It’s a Happy Friday for me because I’m on my way to Durham this afternoon to (hopefully) see Maryland kick the snot out of Duke! Cameron Indoor Stadium is always one of my favorite trips, even if it didn’t work out so well a season ago….
Hey, as long as Maryland doesn’t lose by 41 this year, I guess we’ve made progress!
Let’s see what everyone has to say….
This would of course be GOOD NEWS for Maryland-as Lance Thomas is absolutely one of the better all-around basketball players the Blue Devils have (along with Nolan Smith and arguably Jon Scheyer-although I think he’s probably more of a system guy.) My guess is that the Devils will go tough inside by giving as many of Thomas’ minutes as possible to Brian Zoubek. If you remember, Zoubek was so dominant against Dave Neal and the Terps inside a season ago that former Sun columnist David Steele nicknamed him “Kareem Abdul-Zoubek.”
(Official prediction: 79-74 Duke. Please don’t kill me.)
2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says current Terps don’t have great history at Cameron Indoor Stadium
In fairness, Greivis Vasquez scored 13 points for Maryland in an 85-77 victory at Cameron Indoor during his freshman season back in ’07. But the Terps haven’t won there since, and obviously last year’s loss was the ugliest.
Of course, a number of Maryland players in the past have left their greatest legacy at Cameron Indoor (including Nic Caner-Medley, who survived the chants of “You Can’t Beat Me, I’m From Maryland” to lead the Terps to a big victory), which reminds me of something…
(Edit from GMC: By the way, I lost my copy of the Duke “severed head” picture, can someone direct me to it, or email it to me at email@example.com? Thanks!)
3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrapins will fight new NCAA rule limiting James Franklin’s ability to recruit
As they should, because this is borderline INSANE. Why an assistant would be more limited in recruiting than other assistants in college football just because they have a “coach in waiting” title is BEYOND ME. I’m sure there are schools that might find a way to bend the rules with a coach in waiting, but it just makes no sense to me to punish a school for deciding to use the “coach in waiting” program (whether or not you agree with it.)
4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Chad Tomko did in Towson as Tigers fell to UNC-Wilmington
That’s a bad loss. It certainly hurt Pat Kennedy’s bunch to play without Jarrel Smith, but this should have been a win for them. They’ll get back at it Saturday with another winnable game against Georgia State at 4pm over at the Towson Center, but it’s hard to say anything positive about the situation over there right now.
5. UMBC Official Site says De La Rosa, Gilliam combined for 48 points as Retrievers won at Hartford
Congratulations to Randy Monroe and the Retrievers for gutting out a road win against a Hawks team that had been playing pretty well. What would REALLY be nice now would be if they could come back to Catonsville and win a game inside RAC Arena. They return to action Saturday night at 7pm against Albany-a team that actually has a WORSE America East record than they do.
As I said earlier in the week, it will take a drastic turnaround for the Terps to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament, but they have to start by winning. Getting a tough victory in Winston-Salem can help start the ball rolling, but they have to keep getting wins, knowing that they still have shots at good wins with Duke and Florida State still up on the schedule. They return to action Sunday at 2pm against Clemson at Comcast Center.
7. Loyola Official Site says Greyhounds’ game against St. Peter’s tonight postponed until Wednesday night at 7pm
Which absolutely has to be considered the right decision all things considered. The MAAC was in a situation where-with no TV-they could make the call to move the game and play it when it makes more sense. Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds now will gear up for a trip to Iona Sunday at 2pm, that game can be seen on MASN.
8. The Sun’s Edward Lee says state of Maryland losing grip on lacrosse power to state of New York
There’s just no doubt about this; but that doesn’t mean there’s suddenly less interest in lacrosse in Maryland-it’s just that the success of the bigger programs in the northeast has hurt the power in Maryland. With just two potential lacrosse “powers” (Maryland and Johns Hopkins) in the Old Line State, New York can compete with Syracuse, Hofstra, etc. to keep interest and power. It falls on the other schools in the state of Maryland (UMBC, Loyola, Towson, etc.) to help compete with the likes of Cornell, Albany, etc.
9. Examiner Jay Trucker says Orioles pitcher Bergesen injured filming MASN commercial
You may or may not have seen it, mostly because there’s not really much to be watching on MASN right now (except a few good college hoops games)…
I want to offer some real analysis on this, but I just can’t help but laugh. “This is Birdland!”
Fortunately, Bergesen will not miss much of Spring Training, and should be back in the mix to compete for the #3 spot in the rotation with Brian Matusz (or maybe the #2 spot with Jeremy Guthrie).
10. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones, Miguel Tejada, Nolan Reimold may all be options for cleanup spot
This is the issue when it comes to the Birds. Garrett Atkins is going to be playing out of position this season. Miguel Tejada is going to be playing out of position this year. And whoever ends up being placed in the cleanup role is going to be hitting out of position this year. It’s just not what MLB teams do. You don’t just go acquire players and say “well, SOMEONE will fill this spot.”
That being said, we all HOPE Matt Wieters can develop into the guy-but I’m not sure that’s a fair expectation. I think Wieters will always be a solid doubles and average hitter, but I am not expecting him to suddenly become Mike Piazza. I just don’t think that’s a fair assumption.
11. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Kyle Wilson, Jermaine Gresham, Brandon LaFell, Syd’Quan Thompson, Golden Tate, Arrelious Benn, Damian Williams amongst those mocked to Ravens
Couple of things….
I don’t see the Ravens taking a sub-5’11″ cornerback with their first pick. Trust me, they want help at the position, but they want help with size, or they just want to add capable players later on. I do not see them investing 1st round money in a corner the same size as Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb.
I ALSO don’t see the Ravens taking a sub-6 foot receiver with their first pick. It’s priority #1, but size HAS to matter.
12. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark profiles Maryland DT Travis Ivey amongst potential Ravens targets after “Texas vs. The Nation” All-Star Game
These are obviously Saturday guys in the Draft, but there are players on that list that have Ray Rice or Lardarius Webb-type potential. Worth taking a look….
And finally, I leave you with this.
Thanks to “What Would Tyler Durden Do” for directing me to pictures of Anne Hathaway in the upcoming issue of GQ. It has brightened my day.
If you’re not on the Anne Hathaway bandwagon, I can make room.
Make sure you hang out with us at WNST.net tomorrow, as I’ll be blogging and Tweeting (follow us @WNST) during Maryland-Duke at 1pm.
Talk to you then.