Georgetown. Maryland. American.
Seriously, everyone should be happy this morning, every single one of you malcontents. All your teams are winning. The top seven teams in our Local Hoops Atlantic 11 Spectacular went a combined 13-1 last week. And that's not including unranked American, which has now won four straight and gets a home game with Colgate in the opening round of the Patriot League tourney Wednesday night. When the two teams played at Bender in January, you'll recall, AU won by 22. Plus, don't forget that AU big man Brayden Billbe used to write sports columns for himself, including a five-page opus on Felix Hernandez. Dude needs a blog.
Anyhow, more to the point, Maryland. It was a great win. I still say a program five years removed from a national championship shouldn't be storming the court for beating the country's fifth-ranked team, but hey, maybe it was the snow. And the war against court-storming is not exactly original, so I'll back off. The other two things that struck me: like the TV guys said, if Bobby Frasor hits that layup to put UNC up 12 late in the second half, who knows? And was D.J. Strawberry paying homage to DeShawn Stevenson when we waved his hand in front of his face after hitting the three a few moments later? And Duke students, setting fires?
(Um, "best" newspaper description: "Leave it to a pack of turtles to catch the front-running rabbit from behind." Yikes.)
The players were typically restrained in victory, with James Gist saying the Terps are on the road to the Final Four. The Washington Times game story used the words "validation," "torrid," "joyous," "scintillating," "sizzling," and, oh yes, "signature victory." The student paper went with "unfettered joy," "emotional," "improbable," "incredible," and oh yes, "signature win." The most important stat seemed to be Maryland's rebounding edge, which is why Roy was talking about how Maryland "just kicked us as hard as you could be kicked." That's also presumably why former Postie and Bog friend Mark Schlabach, covering the game for ESPN, saw it as some sort of barometer of Maryland's toughness and UNC's lack of the same. Sure, I guess, but what happens if Wright hits two free throws with 3.5 seconds left? Still a great result for Maryland, but I wouldn't give up on Carolina because a freshman misses a free throw on the road. Although the Tar Heels certainly killed themselves for the same thing, so maybe they're all right and I'm wrong. Bog friend Rick Maese, meanwhile, hints that Maryland could ride this wave of confidence pretty darn far, which, sure, I guess they could, but couldn't you also ask how much momentum helped UNC Wilmington last year (won 13 of 14 heading into NCAA tournament, only loss in that stretch came at George Mason, then lost first NCAA game)? And Bog patriarch Mike Wise talks about Gary Williams's serenity and calls Greivis Vasquez "the Latin John Starks."
Also, top Terp recruit Jai Lucas, not to be confused with Jai Lewis, says Maryland's freshman backcourt duo is actually a selling point, although what else is he going to say, really?
As for Georgetown, I'll have a Georgetown post later on, but the Hoyas are getting national play, with the Syracuse paper saying they might be the hottest team in the country and Bog friend Yoni Cohen starting his story thus: "Georgetown is more than capable of winning the national championship." Here's my Final Four picks: Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech, American.
Also, Bog friend Mark Schlabach quotes Jeff Green quoting the Adidas ad campaign: It Takes Five. So we have Hoyas imitating Gilbert, and Hoyas quoting Gilbert's ad campaign, and Terps imitating DeShawn (I think). So I managed to turn this into a Wizards entry, anyhow.
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