy says Maryland had better wins than teams like St. Mary’s

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Gary ‘choked back tears’ after finding out team was back in Tournament (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Terps in Tournament for 2nd time in last 3 years

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Terps/Cal winner will face Memphis/Cal State-Northridge winner in 2nd round

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers information on Women’s Summer Camp

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps expected to receive #1 seed tonight

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Catalino scores 5 as Terps beat Bryant

Inside Lacrosse says Terps fall out of Top 10 in coaches’ poll

The Sun says Groot, Reed each tally hat trick in win over Bulldogs

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Bears get 15 seed; will open NCAA Tournament vs. Oklahoma in Kansas City

The Sun’s David Steele says scene at Morgan full of ‘joy’ on Selection Sunday

Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Bozeman, Maryland’s Williams each get to Tournament after facing great scrutiny

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears have ‘no answer’ for Blake Griffin

Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel thinks Bozeman ‘great story’

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Retrievers up to 6th in new media poll

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Retrievers were ‘laid back’ going into Maryland game

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Blue Jays ‘legitimate contender’ to reach Championship weekend

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eers to face James Madison in first round of CollegeInsider.com Tournament

The Sun says Milan Brown thinks Eers excited for chance to play for ‘another championship’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill throws bullpen session in hopes to work back by Opening Day

The Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Reimold homered to help Birds top Red Sox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hill felt ‘no pain’ during side session

The Sun says Roberts fell homer short of cycle in Team USA’s win over Netherlands

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say Jim Johnson will miss at least week with right shoulder impingement

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waters threw 3 scoreless innings in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie would pitch Wednesday if Americans still in World Baseball Classic

Examiner Jay Trucker says former Orioles Cintron, Castro playing well in Spring Training

Frederick News-Post says Matusz assigned to Keys

The AP says Freel adds ‘energy’ to Birds

RAVENS:

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will spend money saved on Rolle to extend Suggs

SI’s Peter King ‘loves’ Ravens addition of Carr

NFL.com’s Charles Davis mocks Laurinaitis to Ravens

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site’s David Harrington says Mariners open season with win over Erie at First Mariner Arena

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Jessica Harlee; who scored 19 of her 28 points in the 4th quarter to lift Fallston to the 3A state basketball title this weekend in Catonsville. You know I love the Cougars.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Terps Run Out of Gas; Will Await Selection Sunday Fate After 67-61 Loss to Duke

Posted on 14 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland’s resume is complete.

They deserve to be dancing come Sunday night.

That being said; they had the chance to feel much more comfortable about themselves; but couldn’t beat Duke in the ACC Semifinals Saturday night; losing 67-61 in Atlanta.

But that being said; this team has a resume that the rest of the teams on the NCAA Tournament bubble just can’t claim.

20 win ACC teams with 3 victories over legitimate Top 10 teams belong IN. And in a year where the mid-majors weren’t quite as good as they were in recent years, they shouldn’t have to sweat as much as they will Sunday.

If for some wacky reason the Terps are left OUT of the NCAA Tournament; they will obviously have themselves to blame. In the final 3 weeks of the season; they lost 2 close games to Duke, one to Wake Forest, and one to Virginia. Winning any of those would end this argument.

But if the Terps are left OUT of the NCAA Tournament; they will also have a legitimate gripe with the NCAA Selection Committee.

They have the resume. The other bubble teams don’t.

St. Mary’s had a nice year. So did Creighton. So did San Diego State. Penn State, Arizona, Auburn and Florida all have arguments too.

But NONE of those teams have the resume Maryland has; even if Maryland’s season wasn’t always pleasing to the eyes.

It will be an interesting Sunday in College Park.

-G

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Final stats: Eric Hayes finished with a flurry to lead the Terps in scoring with 20. Greivis Vasquez added 14 with team highs in rebounds (6) and assists (4). Adrian Bowie finished with 10 points; Sean Mosley 8 with 5 rebounds. 6 points and 4 boards for Dave Neal; Dino Gregory scored just 1 point but added 5 boards. Landon Milbourne finished with just 2 points and 4 rebounds. The Terps and Devils each pulled down 28 rebounds. Maryland collected 7 assists and 4 blocks. They shot 25-63 from the floor (39.7%), 4-15 from beyond the arc (26.7%), and 7-9 from the free throw line (77.8%).

Jon Scheyer lead the Devils with a game high 22 points; Kyle Singer chipped in 14 with a game high 11 rebounds. Nolan Smith added 10 points; Gerald Henderson 8 with 5 boards, and tied for game high with 4 assists (Vasquez). David McClure chipped in 6 points off the bench. The Devils tallied 11 assists and 4 blocked shots. They shot 20-55 from the field (36.4%), 9-22 from beyond the arc (40.9%), and 18-21 from the free throw line (85.7%).

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6:15-Drew, I don’t think that either team really showed much in the way of desire today. I think Duke was just a bit better; which we all kinda knew coming in. The Terps didn’t have that next level to ramp up to when challenged; and that did them in. They were tired; and when a mediocre team gets tired, they look like a bad team. I think Duke did JUST enough to win; but didn’t show much to me when it comes to desire. They just hit a few shots and then hung on. Good teams do that and win.

6:12-That will be the end of this one. Maryland’s regular season will come to an end with a 20-13 record; and they’ll await their Selection Sunday fate tomorrow night. Duke will improve to 27-6 and will face Florida State for the ACC Championship tomorrow. The Terps didn’t seal their fate either way tonight; and it will be a tough 24 hours in College Park. 67-61 Duke win.

6:11-Smith makes both; Duke by 6. Terps probably don’t have this miracle left in them.

6:10-1 of 2 for Scheyer; then Hayes with another hoop. Smith fouled with 15.4 seconds to play. Duke 65-61.

6:09-1 of 2 for Smith, followed by a Hayes layup. He fouls Scheyer with 24.8 seconds to play; Duke 64-59.

Chris-Mosley was a spark plug; but clearly lost his legs. When your role is energy; and you have none left, it’s hard to do anything.

6:08-Scheyer indeed makes both; 21 for him. Hayes gets another hoop in the lane; 63-57 Duke and Smith is fouled with 34.9 seconds to play.

6:06-6 second half points for David McClure. Hayes finally fouls Scheyer with 47.1 seconds to play. He’ll head to the line; you can just about count both of these.

6:05-Duke breaks the press for a dunk by David McClure. Hayes cans a 3 to answer with 56.3 seconds to play; he has 14 now. Terps trail by 6, they have to get a foul here.

6:03-Singler makes both, he has 14. 59-50 Devils with less than 90 seconds to play. Hayes with the quick hoop; 59-52; Hayes has 11 on the game. Terps call timeout; they’re going to have to start fouling. 1:17 to play.

6:02-Bowie blocks Henderson; but Hayes misses the 3 that would have made this a game again. Under 2 to go; Duke back to work on the clock. Smith misses; but Singler with the BIG offensive board. 1:26 to play; and Singler to the line for 1 and 1. That might well do it.

6:01-Under 3 minutes to play, Terps work the give and go with Vasquez again; and he’s fouled by Singler-6th team foul. Tough hoop from Neal; 57-50 Duke. 2:40 to play, they’ll work the clock again.

6:00-Henderson fouled by Mosley with 8 seconds left on the shot clock. Tough call. Henderson to the line for 1 and 1 with 3:07 to play. He’ll make 1 of 2; Devils by 9 again.

5:58-Give and go to Vasquez; and he’s fouled by Nolan Smith. 3rd personal on Smith; Vasquez to the line for 2. He’ll hit 1 of 2; 56-48 Duke. 14 for Greivis.

5:55-Terps get the ball back with the Devils unable to get the dagger. 3:36 to play as we reach the final official timeout of regulation. The Terps aren’t dead yet; but they have to get a score here.

5:53-Terps get the ball back with under 5 to play; and Hayes puts another hoop off the glass to cut Duke’s lead to 56-47. Do they have a run left in them? Bowie called for the foul; 6th team foul.

5:50-Chris; Gary certainly isn’t getting out-coached. He clearly went to the zone because Maryland had no legs left. With Mosley not being able to finish at the rim; his legs are amongst the most tired. Gary had been doing a remarkable coaching job for a team that couldn’t get things going; but Duke just started canning outside shots.

Another turnover; and McClure finishes. He misses the free throw; and Singler called for interference. 56-43 Duke with 5 and a half to play. Hayes gets a quick hoop; 56-45.

5:48-After a turnover; Neal misses a runner, and Scheyer gets a layup in transition. That’s 19 for Scheyer; Devils by 9 with 6 and a half to play. Bowie settles for a long 3 point jumper; and Duke gets the ball back. McClure drives and finishes; Devils by 11; Gary needs another timeout. 54-43 Duke; and Maryland appears to be out of answers-or out of energy.

5:44-Vasquez with the tough pull up jumper; but Scheyer DRILLS a 3 on the other end. Duke by 7 again; 50-43. Vasquez will have to have every answer on the offensive end; but can’t finish this time down. 50-43 Duke at the 3rd official timeout. I just don’t know if Maryland can keep responding to Duke’s shooters.

5:42-Big momentum changing 3 from Henderson; who had been struggling. 47-41 Duke with 8:44 to play; and Gary calls a timeout.

