Archive for the 'Men’s Basketball' Category

21
May
08

Some Thoughts….Summer Vacation

Sorry for my complete lack of updates to the blog, but with finals coming up and school ending, I just didn’t have time to write….

As we enter the summer, we do not know who will be our quarterback, and we have no idea who is going to join the men’s basketball team. It seems to me that we have new junior college recruits every week. The most important recruit is Sean Mosley however, and if he does not get his SAT scores up, he is not coming to College Park in the fall.

While there are these story lines to pay attention to over the summer, the summer is usually the quiet point for college sports as everyone is out of school. Therefore, I would like to tell everyone that I will not be updating this blog throughout the summer. I found out through this past year, that my favorite thing to write about is football, and most specifically, the previews I do for the games. There is just not enough for me to write about over the summer that I feel it is worth me spending the time to come up with.

With that being said, I hope everyone has enjoyed what I have written over the past year in my first year blogging about the Terps. Check back in late August when I start writing again prior to the football team’s home opening August 30th against the Joe Flacco-less Delaware Blue Hens.

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13
Apr
08

Some thoughts on the men’s team

The Terps appear to have lost out on bringing Ken Bowman to Maryland next season. This means that the low post players for the Terps next season will be a mix of Braxton Dupree, Dino Gregory, Jerome Burney, Dave Neal, Shane Walker, and Gus Gilchrist(when he becomes eligible in December). This presents a major problem for the Terps next season. Even when Gus Gilchrist is eligible, one of the other 5 will need to start (probably Burney), and we will need production out of the others off the bench. If the freshman from this season do not improve, next year could be an even longer season for the terps. We need to hope Burney grows on what he did at the end of last season, and that Dupree, Gregory, or Walker can figure out how to play against ACC caliber players.

With the situation the men are going to be in next year, I seriously wonder if Gary will change his offensive strategy and play a 3, or even 4 guard lineup. Vasquez, Hayes, Bowie, Tucker, Maze, and Mosley should all be capable of playing some quality minutes. Milbourne could be moved to the #4, or even #5 position at times in order to play a guard heavy lineup, similar to Villanova a few years ago. The problem with this is that all of our guards cannot shoot the three well enough probably for this to consistently work. I doubt Gary will ever try this strategy, but its just a though as we may have to play unconventionally at times if we want to win.

I continue to hear ‘rumors’ that Eric Hayes may be transferring. Is this true? I have no idea. But I will speculate about it a little. If I was Eric, I would be pretty upset with my situation at Maryland. I am a point guard, not a shooting guard, but was forced to play shooting guard because of how the Maryland roster shakes out. The fans were on my back the entire season for not performing up to the standards of an ACC shooting guard, and I was not able to improve my point guard skills as I rarly got to play point guard. Essentially, I wasted a year of my college career playing out of position, and a lot of fans did not appreciate it.

This is how I would feel if I was Eric Hayes. I think he got a very raw deal, and with the arrival of Maze and Mosley, I wonder if Hayes will be pushed even farther down the depth chart to a bench player. It would make sense for Eric to transfer to a school where he is going to start at point guard, and have fun playing HIS position. Now with that being said, maybe Eric doesn’t mind all of the crap he gets from the fans, or playing out of position, or the possibility of losing playing time to incoming players, so maybe he wants to stay. I just hope if he does stay, the fans are a little kinder to him, especially if he has to play shooting guard again.

20
Mar
08

Season Over…for the men

Well when the buzzer sounded up in Syracuse Thursday night, it marked the end to what can only be described as a disappointing season for the terps…despite the departures of Strawberry, Jones and the other 4 seniors from last year’s team, many, including myself expected another NCAA tournament run. Instead we got a team that just seemed to lack the necessary on court chemistry that is needed in those games when you aren’t playing your best and to keep your momentum when you get up on a team.

Gist and Boom will be leaving, as well as possibly a mystery player if Ken Bowman does indeed come to play for the Terps next year. With all of the good that Gist brings, i’ll be happy to see him go. He is too inconsistent for me, and when he thinks hes a jump-shooter, he hurts the team more than he helps them. I will miss Boom because he is a loveable guy, but he was a garbage player, getting most of his points picking up Gist’s mistakes, not creating his own shots.

