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:
Rex Snider doesn’t think Birds should JUST spend money
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
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
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts confirms extension with O’s
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’
TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Sun’s Jeff Barker
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’
ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Terps can ‘revive’ NCAA Tournament hopes with win over UNC or Duke
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:The Official Site
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
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
ESPN.com’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
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
LOYOLA BASKETBALL:The Official Site
LOYOLA LACROSSE:Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens
UMBC LACROSSE:Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon
HOPKINS LACROSSE:The Sun’s Edward Lee
NAVY LACROSSE:The Official Site
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
SALISBURY LACROSSE:The Official Site
BLAST:The Sun’s Kent Baker
CRYSTAL PALACE USA:The Official Site
HORSE RACING:Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty
BALTIMORE COLTS:The Sun’s Rick Maese
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.