5:40-Maryland does go to the zone; I don’t think Duke will be afraid to shoot over it. Foul on Cliff Tucker fighting for a board; then Maryland gets the ball back thanks to a Hayes rebound. Hayes’ 3 pointer is blocked; 1 second on the shot clock. Neal heaves an airball up with 9:08 to play.

5:37-Jon Scheyer with a hoop; followed by buckets for Vasquez and Neal. Coach K takes a timeout with 10:16 left and Maryland responding well following Duke opening their biggest lead of the game 44-41 Devils now. 14 for Scheyer; 11 for Vasquez.

5:35-This is a SERIOUS trouble spot for Maryland. They can’t keep giving away points on the offensive end; as Duke almost certainly has another hot streak in them.

5:32-Gregory gets the ball in the lane and can’t finish in close. Terps have given away some 12-14 points in near the hoop already in the 2nd half. Duke will maintain their 42-37 lead as Dino Gregory is hit with the foul. We’ll go to the 2nd official timeout of the half.

5:31-Bowie switches hands to finish a transition layup; he has 10. 40-37 Terps. Nolan Smith then flips in a reverse layup to extend Duke’s lead back to 5. Terps continue to have troubles inside.

5:30-Gregory makes 1 of 2; his first point of the game. 40-35 Duke, Terps trap early, then back off. Scheyer drives and is blocked by Gregory/Milbourne. Steve Martin seems confused that Maryland hasn’t gone to the zone. Has he seen how Duke has been shooting???

5:29-Scheyer makes all 3; he has 12 and the Devils take their biggest lead of the game at 40-34. Lance Thomas called for his 3rd personal on Gregory inside; he’ll shoot 2.

5:28-Vasquez settles for a decent look at a 3 but misses; and Hayes fouls Scheyer shooting a 3 the other way. He’ll head to the line for 3 shots; and the Terps are going to have to dig deep.

5:27-Nolan Smith fires up a 3 at the end of the shot clock; and Williams is their for the board and putback. Devils by 3. Williams called for his 2nd personal the next time down. Mosley with another inside miss; Maryland really struggling inside

5:24-Rich, I was afraid they were going to call a foul on that Williams play; but I also don’t quite understand how you can fall down and not move your pivot foot. I’ll refrain from comment; I don’t want to get fined.

5:21-Elliot Williams fouls Vasquez; we haven’t called Williams’ name much. Mosley drives for 2 but wave it off for a travel. Singler drives, loses it; and is stripped by Gregory. Terps miss THREE chances at the rim before Vasquez eventually turns the ball over. Duke by 1 with 15:09 to play in the game, and we reach the first official timeout of the 2nd half. Mike Gminski thinks the Terps are losing their legs playing their 3rd game in 3 days. I might well concur.

5:19-There’s the great equalizer for Duke; as Scheyer cans a 3. That’s 9 for Scheyer, and Duke goes back ahead 35-34. Mosley and Henderson then trade 3′s before the Terps get the ball back on the alternating possession.

5:18-Sean Mosley opens 2nd half scoring with a putback to tie things at 32. Another putback by Mosley gives the Terps a 34-32 lead. Another solid effort from the freshman out of St. Frances. He’ll foul Henderson this time as Henderson goes to drive.

5:14-The winner of today’s game will play Florida State at 1pm tomorrow for the ACC title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Also, if you do not have TV access but you’re following along with the blog; the game is being streamed live on RaycomSports.com.

And when the ad for Chick-Fil-A appeared on the screen; credit to my roommate; who jumped right up off the couch and said “i’ll be back in a minute; i’m going to get dinner for us.” And he’s paying. Winner winner chicken dinner.

5:09-Rob, I’m certainly not unhappy to be trailing by 2 at the break; but I would definitely be wary of which team comes out of the break firing. Duke can turn a 2 point lead into a 10 point lead in 120-150 seconds; and the Terps CAN’T let them go on that kind of run. If this is still a one possession game at the 15 minute mark; that’s a win for the Terps, who will feel a little more like “we’re supposed to be here” the rest of the way.

Halftime stats:

Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with 9 points and a game high 3 assists. Adrian Bowie had 8 points; Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne contributed 5 apiece. 4 points for Sean Mosley, 2 for Dave Neal with a team high 3 rebounds. The Terps out-rebounded the Devils 12-11; adding 5 assists and 1 block. The Terps shot 11-27 from the field (40.7%), 3-6 from beyond the arc (50%), and 5-5 from the free throw line (100%).

Kyle Singer lead the Devils with 12 points and 6 boards; also tying for a team high with 2 assists (Gerald Henderson). Jon Scheyer added 6 points, Nolan Smith 5. The Devils collected 6 assists and 1 block. They shot 10-27 from the field (37%), 6-12 from beyond the arc (50%), and 6-6 from the free throw line (100%).

4:59-Mosley makes both, 32-30 Duke. His free throw shooting is vastly improved. Devils can hold fo the last shot; which Henderson leaves off the front iron. 32-30 Duke at the break; I’ll be back shortly.

4:58-Foul away from the ball on Greg Paulus; that’s their 7th team foul, and Mosley will go to the line for 1 and 1 with 21.4 seconds to play.

4:55-More good ball movement by Duke; but Scheyer misses the 3. Singler called for the foul away from the ball. That’s the first personal on Singler. Hayes turns the ball over; and Henderson lays it in. Under a minute to play in the half, Devils 29-28. Vasquez travels with a wide open path to the basket; Mike Gminski isn’t sure that was a good call. 52 seconds to play, Duke ball. Scheyer DRILLS a long 3; putting the Devils up 32-28 and getting them an extra possession before the end of the half. Gary Williams takes a timeout; as these last 42 seconds can be HUGE.

4:53-Hayes toe was apparently “this far” behind the line; so it’s a 3. Paulus EXPLODES to the hoop but can’t finish. Singler put it back, but was waved off for basket interference. Dave Neal called for the illegal screen; 6th team foul on Maryland, 1st personal on Neal.

4:51-Sean Mosley pulls up for the airball; but Milbourne gets his first field goal the next time down with a mid-range jumper. Paulus drills a 3 after Singler finally missed one; but the Devils have made 3 of their last 4 from outside. Hayes with the great ball fake and a 3 of his own; 28-27 Terps with 2:13 to play in the half. They’ll look at that again to see if Hayes’ foot might have been on the line.

4:49-Rich, I don’t know about you; but Duke’s ability to shoot lights out over long stretches REALLY concerns me. I just get a bad feeling that at some point (maybe right now); they’ll can about 5 or 6 mid-to-outside shots in a row; leaving the Terps flat-footed. Building momentum will not be easy for a Maryland team that doesn’t shoot well; as the atmosphere in the Georgia Dome is nothing like the typical atmosphere in College Park.

4:48-This could be that stretch. Singler buries another 3; he has 12 and the Devils go up 24-23. We’ll hit the last official timeout of the first half. 3:37 to play before the break, Devils by 1.

4:46-Vasquez with the bucket to tie things at 18, but he rushes the jumper next time down. Bowie drives and is fouled; making the PLUS ONE attempt to give him 8. Singler ties things at 21 with a 3; then Neal hits a floater after hitting Smith hard again on a screen and the Terps go up 23-21. Timeout on the floor with Smith banged up a bit.

4:41-The Terps have stayed focused defensively; which has kept Duke from jumping out to a big lead here before the half. They need to take advantage of that on the offensive end; as at some point, Duke will almost certainly go on a 5 minute pace where they make EVERYTHING.

4:38-Vasquez pulls up for the VERY deep 3 and cans it. 7 for the junior from Venezuela. 18-16 Devils. Dave Neal turns the ball over the next time down. We’ll hit the 3rd official timeout of the half with the Devils up by 2 following a Scheyer turnover. 7:06 to play in the first 20 minutes.

4:37-Vasquez goes toward the hoop; he’s fouled by Lance Thomas. Terps have to keep doing that exact same thing. They’ve gone cold from the field; and could use some extra trips to the line. It worked last night.

4:36-Nothing surprising about a 6-0 advantage for Duke in 2nd chance points. Vasquez goes to the bench for a breather; but checks right back in. Terps can’t afford to let Duke extend this past a 2 possession advantage here.

4:34-Hayes does the right thing by driving there; and is called for a late offensive foul; his first personal. I don’t know how the call could have been after the shot; as the shot appeared to come after contact.

Nolan Smith finds himself open from the corner, and he cans the 3. 18-13 Duke. Hayes is too strong on the 3 when he gets the look on the other end.

4:32-The Terps started the game well, attacking the basket. They can’t afford to go away from that; and it can’t just be Greivis. Bowie needs to continue moving towards the hoop; trying to get fouls even he is met with the type of defense that doesn’t let him finish. And if the Devils are going to meet Eric Hayes at the 3 point line; he needs to slash before he even sets.

4:29-Hayes loses control, gets it back; then turns the ball over again. Paulus called for traveling as he slips. Terps can’t afford to be tentative offensively, they need to attack the basket. Hayes pulls up for 2; 13-12 Terps. Great ball fake by Scheyer gets Vasquez off his feet; he drills the 3; 15-13 Devils. Vasquez turns the next one over; and we’ll hit the 2nd official timeout with 11:04 to play in the half, Duke by 2.

4:28-Rich, he might be more confident; but it hasn’t paid off yet. Bowie with a good looking 3 ball that won’t fall; then he can’t finish at the rim after the Terps held on to the ball. Greg Paulus into the game for Duke; and Singler is fouled underneath. If the Terps let the Blue Devils get offensive rebounds; the Devils will make them pay. First personal on Vasquez, Singler makes both. Duke with their first lead at 12-11.

