Outcoached, Outgunned, Outmanned

2/27/2011 7:44:55 PM What a disappointing end to the Terps at-large hopes.  They weren't even in it.  There were only two people associated with the program who deserved a victory tonight:  Terrell Stoglin and Jordan Williams.  I'm depressed, so I will keep this short and sweet.

Outcoached:  That zone killed Maryland in the first half.  Commenter Danny C got it right.  Down 4 when the Terps went to zone; down 12 after they abandoned it.  The Terps never recovered.  Maryland pretty much played with the Tarheels the rest of the game; but it didn't matter.  It was too late.

Outgunned:  6 threes for UNC; 2 for Maryland.  Aside from Stoglin, no one on the team hit anything outside the paint except for Mosley's "the sun shines on a dog ass every once in a while" three and Tucker's invisible three.  Other than that, no one else hit a jumper all game. (Silver lining: Stoglin is an absolute beast.  He and Jordan will make wonderful music for the next 2+ years).

Outmanned:  Gary Williams had Sean Mosley covering the 6'9" Harrison Barnes.  That should tell you all you need to know about the talent gap on the floor.  James Padgett has zero athletic ability.  How he got a scholarship offer is really astounding when you think about it.  He is not capable of contributing at this level.  I've been convinced of that.

There will be some that say if the Terps win 4 more games they will get in (John Feinstein said as much in the postgame report).  Don't believe it.  Unless they beat Duke and UNC on the way to the Finals; they need to win the ACCT to get in.  It's sad that the season has to end this way; but at least there's next year, right?
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