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An Unfavorable Tournament

Tomorrow night, the Terps will take on George Washington in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center. Maryland is fresh off a win over Michigan, and, as Gary Williams is quick to remind anyone who will listen, his team has played one of the tougher schedules in college basketball to date. So far, the Terps are 5-2.

But any momentum Maryland established during its ACC/Big Ten Challenge triumph on Wednesday night might come to a screeching halt tomorrow night, if recent history is any sort of indicator.

The Terps have not won a BB&T Classic game since 2004. In fact, they are 2-7 since winning the national title in 2002. Specifically against George Washington, the Terps have lost two of their last three meetings in the BB&T and are 2-3 against the Colonials all-time in the annual D.C. tournament.

Senior forward Dave Neal, the elder statesman of this Maryland squad, has yet to experience any sort of success at Verizon Center, and he would like that to change before he finishes his career at College Park.

"BB&T's a real big game for us," Neal said Wednesday night after the win over Michigan. "Since I've been here, we haven't won a BB&T Classic game, so I know coming in Friday I'm going to be real fired up and getting the guys real fired up. It's another game, another chance to take on a local team around here with GW. We just have to use to momentum from this game to carry over into Friday and Saturday for the game Sunday."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 6, 2008; 9:59 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Oh oh. When a Terp states that the team will be fired up, watch out for another blow-out. Let's hope our brave lads can paste together a decent team effort and prevail over GW. But the safer bet is that GW will win, and win walking away with it.

Posted by: AncientTerp | December 7, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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