4:27-Singler with the drive; he’s fouled by an entering Gregory. That’s the first on the sophomore. Braxton Dupree into the game early for the Terps. Singler makes both, 11-10 Terps. David McClure checks in for the Devils.

4:25-Terps to the press; Devils pass through it and Smith hits an open jumper. Vasquez with the runner on the other end; then Zoubek flattens Vasquez on the illegal screen. 11-8 Terps; 1st personal on Zoubek, who killed the Terps at Cameron; then was inexplicably left on the bench for much of the game at Comcast Center.

4:23-Henderson nails the pull-up jumper; then Kyle Singer gets a putback hoop off a Maryland turnover. 7-6 Devils; and their half-court defense is taking away Maryland’s driving lanes. Duke with a couple ugly looking/partially blocked shots; and Sean Mosley is fouled in transition. Nolan Smith in the game; probably still thinking about that screen Dave Neal leveled him with. Mosley makes both; 9-6 Terps.

4:20-Ohio State appears to have punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for sure; they beat Michigan State to advance to the Big Ten Championship Game. LSU falls to Mississippi State; the Bulldogs will play for an automatic berth tomorrow and might be getting off the bubble themselves.

4:19-Vasquez with the spin move; he’s called for a travel. We’ll hit our first official timeout with the Terps ahead 7-2. Nice first few minutes, but they have to get more in sync with their halfcourt offense.

4:18-With the shot clock winding down; Vasquez goes from side to side for the penetration and his first hoop. Great screen by Neal. Bowie’s next drive is blocked; but Rich you are absolutely right about what that could do for his confidence. Neal misses a long 2; Terps get the ball on the alternating possession. Eric Hayes in. 7-2 Terps.

4:16-Lance Thomas fouled by Landon Milbourne underneath; he’ll shoot two. Thomas makes both; 5-2 Terps. Devils to the press, Vasquez dribbles out of it in dangerous territory.

4:14-Greivis is content to let Elliot Williams take shots, but doesn’t want him using his athleticism to get to the basket. Two inside misses for Maryland before losing the ball on the alternating possession. I’m not going to have to start counting inside misses again, am I? Devils cold from outside to start; that’s a good sign. On the other end; Bowie drills a 3 (No Really! It was a good looking arc and everything). He has the first 5 points of the game, and Coach K needs a timeout.

4:12-Terps win the tip; Mosley with the bad miss to start. He improved as the game wore on last night; but can’t afford to miss chippies. Bowie in transition for the first bucket of the game; 2-0. Terps could really use a nice slashing game from Bowie.

4:10-Rich and I were debating blocking Drew from the live blogs. Of course, it might end up just being the two of us if we did. You’ll stay for now Drew.

Carolina ran out of miracles without Ty Lawson, falling to Florida State in the final minute. Terps lost their only contest with the Seminoles this season, an overtime loss in Tallahassee back in January.

Terps stick with Dave Neal, Landon Milbourne, Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie, Sean Mosley
Duke goes with Kyle Singler, Lance Thomas, Gerald Henderson, Elliot Williams, Jon Scheyer to start

4:08-Drew Forrester poking his head in to offer up the early kiss of death this time. Thanks for that, Drew. I didn’t make a pick on this game; but if I had, I would almost certainly pick the Devils. As someone who had the pleasure of driving to Durham to see the Terps get pasted by 41 at Cameron Indoor; it isn’t the most comfortable of feelings. Need I remind everyone that Maryland has lost 4 straight to Coach K’s boys……ugh.

Pre-game: Okay, no internet issues at the Glenn Clark compund; and WNST.net has been pretty good today; with a lovely site upgrade on the back end (a gift to us, but not to you.) That being said; we shouldn’t have the issues today that we’ve had getting underway for the first two rounds (please knock on wood.) The 7th seeded Terps enter today’s ACC Tournament semi-final with a 20-12 record following a 7-9 regular season. They knocked off 10th seeded NC State and 2nd seeded Wake Forest to reach the quarters. The 3rd seeded Duke Blue Devils enter the game with a 26-6 record following an 11-5 ACC regular season. They held on to beat 6th seeded Boston College last night to reach today’s semifinal. Many prognosticators believe the Terps clinched an at-large berth with their win over the Demon Deacons last night; but many others think they’re still sitting on the bubble. With a win today, the Terps would advance to tomorrow’s ACC Championship; where they’d face Florida State for an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Today’s game is again at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta; Maryland has won 4 straight games they’ve played at the venue. The last team to beat them at the home of the Atlanta Falcons? You guessed it, Duke. They fell in the semifinals of the 2001 ACC Tournament to the Blue Devils before reaching their first Final Four in school history that season.

Today’s game can be seen locally in ACC markets via Raycom Sports (WNUV 54 in Baltimore…..Channel 14 on Comcast Baltimore County.) Steve Martin and Mike Gminski will again handle the Play-by-Play of today’s game for Raycom, Scott Pryzwanski will patrol the sidelines. The rest of the country can see today’s game on ESPN; Mike Patrick and Dick Vitale have the call with Heather Cox on the sidelines.

The Terps will be playing their 3rd game in as many days for the first time all season (they played 3 games in 4 days at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando over Thanksgiving weekend). The Devils will be playing on back to back nights for the 3rd time this season (they did it twice at the beginning of the season during the 2kSports Classic).

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Terps Hold On, Beat Wake 75-64 to Get Back on Cusp of NCAA Tournament

Posted on 13 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

With his back against the wall; Gary Williams did it again.

With his early defensive schemes, solid timeouts, and good substitutions throughout; the greatest head coach in Maryland basketball history guided his Maryland Terrapins to an ACC quarterfinal win over a Wake Forest team with a serious size advantage. The Demon Deacons helped out a bit by shooting under 30%; but credit Maryland’s defense for that.

The 75-64 win might not make Maryland a lock; but they certainly have to be just about IN the NCAA Tournament at this point.

The story has to again be about the head coach. The head coach that defiantly walked into a post-game press conference after a tough loss to Duke two weeks ago and exclaimed “This is a DAMN good basketball team”; and continued to stand behind them even after a home loss to Wake a week later.

The coach is clearly in love with his group of players (some might consider them more qualified to play at the DII level than the ACC); and that love affair has finally paid off this weekend in Atlanta. He’s stuck by them, and has admitted that the team has “had (his) back” throughout the season, and they continue to perform beyond their perceived limitations.

Credit Greivis Vasquez. Credit Eric Hayes. Credit Sean Mosley. Credit Landon Milbourne. Credit Cliff Tucker. Credit lone senior Dave Neal. Credit Adrian Bowie. Credit Dino Gregory.

But more than anything, credit Gary Williams; who has never stopped working in what might well have been his most trying season since returning to his alma mater. This one will certainly make Maryland fans around the globe proud.

The best thing about Friday night’s win is the reminder that they could still have more to accomplish just this weekend alone. The Terps will be back in action around 3:30 Saturday with the chance to play for the ACC Championship on the line.

But they’ll enjoy this one for a few minutes first.

-G

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Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with a game high 22 points, adding 8 rebounds and a game high 7 assists. Sean Mosley chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds, Eric Hayes 11 points. 10 points and 6 boards for Dave Neal; 8 points and a team high 11 rebounds for Landon Milbourne. 6 points and 6 boards off the bench for Dino Gregory as well. The Terps out-rebounded the Deacons 43-34 (STUNNING!); adding 13 assists and 4 blocks. They shot 24-55 from the field (43.6%), 6-16 from beyond the arc (37.5%), and 21-26 from the free throw line (80.8%).

James Johnson lead the Deacs with 20 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Jeff Teague added 11 points (all in the 2nd half) with 6 boards. 9 points for Ish Smith, 8 for Al-Farouq Aminu to go with 7 rebounds. L.D. Williams added 7 points, Harvey Hale 5. The Deacs picked up 7 assists and 4 blocks. They shot 22-74 from the field (29.7%), 3-25 from beyond the arc (12%), and 17-24 from the free throw line (70.8%).

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9:16-Gary Williams told his team after the Virginia loss that they needed to get two wins this weekend. But in his post-game interview; he sounded like a coach that still has goals in Atlanta; and isn’t taking anything for granted.

9:13-This one might not make the Terps a “lock” for the NCAA Tournament; but I can’t see how you leave a 20 win team from the ACC with wins over 3 Top 10 teams during the season out. What a win for the Terps; who will get a chance to make it academic tomorrow night against the Boston College/Duke winner.

9:11-Teague makes 2 of 3; he has 11, all in the 2nd half. I imagine this will about do it for tonight; the biggest win of the year again tonight for Gary Williams’ Terps. 75-64; and the Terps are RIGHT BACK on the cusp of the NCAA Tournament; advancing to the ACC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2004.

9:09-Mosley makes 1 of 2; 12 for him tonight. He then fouls Teague shooting a 3; and Teague will shoot 3 with 25.3 to play.

9:08-Boy has Sean Mosley ever manned up tongith. He hits both, Wake finally fouls with 38.5 seconds to play. Dave Neal is clearly excited. 74-62 Terps; and FINALLY I can say this one will go to the Maryland column…..

9:07-Smith fouls Mosley; not the guy Maryland wants on the line. 1:08 to play. Chris Bonetti is NOT a funny comedian.

