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Maryland Basketball Update

By Ben Linton

After finishing the first couple warm-up games without a blemish (although one was too close for comfort) the Maryland Basketball team headed to New York City for the 2K Sports Classic. In the first game, the Terps took on the Number 4 Pittsburgh Panthers in Madison Square Garden. It was a tough matchup for the Terps, whose young guards had to go against two experienced veterans in Brad Wanamaker and Ashton Gibbs. The Panthers also had size inside to neutralize Maryland’s Jordan Williams, as the Panthers would out-rebound the Terps 59-28. Maryland shot only 14 of 23 from the free throw line, which ended up being their demise in a nine-point loss at 79-70. Cliff Tucker led the team with 17 points, while Jordan Williams scored 14 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Maryland would then face Number 16 Illinois in the Consolation game.

In game two of the 2K classic, Illinois used some good three-point shooting (10 for 19) to top the Terps 80-76. The Maryland defense was a bit shaky in this game, allowing a bunch of open shots to some capable shooters. The Terps were led by Freshman Terrell Stoglin with 17 points, and Jordan Williams (15 pts 13 reb) and Dino Gregory (10 pts 10 reb) both recorded double-doubles. With both losses, the Terps dropped to 3-2 on the year.

We learned a lot about this year’s team in the two games in Madison Square Garden. Although the Terps didn’t win any games in the tournament, they played well enough to win each one. They could have folded when they fell into some large defecits, (42-29 vs. Pitt, 69-57 vs. Illinois) but mounted comebacks in both instances. Free throw shooting and Three-point shooting have been a problem so far this year, but with time both of these will improve. We learned that Jordan Williams will be Maryland’s go-to-guy this season; not many teams in the ACC will be able to handle him inside. If the Terps can find more production around Williams, particularly from Cliff Tucker and Sean Mosely, the Terps will be a tough team to beat night in and night out. Stable point guard play will also be a key, whether it be from Senior Adrian Bowie, or Freshman Pe’Shon Howard and Terrell Stoglin. Although the Terps left New York without any wins, they left with confidence that they will be a good team that will compete this season.


Terps Sweep Post-season honors

By Ben Linton

An amazing season for Maryland Terrapins Basketball was rewarded recently when Greivis Vasquez was named player of the year in the ACC and Gary Williams was named Coach of the year. Freshman Jordan Williams was second in the voting for rookie of the year, which went to Derrick Favors from Georgia Tech.

Vasquez was the first Terp to snag MVP honors since Juan Dixon did in 2002, when the Terps won the National Championship. Vasquez played brilliantly down the stretch, averaging 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in his senior season at College Park. He exploded for a career high 41 points against Virginia Tech and Malcolm Delaney, who finished third in MVP voting. Then Vasquez scored 20 and triumphantly led Maryland to a victory against rival Duke and Jon Scheyer, who finished second in the voting. Greivis has come a long way in his years at Maryland- I remember last year against Georgia Tech when he got into it with his own fans in a game and has at times single-handedly lost games for the Terps. But I really believe that he has benefited from one more season in college and was rewarded for doing so and adored by Maryland fans, coaches and players alike.

Gary Williams won ACC Head Coach of the Year since 2002, coincidence right? I hope so. Williams led the Terps to a 23-7 record and a 13-3 conference record, sharing the ACC Title. A lot of fuss was made last year about Gary’s job security when he was criticized for his lack of recruiting skills, internal problems with AD Debbie Yow, and inability to motivate his players on the court. Although I thought that last season was Williams’ best coaching job of his career due to the level of talent he had to work with, this is still very satisfying. It feels good to silence your doubters, and Gary did just that. The most winningest coach in Maryland history will be able to decide on his own when he decides to leave College Park, because no one is knocking down the door for a replacement any time soon.

Hopefully this is just a beginning to an already remarkable season and turnaround for Maryland Basketball.


Maryland Wins Share of ACC Regular Season Title

By Ben Linton

After defeating Duke Wednesday on an emotional, monumental game on Senior Night, the Maryland Terrapins headed down south to Charlottesville to face Virginia for their Senior Game. A win would mean at least a share of the ACC Title, but the Terps hadn’t won at the John Paul Jones Arena in three seasons.

In the first half, Maryland got out to a decent lead, but still wasn’t playing as crisp and sharp as they could. That being said, the Terps still held an 11 point lead, but the largest lead was 14. This allowed UVA to hang around, even without their best player Slyven Landesburg suspended for the season.

