Terps Men's Basketball Preseason Predictions
Ah yes, that's right. It's that time of the year again, when guessers both educated and non- attempt to foretell how things will play out on the hardwood this season. The early read on the Terps? Well, according to two publications, Maryland will be either atrocious or barely mediocre. Heartening news to wake up to, eh?
Here are some excerpts from Sporting News' take on the 08-09 Fightin' Garys:
"The two departures (James Gist and Bambale Osby) were the only post players of note, and the Terrapins' sole signee is a guard (Sean Mosley). It leaves coach Gary Williams with his biggest challenge since NCAA sanctions were imposed early in his tenure for the sins of his predecessors."
"This isn't going to be a bad basketball team, but it'll be far from good."
***Moderator's note: This publication was released before freshman forward Steve Goins was declared eligible to play this season, so its statement that Maryland has only one signee is false.
The publication named freshman guard Sean Mosley one of the nation's top 100 newcomers. It also selected Gary Williams as the ACC's coach on the hot seat.
Oh and by the way, the Sporting News picked Maryland to finish 12th in the ACC this season. As in dead last. Basement-dwellers. Door mats.
The Terps won't really be that bad will they? Lindy's College Basketball preview certainly doesn't think so. That publication picked Maryland to finish seventh in the ACC, and its outlook on the Terps was slightly more uplifting:
"Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes give the Terps two quality point guards."
"Not a quality big man on the whole dang roster."
"This doughnut team -- hole in the middle, get it? -- will be fighting for a spot in the NIT."
The publication selected Vasquez for its all-conference second team, as well as the ACC's top playmaker and most versatile player. Vasquez also was named the No. 17 point guard in the nation by Lindy's.
In the "More Love for Greivis Vasquez" department, both Sporting News and Lindy's posted the Terps guard on the front cover of their college basketball preview issues. Granted, these magazines have different covers for different regions of the country, but it's still not a bad honor to have.
Anyways, now that you've had a moment to digest, what are your thoughts on Sporting News and Lindy's placement of the Terps? Too harsh? Too nice? Just right?
And have any of you heard of other preseason rankings that have been released? If so, please share with the class.
October 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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