Terps Advance To Sweet 16

The Terps punched their ticket to their first sweet 16 in 13 years tonight. Put another way, it is the first time since I started this blog 12 years ago that I get to write a post about Maryland in the Sweet 16. Oh man, how I've waited for this! I don't care how it happened, I'm gonna enjoy it!

It wasn't pretty, in fact it was down right ugly for stretches, but the Terps won despite an atrocious shooting performance. 

Never before in the history of the NCAA tournament had a team shot a poorer percentage from three point range (minimum 10 attempts) and won. For that, Terp fans should celebrate because you know, survive and advance.

How did they do it? Well, there was 45 seconds of brilliance - keyed by a Damonte Dodd block - that ended with the lone three of the night from Melo Trimble. It put the Terps up 7 and it was a lead that they'd never relinquish. In the end, the Terps pulled away by 13 for a convincing win.

It wasn't all peanuts and balloons. Maryland got brutalized on the glass but they were ice on free throw line netting 28-31.

Next up is Kansas. Winners of 16 straight. Maryland has the talent to beat Kansas but the Jayhawks are a team and the Terps have yet to show that they are more than amalgamation of extremely talented individuals. Thursday night is the ultimate chance to prove to everyone that they are a team. A win and Maryland is playing for a Final Four.

Author: Jeremy | 3/20/2016 9:56:35 PM |

NCAA Tournament Round 2: #5 Maryland vs # 13 Hawaii

On Friday, the Terps backed into a win against South Dakota State to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ahead by 18 points in the second half, the Terps nearly gave it all way thanks to incredibly hot shooting by the Jack Rabbits (13-16 down the stretch), poor defense, and dumb fouling by Maryland.  Melo Trimble fouled ou [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/20/2016 6:59:03 AM |

NCAA Tournament First Round: #5 Maryland vs #12 South Dakota State

It's the Terrapins vs. the Jackrabbits this afternoon in Spokane WA.  Or put another way, it's the turtoises vs the hare.  Yes, the old fable ends well for the turtoise and I certainly hope today is no different. #5 seeds have been dropping like flies so far and the Terps are certainly vulnerable.  South Dakota State has excellent shooters and T [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/18/2016 8:11:20 AM |

Big Ten Semifinals: Maryland vs Michigan State

It's Big Ten Semifinal day and Maryland has a chance for a true signature win today. Sure, the Terps have beaten top 20 teams this season, but always at home. Michigan State is a favorite to get to the Final Four and a likely one seed if they beat Maryland today. In fact, they may be a one seed if they lose. The Terps played Michigan Stat [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/12/2016 12:12:38 PM |

Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal: Maryland vs Nebraska

The Terps have a surprise opponent tonight. Nebraska beat Wisconsin last night and that means the Cornhuskers now have a chance to avenge their 5 point loss in Lincoln earlier this year.   Nebraska will be playing their third game in three days so Maryland should win handily. "Should" of course is the key word in that sentence.  Maryland should [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/11/2016 3:42:38 PM |

B1G and NCAA Tournament outlook

The dust has settled and it's time for the real thing. I think we all expected a better performance from the Terps in Bloomington, but I don't believe that game was ever going to be a good indicator of the success this team will have over the next month (hopefully). The B1G Tournament will tell us if this team has the mettle to make it through Marc [...] Read More »

Author: Josh | 3/7/2016 10:22:05 AM |

#14 Maryland vs #12 Indiana

In terms of the Big Ten standings, today's game against Indiana is meaningless.  Maryland will be the 3 seed if Purdue beats Wisconsin and the 4 seed if they don't. It's that simple. Today's game is critical if you want the Terps to have a deep run in March. Maryland finally played a good game against a dreadful Illinois team on Thursday. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/6/2016 11:32:18 AM |

#14 Maryland vs Illinois

The Terps enter the last week of the regular season with their worst ranking of the year. Maryland has lost 3 of their last 4 games and seem completely incapable of protecting the glass. The fact that this team- arguably the most talented in Maryland history- could allow 19 offensive on 29 missed shots at Purdue on Saturday is one of the most [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/2/2016 8:06:51 PM |

#10 Maryland vs #20 Purdue

Maryland controls its own destiny in terms of the regular season big ten title but that road goes through the state of Indiana. The first test is in East Lafayette against the Boilermakers. Purdue gave Maryland all it could handle in college park a few weeks back and they are desperate for a win. The Terps are still a work in progress. Me [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/27/2016 12:31:38 PM |

#6 Maryland vs Michigan

I'm not even sure I can bear to watch the game today.  The Terps are completely lost and for a team this talented, it's painful. The turnovers and rebounding problems continue unabated but now we can add poor shooting to the list of grievances. Simply put, that dog won't hunt. Maryland can't win if they can't shoot the ball. They don't do [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/20/2016 8:57:15 PM |
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