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Miami pounding Terps

First, breaking news: Maryland just came out for the second half with new shoes. Gary tossed out those new shiny sneakers maryland had and they'll play with different ones in the second half. Not sure if that was the only problem of the first half; we'll see.

I'm sitting on the opposite side of the court from the Maryland bench, but I heard Gary Williams stomping his foot several times throughout a very frustrating first half for the Terps.

Maryland players did not think they could play much worse than they did in the Jan. 10 loss at home against the Canes. I don't have the first half stats in front of me yet, but it didn't seem like they played much better than they did in the first meeting.

In today's first half, Miami had several tip-ins and putbacks. Maryland was horrible from the free throw line and failed to get into any rhythm offensively. When DJ Strawberry dribbled off his foot late in the half, you knew things weren't going well. Miami's zone seemed to clog the middle and really disrupt the Terps.

Gary was visibly irate for the entire half. Players showed looks of concern and frustration. They entered the tournament feeling as if they could win this thing. If they don't overcome a 13-point halftime deficit, they'll be headed back to College Park tonight.

Okay, here are the stats just being delivered at this moment: Maryland made only 6 of 12 from the FT line. Miami is ahead in the rebounding battle, 21-14. Miami has 12 second-chance points. An interesting second half awaits.

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 8, 2007; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Comments

we'll see who sweats more by the end, the terp players or gary

Posted by: thigh master | March 8, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Awh, terps are losing. How will the DC area survive. sniff, sniff.

Posted by: Denesh | March 8, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Ack, this is not a pretty game.

Posted by: ACC fan | March 8, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

miami is not even shooting 35%!?!?

Posted by: hmmmmm | March 8, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on ACC fan, there is no such thing as a non-pretty ACC game. The teams are all of such high quality that it is impossible for the games in the ACC tournament to be less than works of art. You must have accidentally switched the channel to those barbarians in New York.

Posted by: Chris | March 8, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

And the twerps are out!!! Lets go hoos!

Posted by: Brava Rookie | March 8, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

It's GO time!

Posted by: College Park Fire Dept. | March 8, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

D'OH!!!

Posted by: Homer Simpson | March 8, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? MD never plays well in the ACC Tourney. Next week is what really matters. Come home, get some practice in, and prepare for the NCAAs.

Posted by: Justin | March 8, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Oops...Tampa'rd

Posted by: BlueberryRuffin | March 8, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Terps losing to the Canes is exactly like the Wiz losing to the Hawks. Booyah.

Posted by: Zuke | March 8, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me I better start working on Monday's Poll now....

Posted by: Dave Richardson | March 8, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know why Eric Hayes played so little?

Posted by: flip | March 8, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha!

I love it when MD wins, but I like it even more when they lose because then we get to see their true level of fans.

Nice job, MD!

And I feel sorry for Gary's undershirt after that game...

Posted by: Stumptown | March 8, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Screw polls. Lets see how the local teams(Georgetown, Maryland) and the quasi-local teams(UVA, VTech, VCU) fair in the NCAAs.

Posted by: J | March 8, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez better keep his mouth closed from now on...he made a similar prediction after the Notre Dame game talking about taking it out on BC...which of course began our little tailspin. Basketball is not a game of revenge, its a game of execution and intensity...ruined my whole freakin weekend :/

Posted by: Anonymous | March 8, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse


Way to go, Gary,

"any game when we lose we don't play to our potential."

Posted by: alex | March 8, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Slay the Clemson dragon, only for it to be replaced by the Hurricane.

The tournament will be tougher as a 7 seed, Terps - you coulda been 4.

Posted by: SJF | March 8, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

SO VERY HAPPY THE TERPS LOST!

Posted by: Thin Man | March 8, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

This just increases the chances for Maryland and Georgetown to meet in second round of the tournament.

Posted by: Chris | March 8, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

HA HA HA HA HA!

All the DC media buzz about Maryland...PPOOOOOFFF!

The only reason their 7-game win streak looked good is because they sucked so much in the season's beginning. Hence they got swept by UVA and lost to Miami once already at HOME (now make that twice).

Posted by: Neo Sm | March 8, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I love how when MD loses in the ACC Tourney, their fans and their coach says it's rigged towards the NC schools and/or it doesn't really matter.

Maybe if you say something like that enough, you actually start to believe it and will never win the championship.

Posted by: Poor Terps | March 8, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Settle down Terps fans its alright. I am sick to my stomach too, but the season isn't over. They played about as bad as they could play and still almost won. This is the slap in the face they needed.

And to you pathetic haters whose teams haven't won anything in decades, stop with the inferiority complex. Its just getting sad.

Posted by: ThatsYourPointGuard! | March 8, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

First I would like to say I agree with poor Terps.

Second... Why do MD fans keep calling for a chance to play the Hoyas when they can't even beat Miami? Its a joke to think that MD is as talented or plays as consistently well as Gtown. Hoyas everywhere are REALLY hoping the committee helps MD fans get what they want, because trust me Hoya fans want the same thing. Good luck in the tourney MD fans, hopefully you won't play a Miami-type team in the first round.

