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
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds won’t rush Patton
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
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
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
The Official Site says Towson game moved to Ludwig Field
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)
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
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Coker could miss season
The Official Site says Tigers lose 12th straight on road
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
The Official Site says Sprink, Harris combine for 48 in win over Holy Cross
The Official Site says Coughlin, DiNola honored by Patriot League
The Official Site says Hounds facing Tigers for 50th time Saturday
The Official Site says Saturday’s Hopkins-Albany battle between ’07 Quarterfinalists
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.