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Maryland Looked Good, No?

Last night: "Beautiful" on F Street, "ugly" in College Park.

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. 5 VCU wins on the Prosser Gambit; fouling late in the game when up by three. Jamal Shuler has 16 in the second half for VCU (2-0), which gets Miami today at 1:30.

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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2007; 9:12 AM ET
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Close wins over both Hampton and Northeastern have proven that Maryland will be trouble for teams on Brackbuster Saturday, and are now my pick for hottest mid-major/next George Mason. What, not a mid-major?

Posted by: J. Jones | November 16, 2007 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Jill Sorenson on the CSN sportscast last night? For much of the show she was laughing so hard that she couldn't read her lines. It would have been nice if she let the audience in on the joke.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | November 16, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Maryland, second ranked in the local poll? Yes.

But let's not forget, most major publications believe that Maryland won't even make the NCAA tournament this year.

The outlook for local teams not named Georgetown doesn't look good.

Posted by: James | November 16, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than Vasquez' shot selection was Glen Consour's calling VCU's win over Houston an upset, lumping the Rams in with Mercer and Gardner Webb. That was no upset, and VCU is my #2 team right now.

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | November 16, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The Bruin game could get very ugly for the Terps but they're probably still better than VPI.

UCLA Football-trying to become the Maryland of the West.

Posted by: Dave Richardson | November 16, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

In the post game report, W&M's coach said that NC State's frontline was better than Georgetown's. Really?!?!

Posted by: JT the 8th | November 16, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

1. Maryland classically plays poorly in the early season, the regroups its bunch of underachievers to scrap towards the late stages of ACC play.

2. Gosh I hope Mason's initiative sparks and outcry for the return of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?"

Posted by: | November 16, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Osby fought his guts out.

Posted by: Joe Gibbs | November 16, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Based on the way Miami played yesterday, I might not have to ban VCU from the poll if they lose today.

Posted by: Josh | November 16, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

This Maryland team is a work in progress. Besides 4 of the 5 starters the rest of the team is basically new to playing in college basketball. Should be an interesting journey with both some highs and lows, looking forward to seeing the end result. Hopefully will make the tournament and win a game or two there.

Posted by: Broken Clipboards | November 16, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

NU got hosed by ACC refs. If Gary plays in Norfolk or Boston in those first two games (leave College Park before conference play? Bwahahahahaha!!!) he heads home w/two sweaty shirts and an L.

Maybe Northeastern gets lucky on their NIT paring and gets a second chance in March.

Posted by: Hugh Akston | November 16, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Still waiting on those highs, though.

Posted by: Will | November 16, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

It is time for Gary Williams to be fired. Not much success on the court of late, and his players don't graduate. Why is he still around?

Posted by: Gary hater | November 16, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Another stick in Gary's eye... Georgetown's local High School stars (that he had no chance of signing) had good games v Michigan. Wright and Freeman 10 points a piece in big minutes.

Posted by: Kev | November 16, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

4 players graduated last year:

If a team only shoots jump shots how do you expect to gain an edge in fouls? That is one reason why teams go inside, if you understand basketball.

I love the Gary haters...look - Maryland is not going to resemble the 2001 National Championship team every time game or year - that team was special. People's perceptions are out of whack.

Posted by: Broken Clipboards | November 16, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Maryland beating a lower quality opponent in a poorly played game actually does remind me of the 2001 finale.

Posted by: Everett W. | November 16, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

lots of haters, love it

Posted by: littles | November 17, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Maryland won in 2002. The refs determined that Duke would win in 2001.

Posted by: Lindemann | November 18, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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