THE TERPS ARE BACK!!! (IN FIRST PLACE!)

3/3/2010 9:37:05 PM What a night.

The boys did it. It was not pretty. They could have packed it in, but this team is special. Enjoy this Terp Nation! We are the lead story!

The title says it all. The Terps are back. Now, for a team that has won at least 19 games for 15+ years, they never went too far down, but the words uttered when Duane Simpkins beat Georgetown are true again. After 4 years of frustration brought on by super high expectations, we took control of a game against Duke and our senior leader would not be denied.

Greivis Vasquez will have his name in the rafters for all to see forever. Tonight's win against Duke didn't cement that, but years from now when you look up and see the jersey hanging there, you can remember this night. He wasn't perfect, but he is the heart and soul of this era of Maryland basketball and he willed this team to victory.

There are many other players who deserve big props for their play in this one. Adrian Bowie showed flashes of brilliance that I know had most of us saying to ourselves, "Next year may not be so scary!".
Jordan Williams was a flat out stud. Rebounding with the biggest and tallest all night and hitting 5 straight clutch free throws.

But this night is about the seniors. I know I didn't want the students rushing the floor, but what can you say? Vasquez deserved to be carried off the floor. Hayes deserved to be carried off the floor. Milbourne, who busts his butt no matter how his shot is falling, deserved to be carried off the floor. Nobody will ever forget this game and this season. Buzzer beaters, double OT wins, and grabbing first place against Duke on senior night.

Now this season is far from over and I'm sure we are all scared of a letdown on Saturday, but that's for tomorrow and the rest of the week. Let's all enjoy this fantastic evening!!
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