Terps Advance To Round Of 32

Man, that Valpo game was incredibly frustrating to watch.  I'm not going to lie.  I avoided public places because I knew this game would be close and I didn't want to have a conniption fit in public.  As it was, I destroyed a water bottle and may or may not have beaten a pillow on my couch to a bloody pulp. Yes. I'm a grown man. It's shameful.

Maryland could not put Valpo away which has become a common theme this year.  The officials didn't help at all.  Their performance was incompetent. The missed goaltending, erroneous foul call on Dodd followed by a tech on Dodd changed the dynamic of the game.  The Terps were pushing the lead towards double digits and the refs just let Valpo back in it. Inexusable.

Of course, Varun Ram got all arm on the last sequence which could have resulted in three foul shots.  No call. Whatever.  Maryland was the better team and we advanced. The refs incompetence didn't excuse what was a relatively timid performance by the Terps. They can't seem to string together 10 or 15 minutes of good consistent play.

We advance despite getting nothing from Jake Layman.  It was as if Evan Smotrcyz decided to take the shots normally reserved for Layman.  It reminded me of when the stand-in plays the lead role when the star is sick on Broadway.  It looks similar but it is not the same. It's worse.  Much worse. "Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight the shots normally taken by Jake Layman will instead be taken by Evan Smotrcyz. We apologize for any inconvenience."

I don't think we can beat WVU without Jake Layman playing well. It will be too easy to just double Melo and Wells and force shaky threes from Smotcryz and Pack.  Dodd never met a pass he couldn't bobble and is way too clumsy to be trusted.  We need a third option. Nickens isn't ready to assume that role and even so, he's dependent on being open and receiving a pass. He can't create a scoring chance.

If Layman does not extract his head from his rear end, we will be faced with the unimaginable: The Hillbilly Super Bowl. West Virginia vs Kentucky. The Hatfields vs The McCoys. I want to throw up thinking about it. 

Author: Jeremy | 3/21/2015 8:37:59 AM |

#4 Maryland vs #13 Valparaiso

Happy NCAA Tournament, everyone! It's good to be back after a 4 year hiatus.  By now, we've all had the opportunity to get over the fact that the Selection Committee completely screwed Maryland with our seeding and draw.  It's water under the bridge. I've come to peace with it.  I actually think a potential matchup against Kentucky presents a [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/19/2015 9:22:20 AM |

NCAA Screw Job

I don't even know where to start.  The Terps got served one of the most unfair seeding in recent history.  A team with a 2-0 record against the Big 12, including a win against the conference champion, got seeded behind three Big 12 teams.  If only that were the only insult.  The Terps got shipped in Kentucky's side of the draw too. A top 10 tea [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/15/2015 7:39:54 PM |

Big Ten Semifinals

It was a great night at the United Center.  The Terps didn't trail after the score was 13-10 Indiana early in the first half. In what has become this team's signature, the Terps kept Indiana at arms length but were never able to pull away until the final minute.  Ken Pomeroy and the other basketball quants call this Terps team the luckiest in A [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/13/2015 10:05:20 PM |

Big Ten Quarterfinals Thread

For the first time since I was a junior in college, I will get to see the Maryland Terrapins play in their conference tournament.  The Terps check in as a #2 seed but I expect the matchup to be much more difficult than the standard 2/7 fare. Unfortunately, Maryland does not matchup well with Indiana.  IU's guards are quicker than Maryland's and [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/13/2015 10:50:10 AM |

#10 Maryland vs Nebraska

Both #9 Kansas and #8 Wichita State lost yesterday.  That means Maryland could be a top 8 team heading into the Big Ten Tournament if they can take care of business in Lincoln tonight. Maryland has won 6 in a row.  Nebraska has lost 7 in a row.  On paper, the Terps should roll.  We know that won't happen.  Maryland has turned in a season for the [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/8/2015 9:04:20 AM |

#10 Maryland vs Rutgers

We are in the home stretch folks.  The Terps play two winnable road games before heading to Chicago for the Big Ten Tournament.  Rutgers played the Terps close in College Park earlier in the year but they are a vastly inferior team.  Maryland should win easily and I expect a decent away crowd with all of the NY/NJ alumni heading to New Brunswick.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/3/2015 10:21:53 AM |

#14 Maryland vs Michigan

Tuesday's game will forever be known as the Dez Wells Game.  What a performance he turned in. He willed the Terps to victory.  The crowd was electric.  Apparently, all that's needed to get the students to turn out for a game is a coordinated flash mob but I digress. The Terps are now poised to earn a protected seen in the NCAAs.  Maryland has to [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/27/2015 10:34:17 AM |

#14 Maryland vs #5 Wisconsin

The big game is here.  The Terps are desperate to prove that they can beat a good team following some disheartening blowout road losses and a few close wins against conference bottom feeders. There are many doubters out there (Seth Davis being the most prominent). From where I sit, I have seen the Terps improve their shooting dramatically over t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/22/2015 9:08:07 PM |

#16 Maryland vs Nebraska

After watching last night's epic Duke v North Carolina game, it is a little hard to stomach an underwhelming conference opponent like Nebraska coming to town.  Don't get me wrong.  This Nebraska squad is a decent one, it's just they aren't Duke or Carolina.  We are all excited about being a part of the Big Ten but the timing here hurts a bit.  Hard [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/19/2015 9:26:40 AM |
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