It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because some of you have really jumped on the crusade to point me in the direction of attractive women on TV I did not know about before…Thanks to Chad Lamasa for letting me know about Yvonne Strahovsky from NBC’s “Chuck”…
…who seems nice. As does Constance Zimmer, who was on HBO’s “Entourage.” Thanks to Brandon Holthaus for pointing her out to me….
Is there someone I still don’t know about? Let me know via comments, Facebook, Twitter, or Pony Express. Preferably Pony Express, just because I think it’s an awesome way to do this.
Let’s see what everyone has to say….
1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Clemson at Comcast Center
As the Terps play for things like a 1st round bye in the ACC Tournament, seeding for the NCAA Tournament, and still a shot at a regular season ACC Championship, this game is a “need to win” given their next three.
While the regular season finale at Virginia looks like the MOST winnable game of the bunch, the Terrapins have struggled mightily in season finales down in Charlottesville. Before that, the trip to Virginia Tech and home date with Duke are REALLY tough games; meaning the Terps can’t assume anything.
This is no easy task, either. Oliver Purnell’s Tigers haven’t exactly lived up to their lofty early season expectations in the ACC, but they still present a unique challenge in Trevor Booker, combined with plenty of talent in the backcourt.
I’ll say 83-79 Maryland, but it’s shaky. The good news is that the Terps will have had 75 hours between games to get ready, so the players who appeared to be fatigued late in the game Saturday against Georgia Tech should have fresh legs.
2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez REALLY unlikely to reach Juan Dixon’s career record, but not impossible
As Patrick points out (and is anyone surprised that a topic about numbers was addressed by Patrick?), if the Terps play 10 more games (they have 4 regular season games left, so they’d need to reach the ACC Tournament championship game and the Sweet 16 to play 10) he’ll need to average 25.7 points per game to top Juan Dixon’s career record of 2,269.
Likely? Not at all. Impossible? Not at all.
As Patrick pointed out yesterday on his Twitter feed (@D1scourse), there IS something poetic about Juan Dixon being the school’s all-time leading scorer. He’s a Baltimore kid, he was an underdog, he lead the school to their first ever Final Four appearance and their first ever NCAA Championship. Does that mean that Maryland fans should root AGAINST the senior from Venezuela clipping Dixon’s record? Of course not. BUT-I don’t think Maryland fans would be too upset if Vasquez fell short.
3. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says playing Clemson will help Terps ‘gauge progress’ since loss at Littlejohn Coliseum
Which is somewhat true. Maryland struggles on the road in general, so beating Clemson at home after a dismal performance on the road might be more of an indication of the way Gary Williams’ club just performs better in College Park than it is an indication of how much they’ve improved since losing 62-53 back on January 31.
The one area where Maryland can gauge progress is how they handle Jerai Grant; who scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the first meeting. If Grant has similar success this time out-that’s bad news for the Terps.
And before we get off the topic, we’re sure Terrence Oglesby has no eligibility left, right?
Sorry to even bring it back up…
4. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terps don’t need to get to 11 or 12 ACC wins to reach NCAA Tournament
And as others (like SI’s Andy Glockner) have recently mentioned, teams that finish 9-7 or better in a league like the ACC will get IN. There just aren’t enough other teams around the country with legitimate NCAA Tournament resumes to take the spots. The ACC is the 3rd power ranked conference in the country RPI-wise, so the detractors that have claimed the league is “down” aren’t REALLY looking much past the fact that North Carolina has been dreadful and there is only one team currently ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Top 25.
You know why else teams in the ACC will get the benefit of the doubt on Selection Sunday? Because this young lady exists…..
5. Towson Official Site previews tonight’s final road trip of regular season at William & Mary
William & Mary beat Wake Forest and Maryland this season. Towson lost games by 59 points and 42 points this season.
I’m not trying to say that I’m some sort of sorcerer, but I think I know how this one ends.
It would be tough to judge the Tigers by whatever happens tonight at Kaplan Arena, mostly because almost every CAA team would be expected to lose there. Pat Kennedy and his gang will almost certainly be judged by how they perform in Richmond during the CAA Tournament, where they put together a nice run a season ago.
6. UMBC Official Site previews America East regular season finale tonight at New Hampshire
Not a whole lot else to say here. I hope Randy Monroe’s Retrievers team can squeak out one more win this season (either tonight or in the America East Tournament) to build some spirits over there in Catonsville. If I had to guess though, they probably won’t.
While we’re on the subject of UMBC, what is the point of Drew Forrester hanging out with Phil Stern if Phil hasn’t introduced me to Kim Browning yet???
This is a very impressive victory for Dave Pietramala’s Blue Jays, as the Blue Hens were coming into the game off a win at UMBC Stadium on Saturday. To push past a Delaware team as easy as Hopkins did yesterday makes a statement about just how much separation there is between them and other teams in college lacrosse.
The Jays return to action Friday night at Homewood Field against Siena, another game that can be seen on ESPNU. If I wasn’t headed to Indianapolis, I’d be there.
8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman to throw side session today, Brian Roberts expects to be able to take live batting practice next week
Both of these things obviously appear to be good signs, but we should probably let them play out before we assume that everyone is out of the woods. If Tillman or Bergesen has long term effects from their injuries, it will hurt a team that for once appears to be coming into the season with a set rotation.
9. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tejada reported to Spring Training Tuesday ‘comfortable’ at 3B
Good to know.
(Sorry, it doesn’t move me much to know that a player feels “comfortable” coming into Sarasota needing to move positions. Glad he’s there. Not much else to say.)
10. Ravens Official Site says team hires Monachino as OLB Coach, reuniting him with Terrell Suggs
I really think this is a sign to me that John Harbaugh and staff are serious about getting T-Sizzle in shape. The team was NOT happy with Suggs’ conditioning after getting hurt in Training Camp, and bringing in a coach he worked with at Arizona State is a likely sign they need more from him this season. They believe in Suggs (to the tune of 60 million dollars), but they’re not going to give him a free pass anymore.
11. NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Ravens have needs at WR, TE, CB, DE going into NFL Draft
Agreed. In fact, I’d bet 4 Chinese lunches that their first round pick is at one of those positions.
As Drew Forrester and I discussed this morning, there is one player on the Ravens board that will NOT be available at 25-but I wouldn’t be even a BIT surprised to see them move up and get. I’d tell you who it was, but I’d have to kill you.
(Hint: It is NOT Jimmy Clausen.)
12. The Sun’s Glenn Graham says despite Josh Selby’s 45, Edmondson stunned Lake Clifton to win Baltimore City hoops title
Josh Selby is a hell of a player, and that’s a hell of a win for Edmondson. Congratulations to both.
And finally, I leave you with this.
Have you seen this? Scott Van Pelt duped live on SportsCenter last night by Captain Janks from the Howard Stern Show, claiming to be Brian Westbrook? No idea how ESPN got had like this….
Talk to you later.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..