9:05-Hayes makes both, he has 11. James Johnson with a putback hoop, he has 20. Terps by 10 again as Wake calls their final timeout. Still more than a minute to play (1:20) to be exact; and I imagine Wake will keep fouling. Terps just have to keep making the freebies.

9:03-Mike Gminski thinks a win over the Deacs should get the Terps in. I find it hard to argue with that; but they have to finish first. James Johnson called for his 4th-a blocking call that sends Hayes to the line. Terps by 10 with 1:25 to play.

9:02-Hayes to Mosley, who finishes this time. Teague with a hoop inside with 1:26 to play; 70-60 Terps. Deacs almost have to foul now.

9:01-Mosley can’t finish inside; but Harvey Hale is called for his 5th personal; and the 7th team foul on the Deacs. Dave Neal to the line for 1 and 1…..he hits one of 2. Ten for the senior; Terps by 10. Johnson misses a 3; Terps ball with 2 minutes to go…..

9:00-Hale called for his 4th personal as the Terps try the long ball inbounds. 2:56 to play; Terps with a new 35 second clock.

8:59-If Dave Neal is trying to avenge his Senior Night loss; that 3 was a HUGE way to try to do it. Greivis with 2 unnecessary 3 ball attempts right afterwards though; which doesn’t help. The Terps can hold the ball on this possession for a little while; taking things toward the 2 minute mark. Time is their friend here; as is their free throw shooting.

8:57-James Johnson dunks back a miss; he has 18. Terps by 9; and Vasquez throws up a totally unnecessary 3. Terps keep the ball on the alternating possession; and they’ll maintain the 9 point lead with under 3 to play at the final official timeout of regulation. How’s your heartrate, Maryland fans?

8:56-Vasquez back in; he finds Neal who FINALLY hits a 3. 67-56 Terps, and they get the stop on the other end. Under 4 minutes…..

8:54-Aminu makes 1 of 2; but James Johnson gets the offensive board. Under 5 minutes to play. Ish Smith with the HUGE 3; and the Maryland lead is down to 8 at 64-56. Terps call timeout with 4:37 to play; and Gary will have to think about offense-for-defense switches with Vasquez. Mike Gminski reminds us of Maryland’s collapse in Miami; one of many blown double-digit leads this season…..

8:53-Terps take some time off the clock before Hayes explodes and misses. Gregory with the big rebound; but he misses as well. Neal called for the blocking foul-his 4th personal and the 7th team foul. Deacs in the bonus as the senior goes to the bench. Aminu to the line for 1 and 1.

8:52-Offensive foul goes against Dupree. That’s the 6th team foul. Hayes checks back in; he will have to take the ball to the rack offensively. Under 6 minutes to play. Aminue misses a 3; and Neal with the board.

8:50-Gary will HAVE to find a way to steal minutes from Greivis is the Deacs cut the lead to 7 or under. Big rebound by Milbourne after a missed dunk by Williams.

8:47-Nice possession by the Terps out of the timeout; and Vasquez gets to the rim after a ball fake. Wake gets a bucket from Johnson after a sloppy possession. Hayes with his first field goal; a 3 ball from the back corner. Johnson throws home a dunk on the other end; then Vasquez called for the offensive foul-a crucial call as it is his 4th personal. 6:56 to play-we hit the 3rd official timeout of the 2nd half. 66-54 Terps and this will be a critical point in this game.

8:45-UGLY basketball right now. Clark with the worst shot attempt I have EVER seen; but Tucker’s layup attempt in transition off the loose ball is blocked; and Wake converts on the other end; cutting Maryland’s lead to 59-48. 8:16 to play; Gary Williams calls timeout desperately trying to settle his team down. You just can’t help but get the feeling that this one could still end up being a one possession game.

8:44-Johnson slips inside and is blocked by Milbourne. Hayes tries to move the ball ahead to Tucker; but it goes out of bounds. SETTLE DOWN ALREADY!!!!

8:43-Vasquez with the 3; he has 20. James Johnson with a deuce, he has 10. Chris Bonetti with the knee-slapper, that counts for something. Drew doesn’t care about us apparently. Vasquez called for traveling after he and Teague fall down. 59-46 Terps with things really moving up and down quickly.

8:41-Completely unnecessary 3 point attempt by Vasquez, but Neal is there for the follow. Teague drives and is fouled by Vasquez, he’ll shoot 2. Terps can’t let this game be so open flowing and 1 on 1. Teague makes 1 of 2; he has 5 now. 56-44 Terps.

8:40-Teague makes both, then the Deacs get a steal and Ish Smith goes to the hoop for 2. Terps’ lead is down to 11; Teague had a shot to make it 8. Terps REALLY need to settle down.

8:36-Bowie with his 2nd drive finds himself right in front of the rim for 2. 54-39 Maryland. Teague drives again and is fouled. Terps cannot allow him to get going. We’ll hit the 2nd official timeout with the Terps up by 15.

8:33-Vasquez makes both, he has 17. 52-37 Terps. Terps called for an illegal screen-third personal on Milbourne-after Harvey Hale misses a 3. Terps will probably try to take some time off the clock. Wake with the steal; Terps get it back; no shot clock re-set and Vasquez’s desperation heave won’t go. Why no shot clock re-set there? That looked like possession to me. Teague finally gets on the board with a drive this time down. 52-39 Terps and Tucker calls timeout in trouble. 11:58 to play; Terps must remain focused.

8:32-Vasquez drives and is fouled by Harvey Hale. After the re-set, Vasquez is fouled in the lane; he’ll shoot two. What a difference ten days makes in getting free throw attempts.

8:30-Milbourne with the spin and the jumper; he has 8. Ish Smith answers with a floater; 50-35 Maryland. The Terps can’t get lazy on defense with the double-digit advantage. They can’t get lazy offensively either. Terps turn the ball over; James Johnson with the putback. Aminu with his 3rd personal foul meeting Eric Hayes. 50-37 Terps.

8:29-I will admit; I really enjoy the “Forever Young” Pepsi commercial Raycom has been running during this Tournament. Also; if for some reason you are reading this and don’t have the ability to watch tonight’s game on TV; the game is being streamed on RaycomSports.com. It’s a pretty clear picture only a few seconds behind the actual TV broadcast. I was very pleased watching GT/FSU earlier while my roommate and I played Tiger Woods Golf on Wii-the only gold I’m any good at.

8:27-Out of another Dino Gaudio timeout; Wake is called for a shot clock violation. They certainly wanted something more out of a timeout. 15:23 to play in the game; Terps by 15 at our first official timeout.

8:25-Johnson drives and scores, Mosley does the same the other way; then Vasquez adds a 3. 15 for Vasquez, and Mosley adds another 3. Maryland leads 48-33; their biggest lead of the game. Mosley has 7.

Drew-the winner of this game plays the winner of Duke/BC at 3:30 tomorrow. You will not get me to say anything more.

8:23-I can’t imagine the Deacs are going to continue to struggle so badly from the field. Maryland MUST continue to take advantage of the Deacs’ struggles before they start hitting shots. Maryland has played well defensively; but Wake has just continued to miss looks.

8:19-Aminu and Dave Neal get personals to open the 2nd half; Aminu’s 2nd, Neal’s 3rd-forcing the Terps’ lone senior to the bench. Terps get 3 tries around the rim and miss all 3! McFarland misses inside the other way; and Bowie finishes a layup in transition. Teague with his 7th miss; and Mosley drives for 2 of his own. 40-31 Maryland and Dino Gaudio takes his full timeout.

8:19-Rich gets points for the copycat distress call. Who’s desperation message was that?

8:12-Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with a game high 12 points, 4 rebounds, and game high 3 assists in the first half. Eric Hayes, Dino Gregory, and Landon Milbourne all chipped in 6; Milbourne adding a game high 5 rebounds. The Terps out-rebounded the Deacs 19-17; adding 6 assists and 2 blocks. They shot 11-29 from the field (37.9%), 1 of 8 from beyond the arc (12.5%), and 13-16 from the free throw line (81.3%).

Al-Farouq Aminu and L.D. Williams each had 7 points in the first half to lead the Demon Deacons. Aminu and Jeff Teague tied for the team high with 4 boards each; but Teague was held scoreless. No Deac had more than 2 assists (Teague, Gary Clark). James Johnson added 6 points, Harvey Hale 5. The Deacs had 5 assists and 3 blocks in the half. They shot 9-35 from the field (25.7%), 2-10 from beyond the arc (20%), and 11-15 from the free throw line (73.3%).

8:11-Nothing like the “Drew Forrester Kiss of Death” to make you worry about a game. Has there been a game this season where you haven’t said “Maryland’s gonna win” or “this one is over”?

8:04-Final from Winston-Salem. Morgan State 75, Coppin State 67. The Bears will face the South Carolina State-Norfolk State winner for the MEAC Championship at noon tomorrow; unfortunately the game is on ESPNU.

8:00-McFarland makes both; and Gary Clark’s desperation heave at the buzzer goes; but it won’t count. 36-31 Maryland at intermission; we’ll get some Mike Hogwood and presumably more David Cook at the break; I’ll be back shortly.

7:58-Vasquez drives, he’s fouled by L.D. Williams with 6.9 seconds to play. Terps will have at least 16 free throw attempt in the first half of this one. Any thoughts in Jamie Lucky’s officiating performance in the first Wake game? Vasquez makes both; he has 12. Wake has plenty of time and runs a nice play; McFarland fouled underneath with 1.5 seconds to play.

