Terps Choke Away Victory Against BC

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The Terps had this one in the bag until it happened.  Cliff Tucker stepped to the line with the Terps leading 75-73 and 1:47 left in the game.  He missed both free throws.  The Terps never recovered.  BC scored the final six points and that was it.

The Terps have displayed tantalizing moments of ability.  What they lack is senior leadership.  Cliff Tucker is definitely who we thought he was.  He's the most maddeningly inconsistent player of recent memory.  He's blessed with athleticism but does not seem to be able to harness it.  He has given us flashes over the years; but today's game proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he cannot be trusted.  Sure, he's come through in big moments (see Ga Tech last year); but Tucker is unable to consistently deliver the little things that is required of a true leader.  Those were the biggest free throws of the game and he failed to deliver.

It's not all Tucker's fault.  There is plenty of blame to go around.  The perimeter defense (never one of Gary's strong points) was atrocious.  The Eagles nailed 13 threes.  The defensive rotation wasn't there and BC got an open three every time they wanted one.

Sean Mosley is just not good enough.  The quintessential Sean Mosley sequence occurred before the first TV timeout of the game.  The Terps were running a delayed break; and they reversed the ball to the open man in the corner for the open three.  It was the right pass.  It was in the flow of the offense.  The problem was the man who caught it.  Mosley clanked it off the rim.  We can talk about all of the little things that Mosley does; but in the final analysis, he is a shooting guard who can't shoot.  I'm still waiting for the 3000 point high school scorer to walk through tunnel.  After 2+ years, it safe to say, he ain't coming.

Stoglin is a captivating talent.  He's a bit of black hole right now; but he is the only guy on the team right now capable of hitting a long range jumper with any kind of regularity.  We thought Tucker could be that guy; but see the first part of this post.  Tucker is like a rookie QB on the road in the playoffs - not to be trusted.

So where are we?  Four losses before the end of December is a bitter pill to swallow.  The Terps have been in every game; but that is little solace when we still lack a quality win.   We knew that this season would be a transitional year with a less than stellar senior class running things.  Unfortunately, things are now tougher because we have yet to break through on any of our big games.

Yes, we are young. Yes we will be better later in the year.  It is just so tough to make the Dance when you dig yourself a big hole in December.   The Terps will enter January in desperate need of signature win.  Road games at Duke and Villanova will provide those opportunities. Gary will need to find a way to keep the team under composure. Jordan Williams won't be able to do it alone and it doesn't look like the senior class will be able to provide much stability.
Author: Jeremy | 12/12/2010 8:56:36 PM |

Terps Kickoff ACC Against BC Today

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Author: Jeremy | 12/11/2010 9:31:15 PM |

UNC Greensboro Thread

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Author: Jeremy | 12/8/2010 3:02:50 PM |

Adjehi Baru signs with College of Charleston, recruiting world shakes collective heads

Per Evan Daniels, among other sources, Baru, the five-star center who was also known as the Terps' top remaining target, has committed to CofC in one of the recruiting head-scratchers of recent memory. Baru's legal guardian's son, a barely passable ballplayer who didn't receive a single other D-1 scholarship, signed with Charleston early in the [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 12/6/2010 10:29:54 PM |

Bloody Sunday.

"I can't read the news today.  I can't close my eyes and make it go away." -Bono That's how I felt this morning after witnessing my Ravens and our Terps both fall in gut-wrenching fashion.  Add to that the royal Eff-You that the ACC handed the football Terps with the Military Bowl and yesterday was monumental disaster.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/6/2010 1:13:17 PM |

Temple Primer And Game Thread

Before I get going, I'd like to thank the athletic department at Maryland for scheduling the Terps game during the Ravens-Steelers Sunday Night Football game.  Half the Terp fan base will not be watching this game live.  That's just great. Temple offers Maryland a contrast in style.  Gary's troops want to get out and run while Tem [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/4/2010 9:28:27 PM |

The Turtle Soup Bowl Rant

College Football is pretty much a laughingstock.  How is it that a sport so dedicated to celebrating the amateur athlete, is transparently driven by money and greed? It's bad enough that every bowl game is mangled into some ridiculous corporate sponsorship.  I mean who would have thought that the 1990 Poulin Weed Eater Inde [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/3/2010 3:38:19 PM |

Maryland vs Penn State Thread

The Terps tour through the Keystone state continues tonight as Maryland heads up to State College, PA. The ACC is down 4-2 in the Challenge; but I don't care one bit so long as the Terps win. If history is the judge; the Terps should win easily tonight.  Maryland has always fared will in the ACC/Big10 Challenge and Penn State is hist [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/1/2010 1:42:58 PM |

ACC / Big Ten Discussion Thread

Since the Terps are the last game of the challenge; it is only fitting that we create a forum to digest the games.  Virginia got the ACC off to a good start with a win at #13 Minnesota and the Wake has taken a second half against an Iowa team that looks like a deer in the headlights. Ohio State is in control in Tallahassee; but it [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/30/2010 6:20:27 PM |

Taking Stock Of The Basketball Team

Throw it down, big man!(Photo Credit: Inside Maryland Sports) Over the last 10 days, Terp fans have endured quite the roller coaster ride.  Both the football and basketball teams have put us through the ringer emotionally. While the football team's ride ended on a high note; the basketball team's ride is just getting started. The ride s [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/29/2010 1:20:35 PM |
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