One Win. Four To Go.

2/11/2007 11:10:08 PM OK. We all know that beating Duke is more than just one win.  It feels so good.  Doesn't it? Seeing that disapproving skowl on Coach K's face brings me soo much joy.  I find it difficult to express it in words.  I believe the phrase in German is schadenfruede.  Helping to ruin Duke's season is a great way to boost team morale.

However as the headline suggests,  there is much work to be done.  Can the Terps string together a series of wins?  Two winnable road games loom. Can we display some consistency?

Tonight was beautiful.  Vasquez and Hayes were fun to watch.  These guys are going to be good together for a long time.   Vasquez thrives in pressure situations.  After watching this game, it is clear to me that these Terps are at their best when the seniors are defering to the freshman.

Of course, we have been saying this all season long, but it seems that tonight the seniors realized it too.  Sure DJ played well (finally), but MJ was terrible and Ibekwe had a quiet 13 points.  As is typical with these seniors, we count on one of them to not show up each night.

I can live with that if the fresman can step up like they did tonight.  Hayes' numbers are not gaudy but the offense just runs better with him at the helm.  And Vasquez, what can you say?  He's is our leader.  He takes the big shots when we really need a bucket.  He stops runs. He fires up the crowd.  I love this Venezuelan kid.

As for Duke, this is going to be fun.  They are rudderless.  No consistent guard play and a center who has is supposed to be a lottery pick but has no offensive skills and can't play defense.  They are a bubble team.  Make no mistake.  They have no quality wins.  Even we have some of those.

I will leave you with this: if we can sweep Duke it is likely that we could knock them out of the Tournament while simultaneously vaulting ourselves into the field.  Reason enough to keep watching, eh?

Let's enjoy this one because the season is on the line this Wednesday with another must-win game at NC State.
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