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Padgett, Vasquez Exceptional for Terps in Scrimmage as Team Continues Preparation for Season Opener

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Maryland Terrapins put in their 2nd public scrimamge of the preseason Saturday afternoon at Comcast Center in College Park-in preparation for Tuesday night’s exhibtion game against Indiana University (Pennsylvania). Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with 30 points, freshman big man James Padgett impressed again, chipping in 17 points and 11 rebounds.

I could sit here and bore you with the details of a practice game in which players switched sides at halftime and again in the 2nd half; but I’d rather take a look at the roster and pass along my impressions from what I’ve seen thus far from each player.

Greivis Vasquez: It’s hard to find a fault in the way the senior from Venezuela is approaching the game right now. Vasquez has maintained his explosiveness and incorporated a level of discipline into his overall game. He joked with the media that it would be disappointing for him to see Padgett replace him as the leading rebounder, but he will still find his way to the ball plenty for this team. His outside shooting consistency is the only question mark in his game at this point-he was 2/4 today. If he continues to improve as an outside shooter, he will make a run at ACC Player of the Year and All-American honors.

Eric Hayes: The senior guard improved from last Saturday’s scrimmage to this Saturday’s, piling up 18 points and adding 5 assists. Hayes has not shown the explosiveness we saw from him at times during last year’s run to the NCAA Tournament, but that isn’t always his game. He continues to be the team’s best outside shooting option, which should allow him the chance to get to the basket more as the season progresses. The biggest question mark will be his confidence should he struggle at stretches during the ACC season. As a senior, you expect him to be the type to pick those around him up, but he has not always been the most vocal of leaders.

Sean Mosley: Praise continues to be sung about the 2nd year wing from Baltimore; who scored 16 points and added 7 assists in the scrimmage. Mosley will still remind many of us Byron Mouton (who played the 3 on the ’01-’02 NCAA Championship team); but has more to offer offensively when he has things together. He was just 1/3 from beyond the arc, a number that is not really expected to be far from what he offers on a regular basis. He was inconsitent as a finisher, but finished the game 6/11 from the field. He will have plenty of chances to score points this season with layups, putbacks, and short jumpers-and he cannot leave points on the court.

Landon Milbourne: Landon was exceptional at times Saturday (7/11 from the field, 6/6 from the charity stripe for 21 points to go with 6 rebounds), but he appeared frustrated at other times (committed 8 fouls over 40 minutes played). Milbourne would prefer to continue taking his go-to jumper from the baseline; but this team needs him to continue to show toughness around the rim; as he will get the bulk of the playing time at the 4. He’s going to score points, there’s no doubt about that. However, can he muscle up with the better Power Forwards in the ACC without giving up fouls? That remains to be seen.

Dino Gregory: The Terps’ likely starting center when the season opens put together a pretty nice game Saturday, with 8 points and 9 boards while only being whistled for 2 personal fouls. Gregory enjoys going to the stepback jumper from the 4-6 foot range, but it is not a perfect shot from him. He will be out-muscled, and will have to make up for it with energy and determination. If James Padgett was a few inches taller, I’d imagine he’d take over as starter very quickly into the season. He still might.

Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker: I pair these two together because they are equally frustrating to figure out. Tucker has the body (6’6″, 205) to be a major offensive contributor; but just hasn’t found the consistency in his outside shot to make his size and quickness more devastating. On the flip side, Adrian Bowie has the burst of a NFL running back (like Ray Rice); and will draw a number of fouls this season if he can get space. However, he also lacks the outside jump shot (it MIGHT be improvd-but it still isn’t pretty) to force defenders to play up on him. Bowie finished the day with 13 points, Tucker 11 (as well as 5 boards and 6 dimes). However, the two combined to shoot 2/10 from beyond the arc and 1/4 from the free throw line.

James Padgett and Jordan Williams: The interior freshmen are certainly a big part of why fans and analysts each feel as though this team will be improved this season. Thus far, the duo has shown us no reason to think otherwise. Padgett was awesome Saturday, tallying 17 points and adding 11 rebounds. He was 6/12 from the field and 5/9 from the free throw line; he also was called for 5 fouls in 39 minutes. He has the ability to find his shot quickly; which reminds Gary Williams of Joe Smith (Gary compared Joe Smith playing alongside Allen Iverson at the AAU level to Padgett playing alongside Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson at Lincoln High School in New York). Jordan Williams is even MORE intriguing, as he brings a much bigger body to the paint; where he chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds on the day-while being whistled for 6 personal fouls. The development of these two will have an impact on this team well into the future, but will be very evident as this team goes up against talented bigs throughout the season.

Jin Soo Kim: Jin Soo had his moments Saturday (8 points on 3/6 shooting); but as Gary Williams quipped following the scrimmage, he has to offer “more than a jump shot.” He appears to have bulked a bit, and even went at the hoop a couple of times. But the future Hall of Fame coach doesn’t appear to just be willing to hand his Korean sophomore minutes; no matter how popular he is on campus.

Steve Goins: Did not play today due to his knee injury. Gary noted that they are going to have it checked out by the doctor in Chicago who performed his surgery, saying “something’s not right, and we could really use him out there, too.”

David Pearman and Ersin Levent: Both really seem like nice guys. Levent is no Mike Grinnon, though.

You can hear from Gary Williams, Greivis Vasquez, Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne following today’s scrimmage NOW in the Audio Vault.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Did Derrick Mason retire yesterday? Yes. Will Derrick Mason remain retired? I’d lean to no. Not because I know anything, that’s just an emotion I have.

But I know this much. The Ravens needed to address the WR position BEFORE Derrick Mason announced his retirement. They have nothing under contract beyond this season, and I didn’t think the group was a Super Bowl-caliber group BEFORE Mason’s retirement.

I’ve tossed Plaxico Burress’ name around a lot recently because I have talked to a NUMBER of people who have played and worked with Plaxico in the past; and they’ve all basically told me the same thing….

“He’s not the smartest guy in the world, but he’s not an a**hole.”

The basic vibe I get from those in the NFL world is that Burress is a guy who people like having on their team. He’s not a cancer, he’s not divisive, and he’s not going to tear your locker room apart.

But Burress is clearly a question mark based around the fact that his ability to actually see the field is up in the air. Should Plaxico be suspended for the first 8 games of the NFL season (that’s just a number, no fact to it whatsoever), would the Ravens benefit from hoping the guy can just slide in and put up numbers in the 2nd half of the season?

I think there’s an argument that the Ravens truly believe Joe Flacco has improved to the point where he can make the players around him better. That’s not insane. Miles Austin wasn’t a guy you’d pencil in as a reliable WR, but the Cowboys trusted Tony Romo could make him better. That move certainly appears to be working. Can we just assume that Flacco will make Demetrius Williams or Marcus Smith better?

I’m not going to go out on that limb just yet.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester wonders how much Ravens fans ‘trust’ Newsome

Nestor Aparicio says retirement may be ‘negotiating ploy’

Glenn Clark wouldn’t be surprised if Raven announces retirement via Facebook in future

Drew Forrester ‘not buying’ Mason’s retirement

Luke Jones says Marty Booker, DJ Hackett, Jerry Porter could also be options for Ravens

Jerry Reinhardt thinks Mason ‘hurt and grieving’

Tom Clayton says O’s ‘where he expected them’ to be at All-Star break

Glenn Clark says Phelps will be on TV plenty this week

Glenn Clark excited for Baysox ‘pillow fight’

Rex Snider says ‘Thank You’ for supporting Curing Cancer One Call at a Time

Ed Frankovic says Boyd Gordon returning to Caps

RAVENS:

JOCKLife.com says Mason retiring because he’s no longer ‘enthused’ to play football

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason reportedly set to retire, but hasn’t filed paperwork

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 52 ‘only’ Raven to take podium at McNair’s funeral

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says deadline to extend Suggs tomorrow

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Flacco not over the top about expectations for season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason won’t change his mind based on anything to do with Ravens

The Sun says Mason 9th amongst active players in receiving yards, receptions

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says ‘no signs’ exist that Ravens, Suggs will reach agreement before deadline

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mason seemed ‘less sure’ about decision in ESPN News interview

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome on vacation this week while Suggs contemplates signing deal

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says teammate Le’Ron McClain wondered if Mason just ‘emotional’

The AP says Mason’s agent C. Lamont Smith reports WR won’t field media requests for next 2 weeks

Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt says many analysts think coming up ‘yard short’ in Super Bowl could keep McNair out of Hall of Fame

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Marvin Harrison, Amani Toomer, Matt Jones could be options for Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Mason’s agent previously listed as ‘creator’ of JOCKLife.com

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio (it looks weird to me) says Fabian Washington took to Twitter to voice unhappiness about Mason’s retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says starting Clayton, Williams ‘won’t cut it’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says WR depth was ‘weakness’ for Ravens before Mason retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs can choose to sit out part of Training Camp again

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin and Jonathan Mayo say Jones ‘thrilled’ to represent Baltimore at All-Star Game

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Jones will be first Bird since ’72 to wear ‘Baltimore’ on chest at ASG

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jones not getting ‘worked up’ about St. Louis trip

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Pinckney homered for Baysox in win over Altoona

Frederick Keys Official Site says Billy Rowell’s RBI single not enough in loss to Indians

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Joseph Mahoney homered for Shorebirds in 19-0 win over Lexington

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Justin Moore loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says David Hernandez allowed just 1 run over 4 innings but got no decision as Baysox topped Curve

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says David Hernandez won’t stay in Bowie

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz may receive every honor from organization

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Ryan Adams’ blunder in 10th helped Kinston past Frederick

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Sarfate to make rehab appearance with Keys tonight

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says return game should be set with Torrey Smith, etc.

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps, Duke getting no love from preseason publications

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says QB prospect Connor Eck camped with Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps interested in Northwestern WR prospect Daniel Adams (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says incoming kicker Ferrara participated in New York All-Star Game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Terps interested in 2010 safety prospect Phillip George

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says target Cezar Guerrero getting comparisons to Vasquez

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jin Soo Kim changed name to Jin Soo Choi

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Toliver finally had ‘breakthrough’ game for Chicago Sky in young WNBA career

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says OT Stoffel recognized by preseason publication

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun says Sept. 19 game at Pitt to kick off at 6pm, Oct. 10 game at Rice to kick off at 2:30pm

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says TV details not announced yet for game at Heinz Field

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls set to join Empire 8 Conference in 2011

BLAST:

The Official Site says Bascome to host players in Bermuda

The Official Site says players to participate in ESPNZone event

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked out at Saratoga Monday

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Acoma won’t run in Delaware Handicap if Rachel Alexandra does

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed Monday at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Mine That Bird getting ready for West Virginia Derby next

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Phelps, Woods, Federer, Armstrong all-time greats all competing this July

TENNIS:

Tribune Newspapers’ Chuck Culpepper says Wimbledon was ‘learning experience’ for Ellicott City’s Capra

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Adam Jones is participating in the All-Star Game tonight. I hope I’ll be able to stick around long enough to see him get into the game.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

The only interesting thing to come from yesterday’s Ravens Draft Luncheon (The “Liars Luncheon” if you will) was the conversation about the Ravens’ willingness to trade down from the 1st Round. The comments made by the Ravens’ front office staff yesterday really gave the opinion that the team feels good about their current personnel; and doesn’t think they desperately need an additional impact player immediately. (Although I think they know they need a receiver.)

The question for me will be how the Ravens have the first round receivers ranked. For example; let’s say their board has Michael Crabtree 1st, Jeremy Maclin 2nd, Darrius Heyward-Bey 3rd, Kenny Britt 4th, Hakeem Nicks 5th, and Percy Harvin 6th. The question will be how many of those guys the Ravens TRULY value in that spot. If only Nicks and Harvin remain on the board; will they consider trying to trade back to the 34th spot to get Harvin and acquire an extra mid-to-late round pick? I wouldn’t be stunned.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks Birds might find way to stick Baez on DL

Drew Forrester not expecting ‘much’ from Andino

Glenn Clark says Birds have worst odds in baseball to win World Series

Cliff Saunders picks Birds last in AL East

Chris Bonetti says Stephenson “Born Ready”, just not ready to make college choice

Bob Haynie chatting with future Terp Jordan Williams today

Keith Melchior says waiting for ’11 ‘fantasy’

Ed Frankovic says Mike Green scores twice as Caps top Islanders

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens will be ready to pick at 26th spot

The Official Site says Newsome not unhappy with current crop of receivers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens wouldn’t rule out return of Rolle, Neal, Stover

The Official Site says Ravens offering fitness grants

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cucchiella punked Ravens on April Fool’s Day

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens could consider trading down to acquire more picks

The Sun’s Mike Preston says DeCosta knows Ravens have good history at #26 (A certain number 52 was picked 26th)

The Sun’s Rick Maese says DeCosta thinks Ravens have ‘5-7’ players they like at #26

The Sun’s Childs Walker doesn’t think Gregg could hang with UFC Champ Lesnar

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Stover still option, but team likes Hauschka

The Sun’s Ken Murray says team has ‘desperate’ need at WR unless they sign Torry Holt

The Sun lists players on Ravens’ ‘radar’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Hortiz happy with ‘depth’ of Wide Receiver class

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Pace still option for Ravens

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ravens think Frederick native/former Syracuse star Fiammetta ‘sleeper’ in Draft

ESPN.com’s James Walker says having 26th pick gives Ravens ‘low’ risk in Draft

CBS Sports’ Rob Rang mocks DHB to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie rocked for 8 runs, 10 hits in loss to Marlins

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds swap Penn to Marlins for Andino

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie ‘frustrated’ with difficult Spring

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says with acquisition of Andino, O’s to release Gomez

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says between WBC and Spring Training; Guthrie has now given up 26 ER, 38 hits, 9 walks over 19 innings

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Baez, Johnson, Pauley all hit around in loss to Fish

The Sun’s David Steele says with Penn gone; ‘staff of future’ assembled by Flanagan, Duquette, Beattie now entirely gone

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Penn ‘had to go’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Arrieta will be top pitcher in minors

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley views Andino as ‘insurance’ for Roberts, Izturis

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says even Guthrie ‘concerned’ about performance

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail confirms Birds will go with 13 position players, 12 pitchers after Penn deal

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Penn looking forward to ‘new start’ in Florida

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Gomez ‘released himself’ after hearing about Andino acquisition

The Sun says Jeter to lead off for Yankees against Birds Opening Day

Examiner Steve DeClue not sold on Andino

The AP says Penn happy Marlins wanted him

The AP says Zaun knows he’s only catcher ‘for now’

Washington Post’s CJ Holley says Andino brings .201 career average to Baltimore

SI’s Joe Posnanski believes the Wieters hype

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Danny Pearman got nice pay hike to head to Clemson

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with junior prospect J.R. Ferguson (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says RB Scott ready to break out (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with prospect Nick Forbes (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Seamonson working to find depth at LB

Turtle Sports Report’s Maddie McConnell checks in with OC James Franklin (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s John Weaver says fans who DVR’ed Virginia game missed much of it

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says attack could still use ‘improvement’

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig remembers when Gary hired 20 years ago

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Gary firing April Fool’s joke

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Kim would benefit from gaining 15-20 pounds

Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy says Dixon’s baseline jumper amongst most important Final Four plays this decade

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit Natasha Cloud

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Rutgers

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Wheeler found refuge with Tigers after failing to make team in College Park

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says punter Bill Shears recovering from foot injury on crutches

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mustangs coach Cantabene believes Stangs developing ‘rivalry’ with Salisbury

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says Niumatalolo more comfortable in 2nd Spring as head coach

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says John Angelo working to return from concussion

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews showdown with Terps Friday night

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Hanah Choh says John Cordish to bid on Pimlico, Laurel, Preakness

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-So long Hayden Penn. Wish there could have been something more.

-Not sure how I feel about the Cordish Company trying to buy Pimlico and Laurel. At heart, I like the idea. I think the Cordish family would be able to build the projects the right way; understanding that the areas surrounding the tracks need to help be part of the attraction itself. Pimlico can thrive in the area where it is; but the area needs an upgrade. That being said; I wonder how much Cordish is interested in competing against themselves. If they want slots at Arundel Mills; will they work as hard to attract people to Laurel instead? They’ve done things the right way for a long time, so this could be very good.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Duke Hits Big Shots Late in Physical 78-67 Win Over Terps

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

The theme I kept coming back to after the game was Gary’s comments about it being a “shame” the Terps had to play without Greivis Vasquez for most of the 2nd half in their 78-67 loss to Duke tonight. I try to avoid commenting on officiating as much as possible; as I’m not one to believe that officiating can REALLY be the difference in a game of this magnitude. But for the game that had the elements of a classic anyway; there was a prevailing feeling of “what if” had Vasquez been able to stay on the floor.

Would Henderson have been as effective offensively if the Terps had Vasquez available to check him?
Would the Terps have been stymied as much on the offensive end, or would they have had more lanes to the hoop?
Would the Devils have gotten as many key rebounds? Would the defense have broken down they way it did on those two late 3′s?

It really is a “shame” we weren’t able to see this game played with the best players on the floor.

But credit Duke.

They hit the big shots when they needed to. Gerald Henderson played his heart out in the 2nd half. They forced late turnovers; and never let the Terps get into much of a shooting rhythm. There were very good when they needed to be, and earned an important road win to keep their ACC title hopes alive. They did what they had to do to get a road win in the ACC in a VERY difficult environment. They deserve the credit.

With the loss, Maryland has lost 2 of 3. As well as they’ve played in the last 2 games, they are in bouble jeopardy. They IMMEDIATELY re-enter “must win” territory this Sunday with their trip to NC State. A loss to the Wolfpack in Raleigh might put them in bubble pergitory, where they have to hope for other bubble teams to lose. They can’t allow their Tournament fate to be decided by other teams. They have to win.

They could have been playing for seeding had they finished this one tonight. There is no doubt that there are 17,000 people walking out of this building tonight asking “What if” and thinking “what a shame.”

-G

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Gary was in a fairly defiant mood to open his post-game press conference, saying loudly “We have a DAMN good basketball team.” He added “we played our hearts out”, “I’m really proud of our players and the team for what they did to get ready”, and “we’re going to be tough the rest of the way I guarantee you.” Before taking questions Gary added “This is a good basketball team, I’m proud to be the coach of this team.”

Gary clearly wanted to comment about the officiating, but didn’t want to be fined by the ACC. Gary quipped that there was a “very physical game out there tonight” but “as you know I can’t say anything.” Not being able to comment on Greivis Vasquez fouling out, Gary called the 5th foul (in front of the bench) “interesting”, and said “it’s a shame we couldn’t have played those ten minutes with Greivis.”

