ACC Opener: VaTech vs Maryland

1/4/2013 4:51:46 PM 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, when four guys would just stand around while Stoglin dribbled and then jacked up an off-balance shot?  Not good times. 

Still, the Terps haven't played a quality opponent in over a month and the Hokies are arguably the best team Maryland has played since the first game of the year against Kentucky.

Most folks believe that Turgeon has put together a really good team. It's finally time to start proving it.  I expect the Terps to play even with the Hokies for a half and then our superior depth will begin to wear on them.  

I think Wells and Len have huge days but the lead gets extended when our second team is in.  Guys like Chuck Mitchell and Shaq Cleare will dominate VT's second team.  In the end, I think the Terps win going away. 78-66.

One thing to note:  a Smith School MBA alum has started a new business called Lets Move Down. The Maryland Athletic Dept has partnered with them (press release: http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/120412aaa.html) Here's a synopsis of the company:


"LetsMoveDown revolutionizes the fan experience during a sports game byproviding in-game seating upgrades and exclusive rewards directly to iOS orAndroid supported mobile devices.

"Fans can use LetsMoveDown's free app to view, bid on and purchase better seats during the game.  LetsMoveDown’s in-game pricing algorithm adjusts the price of upgrade tickets based on the game clock, score and other variables to provide the best value for an upgrade seat.

"With LetsMoveDown, you can also sell your tickets to other fans AFTER the game has started! No more throwing away unusable tickets or feeling guilty about leaving an empty seat in the arena. Simply use the free LetsMoveDown app to scan the barcodes on your tickets and allow another fan at the game to buy your seats from you! Your seat gets used by an appreciative fan and you get paid for your tickets.

"LetsMoveDown's free app focuses on giving fans the ultimate experience at sporting events and helps make sure that the best seats go to the best fans."

If you are going to the game and interested in checking out the app, you can download it here:

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