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Maryland's Loss to Ohio

A few notes on Maryland's home loss to Ohio University of Ohio, OH.

1) These are the teams our Local 3rd-7th ranked teams have lost to in recent days: Hampton, East Carolina, Ohio, Central Connecticut State, and VMI, respectively. Wow.

2) Greivis Vasquez's amazing sideburn designs? Amazing. I've never seen mid-major facial hair like that.

3) Here's a fun item from the Ohio fan board: "Why is it that whenever Ohio wins a game against a large program it suddenly becomes their worst loss ever? It makes my blood boil reading these newswire reports recounting the Maryland game. I understand it is a large upset but to focus on how this is suddenly the worst Terp team in the Gary Williams era why not give a little credit to the team that won the game?"

4) Man, that was really Maryland's worst loss ever, no?

5) Vasquez on the loss, to the Diamondback: "I mean, this is super embarrassing. I can't even go out there and go home."

6) East Coast Bias points out that Maryland still doesn't have a road/neutral win.

After the jump, your additional pithy comments.

1. Georgetown

The Hoyas might go wire-to-wire. (Rob Yunich)

"Now, if you want to crown em', then crown their ass!" (Gavin Weiss)

It'd be much easier to be pithy if Kenny Brunner or Victor Page were still on the team. (Matt Bonesteel)

Kent Benson and Quinn Buckner will have the champagne on ice for the Hoyas' game at Memphis on December 22. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Wake me up when conference play starts. I'm tired of seeing the Hoyas play somewhat close games that end up with them winning by 20. (J. Jones)

Wake me up when their strength of schedule rank breaks the 200 mark. (Glenn Arnold)

According to his Wikipedia page, Jonathan Wallace's nickname is "Little Buddy." Does that mean Roy Hibbert is "The Skipper"? (Sean McLernon)

The Hoya D was stifling as they shut down the Jacksonville Dolphins and their star players, Maurice Jones-Drew and Zach Thomas. (Markus V.)

The Hoyas beat the Dolphins by 3 touchdowns? Wait, the Dolphins play in Jacksonville? I'm totally confused. (Clinton Yates)

Hoyas prepared for Jacksonville by watching episodes of Flipper. (Scott Allen)

G'town kills dolphins...protest at noon. (Chimpanzee Rage)

Jacksonville could've used Artis Gilmore. (Eric Swensen)

Hoya fans irate that, with no challengers in the Poll, there's no one for the Post to favor over them. (Jason Anderson)

Someone sent me these lines from the Bible this morning that seemed like a Hoyas fan mantra: "Woe to them! For they have wandered from me. Destruction to them! For they have trespassed against me. Though I would redeem them, yet they have spoken lies against me." (Jamie Paquette)

Must win game against Radford this weekend. (Doug McKinney)

2. Virginia

An "uninspired performance" still yields a 19-point win over Longwood. If conditions consist for the next four seasons, the Lancers should consider consulting a physician. (Sean McLernon)

Longwood: Curing strep throat since 1839. (Scott Allen)

3. VCU

Rams' cut Richmond's scoring from 30 in the first half to 15 in the second. Mathematicians throughout the state capital debate whether the Spiders would have scored 0 or 7.5 in a hypothetical overtime. (Bill Fitzgerald)

4. George Mason

Mason leading the charge for the CAA is like the gentrification of Columbia Heights -- three steps forward (big wins against power conference teams! / a Target and a Best Buy!) and two steps back (ugly loss to Kent State! / drive-by shootings!). (Markus V.)

Still the best team in central Fairfax! (J. Jones)

A Doc Nix look-a-like contest? Could they pander to the Bog any more? What's next, a cheese tasting with Gil and Bobby Boswell? (Matt Bonesteel)

Patriots lose to the Kent State Golden Flashes, which were known as the Silver Foxes from 1920-26, and for one day in 1970, the Muzzle Flashes. (Bill Fitzgerald)

5. Maryland

Greivis Vasquez and Gary Williams - Proud graduates of the Bart Scott School of Etiquette and Composure. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Greivis Vasquez fouled out of PSYC 361 for putting his pencil down to hard after a quiz. (Jason Anderson)

Maybe Gary needs to bring Ralph Friedgen in to teach Osby how to catch. On second thought, maybe Friedgen needs to bring in Osby to teach his safeties how to tackle. (Matt Mandel)

No, Greivis. The ACC is good, but it's not that good. You still only get five fouls. (Scott Allen)

I bought the Terrapins a present for Christmas. Dr. Seuss' "Oh The Place You'll Go". Inside, I wrote "The NIT." (Max Wass)