Gary was pleased with the play of the defense in the game, saying “our defense has been good lately, hopefully we can continue to improve that.” He added “our defense kept us in there”, but noted that the Devils “hit two big 3′s there to stretch it to 6.”

Maryland officials did not make Greivis Vasquez available for comment after the game. When approached by a reporter as he was leaving the arena; Vasquez declined comment.

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Gerald Henderson lead the Devils with 19 points (tied for game high); and chipped in 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Elliot Williams had 15, Kyle Singler 13 with a game high 10 rebounds. Jon Scheyer had 12 points and a team high (tied for game high) 5 assists. Greg Paulus chipped in 8 off the bench. The Devils out-rebounded the Terps 37-25, and had 11 assists to 9 turnovers. They shot 25-57 (43.9%) from the field, 8-19 (42.1%) from outside; and 20-28 (71.4%) from the free throw line.

Landon Milbourne lead the Terps with 19 points, he contributed 5 boards before fouling out. Adrian Bowie added 14 points, Eric Hayes 10 off the bench. Greivis Vasquez had 10 points with a team high 6 boards and 5 assists (the 5 assists tied him for the game high). despite playing just 22 minutes before fouling out. The Terps had 8 assists to 11 turnovers. They shot 24-50 (48%) from the field; 3-8 (37.5%) from outside; and 16-25 (64%) from the free throw line.

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11:16-In his post-game radio interview with Johnny and Chris, Gary says he’s ‘proud’ of the Terps effort, and felt like they were in it until the final 2 minutes. He’s right about that; but being close doesn’t improve your NCAA Tournament resume unfortunately. I’m going to stay down here and watch Gary’s press conference on the big screen; as our show starts in about 6 and half hours; and I still have driving and minimal sleeping to do.

11:13-Hayes blocked going to the hoop, and that WILL do it. Duke wins 78-67; and there will be plenty of talk from Maryland fans about the officiating. The Devils didn’t win the game because of the officiating, they won it because they hit the big shots when it counted. It would have been nice to see how the game would have went with Greivis on the floor in the 2nd half; but hopefully we’ll get to see that one more time in the ACC Tournament. Terps fall to 17-10 (6-7); Duke improves to 23-5 (9-5). Terps will re-enter “must win” territory on Sunday in Raleigh.

11:11-Terps will foul one more time, and Milbourne will be disqualified. He leaves to a hearty ovation from the Terrapin faithful still in the building. Elliot Williams makes one of 2; and Jin Soo Kim enters. 15 for Williams, Duke by 9. Bowie blocked going to the hoop, and Kim will foul Paulus. 29.7 seconds to play. PLEASE tell me that’s the last foul. Paulus makes both, he has 8. Devils lead 78-67.

11:09-Bowie makes both, he has 14. Milbourne called for his 4th on Singler with 51.1 seconds to play. He makes one of two. 13 for him, Devils by 8. Tucker misses a 3 with 39.6 seconds to play; that will HOPEFULLY signal the end of this one.

11:08-Scheyer makes 1 of 2, he has 12. Hayes called for stepping out of bounds; and Gary will have to call off the dogs fairly soon.

Devils turn the ball over, Bowie fouled going to the hoop with 56.4 seconds left. Foul is the 4th on Singler.

11:05-Devils get the ball across midcourt, and Bowie fouls Williams. 1:20 to play. Williams misses the first, giving Maryland fans a smidgen of hope I guess. Williams makes the 2nd, he has 14. Bowie tries to drive; and is fouled by McClure. 1:10 to play, Bowie makes just 1. Tucker fouls Scheyer with 1:06 to play. 73-65 Devils and they’re back at the line. This one will take at least 10 minutes to play out, meaning I’ll get even less sleep tonight.

11:03-Hayes tries to drive; Elliot Williams called for his 4th personal. Clearly nervous, Hayes misses his first. He makes the 2nd, he has 10. Terps trail 72-64. Devils break the press, the Terps might be forced to foul with 1:30 to play. Devils call timeout with 1:29 left.

11:02-There’s the dagger. Scheyer for 3; he has 13. Duke 72-63. 1:51 to play, timeout. The Terps will be forced to take 3 point shots now; and fans will start to make their way to the exits to beat the crowd on an already late night.

11:01-Singler makes one of two; and Henderson called for the foul fighting for the rebound. Milbourne makes 1 of 2; 69-63 Devils. 19 for Milbourne.

10:59-Duke gets a huge offensive rebound this time down; and Mosley called for the block as Singler drives; that’s his 5th. 2:25 to play, Singler will go to the line with the chance to put the first nail in the coffin.

10:58-That could be the dagger. Vasquez called for the offensive foul this time down; he’s done. Terps lose their best offensive weapon trailing by 6 with 3:24 to play. Devils will look to work the clock and finish with good shots.

10:56-If Duke stays 2-3 possessions in front, they will have to win this one at the free throw line. The Terps cannot just start chucking 3 point shots either. Greivis is back in with the foul; and might be forced to stay in on both sides with the Devils executing successful drive and kicks the last two possessions.

Henderson makes both. He has 19. 68-62 Duke. Terps need an answer.

10:53-That one stings. Singler with the 3 off the nice penetration by Henderson. Singler has 11 after starting slowly. Bowie answers with a layup, and Mosley picks up his 4th foul as Henderson drives again. 66-62 Duke as we hit the final official timeout of regulation. 9 team fouls on both sides; and Henderson will be at the line after the official timeout. Bad stretch for Maryland here; who will need quick answers with just 3:39 to play.

10:52-Hayes tries to drive, but turns the ball over. Duke gets the ball back with the chance to make this a 2 possession game. Mosley back in for Vasquez, that will continue the rest of the way.

10:51-A very good screen frees Henderson for a BIG 3. 63-60 Duke; Henderson has 17. Gary will call a timeout (good way to get Vasquez back on the floor); needing an answer. Henderson tonight has been the player Duke has missed all season. He’s been the guy to carry a team when they are struggling to hit shots.

10:50-Milbourne makes both, he has 18. Terps able to get Vasquez right back in after Duke throws away the inbounds pass. Milbourne called for the walk in the lane; and Vasquez checks right back out. Game tied at 60.

10:48-Bowie misses the front end of the 1 and 1; the 2nd time a Terrapin has done that tonight. Elliot Williams gets another 2nd chance hoop after Mosley is called for goaltending. 13 for Williams, Duke by 2. Milbourne with the VERY tough board on the Vasquez miss. He’s fouled by Singler but can’t finish. 9 team fouls on Duke, 8 on Maryland. Vasquez living dangerously with his drives there; he’ll check out defensively.

10:46-Terps waste no time going in to Milbourne, a goaltending call gives him 16. Duke ties it back up after Elliot Williams gets an offensive board and stick back. Terps CAN’T lose this on the glass. Lance Thomas gets his 4th personal, Bowie to the line for a 1 and 1.

10:44-Drew Forrester continues with his fearless prognostications. The Terps will need to try to get a “+4″ over the next two and a half minutes before Greivis checks out again. The Devils will absolutely have Greivis’ mark attempt to penetrate; so Dave Neal (0 fouls) will have to be the man to slide. Vasquez will need to be more of a true point here; he can’t take on two defenders and hope to get calls.

10:42-Henderson misses the pull-up; and the Terps will continue to work the clock. Bowie with the nice move to the hoop, but the reverse won’t fall. Vasquez to the scorer’s table; he’ll check in after the official timeout as Singler is called for the walk. Tied at 56, 7:33 to play. Vasquez will be on a quick hook I imagine.

10:41-Bowie goes wide with the shot clock expiring, and draws the foul on Henderson. That’s Henderson’s 1st personal foul on the game. 7 team fouls now for Duke. Bowie makes both free throws; he has 9. Tied at 56.

10:39-Milbourne grabs a loose ball for a jumper; he has 14. Williams drives for 2 more; Duke goes back up 56-54. Williams has 9; and the Terps take another timeout. They’ve managed to stay in it here; but I just can’t see how Gary doesn’t try to get a few minutes from Greivis here. He can’t wait for the Terps to be down 6 and in a position where Greivis feels the need to force.

10:35-Some emotion from Hayes after Williams is hit with his 3rd personal. The Devils have 6 team fouls. Mosley with the airball as the shot clock expired; and Mosley and Milbourne pick up fouls next time down. 3 for Mosley. Tucker and Neal re-enter. Singler makes 1 of 2 at the line; we’re tied at 52. Milbourne called for a VERY questionable foul on Scheyer; that’s his 3rd. 8 team fouls for Maryland now. Scheyer makes both free throws; 54-52 Duke.

10:33-Gerald Henderson has been the guy this season when Duke has desperately needed someone, and he gets another hoop here. He has 14, and the Terps’ lead is 52-51. The Devils will get the ball back after they tie the Terps up; and Gary has to think about trying to steal a few minutes from Greivis.

10:31-Everyone wants to be a hero tonight. With the shot clock expiring, Bowie tosses up a 3 and connects. With 11:40 to play, we’ll hit an official timeout. 52-49 Terps. Dino Gregory picks up his 3rd personal foul.

Remember in the Miami game; when Vasquez was saddled with foul trouble, Gary Williams said it was his senior Neal who really put the team on his shoulders and said “we’re not going to lose.” He certainly has the statement play of the 2nd half since Vasquez’s departure. It will be interesting to see if and when Gary brings Greivis back in; as they will need to try to get him in offensively and bench him defensively.

10:29-Eric Hayes is absolutely showing leadership here; as he hits the tough shot to tie things up at 49 again. 9 for Hayes. Milbourne called for his first personal as Singler tried to drive. He then strips Singler the next time down. This one could get chippy the rest of the way.

10:27-This one is turning into another Maryland-Duke classic. Hope my internet can match it. Henderson with the answer; then Hayes drills a 3 as the shot clock expired to tie things up. Henderson with another hoop (he has 12); then Milbourne with the jumper (he also has 12). Game tied at 47. Sean Mosley re-enters to a loud ovation. Singler with the tough hoop inside; 49-47 Duke. Scheyer called for a foul away from the ball.

10:21-Bowie drives, is met by 3 Duke defenders; and misses. Next time down, Milbourne goes to the hoop on Singler and draws the foul. Milbourne might have to be the guy to put this team on his back in the 2nd half. He gets both free throws and has 10. Devils break the press and get two from Smith. Dave Neal FLATTENS Nolan Smith setting a pick to break the press; he isn’t getting up any time soon. Playing 5-4, Neal hits the 3, he has 6. Devils lead 43-42. They’ll take a timeout; and this does not look good. Smith remains on the ground for almost 5 minutes before getting up.

10:19-The Terps HAVE to find a way to get to the hoop. The danger here is that with Vasquez in the bench, the Terps will settle for outside shots. They were VERY effective going to the hoop in the first half; and can’t get away from that. Some of the air is out of the building with the first 3 minutes of the half absolutely going the wrong way.

10:16-We have reached a critical point in this game. Greivis will have to be used SPARINGLY the rest of the way due to the 4 personals. The Devils went right inside to Zoubek for an easy 2. Neal was fouled by Zoubek on the other end and made one of two at the line. Tucker called for his 3rd personal; and after Singler gets a steal and dunk; Gary is forced to use his first timeout. 41-37 Devils; their largest lead of the game. 16:45 to play.

10:14-Vasquez fouled by Thomas, that’s his 3rd personal. Vasquez misses both free throws; which is VERY uncharacteristic. The Terps CANNOT afford to waste opportunities here; allowing Duke to make a run. Vasquez called for the foul on Zoubek on a play where he appeared to get ball. That’s the 4th personal on Vasquez; who will exit.

10:12-Disaster strikes here. Sean Mosley hits the floor with an apparently serious injury to his left leg. Elliot Williams goes to the hoop for 2; giving the Devils a 37-36 advantage. Ugly chant from the Maryland student section towards Kyle Singler. That will not help the reputation.

10:10-2nd half opens with some sloppy possessions (turnover, block, missed jumper by Mosley); Vasquez gets his 2nd personal foul on Thomas; who gives Duke their first lead in almost 20 minutes; 35-34. Williams fouls Vasquez in the backcourt; and he gets his own miss for 2 to give the Terps the lead back 36-35. 10 for Vasquez now.

10:09-The shame of the first half is that the Terps played well enough to have a bigger lead. Two bad misses from Mosley; Tucker’s slip up in transition, and some free throw struggles from Tucker as well. For a team that hasn’t even tried to shoot outside; they could have had a halfitme advantage.

10:04-No scorers in double digits in the first half. Greivis and Landon Milbourne lead the Terps with 8 points each in the first half. Vasquez added a team high 4 rebounds and 5 assists. The Terps shot 15-28 from the field (53.6%); 0-3 from outside (0% for the math majors) and 4-6 from the free throw line (66.7%). They were out-rebounded 19-16, and have a 3:2 assist-to-turnover ratio (6 assists, 4 turnovers).

The Devils were lead by Gerald Henderson with 8, he and Kyle Singler are tied for the team high with 4 rebounds each. No Devil has more than 2 assists. They have a 3:2 assist-to-turnover ratio (6 assists, 4 turnovers). They shot 11-32 from the field (34.4%), 5-12 from outside (41.7%), and 7-8 from the charity stripe (87.5%).

10:02-Drew Forrester with the “you guys can all go to bed” kiss of death. The Zoubek thing is EASILY the most puzzling storyline of the night. Did Coach K wake up this morning and say “What can I do to help play directly to Maryland’s strengths?”

9:51-Milbourne stuffs Zoubek inside; and the Devils can’t get the tip at the buzzer, so we’ll go to the half tied at 34. I’ll be back shortly with more. Hey look, Michael Wlibon (ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption”/Washington Post columnist) is here. I’ll be back shortly with more.

9:49-Tucker’s struggles continue; as he hauls down a rebound but tosses up an airball in transition. Paulus connects from long distance on the other end (he has 6); and Vasquez misses a fallaway jumper. Game tied at 34 with 31.7 seconds to play. Shot clock off; Duke takes a timeout and will set up for the last shot.

9:48-Hayes muscles a shot up in the lane and hits, but Zoubek gets an offensive rebound and is hammered by Gregory. That’s Dino’s 2nd personal, and the 10th team foul. I don’t know why Brian Zoubek would see the bench at all the rest of the game. The Terps just don’t have an answer for his frame. He makes both free throws; and Dave Neal gets a short hoop on a feed from Vasquez. 34-31 Terps.

9:47-Singler with the miss from the lane; he has yet to score tonight. Zoubek blocks Gregory inside; and I of course jinx things as Singler knocks down the 3. 30-29 Terps.

9:45-No Jerome Burney yet tonight; it looked like he was playing his way into a more significant role in the rotation. Of course, the Terps haven’t needed the inside help either; and have no bigs in foul trouble. Looks like Jin Soo Kim may have played his way out of the rotation with some sloppy minutes this season.

9:43-Tucker misses the front end of the 1 and 1. He’s got two free throw misses tonight; and really needs to improve their to become the all-around player he’s shown signs of being. Scheyer misses a 3 and the Terps turn the ball over; and we hit the final official timeout of the half with the Terps leading 30-26 and 3:22 to play.

9:41-Vasquez drives, but Henderson with the nice strip. A botched alley-oop attempt by Henderson leads to a layup for Tucker. But Henderson puls up for the answer, he has 8. Vasquez will get a hoop for his 8th point; as Miles Plumlee is called for a goalten on a shot that would have missed anyway. Plumlee’s struggles continue as he fouls Tucker after Tucker pulled down a rebound. 1 and 1 for Tucker.

9:39-Henderson drives, Mosley called for his 2nd foul. Unlike the Carolina game; it’s the guards getting in foul trouble. The big men are in pretty good shape. Gregory has 1. Henderson makes both at the line; 26-24 Terps.

9:38-Plumlee makes 1 of 2 at the line. Bowie stripped inside; which leads to a transition hoop for Scheyer. Vasquez with the tough floater to put the Terps back up 24-22, then Paulus called for his 2nd on a player controlled foul. 8 team fouls on each side. Hayes with the drive and bucket, 26-22 Terps.

9:35-Vasquez into the lane for a floater; 20-16 Maryland. Duke is meeting Maryland’s shooters at the 3 point line; which has allowed for dribble-drives. Paulus makes space and knocks down a 3 point try; his first points. He and Bowie are called for a double-foul on the other end. Bowie’s 2nd. 7 team fouls apiece. Bowie gets the hoop underneath. Vasquez fouls Miles Plumlee next time down; he’ll shoot 2. Vasquez’s 2nd foul.

9:34-Rich, I still can’t figure out why Duke would so readily stay with the small lineup. Maryland goes small because they HAVE to, Duke is going small because its been working for them. If Maryland has a hot shooting streak; Duke’s strategy will seriously backfire.

9:32-The Terps CAN’T afford to give points away at the rim. That doomed them for the first 30 minutes of the Carolina game. Paulus is stripped by Hayes, and Vasquez is fouled by Thomas on the other end. That’s Thomas’ 2nd personal foul; 6 team fouls per side. We’ll hit the 3rd official timeout with Maryland maintaining their 2 point lead and 7:42 to play in the half.

9:31-Hayes finds a cutting Mosley; but Mosley can’t finish. Both teams have gone a bit cold since the frenetic start. Williams with the runner to make things 18-16; then Mosley misses at the rim again after a very pretty spin move.

9:30-If Henderson is going to defend Milbourne all game; Milbourne should be able to score. He has 8; Terps 18-14. Tucker with the block defensively; but then called for a questionable offensive foul. That’s his 2nd personal; he’ll sit.

9:28-Tucker misses again from outside. Vasquez hit with his first foul as Henderson tries to drive. Henderson with the baseline jumper to cut Maryland’s lead to 16-14.

9:26-Hayes still running the offense; and Tucker blows right past Lance Thomas. Thomas fouls him going by as Tucker would have had a clear path to the hoop. 5th team foul on Duke.

9:23-Tucker called for his first foul as the Devils break the press. 4 team fouls apiece. We’ll hit the 2nd official timeout with 11:23 to play in the half; and Maryland maintaining a 4 point lead.

9:22-Zoubek goes back to the bench. Did Coach K see the first game??? Why wouldn’t he try to shove Zoubek right down an undersized team’s throat? Very puzzling. Tucker makes 2 of 3; 16-12 Terps. Terps go to the press.

