Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

February 21, 2008 | Glenn Clark

Maryland’s loss wasn’t just a bad loss. It wasn’t just a disappointing loss. Last night’s loss was not acceptable; it was possibly debilitating.

The one thing that had changed between December and now was that after this team had “clicked”; there was reason to believe that they would no longer lose games like this. There was reason to think that this team was incapable of losing games like this. This wasn’t just a tough loss; this was a loss that makes you question everything we had thought we had learned about this team.

There are multiple question marks stemming from tonight’s game in my mind. The first-is whose responsibility is it to come up with an answer when the Terps need to stop another team’s run. It is easy to say Greivis Vasquez; but we all know better than to think that the General is capable of being consistent enough to be counted on in those situations. James Gist is a 4th year Senior. The responsibility falls on his shoulders. He has to make those plays.

The next question is what this team needs to do when they are faced with zone defenses. In this case, I think Landon Milbourne needs to have the ball worked to him for open outside shots. Vasquez and Hayes will take the most doubles on this team, and James Gist and Bambale Osby need to be able to control the post. Milbourne has to be able to find open shots, and the team has to be willing to have the patience to get the ball to him.

My biggest question is STILL regarding Greivis Vasquez. Who on this team is capable of grabbing him around the neck and telling him to chill out? Gist and Osby have never been those types of players, and no one else has the standing to do anything. Dave Neal should be the guy, but he’s too busy jacking up terrible shots to do anything. This question will likely be the ultimate undoing of this team.

I don’t think the Terps will miss the NCAA Tournament. I still think they will win 4 games between now and selection Sunday. Last night’s loss will HOPEFULLY serve as a wake-up call. I just hope the call wasn’t for fans/writers/prognosticators who thought this was a team capable of a run to the Sweet 16 of Round of 8.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Steve Hennessey says Terps ‘choked’

Bob Haynie says Greivis being too selfish in bad loss

Marc Bouchard says Orioles have issues on AND off field

Drew Forrester thinks ’08 could be 52’s last season in Baltimore

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds won’t rush Patton

The AP says Huff wants to start season on faster pace

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says veterans must have role in rebuilding

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hernandez ready for everyday shot

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Patton hopes to avoid surgery

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Trembley thinks Catchers better than ‘07

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Redman made “Play of the Day”

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Roberts called in sick yesterday

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Patton concerned about possible torn labrum

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Walker wins “Best Ride”

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Gibbons wants to try all over again

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Surhoff officially back with Birds

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says D.C. fans don’t like “O!” in anthem

Fox Sports’ Mike Harmon lists Mora among fantasy ‘flops’

USA Today’s Mel Antonen says Birds stocked with young arms

USA Today’s Mel Antonen says Trembley wants ‘hard work’

Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman names Lebron (no, not that one) organization’s #18 prospect (must subscribe)

Oriole Central’s “Ben” concerned about Patton’s injury

Camden Chat’s “Dave at Bottomfeeder Baseball” considers Patton ‘damaged goods’

Dempsey’s Army’s “hrb” has fun with Shortstop opening

Oriole Post’s Anthony Amobi says Roberts may see ‘writing on wall’

Orioles Hangout’s “crstoner97” says Cabrera must improve in ‘08

Orioles Insider says Scott will get chance in ‘08

Fanhouse’s Matt Watson says Millar will have his chance at Dempster

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens send 40 to Combine

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Figurs wanted to participate with Birds

The Official Site says Mike Smith studying at Stanford

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens need to lock up Suggs

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says CB, QB should be main areas of focus for Ravens at Combine

Aaron Wilson says Terps, King part ways

ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinkas thinks Ravens should draft QB

The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer says Bisciotti, Cuban similar

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Allen’s double double leads Hokies past Terps

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site says Gary thinks Terps had chances

The Official Site says Terps didn’t trail during game’s first 36 minutes

The Sun’s Don Markus says Terps blow two double-digit leads in loss

Virginia Tech Official Site says Hokies get first win in College Park in 57 years

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Terps get zero points from bench in loss

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps back on bubble after loss

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says fouls cost Terps in 1st half

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Boom honored in plate

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps (still) need to win 3 more

Richmond Times Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Allen responded to Greenberg’s challenge in Hokies’ win

Roanoke Times’ Mark Berman says sweep of Terps monumental for Hokies

Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star’s Steve Deshazo says Hokies used ‘pride’ to stun Terps

Newport News Daily Press’ Dave Fairbank says Hokies showed ‘intestinal fortitude’ in win

The Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says Milbourne thinks Terps ‘took (Hokies) for granted’

The Diamondback’s Geremy Bass says remaining games more important now

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says loss had feeling of bad December losses

Florida Times-Union keeps Terps third in League Power Poll

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says loss could have lingering effects (must subscribe)

Hokie Haven says Virginia Tech showed ‘heart’ in win

Turtle Soup’s Jeremy Gold says Hayes, Gist still troubling Terps

Terrapin Territory’s “Jfliegel” says loss hurts Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps will visit Frese, babies today

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Towson game moved to Ludwig Field

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Haynos’ journey to NFL started at Gonzaga

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Haynos garnered little attention as recruit

Terrapin Times’ Chris King checks in with local DE recruit (must subscribe)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Dogs will at least share conference title after OT win at Albany

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Monroe’s Dogs highlight local College Hoops renaissance

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Coker could miss season

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers lose 12th straight on road

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Best could miss season

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Seaman impressive at ESPN Zone event

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers looking for road sweep

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Sprink, Harris combine for 48 in win over Holy Cross

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Coughlin, DiNola honored by Patriot League

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Hounds facing Tigers for 50th time Saturday

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Saturday’s Hopkins-Albany battle between ’07 Quarterfinalists

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says McKee profiled in new ESPN The Magazine

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I am moderately concerned about Troy Patton’s injury. The Tejada deal is still a good one; and Patton will probably still make some sort of impact on this team. But as an Orioles fan, I can’t help but worry that there is a black cloud causing this to happen (that cloud being named Peter Angelos of course).

-It is great to see BJ Surhoff back at Spring Training. BJ will always be one of my all-time favorite players in Orioles history; and I will always remember his reaction when he was first traded out of Baltimore. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

-CONGRATULATIONS COACH MONROE AND UMBC! The Dogs clinched at least a share of the America East regular season title last night; I can’t even begin to explain how significant this is to the school and program.

-Congratulations also to Billy Lange and the Mids. They’re moving in the right direction to a possible Patriot League title.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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