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Can't Keep My Eyes Off the Terps

(By Gail Burton - AP)

For everything else the Terrapins have been called this season, here's one more adjective: Spellbinding. Not joking. As a disinterested observer, I haven't looked forward to watching Terps games this much since the national championship year. Then, it was because they were beautiful to watch. Now, it's because you just never know what the Cole is gonna happen, what Gary Williams is gonna say, and especially what Greivis Vasquez is gonna say.

Tonight? Well, naturally, they played inspired small-ball, committed seven turnovers, took and held (!!!!!) a big lead, and eventually stopped shooting with 34 seconds left on the shot clock.

Gary? How's this for a triumvirate? He told the post-game radio show that "really, I think the gold uniforms made the difference," went out of his way to offer kind words about Kay Yow, and then as the broadcast went to break came on with his radio ad for the Jaklitsch Law Group's personal injury practice. That's a pretty diverse trio of comments.

And Greivis? Well, Chris Knoche asked about his near-triple double, which would have been Maryland's first in 22 years and which was one Sean Mosley Adrian Bowie conversion in the waning moments away from happening. And young Mr. Vasquez offered one of the most ramblingly compelling responses I've ever heard on a post-game radio interview.

First he said he knew exactly how many more assists he needed for the triple-double, and "that's why I made that pass" late in a game that had already been won.

"But he went to Montrose, that's my boy, I forgive him," Vasquez said of Mosley Bowie, before launching into a brief speech about how hard it is to get a collegiate triple-double, and how it requires "courage," and how no one knows how hard he works or how much this means to him.

And then, out of nowhere, without prompting, Greivis threw his heart out there for his coach.

"Coach Williams is the man," Greivis said. "Coach Williams is the man here at Maryland, and people should be thankful to have such a great coach, because he basically put Maryland back on the map."

Then he talked about what a great motivator Gary was, and how Gary made Greivis "go crazy" tonight. And then he sent out a message to one of his boys, in Spanish.

And that's not even counting the massive ovations every time Jin Soo Kim took a breath. Seriously, that was two hours well spent, which is the whole point, right?

* All quotes done from memory while driving in my car, so small words here and there might be off.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 31, 2009; 10:42 PM ET
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Hey Dan, just a correction. It was Adrian Bowie who could have sealed Vasquez' triple-double (Mosley is from Baltimore, didn't go to Montrose).

Posted by: pgmoore | February 1, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Like I was saying, these two clubs, Miami and Maryland, are at roughly the same talent level. Miami has McClinton, who might win them a few games with his shooting. But other than that they should be quite competitive with one another, and are.

I think as fans, we tend to overrate our favorites' talents, but in the ACC this year, Maryland is at a distinct disadvantage against any team with a strong inside presence. Heck, they lost to Morgan, and rebounding is basically all the Bears can do. Dave Neal's a tough guy and plays above his head, but he's no match for quicker big men that he can't muscle, or for really tall guys like Zoubek.

Yep, Gus Gilchrist would have made a huge difference on this team. Maybe even a tournament berth. But that's history.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Greivis and all twerps fans can chupa me pinga

Posted by: jonthefisherman | February 1, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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