9:21-McClure misses an open jumper; and Tucker goes the distance before being fouled by Smith. Zoubek enters for Duke; I imagine the Devils will look to go into him early and often. Dave Neal misses the jumper from 3; Gregory called for the foul fighting for the rebound. Tucker can’t knock down his first three point attempt; but he draws a foul from Smith. That’s Smith’s 2nd personal.

9:20-Greg Paulus into the game for Duke, the Devils turn the ball over. Vasquez gets his first points off a drive to the hoop; 12-10 Maryland.

9:19-Hayes running the offense right now; and it looked like the Terps were functioning much better with Greivis running things. Cliff Tucker with the early entrance after Gregory missed a jumper from outside his range.

9:18-Nolan Smith and David McClure into the game for Duke. Scheyer misses a 3 from the top of the key; Vasquez misses a 3 from the wing. That was the first bad possession of the game for Maryland; and it lead to a 3 from Smith on the other end. 10-10.

9:16-Scheyer connects on both free throws; cutting Maryland’s lead to 10-9. Hayes and Gregory are the first off the bench; and Mosley hits a turnaround. 12-9.

9:14-I can’t stress how different this team looks tonight than every game all season. That does NOT mean they’re a Top 20 team, but it is a serious signal that the Carolina win has changed their mentality. They have gone to the basket on every possession; which will hopefully open things for good looks from outside as the offense progresses. Duke should try to bring in some bigs early and take Maryland out of their offense.

9:12-Scheyer tries to drive but can’t score over Milbourne. Bowie in transition drives for 2. 10-7 Terps. This is a MUCH more confident team than we’ve seen all season. No attempted 3′s yet; they’ve executed the offense exactly right every time. Bowie fouls Scheyer in the lane and we’ll hit the first official timeout. Terps by 3 with 15:47 to play in the half.

9:11-Milbourne connects on both free throws, 6-5 Terps. Milbourne offered little against Carolina due to foul trouble; so a contribution tonight would be key. Scheyer gets a bucket to put Duke ahead; Williams called for a foul in the backcourt. 7-6 Devils. Milbourne with the nice move for the hoop inside, 8-7 Terps.

9:10-If Duke shoots well from outside; there is little the Terps can do. Williams with a 3; 5-4 Duke. Milbourne draws the first foul of the game inside from Singler.

9:08-The glass will certainly be a major factor tonight. Why Duke would stick with the small lineup and play to Maryland’s strengths is beyond me. Milbourne’s hoop inside makes it 2-0; Henderson drives the lane to tie things at 2, Mosley makes it 4-2 going to the hoop.

9:07-Why does Gerald Henderson jump for Duke? And how can Maryland lose a tip to someone who is 6’4″?

9:05-Thunderous ovations for Gary Williams during his entrance and during introductions. I thought John Feinstein was particularly interesting this morning when he commented that despite everything, a win tonight could put Gary in the mix for ACC Coach of the Year.

9:03-Mike Krzyzewski goes with a starting lineup of Jon Scheyer, Elliot Williams, Gerald Henderson, Kyle Singler, and Lance Thomas. Gary Williams counters with the same Sean Mosley/Greivis Vasquez/Adrian Bowie/Landon Milbourne/Dave Neal lineup he has been using recently. I get the feeling Cliff Tucker could work his way into the starting lineup before the season ends; and I imagine Coach K will use Brian Zoubek a good deal tonight; after his performance at Cameron lead The Sun’s David Steele to call him “Kareem Abdul-Zoubek”. Loudest ovation of the season for Greivis during introductions.

8:50-Derrick Lewis is tonight’s honorary captain; Derrick had the most recent triple-double in Maryland history……..until last weekend.

Pre-game: There’s good news here all-around. I’m at Comcast Center here in College Park; instead of being at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham. No matter what happens tonight; I won’t have to stew over it on a 5 and a half hour drive home. Of course, I also won’t be able to enjoy any Bojangles.

Anyway, the Terps bring their 17-9 (6-6 ACC) record into tonight’s game against the Blue Devils (22-5, 8-4). The Terps are coming off their biggest win of the year, an 88-85 overtime victory over North Carolina Saturday. The Devils have won 2 straight; last week over St. John’s and Sunday night over Wake Forest. The Devils won their previous contest with the Terps this season; 85-44 at Cameron. The loss was the worst of the Gary Williams era at Maryland.

Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN; with Mike Patrick and former Blue Devil Jay Bilas on the call. Heather Cox will patrol the sideline. The athletic department has handed out state flag signs to everyone in attendance tonight; but that hasn’t stopped the students in attendance from breaking out their “Scheyer Faces”; unflattering posters of Duke’s Jon Scheyer with his mouth gaping open. This sparked a craze about two years ago, and has to be one of the most creative fan campaigns in recent sports history.

Staying on the topic of fan behavior; the Terps-Duke series has had a history of poor behavior from the fans in College Park; dating back to some unfortunate chants toward former Duke star J.J. Reddick that were heard audibly on national TV. The athletic department banned the pep band from playing Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Pt. 2″ (the “Hey!” song) based mostly on incidents during Maryland-Duke games; although the student section still makes sure to sing the song before games. The Maryland students were up to their antics again; calling the rooms of Duke players last night in a semi-humorous story that was been picked up across the country.

For those who are superstitious; Maryland will go with the gold jerseys again tonight; looking for their third straight win in the Under Armour duds.

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Terps Take Out Season’s Worth of Frustration With Stunning; Come-From-Behind 88-85 Win over Tar Heels

Posted on 21 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

This was Greivis Vasquez’s Mona Lisa.

This was the one that he’ll be remembered for some 30 years from now when Maryland fans talk about their memories at Comcast Center.

Greivis has not exactly been perfect this season; and has been at times absolutely humiliated. But when this team needed him today, he absolutely put them on his back.

Scoring 35 points is one thing. Scoring 35 points in a triple double is something you just don’t see in college basketball.

Coupled with an electric atmosphere (and fans that REALLY DID play a role in helping this team to a win); a performance from Cliff Tucker that might make his coaches think about inserting him into the starting lineup; and another Hall of Fame coaching performance by Gary Williams; and the Terps found the recipe for their greatest win in well over 12 months; 88-85 over North Carolina.

It wasn’t perfect; but this team isn’t built to have perfect games. At times it was bleak; but someone always came back with an answer. The Terps were ABSOLUTELY out-manned; but answered the Heels’ physical advantages with tons of heart. Maybe it was fitting that before the game the Terps showed a new video package ending with the question “Who wants it more?”

The sad thing about the emotions of a day like today is that ultimately; this game might come in a season where the Terps AGAIN fail to make the NCAA Tournament. That task is still not easy; as their 6-6 record in the ACC (17-9 overall); will be tested by two tough home games (Duke and Wake Forest) and two road contests that are in no ways gimmes (NC State and Virginia). John Gilchrist’s Comcast Center masterpiece (a 2005 win over Duke in Overtime) is overshadowed by the fact that his ’05 team was the first in the “NIT era” at Maryland.

But in 30 years, everyone in this building today; and everyone watching at home, will remember what Greivis Vasquez did. And they will smile when they think about it. Today was his most elegant symphony. Today was his chance to stake a claim amongst the best to ever play in this town. Juan Dixon never had a triple double, after all.

For those of us who watched the game; it was a reminder of why we love college basketball.

-G

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Gary decided to open his post-game press conference with a little humor. “Before the game I told Greivis we could win if you get the first 16.” In all seriousness, Gary had high praise for his star junior; but didn’t seem to be particularly surprised by his triple double. “He was shooting the ball well” Gary said, “the rebounds have been their on a consistent basis.” Gary went on to add that Greivis is a “catalyst” for the team; the type of player who both puts up stats AND makes the players around him better. Gary singled out a few other players too; saying “Sean Mosley had to guard their 6’8″ guy a couple of times” due to the Terps’ foul trouble. Gary also thought Cliff Tucker was “tremendous”, adding “I’m proud of Cliff because he wasn’t playing, and now he’s really a key to our team.”

Gary thought the Terps learned a little bit from their previous loss to Carolina. He reminded that the loss “could have been a 30 pointer” in Chapel Hill; but thought the Terps gained confidence by not letting the Tar Heels open up the lead much more in the 2nd half. He also came up with a new defensive strategy for Tyler Hansbrough; saying “we didn’t double as much. We tried to get a lot of people around him….faking double teams. If you can make a player feel uncomfortable, you try anything.” Gary still praised the Tar Heels’ big man, saying “there were times we had 5 guys around him tonight.”

Gary said much of tonight’s win could be creditted to practice and defense. “After not being able to play defense against them 18 days ago, we had to dig really deep to be able to do that” said the Terps’ head man. He added that the Terps had a great week of practice, even though “it’s hard to play hard in practice in the middle of February.” Moving forward, Gary said the Terps “have to be a great practice team again.” He will allow the team to celebrate this win tonight; and told them “you’ll remember it for the rest of your lives” after the game. With Duke ahead, Gary told the team “we have to prepare (for the Blue Devils) just like we prepared for this game.”

Gary was particularly pleased with the crowd today; saying “that’s the way it’s supposed to be at Comcast Center. That was a Cole Field House crowd.”

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Ty Lawson lead the way for Carolina with 24 points. The Heels had 5 players finish in double figures; with Danny Green adding 18 (with 9 boards), Wayne Ellington 14, Deon Thompson 13 (with 7 boards), and Hansbrough 11 (with a team-high and tied for game-high 11 boards). No Tar Heel had more than 2 assists (Lawson). Bobby Frasor did not score; but did pull down 7 rebounds. The Heels finished with a 1:3 assist to turnover ratio (5 assists, 15 turnovers). The Heels out-rebounded the Terps 51-40. They shot 29-77 from the field (37.7%), 5-19 from outside (26.3%), and 22-28 from the free throw line (78.6%).

Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps in EVERYTHING with the first triple double of the Gary Williams era. 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Cliff Tucker added 22 points and 6 rebounds, Eric Hayes 17 points. Landon Milboune was the next highest scorer with 6. The Terps finished with a 9:8 assist-to-turnover ratio (18 assists, 16 turnovers). They blocked TEN North Carolina shots. The Terps shot 31-68 from the field (45.6%), 13-30 from beyond the arc (43.3%), and 13-17 from the free throw line (76.5%).

Carolina had 42 points in the paint to 32 for Maryland; 22 2nd chance points to Maryland’s 10; and 12 fast break points to ZERO for Maryland. The Terps’ bench outscored Carolina’s 41-5.

5:56-Razredge-

That is the 3rd straight home game in which Gary has flat out out-coached his opponent around the block.

Drew-

Couldn’t agree more; and not promising anything. It is hard to be impartial when you’re having to walk away from everyone and wipe away tears. That was everything you could ask for in a basketball game.

5:51-Heels will have to get a 3 if the Terps give them the shot. Not enough time for 2 possessions. TURNOVER! BALLGAME! RUSH THE FLOOR! 88-85 TERPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5:50-Vasquez makes both; Terps lead 88-85. Roy will take one of his timeouts with 4.2 seconds left. Again I ask; do you foul? I say yes.

5:49-Terps get the ball to Vasquez off the double inbounds pass; he’s fouled with 5.4 seconds to play. Foul is on Thompson; his 4th. Vasquez to the line for 2. Roy Williams still has two timeouts.

5:47-Ellington makes the first, makes the 2nd. He has 14. Terps lead 86-85 with 5.9 seconds left and will be looking for Hayes or Vasquez on the inbounds pass. They have to get it in; and the Heels will have to foul immediately.

5:46-Hayes makes the 2nd. He has 17. Terps by 3. They WILL foul with 5.9 seconds left. Foul is on Dave Neal; that’s his 5th. Does not look like that was an intentional foul; just part of the game play. If this goes to a 2nd overtime; that could be a costly foul. Ellington to the line for 2.

5:45-Hayes makes first. Heels will have chance to tie no matter what happens on the second; and Roy Williams will take a timeout. 85-83 Terps with one timeout remaining. If you’re Gary Williams and Hayes makes this free throw, do you foul?

5:43-Lawson makes both; he has 24. with 35.3 left, the Heels are almost forced to foul. Terps playing keepaway; and Heels FINALLY foul Hayes with 11.3 left. 84-83 Maryland; the foul is on Frasor. BIG free throws here!

5:42-Vasquez puts the Terps up by 3 with a jumper from outside. Ellington bails out the Heels by drawing the shooting foul from Vasquez with 35.3 seconds to play. He’ll shoot 2, not 3 though.

5:40-Terps can’t afford to settle for outside jumpers, and Vasquez misses here. Danny Green with the player-controlled foul; he fouls out. 1:36 to play in a tie game. Hansbrough has 4, the Terps have to try to take this at him.

5:38-Drew Forrester FOR THE WIN! Lol at the host of the Comcast Morning Show. Gary takes his final timeout with 2:03 to play in OT and the Terps having 13 seconds on the shot clock. 81-81 game; Roy still has 4 timeouts on the other side by the way.

5:36-Burney misses both. Lawson with the HUGE answer from 3-he has 22. Game tied at 81. Vasquez with the triple double after being so close so many times. Maryland’s first triple double since Derrick Lewis in over 20 years. Tucker misses from outside.

5:35-Foul called away from the ball on Thompson underneath-that’s his 3rd. Burney will shoot 2.

5:33-Green opens overtime with a hoop; Tucker with the answer. Tucker with a huge 22 points off the bench; he LOVES playing Carolina. Vasquez with the 3; he has 30. Terps with their first lead since 18-17; 81-78.

5:32-That was a HISTORICALLY good end to regulation for the Terps. The foul trouble is going to be an issue again; as the Heels will get a breather here; and Roy will remind them to take the ball inside. Both teams are in the double bonus; and Gary still has his full timeout.

5:30-Mosley with the rebound; Vasquez the hoop. Heels ball. OVERTIME!!!!!!!!!

5:29-Roy Williams calls timeout with 37.4 seconds to play and his team leading by 2. Terps CANNOT foul here; and the Heels will certainly look to get it inside to Hansbrough.

5:28-Terps within 2 after a hoop from Hayes. WHAT A GAME!

5:27-Terps get good pressure, force a turnover; and Vasquez gets the hoop. On the other end; Hansbrough called for the charge; his 4th. This got interesting quick! 76-72 Heels.

5:24-Neal gets a look from outside but misses; the Terps get the ball back after a Carolina miss; but Vasquez WHIPS a pass out of bounds. Ellington with the layup that MIGHT doom the Terps; but Tucker hits a 3 to answer. Gary calls timeout with his team trailing 76-70 and 1:37 to play. Too many missed opportunities. 20 for Tucker, 12 for Ellington. Terps HAVE to get a stop here to have a chance.

5:23-Another pretty good defensive possession doesn’t have a happy ending for Maryland; as Dino Gregory is hit with his 5th personal foul. The Terps will go with a small lineup here, with Danny Green on the line. Gary Williams IMPLORES the crowd to make noise as Green misses his first. He hits the 2nd; Carolina by 7.

5:21-Hansbrough hits 1 of 2 at the line; extending the lead to 73-65. Terps can’t use 35 seconds each time down anymore.Vasquez finds Neal for his first bucket of the game; and Carolina’s lead is down to 6. Hansbrough misses inside; but Frasor gets a HUGE offensive board.

5:18-Tucker with the block; but the Heels get the ball back AGAIN. Hansbrough with the hoop; he has 10. Vasquez knocks down a 3 for the Terps; he has 23. Hansbrough is fouled by Gregory inside the next time down (4th personal on Gregory); and he’ll shoot two after the final official timeout. With 3:40 to play, the Terps will have to shave the lead back down in a hurry.

5:16-Neal saves the ball inbounds; but it happened as the shot clock was expiring after an airball by Hayes. After the officials huddle; they give the ball back to the Heels; and Carolina has the chance to extend this to a double digit lead again.

5:14-Ellington makes 1 of 2; he has 10; Heels by 5. Lawson then hits a HUGE 3; giving the Heels an 8 point lead. Lawson has been the man in the 2nd half for Carolina; with 11 of his team high 19 coming since the intermission. The Terps have to stem this run by Carolina again; and Gary takes another timeout to try to settle things.

5:12-Lawson and Tucker trade jabs; two free throws and a bucket from Lawson; with a 3 from Tucker in between. Lawson has 16; Tucker has 17. Milbourne is called for his 5th foul fighting for a loose ball off a bad pass; and Ellington will go to the line with the Heels leading 66-62.

5:09-You can say that Karl Hess’s crew has been whistle-happy today; but neither team has much of an advantage because of it. Neal and Milbourne might both foul out; so the Terps will have to come up with other size options underneath. Terps earned the possession arrow back; but still need stops. Vasquez whistled for the 9th team foul as Lawson drives.

5:07-Tucker with the drive and the hoop in the lane; Terps within 3 at 62-59 with 7:04 to play as we hit the 3rd official timeout of the 2nd half. NOW this is a game.

5:05-Hayes makes both free throws, he has 13. Terps trail 62-57. Foul trouble will be a MAJOR issue the rest of the way. Two big offensive rebounds for the Heels here, but the Terps get the 3rd miss.

5:04-Hayes with the 3; he has 11. Terps trail 62-55. Lawson called for the player-controlled foul; that’s Carolina’s 9th team foul. Next foul will put them in the double bonus. There’s the next foul; on Hansbrough-his 3rd. Hayes will shoot two. Vasquez goes back to play cheerleader with the student section again.

5:02-Gregory stuffs Thompson; but Thompson gets it back for a basket. He has 13. On the other end; Vasquez and Tucker each miss 3′s before Neal is called for his 4th personal fighting for a rebound. Milbourne re-enters with his 4 personals and 9:22 to play. Surprised Gary hasn’t gone deeper on the bench for an inside option. Zeller makes both free throws; Heels by 10 again.

5:00-The Tar Heels are SUCH a different team with Hansbrough on the floor, by the way. They just feed off of him on both ends. Tucker is playing with great confidence; he sticks a 3 here to cut the deficit back to 6 again. He has 12.

4:58-With momentum shifting; Carolina puts the Heels on his back. He comes up with consecutive big drives and buckets; getting Carolina’s lead back to 9 at 58-49. Lawson now has 12; and Gary Williams takes the timeout with 10:36 to play. Both teams should go to the basket every time with each team being in serious foul trouble. Gary has to stem the positive plays Carolina has put together and try to swing momentum back to the Terps.

4:56-Tucker hits the free throw-he has 9. The Terps now trail 54-47; the closest it has been in the 2nd half. Vasquez with the block, and Lawson fouls him. Both teams shooting free throws the rest of the way. Vasquez hits both, and the Terps trail 54-49. 20 for Greivis. Comcast Center is rocking.

