Post Game Thoughts

3/4/2009 10:06:32 AM Dave Neal's drive to the hoop in the final minutes that got swatted by Aminu summed up the entire season.\~ Neal got to the ball in the flow of the offense, made a great move, and was headed for an easy lay-in.\~ Aminu just elevated like the superb athlete he is and swatted the ball into next week.\par
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It reminded me of a play in the 1980s that Lefty Driesell drew up in the closing seconds of a game against Carolina.\~ I think MD was down by 1 point.\~ Lefty Drew up a play and somehow, Chuck Driesell found himself open underneath the hoop.\~ He was wide open.\~ It was the perfect play.\~ Maryland was about to win.\~ As Chuck went up for the game winning lay-up; Michael Jordan came out of nowhere and swatted it.\~ UNC won.\par
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When Chuck Driesell is going up against Michael Jeffrey Jordan, you know who is coming out on top.\~ Dave Neal vs. Aminu is the same thing.\~ We played our hearts out; but we just don't have the athletes to beat a team like Wake Forest.\par
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I hate to love this team.\~ I really do.\~ I know that in the end; I will feel unfulfilled after watching them for five months.\~ But they try so damn hard against better equipped teams every night; it is hard not to love them.\par
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People have been rightly criticzing Milbourne for disappearing the last two games.\~ He has; but keep in mind that he has just played two of the biggest frontlines we will face all year.\~ He is only 6'7".\~ Every time I look at our starting line up; I shake my head and think they can't possibly compete.\~ Yet there they are; playing their best basketball at the right time and they have brought us to the cusp of the Tournament.\par
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If they make it; it will be Gary's best performance ever as a coach.\~ Mark the tape.\par
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Speaking of which; here's how I think it plays out:\par
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MD, VT, and Miami are likely to be the #7, #8. #9 seeds in the ACC Tournament.\~ Two of them will make it. #8 and #9 play each other in the first round.\~ The loser will be out.\~ Regardless of which seed Maryland grabs; they will only need to win their first round game.\par
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That's a good thing, because depending on the seed; either Duke, UNC or Wake loom in the quarterfinals.\par
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There is still hope.
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