Not In Tournament

We all knew that we would be here didn't we.  Ever since the BC loss, it was apparent that the Terps wouldn't do enough to get on the right side of the bubble.  

There were plenty of frustrations along the way, but the Terps played their best basketball at the end of the season. That's encouraging.

Overall, things are looking up. Yes, it's clear that Turgeon struggled with his substitution patterns, but that was more a function of him not be able to trust his guards. They were too mistake prone and Turge was always fiddling in an effort to find the right combination.

That problem won't go away next season as there will likely be no true point guards on the roster. I think Roddy Peters will eventually be a great ACC point, but one  can't expect much out of him as a freshman.

That leaves Turge with the current pu pu platter of Howard, Allen, Faust to become the fixture at the point.  In my estimation, it has to be Howard.  As the ACCT proved, Allen and Faust are much better off the ball. Howard must be the guy until Peters is ready.

As for the front court, the Terps will be much better.  I have high hopes for Cleare, Mitchell, Layman, and Smotrycz.  It's a nice combination of post and wing play.  Damone Dodd could be a nice contributor too.

If you are hoping Len will stay, find something else to root for.  He's gone. Top 5 in the NBA is enough to send anyone to the pros.

Now, it's on to the NIT and what I hope is a decent run to MSG.  There is solid track record of teams that win the NIT doing well the following year.  Turgeon will have them motivated.

Author: Jeremy | 3/18/2013 2:28:29 PM | Tags: basketball, nit, game threads |

ACCT - Semifinal Thread

That was an epic win.  Maryland hadn't beaten Duke in the ACC Tournament since the Finals in 2004 aka, "the Gilchrist Tournament".  Dez Wells seems to be channeling him at the moment. Whoever we play, the Terps have sowed the seeds for future success with today's win.  A loss in the semis would be disappointing; but we should be happy for what t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/15/2013 8:34:20 PM |

ACCT Maryland vs Duke

Duke always seems to stand in the way don't they?  This Terps team is incredibly flawed.  We've chronicled it ad nauseum on this site.  Still, we'll show up tonight at 7pm hoping against hope that the Terps can turn in a performance in Greensboro that we haven't seen in a decade. This would be a fantastic time to put it together wouldn't it? [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/14/2013 10:16:55 PM | Tags: basketball, game threads, duke |

ACCT - Wake vs Maryland

Welcome to irrelevance. This game is on no one's radar.  The winner will simply be fodder for the Ryan Kelly - Duke juggernaut.  I assume it will be us.  The Terps can beat a poor Wake squad any day.  I will not be looking forward to the Duke game.  They will crush us. It will be painful. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/14/2013 4:35:32 PM | Tags: basketball, wake, game thread |

Maryland vs Virginia, The Quest For Mediocrity

The headline says it all I think.  The Terps have limped through the ACC Season and are surely poised to be left out of the NCAA yet again. The only April excitement for us is whether or not five-star recruit Dwayne Morgan will choose the Terps on April 5th. It's incredibly frustrating for fans but I think the program is on the way up. This team [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/10/2013 8:30:35 AM | Tags: basketball, virginia |

Maryland vs UNC

The Terps have their latest "must-win" game of the season tonight. It will be in the midst of a snowstorm.  If the crowd shows up, we should give UNC all they can handle. The last game against Wake was promising.  The team played a style that was reminiscent of the early season form.  Pe'shon Howard finally played well.  The Terps are still [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/6/2013 9:33:00 AM | Tags: basketball, unc, game thread |

Maryland vs Wake

Terps are officially playing out the string.  Not even an unlikely 3-game winning streak to the end the season can save their NCAA hopes now. Wake sucks but somehow are tough at home.  I've given up hoping this team will figure it out.  Win or lose today, nothing changes about this season. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/2/2013 9:13:38 AM |

Picking Up The Pieces

It's time for some tough love. Turgeon said the team would get better.  He was wrong.  He didn't count on Pe'shon Howard completely melting down.  Remember, Howard was averaging 6 assists/game before the ACC season started with very few turnovers. It was certain to expect a dip when the ACC season started but he degenerated to the point of being [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/28/2013 8:36:16 AM | Tags: season over, basketball |

Maryland vs Georgia Tech

The calculus could not be simpler.  Win and the quest for an NCAA berth continues.  Lose and the dream of an at-large berth is over. If the team can't seem to find their focus based on the above, then forget the season anyway.  Winning on the road is hard no matter where it is, but Maryland faces two bottom of the conference teams this week (GT [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/27/2013 12:07:43 PM | Tags: basketball, game threads, georgia tech |

Maryland vs Clemson

The BC loss is lingering around the fan base like a stale fart.  There is no denying its stink.  Many of us are now ready to give up on the season.  While it's not really over (I think if the Terps win out they are getting an at-large bid) few fans think that is a realistic scenario. Regardless of what happens at home vs Clemson, the Terps play [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/22/2013 12:29:05 PM |
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