In the second half, the Cavaliers made their run, cutting the lead to 66-65 with with 1:39 remaining. But thanks to some key three point shots by Greivis Vasquez and a great team effort at the free throw line, the Terps were able to quiet the Cavs furious comeback. The key moment came with 38 seconds remaining. Maryland Guard Sean Mosely drove into the lane and was fouled, which triggered UVA Coach Tony Bennett to toss his jacket, resulting in a technical. Vasquez hit the two tech foul shots, and Mosely hit his to give the Terps a five point lead, which they would hold on to win, by a score of 74-68.

Greivis Vasquez once again led the Terps with 23 points and 5 assists. Eric Hayes scored 11 points and Landon Milbourne added 10 to give the Terps some balanced scoring. Yet it still was Vasquez who was the hero, he had an answer for the Cavs every time they came knocking on the door. His case for ACC MVP has become a louder and louder topic across the nation and it should be interesting to see if he ends up winning the honor.

Next up, the Terps head to Greensboro for the ACC Tournament. The last time the Terps took the floor in Greensboro, they won the ACC Title back in 2004. Maryland will be the number two seed, facing the winner of the Georgia Tech/North Carolina game. Lets hope this streak can keep going strong deeo into March.


Look What they have done: Maryland Basketball Seniors

By Ben Linton

Tomorrow night in College Park will be special for many reasons. First and foremost, the #23 Maryland Terrapins (21-7, 11-3 ACC) will be taking on rival Duke (25-4, 12-2 ACC) for first place in the ACC, the first time the Terps have done so since 2002. Not only is this an important game for standings and rankings, it will also be the last home game for three Maryland seniors: Landon Milbourne, Eric Hayes, and Greivis Vasquez. This post is dedicated in tribute to these remarkable athletes and all they have accomplished and given us to cheer for these past four years.

The 2010 Maryland Senior class has been to two NCAA Tournaments, registered 86 total wins (39 in the ACC), and totaled nine wins over Top 25 ranked teams, including one against the number one team in the nation.

Landon Milbourne

Milbourne has been the unsung hero of this Maryland team for the past two seasons. Last year, Milbourne made a huge sacrifice by playing out of his comfort zone by playing the power forward position, where he was less taller and outweighed by whomever he guarded almost every single night. This sacrifice paid huge dividends for the Terps on their way to an NCAA tournament berth last year. This season, Milbourne is Maryland’s second leading scorer with 13 points per game, and is the third leading rebounder with five boards per contest. Milbourne is a freakish athlete known for his thunderous dunks and has an excellent mid range shot. His career high is 24 points against New Hampshire. He will be missed.

Eric Hayes

Hayes has been one of Maryland’s most consistent players these past years, and the best three point shooter on the team. Hayes is the perfect compliment to Greivis Vasquez, due to his calm and poised nature. He averages 10.9 PPG this season, and is an excellent free throw shooter (85.7%) and three-point shooter (45%). Hayes’ ability the drive to the basket has always been underrated, he can penetrate into the lane and create shots. He is also an excellent passer that sees the floor very well. His best game as a Terp came last season against NC State, where he scored a career high 21 points. Best of luck to Eric tomorrow as he plays his last game at home.

Greivis Vasquez

Hate him or love him, Greivis Vasquez has carried Maryland Basketball on his shoulders these past two seasons. As an energetic freshman to an erratic sophomore to a poised and confident senior, Vasquez has certainly had his ups and downs in College Park. This season has been one to remember for Vasquez, as he is in the running for ACC MVP with a 19.5 point, 4.8 rebound, and 6.4 assist average. His assist to turnover ratio is 2 to 1, the perfect stat for a point guard. What stands out most about this guy is his emotional presence. Maryland goes as Greivis goes, and it almost seems that he can pump his team up with one play, one shot, or one pass to change everything around. Vasquez is coming off of a career high game of 41 points last Saturday in a win at Virginia Tech, but hands down his best game as a Terp was last year against North Carolina. Vasquez put the Terps on his shoulders, and single-handedly beat the number three team in the nation, scoring 35 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out 10 assists. To put it in perspective, Vasquez is the best player to put on a Maryland uniform since Juan Dixon. Best of luck to him as he finishes his Maryland career and progresses through the NBA.


