Terps Host Virginia Tech

 The Terps have just finished a brutal three-game stretch and came up empty handed.  Not a pelt to speak of.  There were some encouraging moments and some discouraging ones. 

Terps hung in against FSU, Temple, and Duke.  In fact, most of those games were close to even with 10 minutes left to play. The Terps collapsed each time. 

In my view, the collapses are due to horrendous free throw shooting coupled with an over-reliance on Terrell Stoglin in crunch time.  In the Duke game, the Terps played incredible team basketball until the final 10 minutes. Even Bobby Knight (doing play-by-play for ESPN) gushed about how daring the Terps were in taking it right to Duke by driving on them so consistently.

Then, it became crunch time, and everyone deferred to Stoglin to try and win the game singlehandedly.  Stoglin is a phenomenal talent and we are lucky to have him; but no one wins games by themselves.  The Terps had the blueprint for success.  They had been executing against it for the first 30 minutes of the game. Yet, the rest of the team failed to step up.

Now, the free throw shooting in absolute abomination. It's getting worse and there is nothing anyone seems to be able to do about it. Mason Plumlee seems to have figured it out, why can't our guys?  The FT shooting has already cost the Terps 3-4 wins and will likely keep them out of the postseason if it doesn't improve.

What does this mean for today's game?  Well, the Hokies are not nearly as talented as FSU or Duke.  Maryland matches up well enough and the game is in College Park.  This is the kind of game that Maryland must win.  Beating Duke or FSU is aspirational at this point.  Virginia Tech is a middling team and the Terps are talented enough to win their home games against middling teams.

We'll see.  January has been a tough month.  Alex Len came in like lion and is going out like a lamb.  It'd be nice to see some progress from him today. 

Author: Jeremy | 1/28/2012 11:21:34 AM | Tags: virginia tech, thread |

DUKE Q&A and Game Thread

 This is the least emotionally ready that I have been for a Maryland-Duke that I've been in years.  I have an emotional hangover from the brutal stomach-punch loss my Ravens took on Sunday plus I'm frustrated with the Terps recent play.  The Temple game left me deflated.  So, I'm trying something a little different.  Th [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/25/2012 11:28:45 AM | Tags: duke sucks, thread |

Gary Reflects

Courtesy of the Washington Post, I thought I would reprint an except of a recent Gary Williams radio interview.  There is more on the Post's website, but I thought his reflection on the Michigan State loss in 2010 was pretty interesting! “A lot of teams lose during the year, but you can’t lose during the tournament,” Williams said. The l [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 1/23/2012 2:42:18 PM |

Terps Come Up Short, Again

For me, yesterday's loss at the hands of an eminently beatable Temple squad was the first truly frustrating loss of the season. Sure, I've been disappointed with other losses this year, but I always felt the other team was simply the better one and the Terps were learning on the job, so at least the loss was productive Yesterday was different.&nbs [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/22/2012 8:44:13 AM | Tags: recap, temple, frustration |

Terps Step Out Of ACC For Big Opportunity Against Temple

 I just commuted home from Mexico and landed in a Chicago snowstorm during rush hour.  I'm spent. The good news is that I don't have to play tomorrow at 11am. Our Terps however, do and will.  The Owls present a stiff test as they always seem to.  Already, Temple has knocked off Duke this year, so the Terps are going to be big r [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/20/2012 9:26:08 PM | Tags: temple, thread |

Terps Hit The Road - FSU Thread

Come on! We only had 2 days to enjoy the latest win?  I wish we could have enjoyed it a bit longer, but the schedule is the schedule. Tonight is a big one.  Clearly not a must-win, but a win would definitely open some eyes.  It could go one of two ways.  Either FSU is flying high off of their whooping of UNC and thinking t [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 1/17/2012 12:24:10 PM |

Mosley, Defense Beat Jackets

This game could not have started any uglier... but in the end, heck, I wouldn't have kicked it out of my bed! Sean Mosley has gotten a lot of flack on this site and others over the years, but everyone who watched their win over Georgia Tech can say just what Jackets coach Brian Gregory said after this one:  "He flat out won them that g [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 1/15/2012 8:32:16 PM |

Terps Host Georgia Tech To Gain Leg Up In Topsy Turvy ACC

The ACC this year is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.  No one can figure it out.  UNC lost to FSU today by 33 points.  33 points!  Who cares if it was in Tallahassee?  Sure, the Seminoles were preseason #3 in the conference but no one expected that. Georgia Tech dominated NC State on the road this week.&n [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/14/2012 9:10:26 PM | Tags: georgia tech, threads, , basketball |

Jeckyll and Hyde Terps Hold Off Wake Forest

I'm convinced that these kids are going to give us all heart attacks before the season is through. At least we can't say that we haven't been warned.  Ever since the Terps have gotten to full strength, a familiar pattern has been established.  Often (not always), the Terps run out to a big lead in the first half (see Cornell and Wake), on [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/12/2012 4:16:20 PM | Tags: wake forest, recap, basektball |

Wake Forest Beckons

The ACC schedule is wonderful in that it offers near immediate opportunities to bounce back from defeats.  Yet, for those teams with issues that have not been fixed; losses can stack up in a hurry. The Terps hung in but never really gave me the sense that they could be NC State on Sunday.  Wake should not present that same problem but [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/10/2012 8:07:12 PM | Tags: wake, threads, basketball |
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