I’ll talk about the rest of the team when I get time later. I don’t think this team is hopeless, and I don’t think Gary needs to be fired. They just need to work some stuff out.

The post season is just beginning for the women however as they play their 1st and 2nd round games at Comcast Sunday and Tuesday. If you haven’t seen this team play, this is your last chance. They are loosing a lot of talent this year and while they will still be a good team, I am not sure if they will be a national champion contender next year, which they are this year, so come out and watch them at Comcast if you have some time (Duke is also playing their games at Comcast so you can come boo them while you are there).

In the housekeeping department, I will try to keep this blog updated during the women’s run through the tournament, but I am entering a demanding two week period with my classes and may not have the time. Regardless, I hope to write some women’s entries, as well as a little more about the men’s team in the weeks to come. Oh…and that spring football game is right around the corner.

14
Mar
08

My new Mastercard Commercial….

Skipping two days of classes….a few point in each class

Lunch and DinnerĀ  on Thursday….15 dollars

Riding on a bus for 7 hours to Charlotte to see the Terps be…the Terps…and preparing for a 7 hour bus ride home tomorrow morning….Priceless

12
Mar
08

It’s simple….

The Terps need to put together some wins if they want to make the NCAA tournament. They need to win their first two games (against BC and Clemson) before they can even think about making the NCAA’s. If they get to that 3rd game, against Duke most likely, I think they need a strong showing in a loss to Duke at a minimum to make the NCAA’s. Beating Duke probably gets them in. Getting killed by Duke in the 3rd round is not enough in my opinion, especially with all these mid-major teams who are shoe-ins losing their conference tournaments.

As for my prediction, I expect us to beat BC, but I think Clemson’s full court press will be too much for us. Clemson was cold for 30 mins of the game 2 weeks ago and I just do not expect them to shoot that badly again. Thus, unfortunately, I predict an NIT birth for the Terps. Maybe the Terps will surprise me however, and maybe we will get some NCAA action later in the month.

I will be down in Charlotte for the tournament and will attempt to blog after each Maryland game so check back often this weekend for my blogs.

03
Mar
08

Speechless….

so yeah….that was kind of dejecting to say the least…i can’t say i didn’t see it coming though

seemed like we spent three minutes trying to get McAlpin some points instead of just trying to score

the referees were terrible, but i felt their were equally bad for both teams so that’s a wash

the bench scored 20 points!….and we lost? (not counting Milbourne’s 4 off the bench)

we can’t break the press, yet we run the press so the team definitely sees it in practice…someone explain this to me

the crowd sucked too…no noise when the team was up by 20…no energy from the crowd when we are killing an opponent…that needs to change if people want Maryland to be a “top” national program

this was the night we decided to miss free throws (we left 11 points at the line)

Boom was said to be fully recovered from the flu, yet he looked pretty overmatched the whole game

Terps need to beat UVA, and probably need two wins in the ACC tournament to think about maybe going to the NCAAs. I said before that losing to Clemson would not be the end of the world; however, when you give up a 20 point lead at home with 11 mins to go, on national television, well….i just didn’t see that coming when I claimed a loss to Clemson would not be the end of the world

01
Mar
08

Clemson

Another short entry, and i am writing this later than I would have liked, but better late than never, and better short than nothing.

The win against Wake Forest was huge for the Terps. They can breath a little easier now, but there is still work to be done. Beat Clemson and UVA, and you are probably in the tournament. Lose to one of those teams, and at least one win in the ACC tournmanet is a must. Clemson has a high RPI however, and Maryland has not protected its home court well this season, so a win on senior night against Clemson will really help Maryland’s situation. Clemson is a good team that can shoot the three, or power the ball inside. However, when that three ball goes cold, the whole team seems to go cold. This is another winnable game for the Terps, and probably their most important game of the season (besides notching a win over #1 UNC). A win against Clemson helps Maryland in the RPI, the ACC standings (and Maryland’s quest to finish in the top 4 of the ACC), and national impression of Maryland basketball. Is the season over if the Terps lose? probably not, but it will be in serious trouble, so why not just win and make us all happy. I expect a nail-biter finish and think this game could go either way, but I have to pick the Terps at home on senior night.