4:55-With that foul; the Terps and Heels are both now in the single bonus; with each team having 7 team fouls in the 2nd half. The Terps have put together a nice run here after Carolina took their biggest lead of the game (16); but they aren’t exactly in an even game just yet. The Terps will have a 3 possession advantage regardless of what happens on this free throw attempt; and the Terps will need to continue to make stops. Thompson and Tucker share some smack talk before the attempt.

4:53-Green boards his own miss and puts it back to re-extend Carolina’s lead to 10. But Tucker gets the hoop on the other end and will get the PLUS ONE attempt after the 2nd official timeout of the half. Terps aren’t quitting; and they trail 54-46 with 11:58 to play in this one.

4:52-Drew fouls Vasquez for Carolina’s 6th team foul; and the Terps won’t go away. Gregory back in for Burney, and Hayes drills the 3. He has 8; 52-44 Carolina. Psycho T will check back in; but Maryland did a GREAT job of taking advantage of his time on the bench.

4:50-Burney hooks in his first hoop of the game; 52-38 Carolina. Cliff Tucker re-enters for Bowie. Tucker knocks down a 3; and Maryland trails 52-41.

4:48-This could be getting ugly quick. The Heels add 5 points; with Milbourne picking up his 4th personal; and the Heels getting into the single bonus thanks to the Terps’ 7th team foul. Bowie cuts to the hoop and draws Danny Green’s 3rd personal; but Bowie misses both free throws. Vasquez rebounds the 2nd and puts it back for his first basket since that TORRID stretch to start the game-he has 18. Green with the floater on the other end; Heels lead 52-36.

4:46-Rich,

There are MUCH bigger factors than the officiating. The Terps are just NOT GOOD inside; and have been scrappy; but are sometimes just throwing their bodies around without REALLY knowing where the ball is. Secondly, Hansbrough is actually making his shots almost every time he gets the ball inside; whereas the Terps have not been able to make the shots they should inside; as they are doing little more than throwing the ball to the AREA of the basket. The foul descrepancy is large, but there are obvious reasons.

4:42-Davis pulls down the offensive rebound; Milbourne called for his 3rd personal foul fighting for the ball. Hansbrough called for traveling; but Dino fouls Frasor over the back fighting for a rebound. That’s his 3rd personal; and the team’s 5th foul already not 4 minutes into the 2nd half. Carolina will get the ball back as Vasquez can’t hold a board going out of bounds. We hit the first official timeout of the 2nd half with Carolina leading 45-34.

4:40-Milbourne makes both at the line; and the deficit is down to single digits again. Hansbrough pulls down an offense rebound and puts it back; and it’s 45-34 Carolina. Vasquez called for the hook trying to find position.

4:38-Hayes back in for Mosley as Green makes a pair at the free throw line. Heels up 13 now; and the Terps have to get a run for confidence reasons. Vasquez finds Bowie for a hoop to make things 43-32 Carolina. Neal called for his 3rd personal inside; he has not been able to get ANYTHING going. Vasquez with the no look feed to Milbourne, who is HAMMERED by Green going to the hoop.

4:37-Misses on both ends (and 3 North Carolina fouls-including 2 on Hansbrough) highlight the first few minutes of the 2nd half-but the only scoring comes on a Lawson hoop. 41-30 Heels with 18 to play.

4:29-If the Terps can get the lead back down under 5 fairly early; they’ll stay in this. If the Heels extend it past 15 early; it could get to silly time before you can blink. The Terps will have to use their fouls again in the 2nd half; and hope that Carolina doesn’t catch fire from outside.

Deon Thompson lead UNC with 11 points, Ty Lawson added 8. Danny Green chipped in 6 points and Tyler Hansbrough 5; they also tied for the team (and game) high in rebounds with 5 each. The Heels had a 1:3 assist to turnover ratio (2 assists, 6 turnovers); and out-rebounded the Terps 27-23. They shot 15-38 from the field (39.5%); 2-9 from beyond the arc (22.2%), and 7-10 from the charity stripe (70%).

The Terps were lead by (guess who?) Greivis Vasquez with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Eric Hayes added 5 points. They had a 4:9 assist to turnover ratio, and came up with 5 blocks. They shot 12-37 from the field (32.4%); 4-14 from outside (28.6%); and 2-2 from the free throw line (100% for the math majors.)

4:17-Bowie does the right thing in cutting to the hoop; but gives it up too early when he sees Carolina’s giants in the middle. Tucker hits a 3; but Bowie misses two chances from outside before the break; sandwiched by about 10 misses inside from Carolina. The Terps’ deficit will be single digits at the half; but could have used a bit more momentum. 39-30 Heels. I’ll be back shortly with more.

4:13-Hayes works into the lane for a floater, but Thompson backs down Milbourne for the hoop on the other end. Terps turn the ball over and Hayes loses a rebound out of bounds. 39-27 Heels as we hit the final official timeout of the first half. 1:30 to play. It would do WONDERS for the Terps to get this back to single digits before the intermission.

4:11-Thompson makes one of two; then Milbourne gets a hoop off his own miss. Lawson drills a 3 to make the lead 12 for Carolina. Milbourne knocks down a jumper to cut the deficit to 10 again. The worst thing for Maryland is that Carolina leads by 10 without even being hot from outside. Thompson with the hoop inside; Carolina now by 12 again.

4:09-Vasquez penetrates, Hayes knocks down a 3. Green adds 2 on the end; he has 7. Lawson hits a pull-up jumper, and the Heels have their biggest lead of the game at 31-21. Terps CAN’T let this continue to balloon before the half. Neal misses the 3; Milbourne called for the over the top fighting with Thompson. 9th team foul.

4:07-Mosley misses the turnaround jumper; and Lawson gets the bucket on the other end. Carolina’s lead has ballooned to 9 at 27-18 with the Terps having not scored for at least 5 minutes. Gary calls his 2nd timeout to try to calm things down. The Terps HAVE to find offense in a hurry now.

4:05-Mosley with nice penetration and a kick to Vasquez, who misses another open shot from outside. Terps one and done on consecutive possessions here; they have to be thankful that Carolina hasn’t turned this into a double digit advantage during their cold streak. Ellington curls for a hoop; and Carolina leads 25-18.

4:03-This is a very dangerous place for Maryland. All things considered; they have done a nice job defensively. But they absolutely HAVE to find some offense; as the Heels have made the right switches to slow down Vasquez and force turnovers. It is easy to say that the team will have to hit their outside shots; but that is NOT their offense. If Vasquez’s penetration is slowed; Hayes might have to continue to go wide to the hoop; or Bowie might be forced to go to his (somewhat) reckless moved to the basket. But they HAVE to get to the hoop.

4:01-Terps turn the ball over, but Gregory with the big block on Lawson in transition. Hayes gets an open look from outside but misses; and the Terps turn the ball over again. Hansbrough CHUCKS the ball off Neal to save it inbounds; and we’ll hit the 3rd official timeout with Carolina leading 23-18 and 7:36 to play.

4:00-Hansbrough does a nice job of taking a fall well away from the basket; and Hayes is hit with the player-controlled foul. That’s the 8th team foul on the Terps, who have really hit a lull offensively. Hansbrough called for traveling.

3:58-Dave Neal misses his first outside shot; and Hansbrough outmuscles Milbourne for the rebound. Danny Green sticks back an airball; and he has 5. Gary takes his first timeout with the Terps trailing 23-18.

3:57-Tyler Zeller makes his first appearance of the game; and Danny Green is called for his first foul. Terps turn the ball over, and Ellington hits a jumper to extend UNC’s lead to 21-18. Terps turn the ball over again. Can’t let the Heels get breathing room here.

3:55-Tucker with the nice feed inside to Burney; but Burney can’t finish. The Terps CANNOT afford to miss inside shots (and especially the layups they missed the other night at Clemson). Thompson is fouled by Burney going to the hoop; Burney and Tucker exit for the re-entering Vasquez and Neal. Thopson makes both and Carolina leads 19-18.

3:54-And we finally have another Terp on the board. Bowie makes both at the line; and Maryland has their first lead of the day. The Maryland press forces a turnover; and Thompson gets his 2nd foul as he hits Bowie on the floor.

3:52-I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up seeing Jin Soo Kim and Braxton Dupree getting minutes inside today; as the Terps will likely be in foul trouble throughout this one. Hopefully Vasquez’s stellar play has weathered the storm of the rest of the team’s early struggles, and things will settle down. The longer they stay in it; the better chance they have.

3:51-Larry Drew into the game; and Milbourne with the BIG block on Hansbrough. In transition; Bowie is fouled by Thompson. He’ll shoot two after the official timeout. Terps trail 17-16 with 11:58 to play in the half.

3:49-This is as emotional as we’ve seen Greivis in recent weeks. He feeds Milbourne, but Milbourne misses the jumper. The rest of this team badly needs some confidence boosters. Vasquez misses the jumper that would have put the Terps ahead; but Davis is called for an over the top foul fighting for a rebounds. Greivis goes to the bench for a breather to a loud ovation; and the Terps turn the ball over.

3:48-Vasquez and Thompson trade jumpers; then Vasquez hits a 3 from the top of the key. Carolina 17, Vasquez 16.

3:47-More Vasquez offensively; as he rebounds his own miss and puts it back. It’s Carolina 15, Vasquez 11 right now.

3:45-Lawson makes one of two at the line; 14-9 Heels. Eric Hayes and Cliff Tucker into the game. Tucker makes a nice dish to Gregory, who misses a jumper. Gregory called for his 2nd personal as Ed Davis turns to the hoop; and Jerome Burney will enter. The Terps might need to use a number of fouls inside. Davis makes 1 of 2; 15-9 Heels.

3:44-So far, it looks like the Terps are dealing with some major nerves (aside from Vasquez). But Vasquez can’t revert to his old “I’ll just do everything” self either. He has to continue to work the ball to his teammates; and his teammates have to get their confidence up.

3:41-Milbourne looked for the jam; but was rejected. On the other end, Davis took a loose ball and put in a hook to make things 13-9. Mosley tried to slide in and draw an offensive foul on Lawson; but instead was hit with the block-his 2nd personal and the team’s 5th foul at the first official timeout. Lawson will go to the free throw line with the Terps trailing 13-9 and 15:36 to play in the half.

3:40-Think Vasquez wants this one? He hits a 3 to tie things at 9; he has all of Maryland’s points. Gregory called for hitting Hansbrough’s arm as he shoots a jumper; Psycho T makes both. He has 6; 11-9 Heels. Ed Davis enters for Thompson; and Frasor fouls Mosley away from the ball.

3:38-Dino Gregory into the game, and the Heels are happy to go right at the Terps’ “big” men. Thompson with a hoop; but Vasquez answers with one of his own in the lane. Ellington draws his first foul before Vasquez gets another inside hoop; but Green knocks down a 3. The Terps cannot shoot with the Heels. Vasquez with a basket; then Hansbrough called for an offensive foul. 9-6 Heels. Bobby Frasor in for Ellington.

3:36-Mosley fouls Green as he’s moving; then Hansbrough barrels into Milbourne before getting his 2nd hoop. The Terps will have to have a better answer for Hansbrough than Milbourne alone. Another questionable foul call; this time in the backcourt on Neal after a missed floater by Greivis. Not a good start.

3:34-Before the jump; Greivis gave “Psycho T” Hansbrough a friendly pat on the ass. Hansbrough didn’t even as much as look back. Hansbrough gets his first hoop off an offensive rebound (that will KILL Maryland); and it’s 2-0 Heels. Neal called for a charge on the other end.

3:33-Rich;

Went to the lax game. They played VERY sloppy. Can see where the attack will be stout; but they cannot afford to not be able to win one man face-offs; and they CERTAINLY can’t afford the number of clearing turnovers they made.

3:29-Gary Williams’ Terps stick with the Dave Neal/Landon Milbourne/Greivis Vasquez/Adrian Bowie/Sean Mosley starting combo; Roy Williams’ Heels go with Deon Thompson/Danny Green/Tyler Hansbrough/Wayne Ellington/Ty Lawson. The Maryland fans (who chanted “Ga-ry!, Ga-ry!” again before the head coach hit the floor) had their harshest booing for Hansbrough. The Heels fans are a bit more noticeable with everyone sitting down; but I’m not sure they make up the even 10% of the crowd I guessed they would.

3:27-Two early games in ACC action today; as Miami was a 69-58 winner over Boston College; and NC State held serve in Raleigh for a 72-67 victory over Virginia.

3:23-Terps again in their alternate gold uniforms today; they’ve brought them out a few times recently for home games. I guess if it works they figure they should stick with it. Under Armour probably doesn’t mind trying to sell some extra threads with the exposure, either.

3:21-A new video introduction before the Terps took the floor; ending with the quote “Who Wants It More?” Apparently Gatorade was recently brought on as a sponsor; as they have handed out a number of red signs with their new “G” logo on the back.

3:18-Certainly a more electric atmosphere here at Comcast Center today with such a major opponent in the house. There are a smattering of Carolina fans spread out around the arena; but actually not quite as many as I thought there might be. I did notice the powder/baby blue fans across the campus; but the blue is not really sticking out anywhere in the arena.

3:12-Not a good day for the Terrapins on the lacrosse field. I took in the Maryland-Georgetown game at Ludwig Field before heading over here; and the Terps fell to the Hoyas 13-10. The Terps held a 6-5 advantage at halftime; but the Hoyas took advantage of failed face-offs by the Terps and sloppy clears to establish a 10-7 lead through three quarters. The Terps are back in action next Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium; where they’ll take on Duke in the Face-Off Classic.

3:05-Today’s game will be broadcast via “ESPN on ABC”-WMAR Channel 2 in Baltimore (Channel 12 on Comcast in Baltimore County). Brent Musberger and former UCLA Coach Steve Lavin have the call.

3:00-Greetings from Comcast Center in College Park; where the Maryland Terrapins are clinging to life on the bubble and desperately seeking a resume win over the mighty third ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The Terps bring their 16-9 (5-6) record into today’s contest; while the Heels are 24-2 (10-2). The Terps lost their previous meeting with Carolina this season; 108-91 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Terps have wins over UNC in each of the last two seasons however. The Heels are coming off an 89-80 win over NC State Thursday night (after which Roy Williams decided to drop the “F-Bomb” is his press conference”; while the Terps are coming off a miserable 2nd half in a 93-64 loss at Clemson Tuesday night.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

There are a couple sides to the Brian Roberts situation.

One-The Orioles basically had no option but to extend Brian’s contract. He had little to no trade value; and might not have had much more at the deadline with teams knowing that he was about to become a free agent. The Orioles basically realized he was more valuable WITH them than without them; and had no choice but to make the move.

Two-This move does NOT signify that Brian Roberts buys into Andy MacPhail’s plan; nor does he buy into the idea that the Orioles are going to become a contender. Roberts DOES buy into familiarity; and he DOES buy into the fact that in a year, he will be even less likely to get a 4 year, $40 million deal on the open market. He might also hope that things are moving in the right direction for the organization; but he’s certainly not counting on winning a World Series ring in the next 5 years.

Three-The Orioles MIGHT regret signing Brian to such an extension; but they don’t really have other options. Their minor league system has some pitching prospects and decent power hitters; but they don’t have a middle infielder with speed and defensive range on the horizon. They also don’t have the right chips to trade for such a prospect. This buys them 5 more years to try to solve that problem.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says not signing early could end up ‘costing’ 52

Drew Forrester says Roberts ‘rewarded’ for sticking through losing years

Rex Snider wonders if Roberts worth 4 years, $40 million

Alex Thomas thinks Roberts extension ‘right thing to do’

Drew Forrester imagines what Day 3 in Ft. Lauderdale would be like

Casey Willett wonders who of Lewis, Scott, Suggs, Brown, Leonhard fans would be most willing to see go

Glenn Clark scouts Ravens prospects at NFL Combine

Chris Bonetti says Maryland’s Mt. Rushmore (Phelps, Unitas, B. Robinson, Ripken) ‘fearsome foursome’

Ed Frankovic says Caps get exciting shootout victory over Canadiens

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens’ secondary without McAlister won’t ‘necessarily’ be bad

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens officially tag Suggs; still want to sign long term deal

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs found franchise tag as ‘news’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says DeCosta ‘excited’ about new role

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens’ biggest needs at WR, CB, TE

Examiner Steve DeClue says Ravens retain right to trade Suggs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens now can’t use tag on Brown, Lewis, or Scott

The AP says Suggs tag will cost Ravens $10.2 million against cap

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs won’t be ‘happy’ until he receives long-term deal

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens walking ‘fine line’ with Suggs, 52

SI’s Ross Tucker says Ravens better to let 52 walk than overpay him

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco mocks Heyward-Bey to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts, Birds on verge of signing 4 year extension

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says veteran Freel’s versatility will make him ‘valuable’

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Huff hoping to repeat big numbers from ‘08

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says MLB.com replaying O’s-Angels ’94 slugfest today

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts’ 4 year deal will be worth $40 million

The Sun’s Dan Connolly thinks Roberts 4th best 2B in all of baseball

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck say Huff ‘did very little’ in offseason hoping to recreate ’08 success

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says extending Roberts helps Orioles on many levels

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says former Orioles Kurt Birkins, Winston Abreu find new jobs

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts will actually be under contract for next 5 seasons

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Montanez excited for chance to ‘compete’ for roster spot

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara showed ‘good command’, ‘sharp-breaking forkball’ in bullpen session

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sherrill has ‘mild hamstring strain’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ray’s arm ‘felt good’ day after throwing

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wigginton ‘stalking’ Huff

Examiner Steve DeClue says Birds wouldn’t have gotten much back by trading Roberts at this point

Examiner Jay Trucker says Roberts will be 35 when extension ends

Examiner Jay Trucker says single game Opening Day tickets available now via Ticketmaster

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says after Roberts deal, Birds will have spent over $100 million on extensions this offseason

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian puts Orioles 24th in initial power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps need ‘excitement’ back

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Terps more likely to beat Duke than North Carolina or Wake

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Terrapins ‘(aren’t) very good’

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps face ‘major obstacles’ in hopes of NCAA Tournament bid

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps struggled to finish transition plays vs. Clemson

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Gary met with DC Assault coach Curtis Malone

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal had ‘solid’ first half at Clemson

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps’ ‘morale vanished’ when Tigers got put-back jam from Booker

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tigers’ inside-outside game ‘eventually wore’ on Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burney showed ‘athleticism’ in return to action Tuesday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have suffered worst ever losses to Duke, Clemson this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were “best” with Jin Soo Kim on floor Tuesday

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm says Terps ‘on the fence’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with prospect Will Regan (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps have new PG target for ’10 (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s ESPNU trip to Georgia Tech

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says PG recruit Dara Taylor named McDonald’s All-American

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps have steadily improved on road

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps still ‘in mix’ for top seed in ACC Tournament

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Richmond’s Charles Bankins hired to coach Tight Ends, Special Teams

Ravens Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says DHB highlights local players at Combine

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Hey-Bey will be under ‘microscope’ in Indianapolis

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bankins should be ‘familiar’ with area for recruiting

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Maryland will be first FBS job for Bankins

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin profiles again available Good Counsel prospect Louis Young (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh updates recruitment of OLB prospect Javarie Johnson (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Jason Carter, Brian Phipps ready to split time in cage again

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers fall to 9-19 (4-12 CAA) after loss to William & Mary

The Sun says Hairston, Thornton each score 13 in loss

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rosensweig, Randall Cooper thinking about life after football

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

Howard Official Site says Bears get 21 from Holmes in win over Bison

The Sun says Bears get 7th straight win by topping Howard

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Holy Cross rallies from 12 point 2nd half deficit past Mids

The AP says Teague, Harris each score 17 in loss

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner offers photo of Bo Snelson signing

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina previews Outside Linebackers heading into Spring (must subscribe)

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pietramala hopes Jays will be more ‘balanced’

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Retrievers’ home games will be streamed online

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers most successful during ‘crucial stretches’ of games

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Sun’s John Weaver says Eers coach Gravante knows team younger

MCDANIEL BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror ‘still in hunt’

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times says Jonathan Joyce rides 5 winners yesterday at Laurel Park

SWIMMING:

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Phelps would have rather just paid fine than go through such intense ‘scrutiny’

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says A-Rod pulling a “Phelps” in bashfully apologizing but admitting little

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Ryan Burghauser. Burghauser was a “machine” inside for the North Harford Hawks in their 56-44 win over Patterson Mill last night.

