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Should Terps Accept NIT Bid?

Terps' NIT chances are a slam dunk. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

Not trying to be obnoxious here; just curious. The Fire Gary Williams blog asks the same question. Several posters on the Scout message board said they'd like to see it declined, but as I type this on Thursday night three of the top four thread are about the NIT: "Gary confirmed we are playing in the NIT," "What would be the reactions if we won the NIT?" and "Tuesday night NIT," in which posters speculate whether the Terps are good enough to host an NIT game.

And I know this is all kind of morbid, but it's better than linking to the "Fire Gary" thread or the "Can we bring Lefty back?" thread.

Personally, I know you can't ignore the Comcast Center, but I'd sort of like to see the Terps open with a road NIT game. For the first time in a long time, this team would be playing with absolutely no pressure or expectations. It might be refreshing. Otherwise, a VCU rematch would certainly be exciting, as would a meeting with UMBC should the Retrievers lose on Saturday. This team will be known for nothing if not its inconsistency; why not at least take this chance to go out with another manic "Good Terps" swing.

For less depressing talk, Tersp Nation has the American Idol judges discussing the Terps, and better yet, an interview with Dukie from the Wire. And to bring everything together, Mister Irrelevant says watching the NIT would be "like watching an American Idol contestant perform after being voted off: they'll suck, it won't matter and it'll depress the hell out of me."

(Also, The Legend of Cecilio Guante asks "What the hell, why? How can a program go from national champs to N.I.T. junkies in six years with the same coach?")

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 14, 2008; 9:09 AM ET
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Anyone who thinks Maryland should not accept a NIT bid is an idiot! This is a young team full of freshman and sophmores that needs as much post season exposure as they can get to prepare for the coming seasons when the Turtle shall rise again. "Fire Gary Williams". "Bring back Lefty". What a bunch of morons!

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 14, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Was this post up last night or did I imagine that? I'd like to see Maryland turn the NIT bid down for the CBI...

Posted by: sitruc | March 14, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Games are games, no matter who we play. It's better than leaving everyone on the team stewing for 7 months. Heck, how many school would love a chance at even the NIT?

Posted by: EricS | March 14, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The NCAA runs the NIT now. Turning down the NIT would tick off people that you don't want to tick off. Maryland had to accept.

Posted by: Everett W. | March 14, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The NIT should say no to the Terps.

Posted by: PowerBoater | March 14, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I think Stein likes to see the Terps suffer? What's your beef?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 14, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I actually like the NIT home games. It's the only time the average fan can walk up to the Comcast Center box office and buy a ticket without donating thousands to the booster club to be on the season ticket waiting list or buying from a scalper on eBay.

Posted by: mike | March 14, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

They have to have the class to accept an NIT bid. Remember a couple of years ago when Gary said "no" and Debbie Yow said "not so fast, Gary"? Fans ought to go too. With any luck the ticket prices won't be out of reach.

Gary ought to pay attention to the women's team. They really play like a team and never give up -- winning or losing.

Grevis scores a lot, but gives up a lot -- especially if you consider an ill-advised three with nobody there to rebound a turnover. Hard to figure the net. He DOES being emotion to the team that they have missed for a few years.

Having said that, his decision-making is too poor to be the point guard. Bowie ought to be there with GV at shooter and Hayes spelling them both.

I wouldn't call for Gary's head just yet. He's still got another year of National Championship Good Will -- assuming he can adjust.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | March 14, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

We're all assuming Maryland gets an NIT bid. With all of the Bubble craziness, will there be room for a couch burning underachiever??

Posted by: Jared Prebish | March 14, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"a couch burning underacheiver" wow! Thanks Jared for your insightful comments. Idiot. West Va, Ohio State, Penn State, Va Tech. All schools with more hillbillies and felony arrests and convictions per capita than the Terps. What, you couldn't call us coke sniffing drug addicts? I guess that metaphor from the 80's is a little too old. They were picked 6th in the preseason by the writers, and finished 6th. 10 sophomores and freshman, and two of the sophomores, Milbourne and Burney, did not play really at all. Senior Osby is a second year player and junior Neal rarely has rarely played in his first three years. So, even us meth lab/coke heads could deduce that this is an extremely young team. Take the NIT bid, and Jared, have a nice life.

Posted by: David | March 14, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

So who says the Terps deserve an NIT bid? They lost 2 out of 3 to Boston College this year. BC lost 12 out of 13 games prior to last night. Of the Terps 8 conference victories, only one came against a team that ended up with a winning in-conference record.

If they do get a bid, they should get down on their knees and say "thank you!"

Posted by: Fairfax | March 14, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

David, were you responding to a post that got deleted or something? That light jab hardly deserved that response.

Posted by: sitruc | March 14, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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