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Local basketball slump continues

I think Kristi Tolliver pretty well captured the emotions of Terps fans after that ridiculous loss to Michigan State.

"kjfsghksfjhgklsdjfhgkjlsdfhgljshfgkjhafgkjhdfkgjhsdfkjghsfdkjg michigan state. ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh," the former Terps women's star wrote on Twitter. Then she followed that up with this:

"i think i'm gonna be sick."

If you watched the replay, you'll notice that just about everyone wearing red sent their hands directly to the back of the heads. That seems to be the natural human way to express the emotion, "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Please, no."

I stood that way in front of my television for at least 60 seconds; eventually, I noticed that Testudo also adopted that pose.

Anyhow, it was quite a season for Maryland -- the Terps were one of just 14 teams to make the second round in both 2009 and 2010 -- but all that's over now. Time for some perspective, before the Caps playoffs start.

The middle of the last decade decade was one of the liveliest periods in local college basketball history, with Maryland, George Mason and Georgetown combining for four Final Four berths within a six-year span.

Since then, though, the drought has been harsh and arid and smelling of spoiled cottage cheese. This is now the third consecutive year without a Maryland, D.C. or Virginia team even making the Sweet 16. That's only the second time such a slump has happened since the tournament expanded in 1985.

Here's that local Sweet 16 history, again via The Post's amazing tournament database.

2010: None

2009: None
2008: None
2007: Georgetown
2006: George Mason, Georgetown
2005: None
2004: None
2003: Maryland
2002: Maryland
2001: Georgetown, Maryland
2000: None

1999: Maryland
1998: Maryland
1997: None
1996: Georgetown
1995: Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia
1994: Maryland
1993: George Washington, Virginia
1992: None
1991: None
1990: None

1989: Georgetown, Virginia
1988: Richmond
1987: Georgetown
1986: Navy
1985: Georgetown, Maryland

(By Don Ryan - AP)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 21, 2010; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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This one hurt. Wish I could appreciate this game/ending for all it was. And wish we had gotten a hand in Lucious' face but it was uncontested.

Farewell to Vasquez, Hayes and Milbourne. Loved watching these guys play the past four years.

Posted by: Pbonds | March 21, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

*Fairly contested but a nice screen and ballfake by Lucious helped him get open there.

Posted by: Pbonds | March 21, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

way to not rub it in Steinz. Ugh...

Posted by: Barno1 | March 21, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me?

West Virginia University is a hell of a lot closer to the DC area than Virginia Tech .. yet for some reason the Washington Post covers VT like stink on you know what.

So, for all the Mountaineer fans out there, invoke the 200 miles or closer rule (oops, sorry, that would leave out Virgnia Tech .. on second thought..) and start loving the mounties Dan.

Posted by: tslats | March 21, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

tslats, you are insane. West Virginia is not a DC area team.

That is all. Carry on.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 21, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same West-By-God-Virginia that plays an annual football game with the Pittsburgh Panthers from, Pittsburgh, PA that is nicknamed "The Backyard Brawl"???

Well then no wonder there are so many Pittsburgh fans in the Washington D.C. area, just like Bhawlmuher, it too is a quite little suburb of Washington, D.C....

Posted by: CapsNut | March 21, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

LOL! WVU is certainly a DC "area" team, especially considering the number of alumni in the greater Washington area and the fact that the Eastern Panhandle counties are so closely tied to DC/Baltimore. Seems half of Martinsburg commutes to DC. DC TV stations are all "local" and you'll find tons of Washington Post boxes in front of homes here in the Panhandle.

Slowly but surely though, the DC media seem to be recognizing that a growing portion of their audience cheer for the Old Gold & Blue.

Psst... Don't look now, but a little slice of "Almost Heaven" (Jefferson County, WV) is part of the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA). Yup.. you Washingtonians have to officially consider some of us "hillbillies" to be part of the neighborhood :-)

Posted by: EngravEER | March 22, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

The only reason there is a large number of people in this area that went to WVU, is because it was the only school that would take them.

Posted by: carcats89 | March 22, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

^^^^^^^^ And I'm certain you have facts to back-up that statement there carcats, right?

Sometimes you haters are just too funny (and too dumb) :-)

Posted by: EngravEER | March 22, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Gary Williams is a self-serving jerk. Glad they lost....


Posted by: chombie13 | March 22, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Straight from college board:

WVU-Percent applicants admitted: 88%

compare that to any DC area school.

GMU-Percent applicants admitted: 63%

UMD-Percent applicants admitted: 42%

GW Percent applicants admitted: 37%

VT-Percent applicants admitted: 67%

Georgetown- Percent applicants admitted: 20%

I also know because it was the only reason a lot of people from my high school went there.

Posted by: carcats89 | March 22, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

@carcats89 For all I know, that just classifies VT and WVU as crappy hick schools and the others as good schools with high demand. The crappy hick schools would also be the furthest away from DC.

Now that is obviously a huge exaggeration but I still don't think WVU is a DC area team. VT is even less of a DC area team.

Posted by: wis193 | March 22, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

No school should be considered a DC area school if you can't there via some form of DC area, public transportation.

Posted by: sonny2 | March 22, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Big Ten > ACC

Posted by: popopo | March 22, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. So now we're comparing a huge land-grant institution like WVU to smaller -- and much more select -- private schools like Georgetown and George Washington. Can you say "apples to tangerines"?

But that's just diverting attention from the original question of whether or not the DC area sports media should consider WVU a "local" school for their coverage purposes. Then again, perhaps that was your goal... along with a dig or two at WVU.

My "homer" opinion -- and I realize it's just that -- is that if the DC sports media considers VT a "local", there's NO reason not to afford WVU the same designation. As a Mountaineer, I absolutely despise the Hokies, but Tech -- like WVU -- is a major regional institution with a large alumni base in the DC area and should absolutely be considered a "local" school for DC sports media coverage.

Posted by: EngravEER | March 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

ODU went in '95 I think.

Posted by: ronmalibu | March 22, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

C'mon people! growing up in the DC area, it has ALWAYS urked me (as well as some others on here im sure) that Virginia Tech (yuck!) is considered "local" and WVU is not???

go back to geography class editors. "Blacksburg VA" is about 263 Mi. alway from DC.

Morgantown WVA is 210 mi. which one is more LOCAL????

you all are idiots.

so rephrase your headline "Local basketball team in sweet 16... WVU"

thanks for nothing DC

Posted by: wvufan1 | March 22, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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