Season Saved, For Now

1/15/2007 3:58:59 PM Phew. We needed that. A season saving win against Clemson obviously impressed the pollsters as the Terps actually moved up to No. 22 in the polls despite losing to a team with an RPI of 161 earlier in the week.

Everyone contributed to Saturday's win and it appeared that Ekene Ibekwe was revived from his month long slumber. At 15-3, the Terps record looks nice (It would be a lot better at 16-2, but I'm not going there), but the job is far from over.

At 1-2 in conference, the Terps face two tough road games against experienced back courts. UVA is in a brand new building and would love to avenge last season's loss to at home to the Terps when the Cavaliers were closing their gym. UVA shoots threes extremely well and that is one of the Terps biggest defensive weaknesses. Working in our favor, is that we seem to have had the upper hand against UVA in recent years and the Terps essentially beat the same UVA team in Charlottesville last year.

The second game this week is against sudden conference powerhouse, Virginia Tech. Fresh off two straight wins against wins Duke and Carolina, the Hokies will be favorites against the Terps in Blacksburg, VA this coming weekend.

A pivotal week. One win is a must. The Terps cannot afford to end the week with a 1-4 conference record. 2-3 will be palatable, but will indicate that the rest of the year will be a grind. If we are somehow able to win both road games this week, the Terps will have established themselves as an upper-echelon team and a virtual lock for the NCAAs. The outcomes this week will determine which game was an aberration: the Clemson game or the Miami game.

The up and down Cavaliers have been equally frustrating to their fans and they desperately need a win. Tomorrow's game should be a dog fight. I just hope that Terps are firing real bullets and not the blanks they brought to the Miami game.
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