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Terps-Hokies, By the Numbers


One of many double fist-pumps last night. (By Preston Keres - TWP)


4: Points scored by Virginia Tech in the first 7 minutes 15 seconds last night, at which point the Hokies trailed by 12. This was the first of about six times throughout the night that I said, "this game's over."

62: Maryland's new and not-improved RPI after last night's loss. That's directly behind potential bubble teams Virginia Tech, VCU and Davidson. Maryland might need at least three more wins, but plays three of its final four games on the road, and being right behind two similar RPI teams that went 3-0 vs. the Terps probably won't help much. This could get interesting.

8: Fouls called on Virginia Tech in the first 9 minutes 15 seconds of the second half.

0: Fouls called on Virginia Tech in the last 11 minutes 45 seconds of the second half.

3: Number of students dressed like Dave Neal, complete with fake shoulder wrap. It takes a special kind of fan to emulate the training devices worn by a role player who comes off the bench. I approve, completely. (Photo currently broken, working on it.)

12: The months of free pizza offered to the first half Deal or No Deal contestant in his first briefcase. Inexplicably, he turned down a year of free pizza and wound up with a Terps prize pack. Enjoy that Terps antenna flag, sir.

1: NFL owners sitting in the front row and screaming at the officials. Seriously, Steve Bisciotti does a mean Mark Cuban impersonation.

$100,000: Amount offered for successfully making a 3/4-length shot. The attempt landed somewhere in the lane. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I would pay a normal ticket price for a chance to watch 150 random people try to make a half-court shot for a prize of $500.

14: Approximate number of handmade signs in the lower bowl. My personal favorites? The dual number starting "Boom Boom Boom Boom" and ending "I want you in my room." (Photo currently broken, working on it.)

"It's a song," one of the holders told me. Sure, but is the meaning literal?

"If the opportunity arose...." one of the holders said.

1: Sign that will lead to a future Bog post: "Gist is a DDR Champ." Oh he is, is he?

3: Approximate number of Hokies fans clowning in front of the Maryland student section as time ran down. "N-I-T, N-I-T," the students chanted, as the Hokies raised their arms and popped their jerseys. Kind of a precarious time to break out the NIT chant.

22: Seconds remaining when large portions of the crowd began to leave, with the Terps down 5. Me, I would have stuck that one out a couple more possessions.

2: Number of fists Seth Greenberg pumped as he walked off the court, screaming, approximately, WHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" There are reports, from both fans and Hokies, that Greenberg was getting into it with some Terps supporters during the game. Wish I had been over there.

8: Number of different curse words directed at Seth Greenberg in the first 7 posts of this message board thread. Titled "Seth Greenburg."

10: Atlantic 11 teams in second place or better in their own league standings, after last night. Richmond moved into a three-way tie for second in the A-10, and Loyola is now in a four-way tie for first in the MAAAAAC.

2: Current or former Blog Show interns sitting in the same row at the Comcast Center, despite the fact they had never met. Bear in mind this show has only ever had two interns. My mind was reeling for at least 17 possessions after I saw Pradamaster and John Talty. Incidentally, Taltdog, the current intern, won some sort of dance contest that was featured on the big screen. As a great man might say, yep, those are our interns.

(Photo currently broken, working on it.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 21, 2008; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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