Maryland Looked Good, No?
So let's see, at the same time Local No. 1 Georgetown was rampaging over Michigan, Local No. 2 Maryland was hosting Northeastern, a team picked to finish, hmmm, eighth in the CAA. The Terps had a slight advantage in free throws attempted: 46 to 13, which seems fair. Four of Northeastern's players had fouled out by the end. And so of course you'd guess that the Terps needed overtime to win, and that even then, some poor Northeastern kid could have sent things to double overtime if he had made all three free throws when he was fouled launching a three-pointer (why, Greivis, why?) with time running down.
And this is the second-best team in our area?
This photo sort of says it all. "There's something going on because I don't even show emotion. I don't know what it means," said Vasquez, who also called the win "ugly." Soul-searching in the season's second week? Still kidnapped by aliens, I guess.
Watching a good deal of the second half, the Terps would have been in major trouble if Osby didn't try so dang hard. Like last year, he seems to have 1.37 hearts, which is sometimes helpful on this team. And soul-searching aside, the guards have loads of potential, and when Vasquez chucks one of his half-court threes, I'd imagine it scares everyone on both benches, plus possibly the fans behind the basket, but give him credit for fearlessness. In this year of home upsets, if the worst that happens is overtime against the CAA, so be it. Overtime wins don't hurt your RPI, at least. Still....
And as for Georgetown, Michigan Coach John Beilein called it a mismatch and, unwittingly sticking it in Maryland's eye, said the Hoyas play "beautiful." And the student fans refused to tell a Michigan reporter what their section is called and heckle the Michigan student reporters. Awesome. And Doc Rivers was there. Those were the highlights, near as I can tell.
In other action....
Local No. 10 American gaaacks up its second big lead of the week, this time nine points at halftime, and loses at home to Fairfield.
Elsewhere, N.C. State smashes William & Mary behind a "dad-gum freshman," Team-to-Watch Hampton falls at Kent State, and Md.-Eastern Shore (which lost its season opener to a DIII team) and Longwood both win, the latter against NAIA competition.
In addition to VCU, Local No. 8 ODU and Norfolk State are in action today. And don't forget about World Ball Night tomorrow at George Mason, where " local students will answer geography questions and have a chance to shoot the basketball from a large map of Asia." Plus there will be World Ball and World Map giveaways. Video here.
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