-That was a BAD loss for Towson last night. Towson’s decision to move to the CAA from the America East was a CLEAR step up in terms of talent; and the Tigers just haven’t proved to be ready to play at that level. Towson MIGHT compete with Morgan on Saturday; because Morgan’s conference is at a lower level. But if the Tigers want to succeed in the CAA, they HAVE to invest more.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Terps Fall Apart in 2nd Half; Fall 93-64 to Clemson

Posted on 17 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Terps DIDN’T lose this one in the 2nd half.

They lost it in the first half; when they didn’t take advantage of their opportunities to put Clemson behind the 8 ball.

As Gary has told us a few times in the past; the difference between a 13 point blowout and a 29 point blowout isn’t much. Once the game gets a bit silly; there’s not much you can do. Clemson turned this one into a blowout because of 3 consecutive momentum plays; and there wasn’t anything Maryland could to to stop them after that.

But in the first half; the Terps had their chances. The Tigers were tentative to take outside shots, they were in serious foul trouble, and they were allowing the Terps to get out in transition. But Maryland couldn’t establish a halftime advantage; and it killed them. They’re not a very good team. Clemson is MUCH better. But they are capable of beating teams better than they are (Miami, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and Michigan are all better); they just have to play perfectly.

They get two more chances in the next week; and both chances come in College Park. Beating Carolina and Duke seems impossible; and might very well be. But getting just one of them is enough to make the rest of the season interesting if nothing else.

Let the “Fire Gary” comments commense…..

-G

9:24-For those scoring at home; “Bobo” got on the board. Will be interesting to see what Gary says after this one. Terps were absolutely DESTORYED in the 2nd half. Tigers win 93-64. They improve to 21-4 (7-4); Terps fall to 16-9 (5-6). I’ll offer a few more thoughts; but only because I have to.

9:23-Clemson again by 27 with 1 minute to play. So much for making it LOOK respectable.

9:21-Catalin “Bobo” Baciu into the game……for what it’s worth. Hayes with a pair of 3′s; Burney with a dunk. What else is there in the world to talk about???

9:13-Bryan Narcisse into the game; they’ll continue to empty their bench. Jin Soo Kim hits a 3; but I’m not sure and Maryland students are still watching to explode. Oglesby and Vasquez trade 3′s. 79-56. Getting this down to 15 would make it look respectable…….but Tanner Smith just hit another 3.

9:10-Can I just write my post-game wrap now? At least I didn’t drive to Clemson…..

9:08-Maryland had the chance to cut the lead back to 20 (I know it doesn’t REALLY matter); but instead Potter will hit another 3 to extend the lead to 26.

9:07-Milbourne with a transition jam; and now Oliver Purnell calls a timeout to make sure the Tigers don’t sleepwalk TOO much. Fine line between not running up the score and falling completely asleep.

9:05-Milbourne takes a LITTLE frustration out with a dunk; but the Tigers are just outclassing them. This game SERIOUSLY turned a while ago; and Maryland just didn’t have the capability to answer with a jump shot. Clemson isn’t doing anything wrong now; and the “Fire Gary” crew will be back in force this week…..

9:02-Mosley misses another 3. I know Gary says he doesn’t expect freshman to contribute offensively; but Mosley is a downright liability on the offensive end. Tigers add 5 more to make the lead 24. Gary has to take another timeout; he has 1 left with 10:38 to play.

8:59-Four passes lead to an open look from outside for Tanner Smith. We’ll hit the next official timeout with Clemson leading 62-43. Ugh.

8:58-Missed free throws are contagious. Gregory misses both, but Hayes comes up with the loose ball rebound. Bowie drives for the layup with his left hand; Clemson by 14.

8:57-Finally Tucker with the layup; but Young blows past a lazy Maryland defense for a layup of his own. Vasquez finds Gregory inside; and he’s hammered going for a dunk.

8:56-Tigers with a steal, which turns into an Oglesby layup. They’re up 18 now…..and this is getting out of control. A miserable stretch here might well doom this Maryland team.

8:53-Milbourne with a tough 2nd effort to get a hoop here; but Clemson is just killing Maryland right now. Young knocks down the 3 (I told you these would start falling for Clemson); and the Terps miss ANOTHER layup inside. 55-39 Clemson here, as the Tigers are on a 19-6 run. Gary HAS to take a timeout here.

8:52-Hayes comes up with a big block with Tigers in transition; after Maryland turned the ball over again in transition. Potter knocks down a 3; extending Clemson’s lead to 13. Booker blocks Tucker in transition; 50-37 Clemson.

8:50-It is ONE thing to have a momentum play go your way. It is another thing to have THREE momentum plays go your way. Clemson just got 3…..and that can be killer. The Terps didn’t mope after any of them; but someone has to really take personal responsibility here to get things going again.

8:47-Inbounds play again works to Neal for an easy jumper; but Booker gives Clemson ANOTHER big response with a 3 from the top of the key. Bowie misses a layup; but Neal is fouled going for the rebound. Clemson takes their first double digit lead of the game; 47-37 at the official timeout. This is not looking good….

8:46-Another defensive breakdown, and Booker feeds Grant for another thunderous dunk. Too many easy inside hoops for the Tigers in this one; they have their biggest lead of the game at 44-35.

8:45-Neal with the bucket inside; but Littlejohn EXPLODES as Booker stuffs back a missed 3. Wow. Clemson starting to pull away here; leading 42-35. Maryland calls timeout; they’re in desperate need of making a jump shot right now.

8:43-Lots of touch foul calls early on; as Vasquez is called for one here. Clemson gets a big hoop from Stitt and is fouled. He misses the PLUS ONE attempt; but Grant rebounds and gets the put-back. Bad series for Maryland. 40-33 Clemson. Neal fouled on the floor by Grant. Lots of whistles in this one.

8:42-In transition; Milbourne gets the dunk and is fouled. He hits the PLUS ONE attempt; and the Terps trail just 36-33.

8:39-Rivers called for a walk early on; and Bowie gets a dunk in transition coming back. Nice move by Oglesby gets him a layup; he has 9. Mosley with a strong move, but he can’t finish. 36-30 Clemson. Mosley misses ANOTHER layup; this one where he was WIDE OPEN and all alone. That’s unfathomable. He’s called for the foul after.

8:37-Great defense from Maryland on the inbounds play to open the 2nd half; as the Tigers are forced to call timeout.

Stitt lead the Tigers with 10 points in the first half; Oglesby 7, Booker 6 with a game high 6 rebounds. The Terps got 7 points from Neal; 6 from Vasquez, 5 from Mosley, who also had a team high 4 boards.

8:19-Like I expected, Oglesby hit both. Clemson is now allowing Maryland to run their set play; and instead Rivers gets a steal and finishes on the other end. Clemson gets some VERY good momentum to take to the locker room; leading 34-28. Gary is OBVIOUSLY not happy.

8:17-Good screens by Clemson lead to a drive by Oglesby; who is fouled. Gary calls a :30 timeout here to set up a play after the free throw attempts by Oglesby. (We can pretty much assume Oglesby will hit these)

8:15-Vasquez is fouled and knocks down both free throws. 28-26 Tigers shortly-but Tigers and Terps trade hoops and it’s 30-28. Dave Neal doing a nice job. Vasquez called for a walk.

8:13-Good curl leads to a hoop for Tucker; Terps within 4. Neal steps through for ANOTHER steal. Great pass from Hayes to Tucker inside; but Tucker’s shot is partially blocked. Terps playing a little more inspired basketball here before the half…..

8:12-Vasquez gets both at the line, cutting the lead to 6 for the Tigers. They can’t afford to let this get to double digits before the half.

8:10-To be fair, the Terps are fortunate for this to even be a reasonably close game right now. They have NOT run an effective offense, and have been brutalized inside. These things have a tendency to happen you are an outsized team; but they have to force some turnovers and get a run.

8:08-Stitt with the ball fake and the hoop; then Milbourne misses on the other end. Vasquez with a hoop in transition next time down; getting him on the scoreboard. Stitt knocks down a 3; 28-20 Clemson as Vasquez is fouled. We’ll hit the final official timeout of the first half with the Terps in a bit of a danger zone.

8:07-Neal with a steal; then sloppy shots finally lead to him being fouled. He hits both; 23-18 Clemson. With 4:51 still to play in the half; the Terps want to get to the line a few more times.

8:05-Tigers get THREE chances and eventually cash in. Bowie AGAIN does the right thing and goes right to the hoop and is fouled by Grant. Bowie HAS to hit free throws though; he misses both here. 23-16 Clemson.

8:04-Oglesby DOES hit both freebies; and Milbourne responds with a mid-range jumper. 21-16 Clemson.

8:02-Finally the right decision by Adrian Bowie; as he drives and is fouled by Young. That’s already Young’s 3rd personal foul. Bowie knocks down both at the line; 19-14 Clemson. Oglesby fouled in transition; you might as well go ahead and count these two free throws…..

8:01-Another breakdown on the interior; and Grant gets another dunk. Terps JUST don’t have an inside answer for that. 19-12 Clemson.

8:00-Rich, this is why sometimes their good shooting games are a bit of a curse (like Saturday). This team is NOT a jump shooting team; they’re a team that needs to penetrate and draw fouls. They forget that, and it REALLY hurts them.

7:57-Clemson’s passing continues to baffle Maryland; they’re gonna start knocking down outside shots pretty soon. Jin Soo Kim into the game; he’s dunked on by Grant; then turns the ball over. Gary has to find effective inside minutes; and hasn’t gotten them yet. Steve Goins maybe? 17-12 at the 3rd official timeout; and Maryland HAS to find their offense.

7:55-A Jerome Burney sighting! What do you know??? Terps CONTINUE to struggle from outside; but they’re in the bonus now; which should benefit them for sure. Unless Adrian Bowie misses the front end of a 1 and 1……

7:53-Terps REALLY struggling with their jump shots, and haven’t shown the discipline to drive towards the hoop yet. Oglesby finds a cutting Sykes for another dunk, but Mosley answers with a layup off a good feed from Tucker. Terps have done a good job vs. Clemson’s press so far. 15-12 Clemson as Sykes blocks a driving Hayes.

7:52-Milbourne called for the offensive foul; his first, team’s 4th. Terps have actually done a nice job on the boards, at least defensively; and Milbourne gets a big block in transition. Terps have to get some points here.

7:50-Dino Gregory and Cliff Tucker have also checked in as Gary has gone to the bench early to try to match the number of players Oliver Purnell will use. Gregory unfortunately already has 2 fouls. The Terps might be forced to resorting to using other interior defenders just for their fouls to give at some point in this one.

7:48-Sykes fouled inside, he hits 1 of 2 at the line. Tigers really bringing their defense up to meet the Terps across midcourt. Mosley misses a jumper; but the Terps will get the ball back trailing 13-10 after the 2nd official timeout of the half.

7:46-Terps and Tigers each called for offensive fouls; then Milbourne slips underneath for a layup. 12-10 Tigers after Maryland’s first hoop in 5 minutes.

7:44-Mosley makes both; but Stitt responds with a 3. A defensive breakdown inside leads to a dunk by Booker. Jerai Grant, Andre Young, and Tanner Smith into the game for the Tigers. Clemson 12-8; but they already have 5 team fouls with over 13 minutes to play. Eric Hayes into the game for Maryland.

7:42-If you’re looking for a positive sign; the Terps aren’t being run out of the gym at the first timeout like they were in trips to North Carolina and Duke. The Tigers are getting things done inside; and that will continue to hurt the Terps throughout the night.

7:39-Turnovers on both ends; but a Milbourne rebound gets the Terps going in transition and Mosley is fouled. He’ll go to the free throw line after the first official timeout.

7:37-Mosley gets 1 of 2 at the line; but Oglesby drills a 3 from the corner to make things 7-6 Clemson. Vasquez penetrates and draws a foul from Rivers.

7:36-5-2 Terps after a transition hoop by Bowie. Tigers answer with Sykes’ 2nd inside hoop; then Sykes fouls Mosley going to the hoop in transition. 5-4 Terps with Mosley at the line.

7:35-Dave Neal gets Maryland on the board early with a 3. 3-2 Terps. They lead 3-2 at Duke after a Neal 3 earlier this season. That was their only lead……

7:33-While I will admit that I’m a sucker for Raftery’s “man to man”; I wish someone would let him know that the the Q in Vasquez sounds more like a K. Tigers get easy bucket inside, 2-0.

7:32-Tigers’ starting lineup: Demontez Stitt, Terrence Oglesby, K.C. Rivers, Trevor Booker, Raymond Sykes. Terps stick with Sean Mosley, Adrian Bowie, Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne, Dave Neal.

7:30-The Terps bring a 16-8 (5-5 ACC) record into tonight’s game; the Tigers 20-4 (6-4). ESPN2 is doing “Interactive Tuesday” during tonight’s game. Interestingly enough; I host “Interactive Everyday.”

7:25-I don’t THINK I need to remind anyone of what happened the last time the Terps and Tigers tangled, do I? I’m not sure how I left it out of “Ten Worst Losses in Garyland History” blog; but on March 2, 2008; the Terps blew a 20 point lead at Comcast Center and were done in by a last second 3 pointer by Terrence Oglesby to give the Tigers a 73-70 victory. I still haven’t accepted it.

7:20-I’m not at Littlejohn Coliseum tonight; instead joining you from the comfort of my own sofa in Rosedale. But I’ll be with you tonight; as the Terps battle the 13th ranked Tigers. The game can be seen on ESPN2; with Mike Patrick (save your excitement) and Coach Bill Raftery on the call.

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Terps Get “Must” Win in Complete Performance, 83-73 over Hokies

Posted on 14 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

For the 2nd time in as many home games; Gary Williams stared down the face of his detractors and reminded each and every one of them that he is a VERY good basketball coach. Much like in Maryland’s home win over Miami; Gary pressed all of the right buttons in leading the Terps to an 83-73 victory over Virginia Tech. Not only did he call good timeouts and make effective defensive switches, but he kept the right players on the floor at just the right time; and made the Hokies’ night miserable defensively.

But something else happened tonight that wasn’t quite as evident as in Maryland’s win over Miami. Tonight the entire Maryland team proved that they just might be a pretty decent basketball team after all.

Virginia Tech is one of the better teams in the ACC; coming in strong with a 6-3 league record and 2 straight victories. The Hokies could very well still end up dancing come March, and like Gary said-have 3 players that can match up with many of the top 3 players in the entire conference.

But Maryland never blinked tonight. They took it to Virginia Tech from the opening tip; never allowing the Hokies to take a lead. The Terps opened a 3 point lead, then a 7 point lead, then an 11 point lead. And instead of allowing Virginia Tech to make things interesting; they locked down every time the Hokies did something positive. When the Hokies shaved the lead to 3 points in the 2nd half; the Terps put together an emphatic 5-0 run to answer. When the Hokies started hitting 3 point shots late; the Terps didn’t flinch at the free throw line (hitting 24 of 26 on the night).

And when leading scorer Greivis Vasquez went to the bench with four personal fouls and 8:32 to play in the game; Maryland REALLY responded. Not only did they prevent Virginia Tech from erasing the deficit; they actually extended the lead to 10 before Vasquez returned four minutes later.

The rest of Maryland’s schedule has been called a “Murderer’s Row”, as 4 of their next 5 are @Clemson and home games against Top 5 teams North Carolina, Duke, and Wake Forest. The Terps will need to find at least one or two wins in there to have any chance of making the NCAA Tournament; and few prognosticators have given them much of a chance. But for the first time all season; the Terps showed us a reason to think that we might need to talk about basketball the rest of the way; instead of talking about the perceived failures of the man in charge of the program.

That’s all for me tonight. Talk to you tomorrow with a 15-7-0.

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Gary opened his post-game press conference by saying he “thought (Maryland) did a good job on both ends of the floor of playing like a team.” He thought the 2nd half was “probably the best (Maryland has played) defensively.” Adding that the team “did a great job of seeing where to help, where to double.” He added to those comments by saying the team “both offensively and defensively was pretty consistent on both ends.”

Gary took time to credit Virginia Tech; saying they were “a good team” and they lead to the locker room having “a lot of emotion.” He added that the Hokies “have 3 players that can match any 3 players in” the ACC-obviously talking about Allen, Vassallo, and Delaney.

Gary mentioned the contributions of many players individually-

-Landon Milbourne “has done a tremendous job all season.”

-”The effort plays Sean Mosley gives you…….some of them go unnoticed because they don’t show up in stats.” “He’s always working.”

