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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.

By Steve Yanda  |  October 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

I am not optimistic (I rarely am, though). I don't see the frontcourt doing much of anything and Hayes and Vasquez aren't good enough to make up for that (unless Vasquez has managed to rein in his crazy tendencies, which strikes me as unlikely).

Adrian Bowie is the man, though. Maybe they should just go small, with Hayes-Vasquez-Bowie-Milbourne-???? in the lineup.

Posted by: Grant | October 9, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I think the team is going to have to go small with Tucker at the 3 and Milborne at the floor. Bowie and Mosley can come off the bench and rotate through the 1-3 spots to give the team a jolt. Hopefully the young bigs can hold down the fort enough on d and get out on the break. Gary's going to have to coach this team like he did the seasons Ekezie and Baxter were young, press press press press press...

7th is a possibility, the optimist in me says 5th and NCAA bubble...

Posted by: Lee | October 9, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Didn't CNN/SI have us somewhere in the 60s? I don't think we will be dead last in the ACC, but I think another NIT bid is to be expected.

With no proven big presence down low, it will be interesting to see how Gary adjusts his flex offense. I bet we will see different versions of a small lineup as he sets the rotation.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | October 9, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Some of you may not have seen Braxton Dupree handling heralded Gtown recruit Greg Monroe in the Kenner league this summer but brx has lost about 25-30 lbs and I think you are going to be pleasently suprised at the numbers he will put up. Guy is about as polished of an offensive center we have had.

Posted by: rubes | October 9, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I think we'll struggle to finish .500 this year.

We have no inside game, and we will rely heavily on our guards. Out best players are guards, and their shooting skills are questionable. Add in that the 3-point line is moving back to International length this year, and that makes it even less likely we will hit 3's.

Posted by: Sam | October 9, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Gary will somehow pull out another 20 win season. You heard it here first.

Posted by: Terpin | October 9, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

We will be a lot beter than people think. Dupree is showing signs of being a very good big man and Burney is a talented big man as well. Both have supposidly improved this summer. Look for Bowie and Tucker to have breakthrough years.

Maryland has been pronounced dead by many idiots before and been proven wrong! Gary coaches best when his back is to the wall and I don't see anyone on the schedule we can't beat on a good night!

Posted by: donmac | October 9, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Gary has recruited anyone worth spit since he won the 2004 ACC Championship, maybe even the 2002 National Championship. Heck, they don't even go after the right guys it seems. Gary seems fascinated by finding the next Lonny Baxter and Juan Dixon, again and again. He's also lost a lot of quality assistants and hasn't replaced them with anyone near as good in most cases. There's no excuse for either of those things to happen.

Gary, it's time to go sit next to Bobby Knight and Digger Phelps on the ESPN set.

Posted by: Rob | October 9, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Terpin, you heard it here second, Gary will scrap together 20+ wins. I think his front court will have a couple of break through players (Dupree or Burney or combo) this year and with a lot of guard depth, he can go small at times if need be and like stated earlier, press press press. Gary's teams always play hard and, while subject to ups and downs like their coach, are in good shape and intense. Besides, Gary loves the underdog role. I don't think he is ever nearly as effective when his teams are "supposed" to be good . . . GO TERPS!!

Posted by: Terp63 | October 9, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Maryland's location--near the border of Washington, DC--is the biggest problem for recruiting excellent athletes. Being located right next to one of the worst crime cities in America does not help recruitng. But, Coach Williams is excellent in developing the players he does recruit. And in almost every year, the basketball team does better than you would expect based on the quality of players on the team. Coach Gary Williams always has his players ready to play hard--unlike Coach Frige's football players, who should be ashamed of the way they played in the team's two losses this season. The football team should be undefeated and getting ready for a post-season bowl game. I believe this year's basketball team will do better than many sports magazines predict. And even if they lose more games than they win in the ACC, the basketball team should hold its head high knowing that they play quality teams each game.

Posted by: ipa2va | October 9, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I've always thought being close to DC should be a recruiting plus. Have you ever been to Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, BLACKSBURG?? Not much to do in the way of nightlife there....

If Dupree has lost that weight he could be a monster. Very polished in the low post (see v Illinois last year). Not sure where he went the rest of the year...

Posted by: Lee | October 9, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Maryland will finish with a 15-16 record and 4-12 in the ACC

No NCAA bid

No NIT bid

Posted by: Gary | October 9, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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