Tucker Saves the Day

By Ben Linton

13 seconds left. Maryland is down 72-71 to Georgia Tech at home. Greivis Vasquez hits a layup to put the Terps up by one. The crowd goes wild as Georgia Tech rushes up the court. Tech’s Iman Shumpert misses a jumper, but Forward Derrick Favors gets the rebound and the put back with three seconds to put the Jackets back on top. Maryland inbounds to Vasquez, the desperation half court shot is good!!! Wait…Maryland called a timeout before the shot. The crowd looks on in anguish, disgust, and desperation as the referee’s try to get the time right. First, the referee’s put 0.1 seconds on the clock. The crowd hisses in displeasure. Then they put on 15.0 seconds, the crowd cheers, but knows that its just a clock malfunction. Finally the officials get it right and put 1.5 seconds remaining in the game. Maryland in bounds to Cliff Tucker, Tucker shoots, and as Wizards’ announcer Steve Buckhantz would say, “DAGGER!!!” Fans celebrate as the Maryland bench clears and rushes Tucker. Final Score: Maryland 76, Georgia Tech 74.

In one of the most anti-climatic build ups to the end of a game, Maryland’s Cliff Tucker saved the day by draining a three point bucket with a defender in his face as time expired. In an otherwise sloppy and gritty game, full of fouls, bad officiating, and lack of pace, it was fitting that the last 30 seconds would be so dramatic and exciting. Through out the first half, Maryland held the lead, but could never seem to put the Jackets away, who made numerous contested three pointers with time ticking out on the shot clock to keep them in it. In the second half, Tech fought back and even regained the lead at 61-60 with 6:12 remaining. But fate and good fortune were on Maryland’s side as they eventually pulled out the victory to keep them unbeaten at home in the ACC.

With the win the Terps improve to 9-3 in the ACC, and in prime position to make a run at the ACC Title. This caps off a great week of Maryland Basketball, as they win all three games to keep pace with top ranked Duke. Greivis Vasquez led the Terps with 18 points, although he was only 1-7 from three point land. Eric Hayes played valiantly with the flu, finishing with 15 points. Georgia Tech was led by a complete domination of the boards, thanks to Derrick Favors (21 pts, 18 rebs). This win also boosts Maryland’s NCAA Tournament resume, as they pick up their third win against an RPI Top 50 team. They will get another chance to do so next Wednesday when the Terps host Clemson.


What were they thinking??

By Ben Linton

As I watched the Kentucky-Mississippi St. game last night on ESPN, I noticed something very odd. First, Mississippi State was wearing black uniforms at home. Now I’ve noticed this trend more often this basketball season. West Virginia wore blue uniforms at home when they beat Louisville 77-74 back in January.

I don’t like this at all. What ever happened to good guys wearing white? It just looks weird and awkward when you watch it on the TV.

Second, Mississippi State made their situation even worse when I saw that some of their students wearing all white tee shirts. Seriously, how are you going to have a “white-out” when your home team wears black? Are you secretly cheering for Kentucky or something? Come on now!

It doesn’t even end there. Since when was black in Mississippi State’s color scheme? Aren’t they maroon and white? Those jerseys just looked disgusting with maroon numbers and a black jersey. Basically what I’m saying is work with the colors you are given, don’t go reaching for something that isn’t yours, otherwise you just look ridiculous.

This also brings up another interesting point. How come basketball and baseball teams wear white at home, but football and hockey teams wear solid colors? But some football teams wear white at home like the Dolphins, Redskins, and Cowboys, which makes it even more confusing. Think about it.


Terps lay an egg at Duke

By Ben Linton

A disheartening loss for Maryland as they traveled to Durham only to suffer a 21-point beatdown at the hands of the Blue Devils. After much anticipation and build up for this game, it was truly a shame that Maryland did not even show up to play. With the loss, Maryland goes from second to fourth in the ACC, with a record of 16-7 (6-3), while Duke has cemented itself as the number one team in the conference.

Maryland had a lead at one point, 6-5, but then Duke went on a 15-0 run to go up by 14, and eventually led by 16 at half time. Greivis Vasquez only had two points, and the Terps were 0-7 from three. In the second half, Maryland had a little spurt, cutting the lead to 54-44 with 9:28 remaining, but could not complete a full comeback. Vasquez scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, but Maryland ended the game with 2-13 shooting from three and had 14 turnovers.

What truly makes this loss disappointing is the fact that Maryland did not give its best effort. Normally a strong three point shooting team, Maryland was missing open looks from behind the arc. Also the fact that the Maryland bigs allowed Brian Zoubek to have a career game (16 pts, 17 rebs) is just flat out embarrassing. He was a little bit taller than the Maryland big men, but nowhere near as athletic. At the end of the day it came down to who hustled and wanted it more, and Zoubek and Duke did so.

Now Maryland must rebound by playing 2 games in three days, starting with a home contest with UVA.

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