Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

February 20, 2009 | Glenn Clark

North Carolina 96, Maryland 78I get a bad feeling this one will look a lot like their first matchup. If Ellington and Lawson are shooting; this game will be over quickly, even at Comcast Center.

Morgan State 71, Towson 67

I was tempted to pick the Tigers at home; but I don’t think a team can win a big game like this after giving up just a few days earlier. The William and Mary loss told me a lot about this team.

Rider 68, UMBC 58

I would’ve liked the Retrievers at the RAC; but not on the road. Just not deep enough.

Drexel 77, Loyola 70

I’m not sure I’d pick the Greyhounds to beat much of anyone at this point.

Coppin State 64, Hampton 58

The Eagles are getting contributions from a number of players, and setting up well to be the number 2 seed in the MEAC Tournament

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett


says Roberts’ value much more than just on field

Rex Snider doesn’t think Birds should JUST spend money

Drew Forrester imagines what Day 4 of covering Orioles in Ft. Lauderdale might have been like

Chris Bonetti says O’s aren’t getting much love from Vegas

Keith Melchior wonders how Kennedy, Patsos dodging criticism

Gary Quill gives early ideas on Kentucky Derby hopefuls

Thyrl Nelson would have used steroids

Ed Frankovic says Caps home again tonight vs. Avalanche

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy


says Flacco was ‘sick of hearing about himself’ at last year’s Combine

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham remembers Ravens’ best interceptions of ’08 season

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens checking out Oklahoma State TE Pettigrew

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Pettigrew’s ‘baggage’ could make him fall to Ravens’ pick

The Sun’s Ray Frager says McAlister’s radio interview ‘almost funeral’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McKinney to make $1 million with extension

Sports XChange says Ravens’ biggest needs WR, CB, TE

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Ravens ‘will have difficult time’ signing Bart Scott after tagging Suggs

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says ‘hometown discount’ no longer option for Suggs

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin


says Birds hold first full-squad workout of Spring Training

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts confirms extension with O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts hopes fan see extension as sign he believes organization headed in ‘right direction’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Pie’s arrival at Spring Training delayed by visa issues

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Reimold might still be year away from major league promotion

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds hope Hill benefits from rejoining previous coaches

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Alfredo Simon also having visa issues

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts thinks extension will be ‘relief’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck offers Uehara highlight video

Examiner Steve DeClue says O’s ‘wanted Roberts to stay all along’

The AP says O’s expected to hold Roberts press conference today



says Jordan Williams, family still confident about decision to come to College Park

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jordan Williams’ attitude ‘coaches’ dream’

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Carolina has plenty of ‘weapons’

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Gary’s meeting with DC Assault’s Malone ‘can’t hurt’ chances of getting players

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tar Heels might be BETTER since beating Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Burney returns, but Dupree still missing

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Milbourne thinks Terps didn’t play like ‘team’ against Clemson

Charlotte Observer’s Robbi Pickeral says UNC’s Williams, Maryland’s Williams no strangers to ‘expletives’’s Mark Schlabach says Terps can ‘revive’ NCAA Tournament hopes with win over UNC or Duke

SI’s Seth Davis doesn’t think Gary accurate to think that succeeding in NCAA has to involve ‘leaving your integrity at the door’



says Kizer scores 22, grabs 10 boards in win at Georgia Tech

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Coleman lead Terps with 23 in win over Yellow Jackets

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Taylor felt McDonald’s selection ‘great honor’

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Strickland chipped in 15 points in win


The Official Site
previews Saturday’s season opener against Georgetown

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Terps, Hoyas know Saturday’s game has ‘weightier implications’ than you might think for February

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Terps need to ‘break even’ on face-offs

12 of 13 Inside Lacrosse analysts pick Terps over Hoyas

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps freshmen made impact in last year’s Georgetown game

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy


says E. Williams ‘having fun’ at Combine

The Sun’s Ken Murray says teams checking out right fibula of Jaimie Thomas in Indianapolis

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bankins joining Terps because or ‘search’ instead of ‘coronation’

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says H.D. Woodson QB Ricardo Young has offers from Terps, WVU, Virginia’s Heather Dinich puts White, Esiason, Henderson, Byrd in “Mt. Rushmore” of Maryland football

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens might have put Scarbath in his “Mt. Rushmore” of Maryland football

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles Springbrook CB prospect (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

profiles New Jersey OL prospect Dan Foose (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

profiles Don Bosco Prep lineman prospect (must subscribe)MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

says Atupem’s 15 not enough as Eers fall to Wagner

Carroll County Times says Mountaineers fall to 11-5 in NEC play

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Mountaineers to celebrate 100 years of hoops

Frederick News-Post says Wager outscores Mount 7-2 in final 2 minutes

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:The Official Site


says Eers open season Tuesday at Virginia



previews BracketBuster at Drexel

LOYOLA LACROSSE:Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens


says Koppens, Ricci on Tewaaraton Watch list

UMBC LACROSSE:Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon


says Retrievers’ Blevins amongst those on Tewaaraton Watch list



says Jays have to solve Siena goalie Brent Herbst

NAVY LACROSSE:The Official Site


previews tonight’s trip to North Carolina

The Official Site says Andy Tormey, Tim Paul named to Tewaaraton Watch List

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Navy-UNC series includes ‘some of the best college games in recent memory’

NAVY FOOTBALL:Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner


offers Jordan Fraser Signing Day photo



says Kylor Berkman named to Tewaaraton Watch List

BLAST:The Sun’s Kent Baker


says Blast home tonight, at Massachusetts tomorrow



says Palace signs Stephen Basso, Billy Chiles, Kevin Gnatiko

HORSE RACING:Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty


says Magna stock hits ‘all-time low’

BALTIMORE COLTS:The Sun’s Rick Maese


says middle schoolers captivated by Moore’s Black History Month speech

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Cassie Cooke; who scored 21 points for Winters Mill last night in an overtime win over Westminster. With the 21, Cooke has now surpassed 1,000 points for her career.

Some more weekend picks….
Maryland 13, Georgetown 9. The Terps’ attack is strong; and the only REAL questions I have about them are: A-How will the young guns hold up in big, pressure-packed games? And B-Can rotating Phipps and Carter in the cage REALLY work? I don’t think either question will be an issue tomorrow.
Johns Hopkins 9, Siena 6. The Blue Jays will have issues rebuilding this season; but they won’t come at Homewood Field tonight.
Loyola 8, Towson 6. I think the Greyhounds really benefitted from playing a week earlier than the Tigers. I think they miss Shane Koppens; but again, they’ll be okay.
UMBC 12, Rutgers 5. This could be uglier. The Retrievers looked REALLY good in their win over Delaware; and the Scarlet Knights aren’t as good as the Blue Hens.
North Carolina 10, Navy 9 (OT). Would you expect anything besides a classic from these two teams?

Talk to you tomorrow with a Maryland-Carolina live blog.