A Victory For The Ages. Terps Win In 2OT

2/27/2010 8:45:09 PM What a game.  Vasquez turned in the best second half I can remember.  He was 11 for 23 in the second half.  He wilted down the stretch (finishing 4-14); but who can blame him?  The man played 48 minutes.

Vasquez made some mistakes (that 3pt with 6 seconds left in the first OT being the biggest); but he also found an open Hayes for what should have been the winning shot in regulation. Vasquez's line: 41pts, 7rebs, 6asts, 10-10 FT 5-15 3PT 48mins. It's the first 40 point game since Joe Smith pumped in 40 in Cameron in 1995.

The team won't quit.  Ever.  The credit goes Coach Williams and our guards (Hayes and Vaz). I haven't seen the final stats, but at one point late in the second half, VT was 70% from the field.  Somehow, the Terps took every shot VT threw at them and kept on coming.

Tonight's win was incredibly special.  It ended two unfortunate streaks:

1. For the first time since the ACC expanded to 12 teams, the Terps have earned a bye in the ACC Tournament.

2.  The Terps won at the Cassell Center for the first time since VT joined the league.

It's been my experience that the team the forces the tie in regulation has the edge in OT.  The team that was in the lead gets deflated and momentum shifts.  This is especially true when the team that loses the lead is on the road.  Well, these Terps defy all the rules. This is a special team.

Clearly Vasquez took center stage tonight, but Mosley played well for the second straight game and Jordan Williams grabbed 15 boards.  Milbourne's continued disappearance is an enigma; but we've proven we can without him (not that I'd like to make a habit of it).  This is a team of role players and we can be confident that someone will step up every night to complement Vasquez.

Undoubtedly, the Terps will be ranked in the next AP poll.  The RPI should shoot up as well.  Road wins against Top 50 teams tend to do that for you.  In my estimation, the Terps are looking at a 5 seed if the season ended today and if we beat Duke; I think we've earned a 4 seed.

Speaking of Duke; Wednesday night is going to be epic. The regular season ACC title is on the line (something the Terps haven't won since 1995 I believe) and it's senior night.

Our seniors have brought the program back from mediocrity and have left an indelible mark on the University.  Vasquez in particular has gotten the most out of his abilities and I expect that his name will be in the rafters next season.  He'll also have the chance to outplay John Scheyer and end the debate about who the ACC POY should be.

I asked after the NC State win two weeks ago if it was too early to say WWO.  Perhaps it was, but the Terps have been perfect since then. We've gone from bubble team to a high seed and they boys aren't done.

Let's beat Duke on Wednesday and claim the regular season title.
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