ACC/B1G Challenge: Maryland vs #5 Ohio State

The ACC got off to an excellent start last night in the annual clash with the B1G.  Surely, Terp fans now feel conflicted given that we will officially be switching sides next year.  Please allow me to dispose you of any inclination you have to root for the B1G this year.  The Terps are in the ACC and we need the ACC to be rated as high as possible so that we have more opportunities to play our way into the NCAA Tournament.  We can root all we want for the B1G next year.  For now, we should be glad any time an ACC team prevails (except for Duke of course).

Speaking of Duke, did anyone seen the mockery that the officials turned in during the first 10 minutes of the game last night?  Three HORRENDOUS and INEXCUSABLE calls went again against Michigan.
1. Duke was credited with a 3-point shot after the shot clock expired
2. Duke was awarded possession after Marshall Plumlee threw the ball off his own foot out of bounds.
3. Duke drew a defensive foul on Michigan because as the Michigan player pivoted the back of his head hit a Duke player who was hand-checking him like crazy.

Who's going to miss their annual visit Cameron Indoor?  Anyone?  It just mystifies me how the NCAA can continue to allow officials to destroy the integrity of the game each time Duke plays a home game.

On to the task at hand:

Maryland has been in search for a signature win for two years.  Tonight is certainly an opportunity to obtain that elusive win.  We've witnessed Turgeon's teams come tantalizingly close (see UConn, UK last year, et.al.) but the Terps have either fallen short or panicked with a lead and lost it at the end.

Winning on the road at Ohio State is a tall task.  The Buckeyes may not lose there all year.  Maryland is capable.  The Terps have proven that they can play with good teams.  What they need is to string together 40 minutes of quality basketball.  That means good decision making (I'm looking at you Nick Faust and Dez Wells), timely shooting (Layman and Smot), rebounding fundamentals (Cleare and Chuck), and taking care of the rock (Roddy).

In the end, I'd be hard pressed to tell you that I think we'll win.  I think we'll make it a game and if things fall our way late, we may pull out a miracle.

Author: Jeremy | 12/4/2013 12:06:09 PM | Tags: acc/b1g, ohio state basketball |

ACC Opener: VaTech vs Maryland

We are finally here Terp fans! Turgeon and crew are set to tip off at Noon ET tomorrow.   Virginia Tech poses an interesting test.  They have some nice wins (Ok St) and some perplexing losses (Georgia Southern). The Hokies sport the leading scorer in the ACC (Erick Green) but lack depth.  They remind me of last year's Terps squad.  Remember, whe [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/4/2013 4:51:46 PM | Tags: acc, basketball, game thread |

Post Game Thoughts - MD v NU

I'm late getting to this due to some client responsibilities last night but I did want to put down a few thoughts about the game on Tuesday. - Welsh-Ryan Arena is wonderful and horrible at the same time.  Wonderful: There is not a bad seat in the house.  Horrible:  The seats are mostly wooden bleachers and it looks like you push in the bleachers [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/29/2012 3:29:23 PM | Tags: acc b1g challenge, post game, northwestern |

Maryland vs Northwestern - ACC v B1G Challenge

It's a Turtle Soup Reunion / Road Trip! Both Gregg and I will be in attendance in the gorgeous Welsh-Ryan Arena.  This will be my first look at this year's squad.  All I know about Northwestern is that their arena sucks and they run the Princeton offense.  They are also undefeated.  I would expect that only one team will top 50 points. Go Te [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/27/2012 4:46:04 PM | Tags: acc bigten challenge, game thread |

Terps Attempt Dragonslaying vs UNC And Charles Mitchell Commits

 Today was a great day for the Terps.  Maryland played what was arguably its most complete game of the season beating Wake Forest by 20 points.  The bigger story is, of course, that the Terps nabbed their third Top 100 recruit of the class in Charles Mitchell. Mitchell is a 6'8" 250lb power forward.  He'll give us the kind of depth in the frontcou [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/8/2012 9:02:18 PM | Tags: unc, acc tournament, quarterfinals, basketball |

ACC Tournament Thread Day One; Wake Forest Beckons

 The Terps limp into the ACC Tournament after a brutal OT loss at home to Virginia.  The loss encapsulated the entire ACC season.  Close but no cigar.  This Terps team can compete with just about anyone (sans UNC and Duke); but they seem incapable of closing out good teams.  It's incredibly frustrating, but this about what we expected at the st [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/7/2012 8:02:13 PM | Tags: wake forest, acc tournament, first round |

Maryland Opens ACC At NC State

The Terps and Wolfpack square off in the final game of the ACC's opening weekend.  Thus far, it was a weekend filled with surprises.  Clemson upended FSU by 20.  Wake squeaked by Virginia Tech while GT and Miami gave Duke and Virginia all they could handle. Before yesterday's game, the conventional wisdom had Clemson, GT, and Wake at the bottom [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/8/2012 8:08:13 AM | Tags: thread, nc state, acc opener |

Terps v Cornell Preview and Thread

The Terps final tune-up before the ACC season gets underway tomorrow night when Cornell comes to town.  The Ivy League has given the ACC trouble this season.  Harvard's beaten BC (then again, who hasn't beaten BC?) and Florida State now sports two losses to Ivy League squads. Both Harvard and Princeton have downed the 'Noles this season. I don't [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/2/2012 8:17:07 PM | Tags: cornell, thread, basketball, acc preview |

Terps Can't Put NC State Away But Win Anyway

NC State shot 2-17 from three.  That won't happen tomorrow against Duke. NC State took a whopping 80 shots. The Terps actually outrebounded NC State 43-42; but State had 17 offensive rebounds to Maryland's 10.  The Terps also turned the ball over 15 times to State's 8.  If NC State could shoot worth a lick; we'd have gotten blown out of the g [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/10/2011 7:21:51 PM | Tags: nc state, acc tournament |

Somehow, The Terps Aren't Dead Yet

Joe Lunardi, ESPN's Tournament Oracle, currently lists the Terps as the sixth team to be left out of the Field of 68 in his latest Bracketology update (2/28).  At first glance, that seems ridiculous.  After all, the Terps boast an RPI of 83 and they haven't beaten an opponent in the Top 49 all year.  How is it possible that Lunardi thinks the Terps [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/28/2011 1:28:45 PM | Tags: bubble talk, acc tournament |
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