Posted on: February 24, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2010 2:18 pm

Clemson-Maryland could eliminate ACC intrigue

Maryland's game with Duke next Wednesday will be huge because it'll be Greivis Vasquez's Senior Day, and because all games with Duke are massive, and because it's not like the Terrapins are a lock to make the NCAA tournament just yet. They look good now, of course. But a late-season collapse could make things interesting, and late-season (signature) wins always help.

So next Wednesday's game with the Blue Devils will be big, regardless.

But will it be for first-place in the ACC?

That's the hope at Maryland.

Which is why tonight's game with Clemson is crucial.

The Terrapins have won 11 of their last 14 games and three straight to take sole possession of second in the ACC standings; they're 9-3 in the league. Meantime, Duke is 11-2 in the ACC, and the Blue Devils will be heavy favorites to win two of their final three league games (at Virginia on Sunday and at home against North Carolina on March 6). That means Duke will almost certainly reach 13 league wins, and the only way for Maryland to possibly reach 13 league wins (and share the regular-season title with Duke) is to beat Clemson tonight and win at Virginia Tech this weekend before beating Duke next Wednesday and closing with a win at Virginia.

In other words, a Maryland loss tonight would nearly guarantee an outright ACC title for Duke, but a Maryland win will keep the Terrapins in contention. So the Comcast Center should be fun with Clemson in town ... even if the game doesn't produce back-to-back buzzer-beaters.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 10, 2010 10:51 am

Dear Gary (on Maryland's body of work)


Dear Gary: Seriously dude? No Maryland in the Top 25 (and one)? Starting to think I can't take you seriously.

-- TerpsDoug

I get notes like this every week about different schools. They lead to me defending my position, which comes off like I'm bashing a certain team, and that's never my intent. So let me state clearly that Maryland is having a nice season, a better season than I anticipated, and that Gary Williams should be up for another ACC Coach of the Year honor.

Got that?


Now I'll point out that Maryland has defeated exactly one team (Florida State) that figures to be in the NCAA tournament, according to Jerry Palm's latest projections. So the 16-6 record that includes a 6-2 league mark looks nice, but there's not much there (although, in fairness, the Terrapins do have two wins over FSU). The good news: Four of the six losses are to projected NCAA tournament teams; the other two are to Cincinnati and William & Mary, and Cincinnati and William & Mary aren't terrible. So the losses are pretty good losses, but there aren't any notable wins, none over teams I have currently ranked.

So that's why there's no Maryland in the Top 25 (and one).

But the Terrapins have Duke this weekend.

And if they win that one it'll be time to take another look.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 19, 2009 6:22 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2009 6:30 pm

Harris signs with Tennessee

Tobias Harris, as expected, committed to Tennessee on Thursday.

"I really have a great relationship with Coach [Bruce] Pearl and his assistant coach [Tony] Jones," Harris said. "It's just a family atmosphere down there. I got along with the players real well, and it's just a great opportunity and fit for me."

MaxPreps.com ranks Harris No. 21 in the Class of 2010. The 6-foot-8 forward joins Trae Golden (No. 59) and Jordan McRae (No. 87) to comprise a three-player class that should be among the Top 15 classes nationally when team recruiting rankings are finalized.

Harris is from New York.

He also had offers from Syracuse, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Louisville and West Virginia.
Posted on: June 16, 2009 2:00 am

It's official: Nobody wants Lance Stephenson

Just hours after Greivis Vasquez announced he is returning to Maryland for his senior season, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Barker reported that the Terrapins are no longer pursuing Class of 2009 standout Lance Stephenson.

This is worth noting because last month Stephenson's father said it was down to Arizona and Maryland.

But Arizona's Sean Miller hasn't been interested in weeks.

And now Maryland is out of the equation, too.

Which means Stephenson almost certainly holds the McDonald's All-American record for public shuns. Honest to God, I'm not sure there's ever been such a radioactive talent in the history of college basketball recruiting. On one hand, it's hilarious. But on the other hand, it's just sad and shameful that the Stephenson family allowed things to get to a point where countless colleges are so worried about a possible NCAA investigation that they don't believe it's worth it to take a consensus top 10 prospect.