7:57-Adrian Bowie finally on the board making one of two; and Maryland leads 34-29 with uner a minute to play. Bout an 8 second difference betweek shot clock and game clock. Teague misses, and Maryland gets it back with 24.5 to play. They’ll hold for the final shot up 5.

7:56-McFarland “Mosley”s one at the rim; the outlet home run ball goes out of bounds off Bowie. Things have been a bit sloppy as we work towards the half; but Maryland has played well defensively to maintain the advantage. McFarland called for tripping Bowie as the Terps looked to get into transition.

7:54-McFarland makes 1 of 2 at the line; and Maryland’s lead is 30-27. Braxton Dupree into the game; he sets a nice screen on Williams. Vasquez finds himself wide open from the wing; and he knocks down Maryland’s first 3 of the game. On the other end; L.D. Williams takes the feed in the lane and jams it home. 33-29 Maryland. 10 for Vasquez.

7:53-Pretty looking hook from Gregory; he has 6 so far and the Terps lead 30-26. Dino Gregory has been playing like a basketball player thus far in the ACC Tournament. L.D. Williams misses the 3; but Landon Milbourne is called for the foul going for the rebound. Chas McFarland back to the free throw line, where he’s struggled.

7:52-Hayes makes both, and the Terps go ahead 28-26. Another drive by Ish Smith; he’s called for the offensive foul this time. 2nd personal on Smith. 6 points for Hayes so far, all from the free throw line.

7:51-Scott Pryzwanski tells us that the Wake players want to go into the locker room “With the win.” Speaking of which, has anyone ever heard of Scott Pryzwanski?

7:49-The Dave Trembley MASN commercial just doesn’t do it for me. I’d make a joke about

7:48-Nice ball fake by Teague gets him an open look at a jumper; but he can’t find the handle. Aminu is called for the foul fighting for the board; and we’ll hit the last official timeout of the half with 3:47 to play tied up at 26.

7:47-Here we go again with site updates. Greivis drives, can’t finish; but David Weaver is called for the blocking foul. Vasquez makes just 1 of 2 at the line; he has 7 and we’re tied again at 26 apiece.

7:42-Wake can get Maryland out of the zone if they keep hitting shots; and L.D. Williams cuts Maryland’s lead to 23-22 with that one. Dave Neal continues his cold pace from outside early (0-4); and Milbourne is called for the 7th team foul after a Mosley putback miss. Hale makes both free throws; and Wake leads 24-23. That’s 5 for Hale. Wake is coming to meet Hayes at the 3 point line; not wanting to give him the chance to shoot from outside. Ish Smith fouls him attempting a tough jumper. He’ll shoot two.

7:41-Vasquez makes both free throws; he has 6 and the Terps are up 21-19 and back into the zone. The Terps are content to let the Deacs take open looks from outside; and only Hale has managed to connect. Milbourne knocks down a long 2 the next time down; and Maryland’s lead is 23-19.

7:40-Maryland opened tonight’s game with a 14-5 run; Wake has answered with a 14-5 run of their own to tie things up. Weird how things like that work.

7:37-Harvey Hale into the game; he connects on the first 3 for either team to tie things up at 19 with under 7:30 to play. Vasquez drives and is tripped; 7th team foul on Wake. We’re tied at the 3rd official timeout of the half.

7:35-Aminu connects, he has 5 early on. Vasquez drives and finishes; and Maryland leads 19-16. Drew; you think Greivis is thinking to himself; “I guess I’ll just have to do this on my own again”?

Aminu drives, he’s called for the offensive foul on Dave Neal. That one was questionable.

7:34-So much for the Terps adjusting to sightlines; as Vasquez with another BAD miss from outside. On the other end; Aminu scores and is fouled. Gary needs a 30 second timeout with the Terps now only up by 2 and a PLUS ONE attempt coming for Aminu.

7:32-Hayes makes both; Terps by 6 again. Wake goes to the home run ball to break the press; and Aminu takes it right to the hoop for 2. 17-13 Maryland. Hayes drives and turns it over; Teague does the same the other way.

7:31-Wake finally finds an effective play against Maryland’s zone; as L.D. Williams throws home an alley-oop. 15-11 Terps. Eric Hayes draws the foul driving the next time down; he’ll shoot two.

7:28-Both teams continue to struggle with outside shooting; including Dave Neal’s 3rd miss. But James Johnson REALLY helps the Terps, picking up his 3rd personal with 10:48 still to play in the half.

7:26-The Terps need to get someone going from outside; or you can be sure that the Deacs will go to a zone to try to win this one. Maryland doesn’t need to settle for jump shots; but needs to continue their successful drive and kick offense.

7:25-James Johnson into the lane; and he’s fouled. Johnson makes both; and Maryland’s lead is down to 15-9. Dave Neal leaves a 3 point attempt short; and we’ll hit the 2nd official timeout with the Terps up by 6.

7:23-What a drive by Ish Smith to end a 12-1 run by the Terps; and get the Deacs their first FG in what Steve Martin says has been almost 8 minutes. Cliff Tucker into the game; he’s fouled by an entering Gary Clark. Tucker makes 1 of 2; 15-7 Terps. Tucker blocks Smith on his next drive.

7:21-Ish Smith’s floater won’t fall, but Vasquez goes coast to coast and finishes for 2 the other way. Terps get the ball back after a Mosley rebound, and Gregory puts back a Milbourne miss. Deacs get two chances after a rebound by Aminu, but can’t finish. Mosley called for his 2nd fighting for a board next time down.

7:20-Deacs turn it over again; as WNST.net continues to struggle with upgrades. Vasquez is blocked by Al-Farouq Aminu on that drive; and Vasquez will not have an easy time trying to drive the lane tonight.

7:19-Sean Mosley picks up his first personal on McFarland; sending Wake’s big man to the line to shoot two. McFarland makes just one; and the Terps’ lead is 8-5. Milbourne knocks down an outside 2; and it’s 10-5 with 15 to play in the half. Eric Hayes into the game.

7:17-While fatigue might give Wake an advantage since Maryland had to play last night; familiarity of the Dome could help Maryland early. The Deacs have struggled shooting early on; as the dynamics of shooting in a non-symmetrical dome are not easy to adjust to for a team that is used to shooting in symmetrical gyms. The Terps were able to adjust to the sightlines last night; and should be able to take advantage.

7:15-Terps use Dino Gregory early to try to neutralize Wake’s size-or at least as much as Dino Gregory can neautralize anyone’s size. He gets a putback to put the Terps ahead 8-4. After a turnover we hear Gary scream “Greivis, run another play! Don’t let them do that!” We’ll hit the first official timeout with the Terps up 8-4.

7:13-Big steal by Adrian Bowie after a turnover; and Dave Neal finishes. Lots of praise for Dave Neal; as Mike Gminski says “I don’t think there’s anyone in the ACC who gets more from his abilities than Neal.” He can’t can his first 3 point attempt; but James Johnson gets his 2nd personal, and the Terps have a 6-4 advantage. Good evening Rich from Westminster.

7:11-And we’re back. Drew Forrester in the house. Two buckets from James Johnson, buckets from Landon Milbourne and Dave Neal on the other side. Chas McFarland to the line; he misses both but Wake gets it back. Tied at 4 early on, a block by Dave Neal. Deacons aren’t wasting time trying to go inside; nor should they.

Pre-game: Internet works fine tonight here at the Glenn Clark compound; so I’ll be starting on time. The Terps put their NCAA Tournament life on the line one more time tonight; in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Terps battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons-the Tournament’s #2 seed. The 7th seeded Terps have a 19-12 record after a 7-9 ACC regular season; the Deacons bring a 24-5 record into the game; including an 11-5 ACC regular season record and a nailbiter of a 65-63 victory over Maryland just 10 days ago in College Park.

Tonight’s game will be seen locally on WNUV 54 (Channel 14 on Comcast in Baltimore County) via Raycom Sports with Steve Martin and Mike Gminski on the call. If you’re outside of the ACC broadcast area; the game will be on ESPN2; with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore on the call; Heather Cox on the sidelines.

The winner of tonight’s game advances to face the winner of tonight’s Duke/Boston College showdown in tomorrow’s 2nd ACC semifinal. The first ACC semifinal will be a showdown between top seed North Carolina and 4th seeded Florida State; who survived close games today against Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech respectively.

The last time the Terps and Deacs met in the ACC Tournament was in 2004; when the Terps beat the Deacs 85-84 in the quarterfinals en route to Gary Williams’ only ACC Tournament Championship.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Wake 68, Maryland 61

I just don’t see how Maryland competes with Wake’s size. I think they can compete; but I don’t see Eric Hayes keeping Wake honest with 5-6 shooting from outside again. I think this one dooms the Terps to the NIT.

UMBC 67, Binghamton 64

Binghamton has had a hell of a season; but I’ll go with the team that was there a season ago. I like the veteran presence of Greene and Proctor more than the studs the Bearcats have.

