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.  I actually had trouble sleeping which hasn't happened as a result of a sporting event since Corie Lucious ripped our hearts out eight months ago.

To say that Cliff Tucker and Adrian Bowie (4 points on 1-5 shooting combined) came up "small" is an insult to all things dimunitive.  Where was the confident Cliff Tucker we all saw in Madison Square Garden two weeks ago? 

Somehow, Adrian Bowie only had two turnovers, so the statistics do not demonstrate accurately how thoroughly he ran the offense into the ground in the first half.

It does provide some solace that the Howard and Stoglin led Terps put up 40 points in the second half against a stout Temple defense; but results are results.  At this point, it is hard to deny that Stoglin offers Gary a much better option at the point than Bowie.  What Stoglin may lack in court vision (or a right hand for that matter), is more than made up for by his sharpshooting and fearless drives to the rack.  Bowie gives us nothing.

The Terps can not only survive, they will thrive with Bowie on the bench.  The same cannot be said for Cliff Tucker.  The Terps will not compete for a Tournament bid unless Tucker regains the confidence he had during the first quintile of the season.

When Tucker is on, he looks like the evolutionary Chris McCray.  His capable of going to the hole or spotting up for the deadly jumper.  When he gets discouraged, he might as well be Ersin Levant with mononucleosis.  Maryland desperately needs Tucker's scoring to open things up for Jordan Williams.  Otherwise  J Will will face persistent double or even triple teams the rest of the way.

Stoglin (and to a lesser degree, Howard) can take some of the pressure off of Williams; but Tucker is a senior and the Terps will need his leadership if we are to win some of these close games. While it's encouraging to see the freshman get better with each game; it cannot come at the expense of the seniors regressing. 

There were some other notable moments last night.  Here's a bulleted summary:
  • It nice to finally see some consistent production from James Padgett (8 points on 4-6 shooting). However, we need more than 3 boards and zero blocks in 14 minutes from him.
  • The Hawk got off the schnide with a nice three pointer from the top of the key.  If he starts to hit the open look, it will add a new dimension to the offense.
  • Mosley produced yet another stinker.  I know he does all the little things. Blah blah blah.  At the end of the day, he's a shooting guard who's first shot of the game missed the rim entirely and hit the side of the glass.  He was wide open.  Somewhere, Juan Dixon just vomited in is mouth while reading that.
In the final analysis, this team is demonstrably better with Terrell Stoglin in the starting lineup.  Adrian Bowie needs to start coming off the bench post haste.  Cliff Tucker can't turn into Cliff Tucker.  BC looms next weekend.  If we can pick up the win, I'll remain bullish on the season.  If not, it will be Bloody Sunday Part II.
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 |

Torrey Smith: Best Maryland WR Ever?

In the afterglow of the Terps' eighth win of the season, it seems the country is about to truly learn about Torrey Smith. After his ridiculous 14-catch, 224-yard, 4 TD performance against NC State, his season statistics start to look All-American-caliber: 65 receptions, 1,045 yards, 12 touchdowns. Smith is a lock to make first-team All-ACC at [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 11/27/2010 10:24:32 PM |

Football Terps vs. NC State Thread

The football regular season ends today at 330PM ET as the Terps play host to NC State.  NC State can secure a spot in the ACC Championship Game with a win so they have all to play for.  The Terps on the other hand are playing for things like:  Senior Day, Pride, and Bowl Position (although its likely the Military Bowl regardless [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/27/2010 8:57:37 AM |

Terps to Play Elon College Tonight

Happy Thanksgiving folks.  I'm back in the Free State for a couple of days; but unfortunately, I won't be able to make it to Comcast tonight for the epic Elon battle.  These cupcake games are important for building the confidence of our bench players.  In particular; I'd like to see Weijs and Padgett play a little more.  Ne [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/26/2010 10:08:23 AM |

Maryland vs. Delaware State Thread

Threads, threads, and more threads. I still haven't properly digested the weekend that wasn't; but there is no rest for the weary.  The Terps are facing perennial MEAC doormat, Delaware State tonight.  We should win by 30, maybe more.  We aren't going to learn anything about this team until the Penn State game next week, so [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/23/2010 3:50:12 PM |
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