Posted by: Confused Hoya Fan | March 8, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I still love Gary Williams
If I was a girl, I'd be his ho

Posted by: Lindemann | March 8, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I love how Twerp fans always say the tourney is biased to the NC schools, yet when the tournament came to DC, the Twerps bowed out in the first round as well.

Posted by: Neo Sm | March 8, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Glad I never became a Hoya fan, despite attending grad school at GULC. You guys are crazy. Five years ago Maryland was cutting down the nets and watching One Shining Moment; when was the last time the Hoyas had that experience? 1984, was it not? How can you have such a sense of entitlement after barely a season of being good again? Don't get me wrong - I do not care for the Terps either. But at least they are ACC. In other words, presumptively the better team.

Posted by: Kate | March 8, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

So now Gary is channeling Gilbert Arenas and changing shoes at halftime?

Posted by: Prophet | March 8, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse


Hey Steinberg, love your blog, how about you do a piece on this weeks championship playoff games at the polo fields.

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Posted by: Madcap | March 8, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, lotsa smack around here from a school that hasn't gotten past the sweet 16 since 1996...

Posted by: J | March 8, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Kate, you don't get it. After the Hoyas won in 1984, they remained a powerhouse for another 12 years. The Hoyas have more championships, NCAA appearances, final four appearances, and mystique than the Terps. The Terps, by contrast, became a mediocre team four years after they had won the title-in the worst final in the NCAA history, and by the worst team in that institution's history as well. UMD has no mystque, and is now old history. The coming years are going to be insufferable for you as a terp. And with you mediocre academic reputation, there is nothing for you, and for other UMD fans, to look for. Nothing.

Posted by: Allan | March 8, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Kate, you don't get it. After the Hoyas won in 1984, they remained a powerhouse for another 12 years. The Hoyas have more championships, NCAA appearances, final four appearances, and mystique than the Terps. The Terps, by contrast, became a mediocre team four years after they had won the title-in the worst final in the NCAA history, and that UMD team was the worst team in that institution's history as well. UMD has no mystique, and is now old history. The coming years are going to be insufferable for you as a terp. And with you mediocre academic reputation, there is nothing for you, and for other UMD fans, to look for.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 8, 2007 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Kate, you don't get it. After the Hoyas won in 1984, they remained a powerhouse for another 12 years. The Hoyas have more championships, NCAA appearances, final four appearances, and mystique than the Terps. The Terps, by contrast, became a mediocre team four years after they had won the title-in the worst final in the NCAA history, and that UMD team was the worst team in that institution's history as well. UMD has no mystique, and is now old history. The coming years are going to be insufferable for you as a terp. And with you mediocre academic reputation, there is nothing for you, and for other UMD fans, to look forward to.

Posted by: Allan | March 8, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

you on the other have to look forward to a Thursday night of copy and pasting the same post on a sports blog. Party on.

Posted by: asdfasdf | March 8, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Gary got his ACC tournament title in 2004, giving him just as many as Bud Millikan (1958) and Lefty Driesell (1984). Perhaps he's satisfied with that.

This has been arguably the wackiest ACC season ever. No Terps or Duke in the quarterfinals? A BC-Miami match tomorrow? Weird.

Posted by: Vincent | March 8, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

HA! At least Duke lost, too!

Posted by: Pike | March 8, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Allan how about a wake up call? I'm not trying to take away from either Georgetown or Maryland.

The Big East is just not as good as the ACC this year. There are 16..SIXTEEN! teams in the conference, providing a lot of wins to push up a lot of teams.

If you honestly believe Maryland is just going to disapear because of two "mediocre" years you are crazy.

I'm scared to see how cocky these Georgetown fans will become when they actually accomplish something in the NCAA Tourney these next few years, cause without doing that yet they are out of control with a lack of decency.

Posted by: J | March 8, 2007 11:07 PM | Report abuse

At least at Maryland they teach us how to avoid triple-posting...

Posted by: Lindemann | March 9, 2007 8:14 AM | Report abuse

At least at Georgetown we didn't burn down half the campus when we won.

Posted by: Thin Man | March 9, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown has mystique? This isn't the 80's anymore.

But as a Terp fan, I'm glad to see Georgetown back and battling us for local recruits (although I wish they wouldn't win quite so much recently). It forces Gary and his coaches to recruit harder and work on the AAU circuit better than they have.

Posted by: Jonathan | March 9, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I really don't know why all this stupid little sniping is going on. As a Hoya, I'm just happy that Syracuse lost, now that is a team I hate, although it would have been fun to see the team get revenge for that loss last week.

Posted by: Chris | March 9, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

When did Georgetown last win the national championship? 1984? Had mankind discovered fire by then? I guess the celebration must have been fun, with all the cave paintings and people beating their sloped foreheads together in lieu of a complex grammar.

Posted by: Lindemann | March 9, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I was there for the win and the after party in the streets was awesome. Sorry you'll never get to experience something like that.

Posted by: Thin Man is a Nerd | March 9, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

To Confused Hoya Fan: Sure, we Terp fans would love to play Georgetown...but only after you guys muster up the courage to play GW first.

Posted by: Vincent | March 10, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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