Misery Continues As Terps Collapse vs Nova

1/15/2011 1:20:56 PM [Image flickrUrl="http://www.flickr.com/photos/insidemdsports/4165648290/" url="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2766/4165648290_c1d1793218.jpg" align="Left" caption="Can Gary rally the troops to shake off the latest demoralizing loss?" credit="Inside Maryland Sports"  width="500" height="333" ]
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.
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