-”Dino Gregory……that’s 17 minutes of tough defense.”

-Dave Neal “gave (the team) great senior leadership.” “He kept (the young guys) focused.”

-Eric Hayes “finished the game.” “Anybody can start a game, not everybody can finish a game.”

-Greivis Vasquez “had a great game”

Gary had no interest in discussing anything besides the basketball game. When Sun beat writer Jeff Barker asked him about the atmosphere; Gary simply responded by saying “I love coaching this team.” And Gary didn’t appear to be in the mood to talk to Washington Post beat writer Steve Yanda (who co-authored the 3 part series about Gary’s recruiting struggles this week); responding to a question about finishing games by saying “You’re wrong.”

Gary mentioned that when Greivis sat on the bench with 4 fouls; he “thought Dave Neal really stepped up and said ‘we’re not going to lose this thing.’” Gary mentioned a few times that he felt the team really showed a “quiet confidence” as they are now in a stretch where they have won 3 of 4 games.

Adrian Bowie said that the Terps “wanna show everybody (they’re) a NCAA Tournament team.” He also discussed the mohawks he and Landon Milbourne sported today; saying he got his on Thursday, Landon got his yesterday, and they thought the rest of the team would show up today also having them done. Obviously they didn’t. After the win; he expected the rest of the team would choose to now go get them done.

When Sean Mosley was asked about matching up with fellow former Baltimore Catholic League star Malcolm Delaney, Mosley admitted it was “something (he’s) dreamed of.” He said the two players “met at half court” before the game, and Delaney said “he was going for 30 on” the Terps. Mosley deflected credit to Delaney despite a solid defensive performance, saying (Delaney) “played pretty well tonight.”

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Landon Milbourne lead the way for the Terps in this one; tallying a game-high 23 points and a team high 6 rebounds. Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points before fouling out; Eric Hayes 12 (with a game high 5 assists), and Dave Neal 10. Sean Mosley had 9 points (and tied for a game high with 8 steals), and Adrian Bowie had 8. The Terps finished the game with a 15:11 assist-to-turnover ratio; and the teams each finished with 31 rebounds. The Terps shot 26-54 from the field (48.1%), 7-18 from 3 point range (38.9%), and a staggering 24-26 from the free throw line (92.3%). Jin Soo Kim, Braxton Dupree, Steve Goins, and Jerome Burney were all healthy DNP’s. (David Pearman was too for that matter).

A.D. Vassallo lead the Hokies with 20 points, Malcolm Delaney 16. Jeff Allen chipped in 8 points and a game high 9 boards before fouling out; Lewis Witcher also added 8 (all in the first half). Terrell Bell and J.T. Thompson had 7 points each. The Hokies finished with 9 assists and 12 turnovers (3:4 ratio); and Delaney tied for the game high with 3 steals. No Hokie had more assists than Hank Thorns’ 3. The boys from VPI show 26-55 from the field (47.3%), 8-21 from long range (38.1%), and 13-21 from the free throw line (61.9%).

5:59-Gary not quite as emotional as usual in his post-game interview with Johnny Holliday and Chris Knoche, but credits the players for the win. You certainly have to give a lot of the credit to Gary, who had 6 days to prepare for a big game. He’ll only have 2 to prepare for the trip to Clemson on Tuesday, which might be the toughest swing of the season. I’ll be back with more shortly after Gary’s press conference.

5:58-Delaney hits a halfcourt 3 as the clock expires; and Maryland wins what we knew coming in was their most important game of the season. Players clearly excited after the 83-73 victory. Terps improve to 16-8 (5-5), and Virginia Tech falls to 16-8 (6-4).

5:55-Hayes turns the ball over and Delaney hits a 3. He has 13. Hayes fouled by Delaney and knocks down both free throws. He has 12. Va Tech misses their next shot; and Neal is fouled after the rebound. He goes to the line with 45.2 seconds to play; makes 1 of 2. He has 10. Terps by 13. Airball for Delaney; and you have to imagine Greenberg will call off the dogs.

5:53-Terps get Thompson to turn the ball over, and Milbourne is fouled by Bell. Milbourne gets both, he has 23. Terps by 13 with 1:20 to play. Vassallo fouled by Hayes with 1:15 to play, he misses the front end of a 1 and 1.

5:52-Bell fouls Hayes going for the ball with 1:33 to play. Terps will have to hit their free throws down the stretch to put this one away. Hayes gets both, he has 10. Terps by 11.

5:50-Milbourne knocks down both; he has a game high 21. Delaney responds with a 3 on the other end; he has 10. Bowie fouled by Hudson (4th personal) with 1:54 to play, he gets both to roll in. 76-64 Maryland. Delaney’s shot was an eerie reminder of the double digit lead Syracuse blew earlier today before holding on for an overtime win. Another reminder as Bell knocks down a 3 of his own and Seth Greenberg calls his final timeout with 1:36 to play. 76-67 Maryland. Bell has 7, Bowie has 8.

5:48-Thompson knocks down both free throws; and sloppy play underneath the hoop ends when Hudson fouls Milbourne, who can’t finish the hoop. Thompson hurt on the play, Milbourne will shoot two. 2:24 to play.

5:46-Terps spread the floor out of the timeout; and get a dunk from Bowie. 72-59. Vasquez is called for the foul on the other end; his night ends with 2:33 to play. Thompson goes to the line.

5:45-Bowie makes both at the line; 70-57 Terps. Delaney gets a hoop on the other end; and the lead is 11. Delaney has 7. Terps call their 4th timeout as they are slow to bring the ball up court.

5:42-The story of the 2nd half right now is certainly how the Terps have played since Greivis Vasquez picked up his 4th personal foul. The Terps haven’t just held their own; they’ve been OUTSTANDING on both ends since then; adding to their lead and frustrating the Hokies.

Thompson gets the dunk inside; and the lead is 68-57. Allen called for his 5th personal going for the ball; and Bowie will go to the line to shoot two.

5:40-A tired Vassallo airballs a jumper, then fouls Mosley on the other end. 3rd personal on Va Tech’s leading scorer; 10th team foul, Terps in the double bonus. Mosley knocks down both free throws, he has 9. 68-55 Maryland with 3:36 to play after a tie-up; and we hit the final official timeout of regulation.

5:38-Vassallo makes one of two at the line; he has 20. Milbourne has 19. Allen called for the foul away from the ball defending Dave Neal. That’s Allen’s 4th personal, and the team’s 9th foul. Vasquez checks back out on defense; and Neal knocks down both. He has 9, lead is 11.

5:35-Milbourne loses the ball out of bounds; and Gary decides to call his 3rd timeout. 5:43 to play and Maryland has an 8 point lead. Virginia Tech didn’t need long to erase a big lead from NC State just last weekend; and they are very capable of doing it again.

Terps force a turnover; and Milbourne stuffs home an EXPLOSIVE dunk in transition. Crowd ERUPTS, and Maryland extends the lead to 64-54. Tucker fouls Vassallo away from the hoop; Vassallo will shoot one and one. Vasquez re-enters with 4 personal fouls and 4:58 to play.

5:33-Gregory with the head fake; and draws the foul going back up. He gets on the board with both free throws; and Maryland’s lead is in double digits at 62-52. Virginia Tech can close a double digit gap in a hurry however. Tough hoop from Vassallo; he has 19. 62-54 Terps.

5:32-Mosley to the free throw line; he hits both. 7 for the freshman from St. Frances on the night. Under 7 minutes to play, Terps 60-52.

5:30-3rd official timeout of the half comes with 7:10 to play, and Hudson picks up his 2nd personal foul. Va Tech now has 7 team fouls. With Maryland shooting free throws every time the Hokies are called for a foul herein; the Terps will HAVE to do a better job of getting to the rim. They have struggled with going to the basket since the Hokies have gone to their zone; but without their top scorer on the floor, it is particularly important to try to get points at the line.

5:27-Tucker misses the outside shot; and Neal does a nice job of getting the ball back by fighting for the offensive board. Neal then knocks down a jumper to extend the lead to 58-49. 7 points for Maryland’s only senior. Hank Thorns gets an open look for 3 and drills it with the shot clock expiring. Those are the first points of the game for Thorns; and Seth Greenberg calls his 4th timeout with 7:31 still to play. That’s interesting timing. Gregory re-enters with his 3 fouls. Maryland 58-52.

5:25-BIG moment here. Vasquez draws his 4th personal foul with 8:32 to play and will obviously have to return to the bench. Vassallo will shoot two; that’s Maryland’s 6th team foul. Don’t expect Vasquez to return until we go under the 5 minute mark. Vassallo knocks down both, he now ties for game high with 17. 56-49 Maryland; and the Terps will have to find offense without Vasquez on the floor. Hayes pushes the ball and Thorns get the foul call. That’s the 6th team foul for the Hokies.

5:22-Bell comes up with an offensive rebound and is fouled by Gregory; his 3rd personal. (Dave Neal missed another outside shot on the other end). Bell hits one of two, cutting the lead to 54-47. Vasquez is back in with his 3 fouls, and Milbourne also returns. Tucker knocks down a jumper for his first points; 56-47 Maryland. Hayes fouled by Vassallo going across the floor; that’s Vassallo’s 2nd. On the inbounds, Thompson draws his 2nd foul. Va Tech and Maryland each have 5 team fouls.

5:20-Milbourne knocks down the PLUS ONE attempt; he’s now tied with Vasquez for the game high with 17. He also joins Vasquez on the bench. 54-45 Terps. With the shot clock expiring, Delaney takes the ball to the rack; and Gregory attempts to slide underneath to draw the offensive foul. The call goes against Gregory, and Delaney goes to the line for 2. Questionable call, but probably the right one. Delaney makes one of two to cut Maryland’s lead to 8. He has just 5 on the night.

5:19-Rich-

I would certainly call that an ‘inspired’ response from the Terps. They have to maintain the intensity on the defensive end; and MUST figure out a way to penetrate against the zone front the Hokies are showing them.

5:17-BIG transition for the Terps; as Mosley gets the strip; and Milbourne gets the bucket on the other end and is fouled in the process. He’ll get a PLUS ONE attempt after our 2nd official timeout of the half. Terps lead 53-45 with 10:57 to go in this one. Milbourne got the hoop off a missed 3 by Hayes.

5:15-Hayes with a missed 3 and a turnover on an inbounds play after a foul on Witcher. Vasquez called for his 3rd personal on a shot attempt by Bell. Bell makes one of two at the line; and Allen gets the offensive rebound and the basket. Vasquez’s diving attempt to save a ball out of bounds goes to the Hokies, and Vassallo knocks down a big 3. He has 15. Hayes with the MAJOR answer on the other end in the form of a 3 of his own. He has 8, Terps 51-45. They’re struggling with Va Tech’s zone for sure though.

5:11-Allen backs down Milbourne in going to the hoop for 2. Virginia Tech goes to a zone defensively; greeting the ball handler with two defenders. Mosley rebounds a Bowie miss; and gets a timeout called before going out of bounds. Another miss by Vasquez and Mosley gets the steal before Milbourne turns the ball over again. Mosley with the strip beneath the hoop; and he hits a baseline jumper. Vassallo knocks down a jumper of his own the next time down; and Maryland’s lead is 48-39 as Greenberg takes his 3rd :30 timeout. Vassallo has 10.

5:07-Couple of notes from halftime:

John Harbaugh did some politicking with the Maryland student section during a taped interview with Comcast Sports Net’s Chick Hernandez. I imagine you will be able to see that on “SportsNite” tonight.

Also, Maryland has decided to end their open locker room policy after games; a decision the media was informed of at halftime. Interesting timing for a program that has used open locker rooms for as long as I can remember; and you almost can’t help but notice that it comes after a week where the Washington Post ran a particularly negative story.

5:05-Allen steps outside and knocks down a 3; but Vasquez answers by sliding into the lane for a hoop of his own. Mosley with a big rebound; and Neal finds Vasquez, who shakes off a defender and knocks down a 3. Maryland extends their largest lead of the game to 46-35; and Vasquez has a game high 17. Not much hot-dogging from Vasquez tonight; but he did do his little shimmy after knocking that one down. Neal called for a foul as we hit the first official timeout with 15:53 to play.

5:02-Rich-

I thought Maryland did an EXCELLENT job of guarding Delaney in the first half; and was smart to switch Bowie and Mosley. I do worry that Delaney has a personal run in him; possibly one where he attempts some long jumpers in the process.

Good timeout here from Greenberg; despite the fact that Maryland has lead throughout; they haven’t been able to pull away at any point. The Virginia Tech coach wanted to make sure that didn’t change here; as the Terps have their biggest lead of the game at 9.

5:01-Allen makes 1 of 2 at the line; his first point of the game. 38-32 Maryland. Dave Neal finds himself open outside and nails the 3; Maryland 41-32. Seth Greenberg calls the :30 timeout; he has 3 timeouts remaining.

4:59-Delaney picks up his 2nd personal to open the 2nd half; then Vassallo hits a jumper. Flat shots from Bowie and Mosley in between. Mosley gets a hoop in the lane to make things 38-31; Neal fouls Allen fighting inside after a bad shot attempt by the big Hokie.

4:54-Maryland was lead in scoring by Landon Milbourne with 14; Vasquez added 10. The Terps were out-rebounded by the Hokies 16-14; and had 8 assists to 5 turnovers. The Terps shot 14-30 from the field (46.7%); 4-8 from outside (50%); and 2-3 from the free throw line (66.7%).

Virginia Tech was lead by Vassallo and Witcher, who each had 8 points. They had 5 assists to 6 turnovers. They shot 12-25 from the field (48%); 1-6 from outside (16.7%); and 4-6 from the stripe (66.7%).

4:50-Matt-

This is the first time Dave Odom has done a Maryland game this season; and I can’t tell you that I’ve heard him doing other games this season. It makes sense that Raycom would gobble up a successful former ACC Coach (Bobby Cremins used to be outstanding in a similar role); but Odom was never really much of a personality guy at any of his stops. I’m not particularly surprised he’s struggling. I think Bonner, Gminski, and even Jason Capel have done a nice job this season.

4:45-The Maryland men’s lacrosse team won their 2nd game in as many days to open the season today; defeating Air Force in Jacksonville. Notre Dame transfer Will Yeatman had 6 points in the win-two goals and four assists. They host Georgetown next Saturday in their first home game.

The Women’s basketball team got big wins at Boston College and at home over Virginia this week; they host C. Vivian Stringer’s Rutgers team tomorrow.

4:44-Standing ovation for Lefty Driesell and his ’84 Championship squad (Keith Gatlin amongst the players who are honored on the court). Loudest ovation is saved for the Ol’ Lefthander.

4:42-A sloppy final possession ends with a decent look from about 7-8 feet for Gregory; but he can’t get it to go. Terps will take a 34-29 lead to the intermission. I’ll be back shortly with more.

4:41-The Hokies decide not to hold it; and Vasquez is called for his 2nd foul instead. Vassallo knocks down both free throws; he has 8. Terps will hold.

4:39-Mosley rebounds a missed jumper by Vasquez, he can’t hit the putback but draws the foul. Mosley knocks down 1 of 2; Va Tech will get the last shot trailing 34-27.

4:38-Milbourne can’t hit another baseline jumper off the turnaround; and Sean Mosley picks up his first foul fighting for the rebound. Scoring drought for Maryland entering the final minute; but Mosley does a nice job of forcing a turnover on the other end.

4:36-Dino Gregory loses an offensive rebound out of bounds; and a long possession for Virginia Tech continues. Terps have actually done a nice job on the glass thus far; and are bailed out when Thorns missed an open jumper and Vassallo can’t come up with the rebound-glancing out of bounds instead.

4:35-A Valentine’s Day special during the official timeout; as a KISS CAM segment broke out on the big screen; culminating with a young man named Joe asking his girlfriend Sharon to marry him. She said yes for the record.

4:33-Tucker called for the foul away from the ball; and we hit the final official timeout of the first half with Maryland leading 33-27.

4:32-Delaney with the floater in the lane; and Milbourne responds with a jumper of his own. Milbourne has 14. Witcher slips underneath for another basket; he has 8. Maryland 33-27 as they turn the ball over.

4:30-Vasquez called for the foul defending Vassallo; and Witcher gets a hoop off an offensive rebound. A curl play gives Milbourne an open jumper; which he knocks down. 31-23 Maryland as Virginia Tech turns the ball over again.

4:29-Sloppy play out of the timeout with turnovers on both sides. Vasquez gets the hoop next time down; he has 10. Milbourne with an UGLY 3; and Maryland has their largest lead of the game at 29-21. Both Milbourne and Vasquez have 10.

4:26-Did anyone catch the St. Patrick (NJ)-Lincoln High (NY) game last night on ESPN2? North Carolina-bound Dexter Strickland certainly out-dueled Maryland hopeful Lance Stephenson (who will reportedly visit Kansas on Feb. 21 against Nebraska); but I thought Maryland commit James Padgett looked OUTSTANDING in the game. Both Strickland and “Born Ready” Stephenson were named McDonald’s All-Americans after the game.

4:25-Step back jumper from Delaney won’t fall; and Bowie sends another 3 point attempt flat. Vassallo with the basket the other way down; and we hit the 3rd official timeout of the first half with Maryland leading 24-21.

4:24-GREAT move by Delaney on Vasquez to get to the hoop for 2. Vasquez knocks down a jumper to answer; he has 8. 24-19 Maryland.

4:22-Bell knocks down a jumper from outside to get the Hokies within 2 at 17-15. Milbourne slips through a defense that fronted too much for a lay-up, he’s fouled by Witcher on the play. Milbourne is true on the PLUS ONE attemptto make things 20-15; he has 7. BAD defense by the Terps in transition leads to an easy dunk for Thompson. Hayes gets the ball on a curl and knocks down the jumper from the free throw line. 22-17 Terps.

4:21-Tucker with the big block of an attempted 3 by Vassallo in transition; but Witcher sends home a thunderous dunk off the inbounds pass. 17-13 Terps now as we go under the 10 minutes to play mark.

4:19-Vassallo makes one of two at the line; and Hayes responds with a 3 from the top; 17-11 Terps. Terrel Bell into the game for Va Tech; he’s called for traveling the first time he touches the ball.

4:17-A number of Virginia Tech fans have snuck their way into the now-capacity crowd. John Harbaugh receives a VERY nice ovation from the student section after donning the “We Love Our Coach” Gary Williams shirt that many of the top donors are wearing today. The mix of Redskins fans and Ravens fans give Harbaugh an interesting response when shown on the big screen.