Morgan State 73, Coppin State 64

And the Bears will go on to beat Norfolk State for the MEAC title and their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Terps can ‘breathe’ again after win

Bob Haynie beginning to ‘appreciate’ what Neal is doing for Terps

Drew Forrester offers last part of Orioles Hangout interview

Keith Melchior still not fan of Manfra or Joe Angel

Nestor Aparicio says Greisen had been ‘insurance’ for 52

Ed Frankovic says Caps beat Flyers for 2nd straight win

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brandon Snyder has ‘fit right in’ big league camp this Spring

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Ray, Sherrill handling closer competition with ‘class’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hendrickson solid in intrasquad game

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds play split squad doubleheader with Cardinals today

Examiner’s Steve DeClue not upset to see Bedard’s continued struggles

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Trembley appreciates Freel’s ‘versatility’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dwan Edwards, Ray Rice played pickup hoops with Cal Ripken

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says former Colt Harrison would be ‘perfect second target’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens released LB Greisen

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Ravens saved $400,000 by cutting Greisen

Examiner Steve DeClue says DHB thinks he could be ‘real weapon’ for Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens aren’t likely to add another major CB

SI’s Don Banks mocks Nicks to Ravens

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan mocks DHB to Ravens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Hayes’ career high 21 lifted Terps past Wolfpack; into ACC Tournament quarterfinals

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Vasquez, Hayes wanted to be ‘aggressive’ against Wolfpack

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Julius Mays’ career high 18 not enough as Pack loses to Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps win first ACC Tournament game since 2006

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Terps will have to match Deacs with ‘effort’ tonight

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps will need big night from Vasquez AND Neal, Hayes, or Milbourne to beat Wake

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gregory contributed 7 boards in win

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former Terp target Latay Darden had decent JuCo season

Examiner Dylan Waugh says Hayes shot 5-6 from outside on career night

Examiner Steve DeClue says Terps would have ‘reasonable chance’ of making Tournament with win over Wake

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps went on 14-0 first half run to get back in game

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps will have to match Demon Deacons’ ‘athleticism’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Hayes inspired by death of close family friend

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Gary abandoned coach speak before NCSU battle

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says love affair continues between Gary, Greivis

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tucker hit big 3 in first half to get Terps back in it

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Pack opened game shooting 7/10 from field

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Vasquez ‘focused’ on Terps, not NBA Draft

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez hoping to get Terps to ‘Sunday’

Charlotte Observer’s Ron Green says Pack reaches ‘bitter end’ of season

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps improve to 19-12 with win over Pack

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Terps will be ‘back on bubble’ with win over Wake

SI’s Bill Trocchi says Gary wins again with ‘back to wall’

SI’s Andy Glockner says Terps will ‘keep their hopes alive’ with win tonight

SI’s Seth Davis says Neal has ‘All-glue’ potential

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Terps rallied from 13 point first half deficit to beat State

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Vasquez chipped in 17 points, 10 assists in win

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

12 of 12 Inside Lacrosse analysts pick Terps to beat Retrievers

Inside Lacrosse’s Justin Redd says Terps best in ‘transition’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps have rare College Park game tomorrow

DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps trying to snap 2 game losing streak to UMBC

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Ravens Official Site’s Will Spencer says DHB put on ‘show’ at Pro Day

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Terps, New Mexico have both offered St. John’s DL

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Friedgen’s job ‘not even close’ to being on the line

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Wujciak amongst top tacklers in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Turner getting unfair criticism

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Navarre ‘strongest’ Terp at Pro Day

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem previews Spring O-Line (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles Thomas Johnson LB prospect (must subscribe)

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eagles beat NC A&T, advance to MEAC semis against Morgan State

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Steve DeClue says Retrievers will be ‘decided underdogs’ in America East Championship vs. Binghamton tomorrow

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Kennedy to co-host Tournament breakdown on Comcast SportsNet Sunday

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews trip to Virginia tomorrow

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Toomey hasn’t decided who will start in cage for Hounds vs. St. John’s

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hagelin will get start in goal

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s trip to Syracuse

Inside Lacrosse’s Tyler Dunne says face-offs will go a long way in determining winner of NCAA Championship rematch

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Beidler named school athlete of the week

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Brown hopes Eers still get postseason invite

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says CBI, CollegeInsider.com tournaments still possible for Eers

NAVY BASKETBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Navy men and women combined for 35 wins

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids breaks down 2009 schedule for Midshipmen

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says New York Red Bulls avenge last year’s loss by beating Palace 2-0

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby hopefuls starting to come into focus

Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says Magna facing opposition for financing plan

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps tells NBC’s Lauer he’s sorry for ‘pain’ caused to family, friends

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning-a combo pair-Jess Harlee and Rachel Holehouse from Fallston. The duo combined to score 48 points as the Cougars topped Largo in the 3A semifinals down at the RAC Arena in Catonsville. The Cougars will play Paint Branch Saturday for the 3A title.

Lacrosse picks:
-Maryland 10, UMBC 6. It’s been a struggle to score for the Retrievers; who I don’t think can slow down the Terps enough to win.
-Syracuse 13, Hopkins 12. I think Hopkins will prove more in a loss than they have yet this season in a win.
-Loyola 7, St. John’s 5. I don’t think the Red Storm is as good as the team that beat Georgetown.
-Virginia 13, Towson 5. The Cavaliers are a different class than the Tigers.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Terps Survive Early Scare, Bounce Back to beat NC State 74-69 and Advance to ACC Quarterfinals

Posted on 12 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

With their 74-69 victory over NC State Thursday night in the first round of the ACC Tournament, the Terps can breathe again.

For now.

Maryland survived early struggles and an early onslaught from the Wolfpack; got 5 big outside shots from Eric Hayes off the bench; and managed to advance to the quarterfinals Friday night against Wake Forest.

But the Terps aren’t exactly going to sleep easy afterwards.

The win over NC State will be completely academic if Maryland doesn’t follow it up with an upset win over Wake Forest in the quarterfinals. But they couldn’t have gotten there without the win over the Wolfpack.

For now, this is little more than a chance to breathe again. And try to re-group in time for a game tomorrow night against a team that will have a serious size advantage.

-G

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Julius Mays came off the bench to lead NC State with 18 points. Ben McCauley added 14 with a team high (tied for game high) 7 rebounds. Dennis Horner added 11 off the bench; C.J. Williams 8. Brandon Costner struggled throughout thanks to 4 personal fouls; finishing with 5 points, 5 rebounds, and a team high 4 assists. Tracy Smith filled the stat sheet with 4 points and 6 boards; Courntey Fells added 4 points and 5 boards. The Wolfpack out-rebounded the Terps 32-24; adding 16 assists and 4 blocks. The Pack shot 26-59 from the field (44.1%); 8-27 from outside (29.6%), and 9-11 from the free throw line (81.8%).

Eric Hayes came off the bench to lead the Terps witha game high 21 points; shooting 5-6 from beyond the arc. Greivis Vasquez added 17 points, 4 boards, and a game high 10 assists. Dave Neal chipped in 10, Landon Milbourne 7. Sean Mosley and Dino Gregory each scored 6; Gregory tying for a game high 7 rebounds in key minutes. The Terps shot 25-53 from the field (47.2%), 9-16 from beyond the arc (56.3%), and 15-21 from the free throw line (71.4%). The Terps collected 16 assists and 4 blocks.

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8:58-Milbourne makes one of 2; and Costner adds a putback hoop; but this will end it. 74-69 win for the Terps. Terps improve to 19-12 overall and advance to the quarterfinals to face Wake Forest tomorrow night. Will wrap up here in a second.

8:57-Both Maryland and Virginia Tech finished 7-9 in ACC play. Jimmy Dykes thinks the Terps need to beat Wake Forest tomorrow AND win again on Saturday to get in; but thinks Virginia Tech needs only beat North Carolina (even if Ty Lawson doesn’t play) to punch their ticket? Did Virginia Tech beat Michigan State this season? I must have missed it.

8:55-Hayes inexplicably misses his 2nd straight free throw; but makes the 2nd. If the Terps are tired; they’ll have to get it back together before tomorrow night’s quarterfinal. McCauley gets a putback after Hayes made his 2nd attempt. 21 for Hayes; 14 for McCauley. Timeout Pack with 14.6 seconds left in this one and the Terps up 73-67.

8:52-47.1 seconds to play and Mosley is fouled. Terps are going to win their first ACC Tournament game in 3 years. Mosley makes 1 of 2; then Julius Mays drills a 3. Mays leads the pack with 18 now. 38.7 to play; Terps lead 72-65. Hayes finally fouled with 26.4 seconds to play. He’ll shoot two.

8:50-NC State calls another timeout before Hayes goes to the free throw line; having a chance to extend the lead to double digits. Hayes now has a career high with 20; but misses the 2nd free throw. Terps by 9 with under a minute to go; and they can start making plans for the Demon Deacons tomorrow night.

8:49-Hayes fouled by Costner (that’s his 4th personal if it matters). Hayes makes both, he has a game high 19; Terps by 8 with less than 90 seconds to play; NC State turns it over and Hayes is fouled again with 1:05 to play.

8:47-Hayes makes both free throws; he is tied for the game high with 17. Terps with a bit of breathing room at 68-62 with under 2 minutes to play. Horner misses from outside; Terps get the ball back. State goes to the press, and Gary takes his 3rd timeout.

8:43-Under 3 minutes to play, and NC State needs a bucket to stay in it. Ben McCauley blocked inside; and Hayes fouled by Mays with 2:08 to play. We hit the final official timeout of regulation; Terps still up by 4.

