From Cougars To Spartans

Houston, you had a problem.  His name was Jordan Williams.  21 points, 17 rebound and he is a freshman.  Perhaps the most exciting part is that players usually improve the most between their freshman and sophomore seasons. But, surely that is a topic for another time.  There are still game(s) to be played this season.

On the whole, the Terps played a great game. After turning the ball over 5 times in the first 5 minutes, the Terps finished with 9 for the game.  That included 2 inexplicable back-to-back giveaways by Cliff Tucker.  Sometimes, that kid just leaves you speechless.

The only missing piece yesterday was the 3PT shooting.  4-17 will not get it done against Michigan State.  Vasquez missed all of his attempts from beyond the arc (0-5).  He was pressing so much at the end of the game to get one that he fired off a couple of bad attempts.  The Terps simply can't afford another shutout from our best player on Sunday.

Michigan State will pose a different set of problems than Houston did.  The Terps will not be able to dominate the interior like we did against Houston.  The Spartans are big enough on the interior and they play good half court defense.  The final score will not be in 80s.

Of course, the announcers will spend the majority of the game blathering on about Gary Williams and Tom Izzo.  Two future Hall of Fame coaches.  It will be a non-stop topic of discussion and I urge you to consider turning the volume off.  None of it matters.

Ultimately, Sunday's game will define our season and that is all the matters.  A trip to the Sweet 16 will reestablish Maryland as an elite program.  It will give our younger player invaluable experience as we look ahead to next season.  Most importantly, it means we get to keep playing for a championship.  That is what this is all about.  As long as the Terps keep advancing, fans can keep dreaming.
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Author: Jeremy | 3/20/2010 8:16:27 AM | Tags: houston, gary williams, tom izzo, maryland, michigan state, jordan williams |

Houston Game Thread - NCAA First Round

The Terps must wait for 31 of the 32 first round games to start before they can tipoff.  Let's hope that it is worth the wait. I'm not going to waste time profiling the Houston Cougars.  I haven't seen them play.  That's not to say that they aren't capable of beating Maryland.  They are.  Anyone can beat anybody.  Y [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/18/2010 8:24:35 PM | Tags: ncaa men division i basketball championship, houston cougars, maryland terrapin, greivis vasquez |

NCAA Tourney - Day 1 Thread

I'm at work; but I want to throw up a thread so Soupers can discuss the most wonderful day of the year.  More to come. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/18/2010 10:24:48 AM | Tags: ncaa tournament |

Previewing the Tourney

Okay, so it took me a few days to get my thoughts together after everyone here in Michigan has been starting to talk their trash about a possible Terps-Spartans matchup in Round 2. I've been offered a ton of bets from a ton of people, but I refused to think about making any wagers with any Spartan faithful until the game is set. I am not looking [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 3/16/2010 1:54:01 PM |

NCAA Selection Show Thread

While as Terp fans, we won't be sweating out whether or not Maryland will be in the Tournament; there is still much to worry over. As Georgia Tech pointed out on Friday night; there are certain matchups that put the Terps at a disadvantage.  Namely, big athletic front court players who can dominate the boards and stop penetration.  The Terps need t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/14/2010 2:11:51 PM | Tags: ncaa tournament, matchups, selection sunday |

Relax Everyone!

There should be no excuses. It's not okay. It's very disappointing and it DID matter.... BUT..RELAX!!There was a lot of angry back and forth during the game and I have to admit I got caught up in it too. It's all out of frustration and while I disagree with plenty of the comments, this post is not about that. This is about putting this frustra [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 3/12/2010 10:45:05 PM |

Greivis, Gary, and Georgia Tech

I'm back.  I've spent the last 4 days in Phoenix, AZ (where it rained and didn't get above 60 degrees) at my company's National Sales Conference.  Needless to say, I had no time to do any actual work, let alone write a blog post.During my hiatus, both Greivis and Gary won the honors they deserved. POY and COY are appropriate accolades for two men w [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/12/2010 8:14:26 AM | Tags: acc tournament, georgia tech, poy, coy, greivis vasquez, gary williams |

Games On! Thursday ACC Tourney Thread

By popular demand (jon), we needed a new thread.The ACC tournament is underway and UVA is already moving on with a win over BC. How nice is it folks to have a Thursday in Greensboro without worry. We can sit back and watch some other teams play for their lives. After seeing Drew Nicholas' buzzer beater on some cell phone commercial on ESPN a lit [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 3/11/2010 1:08:42 PM |

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

It's tournament time. And that usually means two things. Number one, I am very excited to head out to Vegas for the first 2 rounds of the NCAA Tournament and happily hoping that the Terps don't play in the first game of the day on Thursday as I will still be flying in at that time. Number two, we are usually concerned at this point not about the [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 3/8/2010 9:44:22 AM |

Virginia Game Thread

The Terps can (and will) gain at least a share of the ACC Regular Season Crown with a win today.  I hope it is not the only piece of hardware that the Terps will garner this season; but it was an important one nonetheless.Viriginia is in free fall (what else is new?).  They have lost 8 games in a row. You have to wonder if at some point UVA alums h [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/6/2010 8:46:55 AM | Tags: uva, game thread |
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