4:15-Lewis Witcher into the game for VT, he knocks down a jumper. Gregory appeared to get a HUGE block in transition; but was instead called for a foul before the 2nd official timeout. 14-10 Terps with 11:18 to play.

4:13-Eric Hayes and Dino Gregory are first into the game from the bench; joined by Cliff Tucker about a minute later. Vasquez misses EVERYTHING on a terrible faller in the lane; then Thompson called for a foul going for a rebound. Hank Thorns into the game for the Hokies; Vasquez knocks down a 3. He has 6; Terps 14-8.

4:12-Vasquez knocks down a 3 out of the timeout; Tech gets one of two free throws from J.T. Thompson after Milbourne is called for a foul. Vassallo knocks down a 3; and Maryland’s lead is 11-8.

4:08-Today’s game can be seen on Raycom Sports (WNUV 54; Channel 14 on Comcast in Baltimore County). Tim Brant and former Wake Forest/South Carolina Coach Dave Odom have the call.

Calvert Hall star Jonathan Graham is in the house; he just walked in with his father-former Terp Ernie Graham. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is also in the house; sitting next to owner Steve Bisciotti in his usual courtside seats. Former Washington Post columnist (he did take the buyout, right?) is seated in the media area; he’s of course still a contributor to “Pardon the Interruption” on ESPN.

4:05-Mosley misses a jumper from the top of the key; then Bowie called for the foul as Delaney penetrated. Hokies with good screening to give Delaney a look; but he misses from outside. Bowie will end up in foul trouble early if they don’t switch Mosley on Delaney every now and then. Milbourne with his favorite shot-the jumper from the baseline; but Hudson responds with a jumper of his own. 8-4 Terps as we hit the first official timeout; Vassallo called for his first foul fighting for a rebound.

4:03-Terps using bumps and elbows inside to help defend the Hokies’ talented big men. Allen rebounds a Vasquez miss; but Vasquez holds his ground and draws an elbow from Allen. Hokies didn’t come back with help; and Vasquez took the fall after drawing the elbow. Dave Neal again gets an open look outside and misses.

3:59-Adrian Bowie wastes no time cutting to the hoop for the game’s first two; but Diakite responds with the game’s first offensive rebound and a basket of his own. Bowie fouled penetrating the 2nd time down; and Milbourne gets a hoop after the foul. Milbourne then stands up Allen inside on defense; and Neal hits a baseline jumper. Terps force a turnover and get the ball back leading 6-2.

3:51-Gary enters the floor to another ROUSING ovation; including chants of “Ga-ry!, Ga-ry!”

Seth Greenberg’s Hokies start Jeff Allen and Cheick Diakite up front; A.D. Vassallo, Dorenzo Hudson, and Towson Catholic’s Malcolm Delaney in the backcourt.

Adrian Bowie returns to Maryland’s starting lineup after battling flu-like symptoms in Atlanta. Sean Mosley remains in the lineup instead of Eric Hayes, they’re joined by regulars Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne, and Dave Neal.

3:38-Terps wearing their all-gold alternate uniforms tonight; and will honor the 1984 ACC Championship team today (I see Lefty Driesell out of the corner of my eye). WNST’s Steve Hennessey just pointed out to me that Adrian Bowie is now sporting a mohawk; which is pretty funny. Crowd somewhat sparse 20 minutes before tip-off, which has to be concerning even given the nature of how this team has struggled.

3:27-Greetings from Comcast Center in College Park; where the Virginia Tech Hokies bring their 16-7 (6-3 ACC) record into today’s 4PM tip with the Terps, who are 15-8 (4-5). The game is considered a “Bubble Game” by many talking/writing heads throughout the country, and that’s probably an accurate statement. With Maryland having 4 games against Top 10-caliber opponents still on the schedule; they’re going to need a miracle if they lose today. (They might need a miracle even if they can figure out a way to win.) Maryland has had a week off after squeaking out a win over Georgia Tech last Sunday. The Hokies have won two straight over NC State and Georgia Tech.

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Terps Hang on for UGLY 57-56 win over Georgia Tech

Posted on 08 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

It is easy to say that “a win is a win” after you win a brutal game; and that is just about ALL you can say after Maryland’s 57-56 win over Georgia Tech Sunday night.

The Terps were FAR from perfect in the victory; and in fact played one of their worst games of the season. But sometimes teams need to win games like this. For the Terps, the game WAS a must win; and they walked out of Atlanta with a win.

Never before has a week off come at such a good time. Looking at the schedule ahead; their game Saturday against Virginia Tech in College Park will be a must win game as well. The Terps need a healthy Adrian Bowie; and DESPERATELY need a return to form from Landon Milbourne.

But tonight WAS a win. And while it is sometimes hard to believe; 4-5 in conference is MUCH better than 1-8. The Terps still have something to play for if they choose to work hard this week leading up to Saturday’s game.

-G

Greivis Vasquez lead the way for the Terps with 19 points and tied for the team high with just 3 assists. Eric Hayes added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Cliff Tucker had 8 points; Dino Gregory 7 with 5 boards. Mosley and Milbourne tied for the team high with 6 boards each. They also combined to score just 3 points.

The Terps were 19-53 from the field (35.8%), 7-22 from 3 point land (31.8%), and 12-19 from the free throw line (63.2%). They were out-rebounded 34-29; and had 11 assists on their 19 field goal makes.

Iman Shumpert lead the Jackets with 13 points; he chipped in 6 rebounds. Zachery Peacock added 11 points off the bench. Gani Lawal had 8 points and a team high 14 rebounds. Lewis Clinch lead the Jackets with 5 assists.

Georgia Tech shot 19-47 from the field (40.4%); 7-20 from beyond the arc (35%); and 11-16 at the free throw line (68.8%). The Jackets had 14 assists on their 19 field goal makes; but were haunted by their 24 turnovers. (Maryland committed 16 turnovers of their own).

9:44-Almost a NIGHTMARE for the Terps. Hayes misses the front end of the 1 and 1; and the Jackets get two looks to win. Clinch misses the first, Shumpert misses a wild one at the buzzer. Hewitt wanted a foul; but there clearly wasn’t one. Terps hang on for a BRUTAL 57-56 win. They improve to 15-8 (4-5) with a very ugly win. Vasquez thanks God in his interview after the game. Tech falls to 10-12 (1-8). Gary seems particularly relieved in his postgame interview with high praise for Vasquez.

9:42-Peacock makes both, he has 11. Terps lead 57-56 with 18.6 to play. They want the ball in Vasquez or Hayes’ hands. They get it to Hayes, he’s fouled by Storrs. 16.7 seconds to play; Hayes must hit both to make this a 3 point game again.

9:40-Peacock tries the 3 from the corner and misses. Mosley gets the rebound and is fouled with 38.3 seconds to play. That clearly wasn’t what Paul Hewitt wanted there. That’s why Georgia Tech has one ACC win.

Maryland’s not much better, and Mosley shows why by missing the front end of a 1 and 1. Clinch misses a 3, but the Jackets get the rebound. Mosley fouls Peacock, he’ll shoot 1 and 1.

9:39-Vasquez knocks down both; he has 19. Terps 57-54 with 57 seconds to play. They’ll call a timeout to set their defense; I imagine the Wreck will try to find a shot from outside this time down.

9:38-Hayes gets a good look but can’t knock down the 3. Shumpert misses on the other end; 1 minute to play. Vasquez fouled by Shumpert away from the hoop. Terps in the single bonus.

9:36-Shumpert goes for the steal and can’t get it; and Hayes does a nice job of finding the open part of the floor with the Terps having a 5-4 advantage. Hayes has 15, Terps by 4. Vasquez fouls Shumpert on a 3 point attempt bailing the Jackets out. Shumpert knocks down all 3; he has 13. Terps 55-54 with under 2 minutes to play.

9:35-Matt-

The biggest issue with Bowie’s absence is that he is the only player who consistently drives the lane and draws fouls. EVERYONE on this team should be following his lead. It’s maddening. They’ve missed the trips to the free throw line he gives them.

9:34-Steal and a hoop for Shumpert. Timeout Terps. Tech within two. That’s alliteration, kids.

9:31-Tim Brando makes the argument that Maryland needs this game more than Georgia Tech. Easy to make when Tech is the worst team in the league.

Gregory makes one of two at the line. 53-49 Terps.

9:27-Vasquez hits a bit of a wild floater to extend the lead to 52-49. FSN points out that Tech has now committed 43 (make that 44) turnovers in two games against the Terps this season. Terps call timeout here before the final official timeout. They’ve scored 21 points off Tech’s 24 turnovers. Vasquez has 17. Fans of the “Ramblin’ Wreck” have stuck with the Jackets through a tough season; and would love a reason to explode tonight.

Vasquez turns the ball over out og the timeout. Clinch misses a 3; Milbourne pulls down the rebound. Gregory gets the ball inside and he’s fouled. He’ll shoot two after the final offical timeout of regulation. Terps by 3.

9:25-Tech with their 22nd turnover; but a reminder that we’re still tied. That’s brutal. Milbourne gets the ball inside vs. two Tech defenders; and draws the foul from Lawal. He gets one of two at the line and Maryland takes a 50-49 lead.

9:23-Peacock with a basket; then Vasquez with a floater. Lawal fouled on the floor by Gregory. Vasquez has 15. Tied at 49. Tech can’t get the ball inbounds and they take another timeout. Jenn Hildreth tells us that Vasquez has been forced to grow up a bit due to the fact that his father is battling serious health scares.

9:21-Hayes drives the lane and is fouled. He’ll connect on one of two free throws; but will get a 2nd chance at the 2nd free throw after a lane violation and gets it to go. Tied at 47; Hayes has 13.

9:19-This is really a pivotal game for the Terps if they want to have anything to play for the rest of the way. They need to wake up over the next 7 minutes and 15 seconds. Tech just committed their 20th turnover-this one out of a timeout. How can Maryland be trailing a team that has committed more turnovers than they have made field goals?

9:16-Jenn Hildreth lets us know that Tech senior D’Andre Bell is “hopeful” to return to basketball next season. Good to hear.

Peacock misses the free throw; Vasquez misses a 3. Jackets could break this one open by knocking down a few outside shots or getting a few more chip shots inside. 47-45 Jackets and Paul Hewitt calls timeout.

9:12-Kim fouls Peacock inside; and Peacock knocks down both free throws to tie things up at 45.

Matt-watching Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus sounds about as entertaining as this abomination.

Neal misses another “good look” from outisde. Peacock gets a hoop underneath and is fouled by Neal. 47-45 Jackets with 7:59 to play as we hit the 3rd official timeout. This is bad.

9:10-Vasquez fouled hard by Peacock; and it will be an intentional foul. That’s the right call as Brando points out; there was no attempt at the ball there. Vasquez is turning this on at the right time; but can’t keep missing free throws. He makes one of two to extend the lead to 45-43. He has 13, Terps will get the ball back.

9:09-Terps obviously HAVE to find some interior defense in the final ten minutes to get their first road win of the season.

FSN again with a terrible camera angle; going to the long shot from the other end of the floor. Kim misses the 3 from the wing.

9:05-Vasquez with the answer on a drive; then knocks down a 3 after getting the kick. He now has 12; and the Terps re-take the lead at 44-43. 2nd official timeout.

9:04-Lawal with the HUGE putback jam off a missed 3. WOW. He has 8 now. Jackets by 2. Mosley misses an unnecessary 3 point attempt; then loses the ball trying to drive to the hoop in transition. Aminu with another inside hoop; and Tech leads 43-39. Terps need an answer; but where does it come from?

9:02-Just not a good game for Landon Milbourne tonight; as he walks after the Terps get a rebound. Gregory is whistled for a foul away from the ball. 2nd team foul. Correction: foul was on Hayes. That’s his 3rd. He leaves for Mosley.

9:00-Was it really 72 degrees in Atlanta today? Wow.

Gregory gets the ball on a nice look from Vasquez, who has done a nice job of running the offense tonight. Gregory got the hoop by the way; and Vasquez missed a 3 on the next possession. Peacock drains a 3; and we’re tied at 39 as the Terps turn it over again.

8:58-Nice drop to Milbourne; but he can’t finish. Interesting to see that Gary is sticking with him despite his struggles AND 3 personal fouls.

8:56-Mosley feeds Hayes for the 6th lead change of the half; 37-36 Terps with 15:57 to play as we hit the first official timeout of the 2nd half. Hayes is the first player to hit double figures with a game high 11. Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus are singing together; and the internet might shut down.

8:54-Vasquez makes both, he has 7. Lawal with the dunk as the Jackets break back in transition; he has 6. 36-35 Jackets. FSN goes to the TERRIBLE camera angle from the top of the arena; meaning I can’t really see what happened the next time down as Maryland lost the ball. Thanks FSN for your commitment to mediocricy. Peacock fouled by Milbourne, that’s Milbourne’s 3rd personal; and Tech is obviously committed to going inside.

8:52-Lawal with the hoop inside; and Tech re-takes the lead. Vasquez misses from the lane in transition; but he’s fouled by Moe Miller and will shoot two.

8:51-Mosley again does a nice job of getting to the basket; but he has no idea what to do when he meets larger defenders underneath. He’s tied up; and Neal gets a nearly impossible leaner off the inbounds to give Maryland the lead back.

8:50-Not a good start for the Terps; as Moe Miller knocks down the 3 off a curl; and the Jackets take a 32-31 lead. Maryland will have to play up on Tech’s shooters more.

8:49-I am rewarded for coming back from the Grammys by hearing more “Dance Like Michael Jackson.” Does life get any better than that?

8:44-Hayes lead the way for the Terps in the first half with 9; Tucker added 8. The Terps shot 11-30 from the field (36.7%); 6-14 from beyond the arc (42.9%). They were out-rebounded 17-16. The Jackets were lead by Iman Shumpert with 8; they shot 10-24 from the field (41.7%) and 5-10 from outside (50%).

8:31-Dave Neal walks; and Shumpert misses a jumper that would have tied things going to the half. It’s 31-29 at the intermission. I’ll be back in a few.

8:30-Least surprising thing you’ll hear all night: Carrie Underwood is attractive. Apparently she’s some sort of singer as well. Who knew?

8:28-Mosley had the ball underneath; and gave it to Dave Neal. Nothing good happened. No one is surprised. Tucker is short off the front iron on a 3 point attempt; and just when I thought we might have an entertaining game; the ugly snoozer I originally expected has broke back out. Clinch with the ball fake, then he nails a 3. Timeout Tech; they trail 31-29. Terps should be up by 15. I shouldn’t be this angry.

8:24-Tucker with a BAD miss from outside; an airball to be exact. 2:35 to play in the half as we hit the final official timeout of the half and the Terps maintain a 5 point lead.

Chris Martin and Coldplay are performing “Viva La Vida.” Someone should have told Chris Martin not to dress like Christina Aguilera.

8:23-Another dunk by Aminu; 26-20 Terps. Neal finally hits his first outside jumper; 29-20. Storrs responds with a 3 of his own on the other end. 29-23. This game picked up quickly. Tucker with the stop jumper from the baseline; he has 8. Terps 31-23. Storrs drills ANOTHER 3. Jackets within 5.

8:21-Aminu misses the front end of the 1 and 1. You mean there are other teams that do this? Tech turns the ball over again; and Hayes misses in transition; but Gregory gets the hoop on the 2nd putback attempt. Tech finally breaks their field goal drought with a dunk by Aminu. 26-18 as the Terps turn it over again.

8:18-Terps have four players collapse on Lawal after he gets the ball inside. The Terps get the ball on the alternating possession. Nice defense off the zone there. Vasquez again found Gregory; but this time Gregory didn’t look for the ball. Jackets get it back, Brando mentions they haven’t had a field goal in some 7 minutes. Hayes with an outside miss from the wing; and Kim fouls Aminu, Tech’s in the bonus.

8:17-Aminu is 1-2 at the line; and Jin Soo Kim into the game. Nice job by Vasquez of driving the lane, picking up the double team, and finding Gregory beneath the hoop. Gregory was fouled; he makes both at the line. 24-16 Terps.

8:16-It was Rev. Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, and Boyz II Men doing “Let’s Stay Together”. It still makes more sense than Maryland shooting jump shots.

8:13-IS THIS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND THE REVERAND AL GREEN PERFORMING TOGETHER???? Curse the man who scheduled a Maryland game the same night as the Grammys! Ugh!

8:12-Rich, it feels like every time Dino does some positive things, he responds by doing about 5 bad things. We know he has some ability, he just hasn’t been able to play with any consistency.

Vasquez into the action; he makes a 3 to extend the lead to 22-15. Terps called for a foul as we hit the 3rd official timeout.

8:09-How was this guy ever not getting minutes? Tucker with another long 3; extending the lead to 19-15. Peacock drew a holding foul during that possession. Hayes was left alone next time down; but missed the open 3. Neal then BADLY missed a 3 of his own. Which is a worse idea: Maryland taking jump shots, or The Rock hosting an awards show?

8:07-Neal with the block of Lawal on the defensive end; then makes the extra pass to Tucker for the open 3 offensively. 16-13 Terps. Clinch fouled by Hayes next time down; he makes both at the line. 16-15.

8:05-Brando and Gminski take a minute to defend Gary Williams; and when we come back Hayes gets a layup off a run out. 8 points for Hayes, game tied at 13. Brando says Gary wouldn’t talk about his infighting with the Athletic Department before the game. Ray Lewis told Andrea Kramer he wouldn’t talk about free agency at the Pro Bowl. What does everyone want to talk about????

8:03-Le’Ron McClain scored a touchdown in the Pro Bowl; but the AFC lost. U2 is playing their newest smash hit “Get On Your Boots” to open the Grammys. They’re pretty good.

8:02-Alade Aminu into the game; he’s called for an offensive foul before the 2nd official timeout. If Gary says anything in the break besides “STOP TAKING JUMP SHOTS!” he’s wasting his breath.

8:01-Shumpert makes 1 of 2 at the line; he has 8 early. 13-11 Jackets. Mosley pulls up for a long 2; he can’t that to go.

8:00-Tucker into the game; he misses his first three point attempt. Gregory tries wrapping the ball to him under the hoop; but the ball goes out of bounds. WAAAAY too many jump shots early on; this team HAS to be reminded of what they’re supposed to be doing on the offensive end. Shumpert fouled by Vasquez driving the lane.

