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Morgan State, Huh?

You think you know a team, right? You think fine, these Terps might not be great, but at least they don't lose to locally based low-mid-non-majors at home, like last year's Terps did. You think these Terps have at least set things up so that a decent ACC showing would land them in the tournament. And then they lose to Morgan State, at home.

I mean, sure, GW dropped a game to a lowly MEAC school, but at least that was at a neutral site. Sure, Virginia lost to Liberty at home, but at least the Flames have a Curry on their roster. This Morgan State bunch scored 37 at Utah, and won by two points against William Jessup, which had previously lost by 46 against the Oregon Institute of Technology. (In fairness, the Bears had also played a bunch of big boys tough, and won at DePaul.)

Maryland, I should note, was pretty much the consensus No. 2 team in the latest Atlantic 11 DMV ratings. Morgan State received two votes. Just like Radford.

Five more quick observations:

1) I actually never knew Reggie Holmes looked like that.

2) These schools had previously played each other five times. The average score of those games? Maryland 98, Morgan State 65.

3) Todd Bozeman's blog has been dormant for a while, but he's dropped some good stuff this season that I've missed. Like, his nickname at Cal?

"I know ya'll gonna crack up on this one! They were always calling me O.D.B. If some of ya'll are reading this I know ya'll are on the floor right now. O.D.B was a rapper back in the day with WU-Tang and O.D.B stood for Old Dirty Bastard. Anywho...they called my O.D.B and said it stood for Old Dirty Boze! lol Funny right? Yeah, whatever...they got a kick out of that too...that was in those moments where they were imitating me or just having fun on a road trip. That'll be one of those stories at my funeral."

4) Fans on the MEAC message board were pretty confident entering the night. In fact, the first poster's prediction? "I am going out a limb and predict that Morgan will upset Maryland tonight in Men BB. Reggie Holmes had to have at least 24 point for the upset. Morgan 68 Md 67."

Holmes had 25, and the final score was 66-65. That's pretty good.

5) "Hopefully at 11-2 we'll get some national recognition. If you look at the polls, I think we have as good of wins as a lot of those teams that are in the lower part of the polls, and hopefully somebody will take notice of that." -- Gary Williams, January 3.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 7, 2009; 10:48 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball , Terps  
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I don't even know if anyone knows at this point. They'll all find out when they wake up tomorrow and see the paper. The D.C. area may set a new world record for simultaneous coffee spit-takes.

Posted by: MaxWass | January 7, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Lowly, huh? why are the schools from the meac so beneath you steinberg? Why such contempt for these school? I have a few ideas but I'd love to hear an explanation from you.
& what's the deal with you checking out reggie holmes like that..its kinda creepy

dan steinberg, journalist, huh? it speaks to the(lowly) nature of the profession.
I want to congratulate the Morgan team-good game, great upset, highly classy

Posted by: amberlisa | January 8, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: sitruc | January 8, 2009 2:54 AM | Report abuse


it aint that difficult. your boy dan is dissin' morgan state & the meac conf. by inserting -lowly- everytime he mentions them....totally attempting to demean their win & the conf. they play in. I recognize that he's not a particularly well accomplishing writer but no need to be mean spirited.

Posted by: amberlisa | January 8, 2009 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Stop hating on the MEAC. Go Bears!!!


Posted by: icetotalpackage | January 8, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse


Where do you see lowly in the post? It says low-mid majors which refers to the size of the school.

Now apologize to Mr. Dan and go back to watching "College Hill"

Posted by: fushezzi | January 8, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

uh, I agree with fush. the MEAC is a low- to low-mid-major conference. That's just what it is.

Also-- I am once again embarassed. What a joke.

Posted by: pipkin42 | January 8, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Fire Gary, bring in Eddie Jordan

Posted by: KingME1 | January 8, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Amberlisa: Did you read the article? If you actually did, and you really feel that way, that is not saying to much about the education you are receiving (I'm assuming at Morgan).

Let me enlighten you: Morgan is a MEAC school, UMD is an ACC school. An ACC school is not supposed to lose to a MEAC school. Facts are facts. The MEAC is a mid-major conference, with a small budget, & small fan-base. Fact is, the MEAC is lowly, when compared to the ACC. How about you go research how many players are in the NBA from the MEAC, then check how many players are in the NBA from the ACC?

