#4 Maryland vs #5 West Virginia

3/22/2015 8:06:07 AM The Maryland Terrapins haven't been to the Sweet 16 since 2003. Exalted names like Drew Nicholas and Steve Blake were involved.  Today, the Terps can end the drought and reestablish the program on the national stage.

In the way, stands West Virginia. The Mountaineers have slogged through the Big 12 conference which has been tabbed the best conference in the country all season.  Before panic sets in, let's remember that Maryland is 2-0 against the conference and the Big 12 has had a rough Tournament thus far.  There is nothing for Maryland to fear.

Melo and Dez will be the two best players on the court tonight but that won't be enough.  Maryland will need a complete effort from the whole squad.  That means that Jake Layman needs to find his way out his funk and become the inside / outside threat that we need.

West Virginia is an elite offensive rebounding squad and that is a known weakness for Maryland.  The Terps will need to rebound like their life depends on it because it does.  West Virginia is a bad free throw shooting team.  In the Tournament, that often makes the difference.  It did against Valpo.

Editor's Note (Plug):

My favorite player of all-time (and many of yours) is holding a basketball camp this summer.  Details below on Juan Dixon's Basketball Camp:

Former University of Maryland Super Star Juan Dixon will be hosting a co-ed basketball camp for playersages 7-17 at the Supreme Sports Club in Columbia, MD from June 22- 26, 2015 and at Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, MD from June 29 – July 3, 2015.   Juan is currently an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and each player in camp will have the opportunity to receive the same instruction he currently teaches at the University of Maryland!     Campers will be divided into age groups to ensure they receive the proper and outstanding training.    The Juan Dixon camp will give campers of all ages and skill levels a chance to learn from outstanding college players and high school basketball coaches.    Juan’s coaching staff will teach the same basketball skills he learned and teaches the University of Maryland!    These skills are needed to take all players to the next level!    The camp will concentrate on the fundamentals of the game while having fun in an encouraging environment.    In addition to some outstanding basketball instruction, each camper will receive a camp Juan Dixon T-shirt, a skills evaluation and autographs with camp guests. Before and after care is available. Sign up now to receive early-bird discounts!   ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED!   Please call 301-575-9400 or visitwww.sibasketballcamps.com for more information and to register your son/daughter!

There is nothing left to do but to watch it unfold.  Maryland fans deserve a win tonight but the boys have to earn it.  It won't be handed to them.

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