8:41-Nessler lets us know there have been 12 lead changes in the last 3 minutes. Mays can’t continue his unreal night; missing from outside. But Vasquez coolly nails a triple; and Maryland’s lead is now 4 at 66-62. Maryland calls a timeout; Vasquez now has a game high 17 to go along with 10 assists.

8:40-Another big 3 from Hayes after the timeout; and Maryland goes back ahead 61-59. Game high 15 for Hayes. That doesn’t last long. Julius Mays continues his unreal night with a 3 of his own; he also has 15. Nice drive and finish by Mosley; and Maryland goes back ahead 63-62. Both teams hot right now.

8:37-Mays pulls up for the jumper from the top of the key, he has 12. State calls timeout now ahead 59-58. The Terps will have to keep finding a hero to hit big shots.

8:36-Julius Mays drills a 3; Nessler informs us that’s only the 11th 3 he’s hit all season. 10 for Mays now. Neal drives and scores; he has 10. Terps by a point again, 58-57 with under 5 minutes to play.

8:34-Major audio troubles for ESPN2, as Horner makes a pair of freebies. Horner now has 11 for the Pack; and we’re tied at 54. Vasquez misses from outside and inside; but Mosley gets his first field goal the next time down inside. 56-54 Terps with 6 minutes to play.

8:31-Fighting for the board; Mosley called for the foul on Horner. We’ll hit the 3rd official timeout of the 2nd half with Maryland ahead by 2.

8:29-Horner knocks down both free throws, he has 9. 52-51 NC State; and Greivis finds Gregory inside for the hoop and a foul. Gregory makes the plus one attempt; and Maryland goes ahead 54-52. 6 team fouls on both sides now; as we go under the 8 minute mark. Maryland must improve their interior defense and get some rebounds.

8:28-This game is starting to pick up a bit. Mosley drives and can’t finish, but Milbourne is there to put it back. Horner fouled by Hayes in the lane; he’ll shoot a pair.

8:26-Horner takes the 3 and connects with the shot clock running out; 7-0 run for the Pack and 7 for Horner now. Neal answers with his own 3; and McCauley gets a hoop inside (12 for him now); and NC State goes ahead 47-46. That’s short lived, as Vasquez finds Neal for another 3 (8 assists for Vasquez, 8 points for Neal). 49-47 Terps with under 10 minutes to play. C.J. Williams then drills a 3 to put the Pack back ahead 50-49.

8:21-C.J. Williams with the ball fake, then hits the jumper. State has pulled within 1 at 43-42, and the Terps are one and done after Vasquez misses a jumper. Horner misses a 3, but the Pack will keep it after a jump ball and the official timeout. Terps by 1.

8:20-Horner makes both; Vasquez answers with another tough hoop. That’s 14 for Vasquez, 10 in the 2nd half. McCauley with the turnaround inside; he has 10 and Maryland’s lead is 43-40.

8:18-Costner picks up his 3rd personal foul battling for a rebound. Vasquez with the pretty dish to Milbourne inside; but he’s stuffed going up by McCauley. Nice pass, even nicer defensive play. Nessler and Dykes are clearly more comfortable talking about SEC basketball; maybe this was the wrong assignment for them. Dino Gregory called for the foul as Horner goes up, he’ll shoot two.

8:12-Mosley gets the ball underneath; he’s fouled. Nessler and Dykes are struggling to name the players who are picking up the fouls. Mosley makes just 1 of 2 at the line (his first point of the game); and the Terps now lead 36-34. Tracy Smith called for the player controlled foul this time down; while Nessler and Dykes continue to chat about last year’s tornado at the SEC Tournament in Atlanta. Ugh. Hayes knocks down his 4th 3 point basket (he has 12); Gonzalez finds McCauley for 2 on the other end (8 for Ben); and Vasquez gets another teardrop (he has 12 as well). 41-36 Terps. I’ll handle play by play while the ESPN2 guys talk weather. You can pay me later.

8:09-Vasquez drives and is fouled again. He goes to the line and hits 2; making Maryland’s lead 35-32. 10 for Vasquez, 3 personals on Courtney Fells. Pack break the press easily; and Tracy Smith gets a bucket and is fouled by Hayes. Smith misses the plus one attempt as Gary Williams, Chuck Drieseell, and Robert Ehsan all yell at Dave Neal for going for a steal.

8:06-After a big offensive rebound by Dave Neal, Greivis Vasquez opens 2nd half scoring from the lane. Jimmy Dykes then drools over the skill set he’ll show in NBA Draft camps. Brandon Costner responds with a 3; then Vasquez with another hoop. That’s 8 now for Greivis; who is called for the foul as Maryland again tries to press. Maryland gets a turnover after the press; but Vasquez misses the 3; and then Milbourne is hit with a foul after the Pack goes in transition.

8:02-Maryland must continue to hit a few outside shots to keep North Carolina State’s defense honest. The Terps have shown vulnerability inside on the offensive end; and can’t let Brandon Costner get things turned around. If the defense stays open, the Terps should be able to slash a bit more in the 2nd half; and hopefully get more than 4 free throw attempts.

The Pack shot 12-26 in the first half (46.2%), 2-9 from outside (22.2%), and 3-4 from the free throw line (75%). The Terps shot 11-28 (39.3%), 4-7 from outside (57.1%), 3-4 from the line (75%). The Wolfpack out-rebounded the Terps 16-13. Maryland had 8 assists and 3 blocks, NC State 5 assists and 2 blocks.

7:59-I have to imagine Arizona is OUT now; having lost to Arizona State today. This would end their streak of 24 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The ESPN2 gang (including Doug Gottlieb and Tom Brennan) seems to think Penn State is sitting pretty with a win over Indiana; but I think they might need to make some more noise in the Big Ten Tournament to feel comfortable on Sunday.

7:52-With the Terps again DESPERATE for offense, Eric Hayes was the hero again in the first half. Hayes knocked down 3 3 point baskets for a game-high 9; which has completely opened Gary Williams’ offense back up against Sidney Lowe’s NSCU club.

Landon Milbourne, Greivis Vasquez, and Adrian Bowie all have 4 each (Vasquez has added 4 boards and 5 assists); Dino Gregory and Cliff Tucker each have 3 off the bench (Gregory also has 3 rebounds). Dave Neal has 2, no points yet for Sean Mosley. Braxton Dupree has not hit the floor yet.

I think Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes have done a solid job calling this ACC Tournament first round matchup on ESPN2; Wake Forest of course looms for the winner tomorrow night. Should the Terps not win; they are of course likely off the NCAA Tournament bubble completely.

7:47-Mays pulls down a big offensive rebound in the corner; and the Terps get a steal but turn it over. Mays’ last 3 won’t fall, and we’ll head to intermission tied at 29. Mays has 7 to lead the Wolfpack; I’ll update Maryland’s stats in a second.

7:45-Julius Mays called for the offensive foul, Terps get the ball back with under a minute to play. He gets to keep the teardrop he hit right before the foul; so NC State goes ahead for the moment. Dino Gregory to the free throw line while Vasquez and Mays are chirping. Gregory hits the first, misses the second. Tied at 29.

7:39-Updating the numbers:

NC State has 5 apiece from Javier Gonzalez and Julius Mays; 4 apiece from Courtney Fells and Ben McCauley (who also has 2 personal fouls). C.J. Williams has 3; Dennis Horner and Tracy Smith each have 2. Brandon Costner picked up 2 quick personal fouls without scoring. Simon Harris has also been held scoreless.

With Dino Gregory’s jumper here, the Terps have gone ahead 26-25. NC State just committed a shot violation; then Vasquez (who hasn’t scored in some time) tipped in his own miss; and the lead is 28-25. McCauley gets it inside, cuts the lead to 1 with 90 seconds to play in the half.

7:36-I got live just in time apparently. NC State jumped out to as much as a 13 point lead in the first half; but the Terps didn’t fold. With Cliff Tucker’s last 3; the Terps have pulled within 1 at 25-24 at the last official timeout of the first 20 minutes; and have had a LOT of success since switching to their own zone defense.

7:33-Sorry for being late. Internet issues here at the compound; much like the Terps have had basketball issues at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Will do my best to catch up; much like…..well, you get it.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland 70, NC State 63

There is no doubt in my mind that after the heartbreak of the last 10 days, the Terps could absolutely fall apart tonight. But unless NC State really takes it to the Terps on the boards; I just don’t see it. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t make picks with this team.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Rex Snider
says Entry Drafts have hurt Birds

Bob Haynie says Duquette admits Birds picked Rowell over Lincecum

Drew Forrester says Pauley ‘probably not the answer’ for Birds

Thyrl Nelson thinks Gary doing good coaching job

Glenn Clark says Bisciotti example of why Terps still having success despite struggles

Drew Forrester offers Part 3 of Orioles Hangout interview

Nestor Aparicio offers details on search for media star

Nestor Aparicio remembers 1983 World Series

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pauley gives up 8 hits in loss to Twins

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora, Izturis, Guthrie all alive in World Baseball Classic play

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Albers to pen

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail has ‘no intentions’ of reaching out to Pedro’s representatives

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say Trembley wants to keep Albers in familiar role

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Pauley’s Spring ERA falls to 7.71 after Twins game

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hendrickson, Tillman, Arrieta, Matusz scheduled to throw in intrasquad game today

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. expects Tyler Henson to be ‘everyday’ 3rd baseman in Frederick

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Albers struggled in loss to Twins, needs to shift focus to bullpen

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie struggled last night in Team USA’s loss to Venezuela

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley pleased with Jones’ performance in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Pauley thinks he’s throwing too many strikes

Examiner Jay Trucker says former Oriole Bedard’s struggles continue

Examiner Jay Trucker still thinks Eaton, Pauley, Penn will end up in rotation

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Hill trying to stay ‘positive’ despite injuries, etc.