Posted by: cj658 | January 8, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"& what's the deal with you checking out reggie holmes like that..its kinda creepy"

It is a joke Amberlisa. Do yourself a favor, and look carefully at the picture at the top of the article. What is creepy is the fact that you could not figure that out on your own.

Posted by: cj658 | January 8, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

No one likes to be called "lowly" no matter the circumstances. And the term "lowly" was used.. first line, second paragraph. The FACT is that Morgan St. won the game and they are from the MEAC conference. Whether they are supposed to beat an ACC school or not... they did. People have pride and if those kids stepped their game up to prove to themselves that they could beat a team in the "big boy conference", then just give them credit for accomplishing that goal and call it a day. No need to dis Morgan, the the MEAC conference or someone that received an education there. If you're bitter about the loss... be bitter with UMD for losing not at MSU for winning.

Posted by: tblack06 | January 8, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

As the sole graduate of a MEAC school on this post, let me just say...


- J. Carter
Morgan State University, Class of 2003
English (Journalism)

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 8, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

tblack06 -

And I don't think the term "lowly" is offensive in this sense. MEAC fans look at UMES as lowly opponents, not because they are inferior or its impossible for them to win, but because their history indicates a trend of losing and poor performances.

Big win for the Bears against a team that should reconsider the value of the coach running it. But it's not a lie - or degrading - to call a team's history against another program what it is.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 8, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I suppose this makes Maryland the De Paul of the ACC.

But the Terps weren't the only conference school to be surprised last night -- Boston College, coming off its upset win at UNC, lost at home to Harvard. True, the Crimson have become competitive in the Ivy League in recent years, but still...

Posted by: VPaterno | January 8, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Bring back Bob Wade.

Posted by: rdpinva | January 8, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

tblack06: If you read the article again, lowly was not used in an offensive or "degrading" manner. It boogles my mind how people can take offense to this. Fact is, neither you or anyone else on here play for Morgan. The fact that you would feel offended by a journalist using the term "lowly" to describe a team that you don't even play for, is pretty funny. I don't think any Duke students would feel offended if there football program was called "lowly". But the term is used in a post-game write up, in a non-offensive way, and it is an issue to fans of the "MEAC", pretty strange if you ask me.

Posted by: cj658 | January 8, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Fact is, Gary Williams lost to a coach whose players call him Ol' Dirty B@stard. Way to Gary, that's gotta feel good.

Posted by: cj658 | January 8, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Can Bozemen be called a coach if he never coaches? I saw him do nothing more then show up dressed like he just left Bennigan's, sprawl out in the coaches chair and not say a word. Imagine how good this team would be if they actually had a coach.

Guess when you have R. Holmes and the Terps go 1-14 from the arc, you don't really have to coach.

Posted by: fushezzi | January 8, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Boy, Steinbog, you sure do love it when Maryland loses.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The MEAC IS a lowly conference. Morgan State IS a lowly basketball team.

They might be the best team in the MEAC, but that's like being the tallest dwarf.

Brutal, pathetic loss for the Terps.

Posted by: mgv4232 | January 8, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

KingMe1: are you outta your mind? I'd rather have a team that could at least play defense.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 8, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Some of the Terps fans on here have superior issues ... a holy then thou mentality on this post. But when David beats Goliath they come up with ever excuse to put down another team. What a lot of Maryland fans fail to realize is that Morgan State's athletic teams also have storied programs in the past. Morgan also won a national championship in basketball. And the commentor who questioned Bozeman's coaching ability, they need to do their research and they will find out that his past teams have defeated Duke (in the NCAA Tournament), UCLA, Arizona and numerous other top basketball programs. He also coached and recruited Jason Kidd, Lamont Murphy, Michael Stewart and Sharref Abdur-Rahim (all current/former NBA players). A coach does not have to yell and scream at his players constantly in order to be a good basketball coach. Today's college basketball culture is so balanced (just look at Davidson within the last two years), that it's games like this and March Madness that makes college basketball such a special sport.

Posted by: NotGood | January 9, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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