Terps Are An NIT Team

Today's game was lost in 2007.  You see, that was the year that Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie, and Dino Gregory came to campus. Of that illustrious group, Dino is the only one in the class who has improved during his time on campus.  If this were the 1990s, none of these kids would have even sniffed a campus visit, let alone play a combined 75 minutes in a crucial conference game.

Everyone seems to be focusing their ire on Cliff Tucker, and deservedly so. He was gawd-awful.  Here's his line:

15 mins, 0-4 FG, 0-3 3PT, 3 RBs, 3 TOs, 0 points

Way to show up for the biggest game of your career, Cliff!

But enough about Tucker.  Bowie was nearly as bad. 

22 mins, 2-8 FG, 1-3 3PT, 3 RBs, 1 ST, 5 points

As for their counterpart in suckitude, Sean Mosley, he can't hit layups and he can't hit threes.  He's horrible.  There is a reason they call the "little things" the little things.  Not being able to score is more damaging to a team, than all of the box outs, steals, and defensive plays combined.  It's not hard to defend the Terps when defenders can collapse off Mosley because he has no chance of hitting an open jumper.

Tucker, Bowie, and Sean Mosley are not ACC quality players.  It's been obvious for years, but fans have been talking themselves in to their talents and dismissing their weaknesses.  No more. 

It's time for these guys to ride the pine.  I'd rather the Terps cast their lot in with the freshman and see what they can deliver.  Bowie and Stoglin both played well today; but then again, can we expect a combined 5-7 3PT from them every game? 

Sure, the Terps can run the table and still get into the dance, but I don't want to talk about that now.  What's the point in fantasy talk?

Next year seems to be a less depressing topic.  Stoglin is averaging the same amount of points during his freshman campaign as Jordan Williams did in his.  That's reason for optimism.  I have high hopes for Nick Faust as he could provide the necessary dynamism to take some pressure of Jordan Williams.

4 NITs in 8 years.  Gary Williams doesn't deserve all of the blame; but he sure as hell deserves some of it.  I've said it once and I'll say it again. Billy Hahn served as Gary's assistant from 1989 - 2001 also known as the golden age of Terp basketball.  As soon as Hahn left, the quality of the recruiting has gone into the toilet.  These are facts and they are undeniable.  Maybe people should be talking about Billy Hahn getting inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Author: Jeremy | 2/12/2011 4:26:42 PM | Tags: frustration, boston college, billy hahn |

Beat BC Or Busted Bubble

There is not a realistic scenario where the Terps can lose in Boston tomorrow and still make the Tournament.  Sure, they can lose; then catch fire and run the table.  Remember though that I said "realistic scenario".  If the Terps can't BC, they arent' winning at Tech and UNC. As for the matchup, the Terps should beat th [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/11/2011 9:22:08 PM |

Longwood Comes To Town (If That's Their Real Name)

If you had asked me whether I think it is more likely that the name "Longwood" belonged to a Division I University or an 80s Pornstar; I would have gone with Pornstar.  I mean is there a better porn name than "Richard Longwood"? My goodness. Regardless, the pathetic "Lancers" (that's their real mascot) come t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/8/2011 1:53:55 PM |

Turtle Soup Recruiting Tab

You've probably noticed a "Recruiting" tab on the navigation bar on the Turtle Soup home page.  To date, we have not done anything with it; but I just added a post with some you tube clips of every 2012 basketball signee and target. There is a place to comment underneath the post so there can be an ongoing discussion of the recru [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/7/2011 11:28:52 AM |

2012 Basketball Recruting Targets

- Sterling Gibbs: 6'3" 18-lbs Scouting Grade: 91 Gibbs has grown two inches in between his junior and senior season.  He is the brother of Pitt's Ashton Gibbs and if he is anything like his brother (he is now taller than Ashton), then the Terps have their floor leader for the next 4 years. [VideoPlayer url=&quo [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/7/2011 11:07:06 AM | Tags: recruiting |

Wake Forest Game Thread

I'm tempted to call this a trap game because the Terps will likely suffer a hangover after getting outclassed by Duke.  Well, if that is in the cards, I don't want to be a part of it. Wake is terrible.  Maryland is playing terrible.  Something's gotta give.  Actually it doesn't.  Maryland can play poorly and still beat [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/4/2011 8:42:08 PM |

Don Brown Is Leaving

for UConn.  My guess is that he is leaving Maryland to return his home in New England. Even so, this is a huge embarrassment to the university. UConn should not be a lateral move from Maryland; but aside from that it just further illustrates what a mess the Athletic Department has become.  Kevin Anderson botched the Fridge firi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/4/2011 3:37:44 PM |

Terps Come Up Small Again

[Image flickrUrl="http://www.flickr.com/photos/insidemdsports/5374136479/" url="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5374136479_09e4a02b87.jpg" align="Left" caption="It's not looking good for Gary and the Terps right now." credit="Inside Maryland Sports"  width="500" height="333&q [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/2/2011 9:03:48 PM |

Duke Game Thread

It's almost game time.  Terp fans have been anxiously awaiting tip-off as a victory could turn the season on its ear.  I don't think we expect Jordan Williams to do it alone.  One or two backcourt guys will need to step up.  It goes without saying that we need to hold our own on the glass and keep turnovers low.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/2/2011 2:06:49 PM |

Bring On Duke

Well, I'm hunkered down in the Soup Lair while the city of Chicago gets pelted with "Thundersnow" and 20ft waves from Lake Michigan. Instead of trying to come up with useless euphemisms for major snowstorms (Snowmegeddon, Snowpocalypse, or my favorite, Snowlocaust); I thought I'd pen a little preview of tomorrow's tilt. The Terps have [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/1/2011 6:56:51 PM |
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