Seriously, how silly does BornReady.TV look now?

Born ready for what, exactly?

A year overseas?

Junior college?

Man, I tell you, some irresponsible adults have sure messed up this kid's immediate future.

Like I said, sad and shameful.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 10, 2009 10:21 am
Edited on: June 10, 2009 10:22 am

Florida is no longer involved with Stephenson

I touched on Lance Stephenson in my column about Tim Floyd , pointed out that it's widely believed that the school that ultimately takes the New York star will be at risk of a similar NCAA investigation. Among the schools I initially listed as still involved with Stephenson were Maryland, Arizona, Memphis and Florida. But a source close to the Florida program told me this morning that the Gators are no longer pursuing Stephenson.
"[There's a) zero (percent) chance we take him," the source said.

And when you consider that Arizona's Sean Miller also seems skeptical, that leaves Maryland and Memphis as the lone schools still believed to be genuinely open to taking Stephenson, although sources close to the Memphis progam have long insisted Josh Pastner and his staff do not have a good feeling for where they stand, don't really know what's happening with Stephenson or what he's thinking.

My guess?

Stephenson never plays in college.

Just like I'm assuming Renardo Sidney never plays in college, either.

And truth be told, that'll probably be what's best for everybody involved.
Posted on: March 25, 2009 12:34 am

Pretty good at both

Eight schools have won a bowl game and NCAA tournament basketball game this season.

Three are from the Big 12.

Here's the list ...

  • Arizona (Pac-10)
  • Connecticut (Big East)
  • Kansas (Big 12)
  • LSU (SEC)
  • Maryland (ACC)
  • Missouri (Big 12)
  • Southern California (Pac-10)
  • Texas (Big 12)
Posted on: March 5, 2009 4:08 pm

A halfcourt shot for $500,000 (or not)

I'm not into posting things that take more than a couple of minutes to watch.

But this is pretty good.

So I'm posting it.

First, the backstory: These two dudes at CollegeHumor.com have pulled off some hilarious pranks on each other, most recently one that involved a marriage proposal at Yankee Stadium . Classic. So now we're up to what they're calling Prank War 7, and it involves a Maryland basketball game, which means I can justify putting it in this college basketball blog.

Anyway, the gist of this is that one dude thinks he's shooting a halfcourt shot for $500,000.

Of course, it's not really as it seems.

But it's funny.

And well worth seven minutes.

So click this link and enjoy.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Maryland
Posted on: February 21, 2009 8:43 pm

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

Who is better at recovering from a beatdown than Gary Williams?

Seriously, who?

Just four days ago the Maryland coach was getting his brains kicked in at Clemson, losing 93-64 and looking like he was headed toward a fourth NIT in five seasons. It was bad and ugly and deflating for a team that had previously won consecutive games and pulled to .500 in the ACC, so bad and ugly and deflating, in fact, that I mentioned in the Friday Look Ahead that it doesn't matter that Roy Williams thinks North Carolina "f-cking stinks" at pressing , because the Tar Heels wouldn't need to press Saturday to handle an out-manned group of Terrapins.

Stupid, me.

And did you see Greivis Vasquez?

We've had a bunch of insane performances this season -- Jodie Meeks' 54-point game at Tennessee probably being the most notable -- but good luck trying to find one more impressive on a huge stage than the 35-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist effort Vasquez delivered in Maryland's 88-85 overtime victory over third-ranked North Carolina. The junior guard literally scored Maryland's first 16 points en route to recording the school's first triple-double since 1987, and if you're into stunning statistics, take a look at these:

  • Vasquez made as many 3-pointers (five) as UNC did as a team (five).
  • Vasquez recorded twice as many assists (10) as UNC did as a team (five).
  • Vasquez recorded more rebounds (11) than everybody not named Tyler Hansbrough (11).

That, my friends, is some kind of all-around performance.

And suddenly Maryland doesn't look like an NIT team anymore.

And Gary Williams has again silenced his critics with another stunning victory.

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