Terps start the ACC season at the bottom looking up, and at the rate they're going, their necks will snap by March 9. (Thigh Master)

Starting to forget why we keep ranking these guys. (Chimpanzee Rage)

If you're 6-5 and you've only played one ACC conference game, your days in this poll are numbered. (Glenn Arnold)

6. UMBC

Loss at Wichita State hurts the Retrievers' ranking but not as much as a win at Goucher. (Bill Fitzgerald)

You can't spell Goucher without "oucher." Although, I guess that's pretty obvious. (Sean McLernon)

Loss at Wichita St was an oucher, but follow-up trouncing of Goucher was a, uh, er, um, GOUCHER! (Thigh Master)

Word is Gary Williams is trying to get pregnant in order to get his team over the hump and to get some positive press. (John Taylor)

Goucher had better odds of solving Baltimore's crime problem than beating the Retrievers. (Jamie Paquette)

UMBC is worth 9 points in scrabble. (Markus V.)

I like to pronounce the school "Um-Boc", which allows me to sing Um-Boc badoobidoc Ba-doo-Boc Uminiminimini-badoo-Boc, and so on. (Max Wass)

7. James Madison

The school might be named after a guy who was 5'4", but at least for basketball purposes that is preferable to being named for some old British broad (Maryland and Virginia). (Markus V.)

JMU's success almost makes Harrisonburg residents forget about the stench of dog food from the local feed mills that penetrates the town. Almost. (Sean McLernon)

You know your team is having a good season when you have to break out a calculator in December to figure out the average margin of victory (13.8 if you're scoring at home). (John Taylor)

No matter how many games the Dukes win this season, The MadiZone will never catch on. (Scott Allen)

Dukes pursuing master's at GW's Hobbs School of Joke Scheduling. Degree includes home-and-home with UMES. (Matt Bonesteel)

Any school in the top 20 on ratemyprofessor.com has to have happy players. (Jarrett Carter)

8. Virginia Tech

No, the Hokies aren't that good. The Colonials are that bad. (Sean McLernon)

With upcoming games against Old Dominion followed by Liberty, team officials wondering if they will soon be facing "Freedom," "13 Colonies," and "The American Way." (Gavin Weiss)

Did Greenberg borrow Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi until the Orange Bowl? How did they hold teams to 37.5 points per game last week? (Briscoe)

Little-known fact: the reason the Hokies held UNC-Greensboro and GW both under 40 is that both teams only arrived in time for the 2nd half, due to the 75 hour flight required to get to Blacksburg. (Jason Anderson)

Deron Washington > George Washington. (Thigh Master)

9. Old Dominion

Destroyed CIA torture tapes also purportedly contained footage of Monarchs drubbing of UMES. (Jamie Paquette)

They beat really bad teams, lose to really good teams. True test will come next Sunday against Virginia Tech, who are decidedly middling. (Matt Bonesteel)

UNC, Louisville, Georgetown, UMES ... One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong, can you tell which thing is not like the other, by the time I finish my song? (Bill Fitzgerald)

10. Hampton

11. George Washington

Karl Hobbs looking into establishing ratemybeatwriters.com. (Jarrett Carter)

George Washington's performance in Blacksburg was one of the worst I've ever seen by an alleged Division I team, and I attended American during part of the Art Perry era. (Hayden Alfano)

If you had the Colonials plus 31 against Virginia Tech.... (Paul Bergeron)

Also Receiving Pith

American: Their 52-50 win, with 36 combined turnovers, against Jacksonville reminded me of what my freshman basketball coach said after watching an intra-squad scrimmage -- "I haven't seen a worse game since the blind school played Jerry's Kids. (Markus V.)

Beat Dolphins, although not as convincingly as G'town...protest in Tenleytown at 2:30 pm. (Chimpanzee Rage)

Morgan State: Todd Bozeman picked up by College Park Police after Maryland game for offering students $30 to set their couches on fire.

He was great in Super Size Me. Oh wait, that was Morgan Spurlock. (Max Wass)

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 13, 2007; 4:46 PM ET
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Comments

It goes against my rooting interests to say it, but OU is a pretty good basketball team and entered last night's game ranked substantially higher in the RPI than Maryland. In fact, OU's win at Comcast isn't even the best win by a MAC squad so far this season. (I'd take Kent's win over Mason or Miami's win over Mississippi State ahead of the OU game.)

Now, all that said, I hope Ohio reverts to their usual choking-dog ways once the conference season starts.

Posted by: DevilGrad | December 13, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Maryland's time is over--George Mason is the #2 team in the region! (Okay, unofficially.)

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | December 13, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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