Washington Post’s CJ Holley says Ponson ‘ace’ of Netherlands’ staff

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Laurinaitis, Britt, DHB, Harvin, Vontae Davis all mocked to Ravens around ‘net

The Official Site says Ray Lewis press conference to be held next Thursday

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Holt, Ronald Curry, DJ Hackett, Reggie Williams all ‘decent’ free agent options at WR

Examiner Phil Macek thinks Birk could be ‘hidden gem’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens relying on speed in defensive backfield

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

NC State Official Site says Wolfpack should have plenty of ‘motivation’ for rematch with Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker and Kevin Van Valkenburg say Gary has plenty of support, detractors

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps ‘need to play well under pressure again’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps looking for two wins to put together ‘reasonable case’ for NCAA Tournament

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ravens’ Bisciotti remains loyal to Gary

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Vasquez ‘fuels’ Terps

The Sun’s David Steele says Terps can thank ’74 ACC Championship losers for having shot at making NCAA Tournament in ‘09

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bisciotti thinks strange circumstances lead to Gary missing Tournaments

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez plans to test NBA Draft waters; could still return

Examiner Steve DeClue picks Terps to beat Wolfpack

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Gary openly talking about NCAA Tournament with Terps

The AP says Gary thinks ACC as talented as ever

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell offers other bubble games to follow

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary, NC State’s Lowe only active coaches to have played in ACC Tournament as well

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda and Zach Berman say Terps, Hokies must both win at least two games in Atlanta

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal knows Terps need to keep ‘moving’ against zone

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Vasquez wants to test waters to compare himself with other guards across country

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Fells will return to lineup for Wolfpack tonight against Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Pack will run more zone

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps must beat Pack on glass

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says if Vasquez returns, he wants to play with Stephenson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary remains ‘calm’ with chaos surrounding him

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez testing waters not ‘uncommon’ for junior

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ‘timing’ of Vasquez’s draft discussion somewhat surprising

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps JUST out right now

DC Examiner’s Brian McNally says Milbourne thinks Terps need to get to free throw line more

DC Examiner’s Rick Snider doesn’t vision Terps making run to get in

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Terps must improve vs. zone

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps fighting to get ‘off bubble’ in Atlanta (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter catches up with target Buie (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps taking advantage of time off

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Isaiah Williams posts 4.38 in 40 at Maryland’s Pro Day

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens plan to bring Flacco to work out with DHB in College Park

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says DHB, Gronkowski skipped timing part of Pro Day after solid performances at Combine

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Terps have offered 3 DeMatha juniors so far

Turtle Sports Report’s Maddie McConnell catches up with Kevin Barnes at Pro Day (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles spring D-Line (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein says Terp could still improve at X

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Robert Morris’ Green knocks down jumper with 2.5 seconds to play to beat Mount for NEC title

The Sun’s Jim Rodenbush says Beidler lead Eers with 12 points, 9 boards in loss

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says MSM coach Brown thought return to NCAA Tournament ‘not meant to be’ for Mountaineers

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg’s says Green’s winning hoop his only basket of game

The AP’s Alan Robinson says Jeremy Chappell scored 15 to lead Colonials past Eers

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Holmes scores 18 to lead Bears past Florida A&M

The Sun says Bears will face Coppin-NC A&T winner next in MEAC Tournament

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Bears playing UConn in first round

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Pitt posts double double, but Hawks’ season ends with loss to Bethune-Cookman

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says student tickets still available for America East championship at Binghamton

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says early signee Robert Olson to play in Charm City Challenge

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with St. John’s

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Wickham honored by Patriot League

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Meade backs off harsh criticism of defense

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Cannone scores 7 as Gulls get past Marymount

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Jay Trucker’s picks of Eaton, Penn, and Pauley all make sense to me. Does that make you sleep better Orioles fans?

-Congratulations to Milan Brown and Mt. St. Mary’s on another outstanding basketball season. That was heartbreaking stuff last night.

-I’ll pick Coppin 65, NC A&T 60 tonight; and will look forward to another Coppin-Morgan showdown.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Two Orioles-related notes I’ve been reading about in recent days….

1- I wanted the Orioles to go get pitching; and Pedro Martinez can possibly pitch. At this point; guys like Rich Hill and Mark Hendrickson might not be in the rotation anyway; so maybe the Birds are just as well going with a combination of Albers, Pauley, and Penn at the end of their rotation. But if Pedro comes here and pitches for a while; the Orioles could be able to move him. I wouldn’t have a problem with them adding him at a reasonable to semi-risk cost.

2-Dumping veterans is ALWAYS a good idea for this team; so if the Yankees would be interested enough if Melvin Mora to make a true offer; they’d have to entertain it. But I LOVE Melvin Mora; and I’m not completely sold on Scott Moore just yet. Maybe keeping Moore up here is a good idea and trying to move Mora in July would be more prudent.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Terps have to decide if Gary more important than program

Nestor Aparicio says Brown’s deal with Rams disapproved by NFL

Drew Forrester says McAlister could end up with Steelers

Nestor Aparicio says 52’s deal has $16.5 million guaranteed

Nestor Aparicio offers Chapter 6 of book on love of Orioles

Ed Frankovic says Caps snap losing streak with OT win over Predators

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara will miss at least one start with hamstring strain

MLB.com’s Ian Browne says Moore homers to lift Birds past Red Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff has improved from tough circumstances

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Uehara thinks he might miss ‘1 or 2 starts’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Pauley goes for Birds today vs. Glen Perkins, Twins

The Sun says former Oriole Mussina thinks retirement ‘feels good’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara had history of leg problems in Japan

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wonders if Pedro conversations will start again should Hill not get active again

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara wouldn’t attribute struggles in last start to injury

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters 0-2 with strikeout in win over Red Sox

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. lists promotions for Delmarva, Bowie

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Newsome thinks Mason will remain with Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says team working to schedule Ray Lewis press conference

The Sun’s Mike Preston says fans still supportive of Stover

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says contract for 52 officially 7 year deal

Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks Holt would make ‘perfect sense’ for Ravens

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Mason situation ‘could change’ if club signs Holt, drafts receiver

Examiner Steve DeClue says 3 year extension ‘out of the question’ for Mason

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Lewis under contract with Ravens until 2015

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray will likely play 3-4 years of his 7 year deal

ESPN.com’s James Walker says former Packers CB Jarrett Bush to visit Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says DHB on Ravens’ ‘radar’

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Jets’ signing of Scott best in offseason

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews ACC Tournament opener vs. NC State

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Pack release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary thinks Terps ‘in good shape’ for NCAA Tournament with two wins in Atlanta

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have attempted just 8 free throws in last 2 games (both losses)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Neal thinks Vasquez will enjoy the extra attention from NC State fans due to meaningless 3 in last game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker ‘shudders’ at thought of Terps without Vasquez

Examiner Steve DeClue ‘can’t get over’ loss to Virginia

The AP says Gary has Terps’ ‘whole focus’ on NC State

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cleveland State beating Butler will hurt teams like Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary’s last trip to Georgia Dome ended with national championship

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps all taking ‘one game at a time’ approach

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps as 1 seed………in NIT

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says beating Wake likely ‘prerequisite’ for making Tournament

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with prospect Mychal Parker (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Neal watching other ‘bubble’ teams closely

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says some think Terps capable of beating mighty UConn

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps ‘peaking at right time’

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says all-senior midfield getting ‘notice’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says former Terp Fokou trying to finish ‘improbable journey’ from Frostburg to NFL

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem discusses Spring LB’s with Seamonson (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says Terps have offered ’10 prospect Dominique Easley (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Wallpher says in-state prospect Ezell wants to remain ‘local’ (must subscribe)

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mids rally from 4 goals down to top Lehigh

The Sun says Patrick Moran, Brian Striffler each scored 2 goals in Navy’s win

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kina honored by NABC

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says battle to backup Dobbs will engage this spring (must subscribe)

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Bears made mistake by not locking up Bozeman

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde says Bears have ‘heavy burden’ to get first NCAA Tournament berth

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Koppens tallies 9 points as Greyhounds beat Bryant

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Ricci added 3 points, 13 ground balls in win

The Sun’s John Weaver says Bryant’s Greer continuing ‘brilliant’ play in Loyola game

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Dave Ryan says Hofstra’s Tierney has evident Hopkins ties

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hairston named to CAA All-Tournament team

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says ‘Eers made turnaround from early 4-8 NEC record to get to Championship battle tonight

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers ‘expected’ to be playing in 2nd straight NEC Championship game

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Mount looking to beat Robert Morris in NEC Tournament for 3rd straight year

The AP says Robert Morris’ Nwigwe will play tonight despite court summons

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mountaineers have been solid defensively despite lack of wins

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Eers trying to find more offense

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times says Pimlico spring meet reduced to 20 days

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says $2 million ‘shortfall’ lead to limit of racing at Pimlico

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Mt. St. Mary’s 71, Robert Morris 61. I’ll go with the team that has been there recently. But it won’t be easy.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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