7:57-I guess I forgot to mention that Vasquez missed his PLUS ONE attempt, sorry about that. Hayes hit just 1-2 at the line before checking out in favor of Bowie. Terps go to a zone; and Shumpert responds with an alley-oop. 11-9. Milbourne had rebounded Hayes’ missed free throw; but traveled after getting it. And what happened to the world’s greatest free throw shooting team we saw at the beginning of the season? Dino Gregory checks in; Iman Shumpert drills a 3 to give Tech their first lead at 12-11. Gary calls his first timeout.

7:55-Thank you Jenn Hildreth for the update that would have been much more important at the top of the game. Bowie had a fever today; which is why he didn’t start. These are the things I don’t like about not being at the game to blog live. He is available tonight. Maurice “Moe” Miller with the 3 to cut the lead to 10-7; Hayes fouled driving to the basket.

7:52-Shumpert knocks down the jumper from the free throw line; but Vasquez responds with a PRETTY reverse layup from underneath the basket. He’s fouled by Lawal and will get a PLUS ONE attempt after the first official timeout. 15:22 to play, 10-4 Terps.

7:50-I don’t like the fluency of the offense without Bowie on the floor. This isn’t a jump-shooting team; it’s a team that should be attacking the basket. Without Bowie; no one appears interested in doing that right now. The Jackets are struggling; which is allowing Maryland to capitalize despite not running their most effective offense.

7:48-Hayes with the step back 3; Terps take a 5-2 advantage. Gary likes having Hayes on the floor offensively; and it pays off with a 2nd shot from outside. 8-2 Terps. Hayes clearly responding to being benched earlier in the week.

7:46-Two bad possessions early for the Terps; including a Lawal block of a Milbourne shot. Milbourne gets the game’s first points as he hits an open jumper after rebounding a missed 3 by Milbourne. Terps fall asleep on defense; and Lawal converts a transition layup but misses the PLUS ONE attempt. 2-2. Mosley misses his first jumper.

7:45-Tech’s lineup: Moe Miller, Lewis Clinch, Iman Shumpert, Zach Peacock, Gani Lawal. Terps make a change in the lineup again; bringing Eric Hayes back into the starting 5 in favor of Adrian Bowie. He’s joined by Sean Mosley, Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne, and Dave Neal.

7:42-Obviously a sign that things are a bit different in College Park due to the economy and the struggles of the team; a spot runs advertising single game tickets on sale. While the Duke and North Carolina games are absolutely sold out; there are a handful of tickets available for the Virginia Tech and Wake Forest games. May I recommend the Virginia Tech game as a chance for an outstanding Valentine’s Day gift?

7:40-What in the hell is this “Dance Like Michael Jackson” song they’ve been playing; and why in God’s name do they think it fits on this broadcast? I get the fact that it is tough to dress up a national game of the week featuring two teams that likely won’t be playing in the NCAA Tournament; but this is just awful…..

7:39-Apparently no one cares that I was actually interested in watching some of the Grammys tonight; as this game isn’t going to tip off until more like 7:45. Does it make me less of a man that I admitted I wanted to watch some of the Grammys?

7:35-The Terps have won 7 straight over the Yellow Jackets; including an ugly 68-61 victory over GTU earlier this season at Comcast Center.

The broadcast opens with a strange “Halftime show” type package with Hildreth learning to rebound from Tech’s Gani Lawal. The show open comes after the first commercial break. I’m not sure who is producing this broadcast; but that was a particularly poor way to open the broadcast. I know the ACC imagined their FSN Sunday Night games to be more of a “show” than a simple game broadcast, but that was just plain bad.

7:00-Tip-off for tonight’s game is at 7:30; I’ll be back shortly to enjoy the game with you. I’m obviously not in Atlanta tonight; but look forward to discussing the game from the comfort of my own sofa.

6:57-Tonight’s game can be seen on Fox Sports Net nationally; Comcast SportsNet here in Baltimore. The great Tim Brando is on the call with Mike Gminski; Jenn Hildreth is working the sidelines.

6:53-The Terps take their 14-8 (3-5 ACC) record down to Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta tonight for a contest with Paul Hewitt’s 10-11 (1-7) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Terps are coming off a 17 point loss to North Carolina Tuesday night; Georgia Tech is coming off a loss to Florida State Thursday night after a stunning upset of Wake Forest last weekend.

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Carolina Can’t Miss in 108-91 Win Over Terps

Posted on 03 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m not going to waste time trying to put a spin on this one. The Terps were blown out; but it wasn’t as bad as it looked at times. They never gave up; and they kept trying to run their offense throughout the game. Not having an inside presence and not having an outside shooting option is the reason why this team is going to lose games; and that didn’t change tonight. In a way, it is what makes it remarkable that they have won ANY games this season against decent teams.

The Terps will be better served facing Carolina, Duke, and Wake at home in the 2nd half of the ACC season; but I’m not sure they can beat any of them. Having to play Clemson on the road makes things all the more difficult. The Terps are not done this season; but are certainly regretting their 3 tough ACC losses (@Miami, @Florida State, Boston College). They could be 6-2 in ACC play right now and sitting pretty for an NCAA Tournament berth. Instead, they will need to take the positives they got from Sean Mosley and Cliff Tucker tonight; and match that with the regular solid play they get from Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne, and Adrian Bowie. This team has to maintain INCREDIBLE discipline to win basketball games, going to the hoop on every possession. Even then, it might not be good enough. It obviously wasn’t tonight.

Talk to you in the morning.

-G

9:59-Two misses for Carolina, then Tucker with the layup. He finishes with a career high 18; and the final score will be 108-91. Maryland falls to 14-8 (3-5); and will absolutely face a must win Sunday against Georgia Tech. Carolina improves to 20-2 (6-2).

9:56-Davis knocks down 1 of 2 at the line; then Gregory fouled inside. He misses both of his freebies. Only one of Carolina’s wins all season has been by single digits; so the Heels are used to big time victories. Carolina continues to empty their bench, checking in Marc Campbell and J.B. Tanner. David Pearman into the game for Maryland. Bowie hits a cutting layup and is fouled, but misses the PLUS ONE attempt. 108-89.

9:53-Frasor with a jumper inside; then Mosley knocks down two from the line. Heels still by 20. Gary doesn’t appear to be particularly disappointed; and is still encouraging his team. There’s positives to take from tonight; but the final score won’t be one of them.

9:52-Two free throws from Dave Neal; and Tucker gets a jumper off a Carolina turnover. 16 for Tucker; and the lead is down to 20 with 3 minutes to play. Carolina will win their 6th straight game. Justin Watts enters for the Heels.

9:47-Lawson fouled in transition off a turnover; he hits both free throws and has 21. Heels by 26. Another hoop inside by Mosley; he has 17 and continues to get points near the basket. Final official timeout, 105-81 Carolina.

9:46-Mosley knocks down both free throws; he has 13. Heels by 24. 5 minutes to play, they turn the ball over. This one is obviously over; but there are still battles the Terps can win tonight. Mosley with a hoop; then a dunk for Green the other way down. 15 for Mosley, 16 for Green.

9:44-You almost knew that was coming. Ellington with his 7th 3; he has 30. He then stuffs one home in transition; and Carolina matches their biggest lead of the game at 99-75. Ellington with  hoop off a turnover by Maryland; and he has 34. 101-75 Carolina after that personal 7-0 run by Ellington; and Mosley is fouled driving the lane.

9:43-Dupree with a tough hoop inside; he’s given the Terps decent minutes inside. 94-75 Heels; 6:27 to play.

9:38-Mosley attacks the hoop and draws the foul. He’ll hit both; he has 9. Heels by 20, they break Maryland’s press and the entering Mike Copeland gets 2. Mosley answers with 2; he now has 11. Hansbrough drills a 3; and as Steve Martin says, “Why not?” Hayes with 2 on a tough drive. Carolina has a season high 15 3 point makes tonight. Hasbrough has 24. Heels 94-73.

9:37-How dangerous would Carolina be with Marcus Ginyard healthy? That’s a scary thought!

9:35-Hansbrough is now the all-time ACC leader in 20 point games. Ellington hits the Heels’ 14th 3 pointer; then Vasquez gets a tough hoop in the lane. Vasquez misses a 3, and Steve Martin says “Gary Williams did not like that shot selection.” Terps and Heels trade turnovers; then Green stuffs home an alley-oop and Gary calls another timeout. 89-67 Carolina.

9:32-Mosley with a tough hoop inside; he has 7 and has played well. Tucker blocked by Green in transition; which leads to an alley-oop for the Heels in transition the other way. After a sloppy possession; Dupree gets a hoop inside and is fouled. Credit the Terps for not getting embarrassed by bad decisions. Dupree misses PLUS ONE attempt; then Vasquez overthrows Milbourne for Maryland’s 13th turnover. Hansbrough fouled underneath again-this one on Dupree. He’ll shoot 2 with the Terps in the double bonus. Both are good; and Carolina leads by 19 again. 21 for Hansbrough.

9:27-Good offensive boards from Maryland; and Ed Davis picks up his 4th personal foul. Hansbrough checks back in; and Milbourne goes to the line. 1 of 2; he has 9. Lawson hits another 3; he has 19. Dupree with a putback on the other end; lead cut to 19. Terps get the ball back after the 2nd official timeout; 11:17 to play.

9:26-Frasor misses from outside; but the Heels get the offensive rebound. Lawson steps in for 2. He’s good. 14 for Lawson; Heels by 17. Terps turn the ball over again and Milbourne called for a foul. Heels will be shooting free throws the rest of the way with 12:21 to play. Lawson knocks down both, he has 16. Terps trail 77-58.

9:25-Thompson knocks down a pair of free throws; then Tucker drills a 3. Tucker has 14. Terps within 15. Where has Cliff Tucker came from?

9:22-Neal steps in to draw the offensive foul from Ellington. Tucker with the pull-up jumper on the other end; he has 8. This only makes me question more why Tucker hasn’t been playing much. He obviously has something to contribute. Davis fouled inside by Jin Soo Kim; misses both at the line. Braxton Dupree enters. Tucker drives the lane for 2 and is fouled. He makes the PLUS ONE attempt; cutting the deficit to 16. 11 for Tucker.

9:19-Vasquez wiggles into the lane and is fouled. He hits both free throws and now has 11 points. Heels by 20. Make it 23 as Ellington nails his 5th 3 pointer. He has 24. Neal fouled by Davis inside; he hits both. 71-50 Carolina.

9:19-Hansbrough with 2 free throws; then Carolina with two inside stops. A traveling call will give the ball back to Maryland trailing by 22.

9:17-Rich-I obviously don’t fault the team for not being able to defend Carolina’s shooting tonight; as no one could. But the best way to defend outside shooting is often to be able to answer an outside shot with an outside shot of your own. No one on this team is capable of making those types of shots. THAT is killer.

9:14-Two offensive rebounds for Carolina on this possession; and Kim is called for an offensive foul to keep it alive. Ellington airballs a jump shot; but Hansbrough is fouled after pulling the ball down. First official timeout of the second half; Heels by 20.

9:10-We’ve seen the Terps rally from a 66-44 deficit at Carolina before; but I doubt it will happen tonight. Mosley with a putback for Maryland’s first points in the 2nd half some 3:30 into the stanza. Tucker back into the game after Gregory gets his 3rd personal.

9:06-Catch and shoot won’t go down for Vasquez; then Bowie called for an offensive foul away from the ball after the Terps get a rebound. Hansbrough fouled by Vasquez inside; he hits both to extend the lead back to 20. That’s a 9-0 run for UNC (Thanks Raycom!) Mosley tries a casual drunk attempt and is blocked. Hansbrough with a dunk in transition after a turnover. 66-44 Heels with Carolina scoring the first 6 of the 2nd half. 17 for Psycho T; Gary calls another timeout.

9:04-2nd Half opens with Hansbrough fouled inside after a Maryland miss. Terps have to get this to single digits early to have ANY hope; and it could still end up a 30 point loss. Hansbrough with the easy hook to make the lead 18; he has 13.

8:47-Terps can’t get a shot off; and Heels will go to the break with a 16 point lead. As I’ve mentioned; Terps don’t look anything like the team that lost at Duke; they’re just getting beat by one of the best teams in the country. But they’re giving SERIOUS effort. They had a chance to make this a game at the half; but couldn’t maintain momentum. They’ll need to hope that Carolina slows down in their outside shooting. Back shortly.

8:46-Ellington misses the curl 3; but is fouled by Mosley. He was out of control; not a good decision. 4.7 seconds left in the half; Ellington hits all 3. 60-44 Heels. Ellington has 21. Wow.

8:45-Ellington with the hoop inside off a Hansbrough miss. Hayes tries a LONG 3 that won’t go. Heels will get to hold for the final shot of the half.

8:44-Mosley drives the lane for a hoop and is fouled! Terps putting together a decent run before the half that will at least force the Heels to keep playing. PLUS ONE attempt good; Heels 55-44.

8:43-Tough hoop from Hayes cuts the lead to 14. Hansbrough with the miss inside; then Mosley called for an offensive foul instead of Hayes hitting a shot that would have cut the lead to 12. That could be a costly swing.

8:41-Steal by Lawson; he’s fouled by Bowie in transition. Good foul; as Lawson misses 1 of 2. Vasquez with a 3; Carolina 55-39.

8:40-Free throw from Hayes, hoop from Hansbrough, hoop from Milbourne. Carolina could hit 70 in the first half if they keep shooting from outside.

8:37-Hansbrough fouls Vasquez outside. Not like it matters. Don’t take anything from Maryland thus far; they’ve pretty much played their game. But Carolina is LIGHTS OUT.

Hayes with the tough layup and he’s fouled. He’ll shoot a free throw after this official timeout.

8:36-Mosley stripped inside; Ellington hits another 3. 52-31 Carolina. What can you do????

8:34-Tucker with the floater off the glass; then Ellington hits Carolina’s TENTH 3 pointer. Hoop from Ellington in transition; and Gary needs ANOTHER timeout as the Terps fall behind by 18. As Gminski and Martin say “Maryland’s not playing that bad.” But Carolina’s outside shooting is absolutely KILLER. This is why a number of people thought the Heels might go undefeated this season. Their shooting accuracy is DEADLY.

8:33-Heels connect on their NINTH 3 point shot of the game; Green’s 4th (he has 12). Terps trail 44-29. Carolina might score 100 tonight the way they’re shooting.

8:32-Hoop from Neal out of a timeout by Gary. Milbourne with another hoop inside. 41-29 Carolina.

8:29-ANOTHER 3 from Lawson. He’s killing them. Terps have to come up with an outside answer; but i’m not convinced they have one. Kim throws up a WILD shot; and Green drills ANOTHER 3. He has 9. Gary with a timeout as Carolina’s advantage reaches 16. They’re shot 8-11 from outside. Ugh.

8:27-3rd official timeout with 7:55 to play. Credit the Terps for not going away like they did at Duke. But if Carolina keeps getting looks from outside; this one will get ugly. Terps have been KILLED from outside; and have no outside answer of their own.

8:25-Kim called for a travel after looking at an outside shot. He’s struggled with that when he’s been on the floor. Ed Davis with a THIRD chance basket inside; Heels by 12. Neal answers with a short hook to cut the lead to 10 again.

8:24-Hansbrough with the baseline jumper; then Maryland responds with another hoop in transition. Roy Williams calls a timeout after Bowie’s hoop; frustrated by Maryland’s ability to get fast break points. Jin Soo Kim enters.

8:22-Cliff Tucker in the game. Hansbrough hits both free throws; then Tucker gets two as Green is called for a goaltending. Lawson hits a 3; Neal gets a hoop inside; then Lawson hits ANOTHER 3. Outside shooting is KILLING the Terps. Tucker with a pull-up jumper; and Maryland won’t roll over early. 31-21 UNC.

8:20-Rich; we can say a lot of things about Hansbrough (including “no future”); but “matchup problem” is probably the highest on the list. There’s really little the Terps can do to try to slow down “Psycho T”.

Tonight’s game is on Raycom Sports (WNUV 54; Channel 14 on Comcast Cable in Baltimore. Steve Martin and Mike Gminski on the call.

8:18-Hansbrough with a hoop inside; then Bowie with a hoop in transition. Hansbrough fouled inside next time down; we hit the 2nd official timeout with Carolina leading by 8 and Hansbrough headed to the free throw line again.

8:15-Green with another 3 after Hayes misses a 3. Terps trail by 12; Heels have 4 makes from outside. Hayes with a make from 3 after a 2 from Vasquez. 20-13 Heels. Hansbrough misses brom outside; Hayes misses from outside and inside. Hansbrough is fouled-FLAGRANT-on Dino Gregory; as he cuts t the hoop. Gregory was ugly on that play; tackling Hansbrough after he was beat. Hansbrough makes one of two at the line, Heels maintain possession.

8:14-Ellington continues to get open looks; and drills another one. 17-8 Heels and Gary calls a timeout to try to keep from allowing the Heels to pull away. This is dangerous for the Terps; as Carolina can shoot all day. They have to be careful with how they double down. Hayes into the game.

8:12-Bowie misses an outside jumper and we hit the first official timeout. Terps can’t afford the bad turnovers; which have hurt them badly early on.

8:08-Vasquez with another hoop, cutting things to 10-6. Terps with good defense twice inside; and Milbourne slips underneath for 2. Deon Thompson gets a second chance hoop; 12-8 Carolina. Hansbrough comes up with a steal and dunks it home. 14-8 Heels.

8:07-Wayne Ellington adds another 3; Vasquez answers by slipping through for a layup. Ellington adds a long 2; then Lawson gets a layup off a steal. 10-4 Carolina, not the start the Terps were hoping for.

8:05-Somewhat surprisingly; Maryland is in their black alternates tonight. Maybe a sales ploy by Under Armour? Hansbrough with a miss first time down; Milbourne answers with a putback of a Vasquez miss. A Danny Green  makes things 3-2.

8:02-Obviously there are a few story lines with tonight’s game. Debbie Yow gave Gary Williams a “vote of confidence” yesterday; ending any discussion regarding Gary’s job status. Also, Cliff Tucker used the media this weekend to voice his frustration regarding playing time. For those of us around the team; we are equally puzzled by the lack of playing time Tucker has received.

7:57-Tough test for Gary’s Terps tonight. The Terps travel to the Dean Smith Center (“Dean Dome” if you will) in Chapel Hill for a battle with one of the nation’s best teams. The Terps have won their last two over the Tar Heels, but those teams had James Gist and Bambale Osby inside. The Terps will have to be willing to get into a shootout to win this one; as their ACC foe will have no troubles scoring. The Terps bring a 14-7 (3-4) record into tonight’s game; The Heels are 19-2 (5-2).

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