Misery Continues As Terps Collapse vs Nova

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Up 12 with 10 minutes to go.

Down 7 with 5 minutes to go.

In between, Villanova went on a preventable 17-0 run that could doom the Terps season.

Maryland really gave this one away. Unforced errors on both ends of the court and of course, the free throw line killed us again too. 

Bowie (who played a great game) misses the front end of a 1 and 1.  Pe'shon Howard throws the ball away.  It goes on and on.

Can the Terps come back from this?

The schedule opens up a little with some tough home games (VT and Clemson) and winnable road games (UVA and GT) before Duke comes College Park for an absolute must-win game.

If the Terps can run the table and go 5-0; they would be 16-6 and back in the hunt.  Anything less, and the season will be slipping away.

That's the plan for getting back the momentum.  The problem is that when, as a team, you consistently come up short; it is hard to believe in yourself. With a big lead, how do you now not look over your shoulder and wait for the collapse?  The players like the fans are snake bitten.

These are the moments when a coach earns his salary.  I remember a season not too long ago (OK 2001 is long ago) when the Terps dropped a brutal game to Duke at home (gone in 52 seconds) and then went into a tailspin culminating in a home loss to a horrendous Florida State squad. Gary left Cole Fieldhouse that night to a chorus of boos and fans derisively chanting "NIT" at him.

Williams brought in newly crowned Super Bowl champion coach, Brian Billick to speak to the team and give them a pep talk.  That was all they needed.  The Terps went on a huge run to close out the season including the memorable road win at Cameron Indoor Stadium (or should I say Dixon Indoor Stadium?).

That year's squad made it all the way to the Final Four.  It's clear that this year's team doesn't have the talent to get that far; but they do have the talent to be much better than their record reflects.

The team needs to get mad.  They know they are better than this.  It's time to start showing it on the floor. Otherwise, it's NIT time.
Author: Jeremy | 1/15/2011 1:20:56 PM |

Terps vs Villanova: Last Chance For Good Impression

The headline is true.  Tomorrow is the last chance for the Terps to make a statement outside of the ACC.  Villanova boasts a 15-1 record and is ranked #7 in the country.  A win in Philadelphia will erase many doubts about this year's Terps.  A victory would expunge all of the near misses the Terps have endured thus far.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/14/2011 7:40:27 PM |

Terps Cruise Past Hapless Deacons

In what universe does a team like Maryland shoot its worst FG% of the season and win on Tobacco Road?  Welcome to the ACC circa 2011.   Wake Forest is brutal and they may not be the worst in the conference (that would be reserved for Georgia Tech). The Terps will take it.  Tonight, MD was in desperate need of a win and they [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/12/2011 8:27:17 PM |

Wake Forest Thread

Greetings from Silicon Valley! I've been training on the west coast all week; so I've been a bit of the loop on the Soup. Sundays loss at Cameron obviously disappointed; but I believe (like Gregg), that we can take solace in the fact that the Terps played Duke closer at Cameron than any other opponent this year.  We even played better in [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/12/2011 3:51:30 PM |

Nothing To Be Upset About... Yet, Still Not Good

The headline sums it up for me. I came away from watching the game shrugging.  We are what we are.  We are a good team with a chance to be very good.  However, our problems are not going to go away.  - All four of our guards are inexperienced and have holes in their games.  - We are horrible at the free throw lin [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 1/9/2011 9:18:40 PM |

How the Terps can bookend Duke's win streak

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Author: Ethan | 1/8/2011 2:25:51 PM |

Maryland vs. Colgate Thread

Colgate is terrible.  They are 1-11. The Adonal Foyle years are long gone.  Unfortunately, this game won't provide much of a tune up for Duke this weekend. The only thing to watch for the player rotation that Gary Williams employs.  I wouldn't expect more than 8 guys to play against Duke so the first 8 in tonight will likely be p [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/4/2011 10:22:21 AM | Tags: terps, colgate |

Randy Edsall Is The New Head Football Coach Of The Maryland Terrapins

First the vitals; then the rant. - Randy Edsall is 52 years old (3 years older than Mike Leach). - He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he played QB - Connecticut is the only team he has ever coached - His career record is 74-70 - His mentor is Tom Coughlin - His current salary is $1.3MM/year I'm sure Randy Edsall is a fine coa [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/2/2011 4:37:10 PM |

Report: HC Announcement Tomorrow; Edsall To Interview Tonight

Chick Hernandez of Comcast Sportsnet DC reports: UCONN HC Randy Edsall is in Maryland. Meeting with some members of search committee. Barring major setback, look for him to be New HC at Maryland. Updated Analysis (Jeremy):  It's really hard to be anything but disappointed by this development.  Edsall may be the "safe" choi [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 1/2/2011 11:27:17 AM |

Terps-North Florida Thread

Great day to be a Terp. They sent Fridge out in style and the postgame ceremony was clearly special. Now onto hoops.  Another dominating performance (hopefully) against North Florida. Enjoy Terp fans! [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 12/29/2010 4:39:09 PM |
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