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What To Make Of These Games?

Maryland has won four out of its last five games by at least 21 points, and it won the other game by 16. Still, something seems off-kilter. The mood in the postgame locker room was somewhat muted.

It feels odd criticizing a team that for most of the past month has beaten its opponents senseless. At the same time, it feels as though the Terps have been taking their superiority over teams like George Washington, Delaware State, American, Bryant and Elon for granted, as if they haven't gotten as much out of those wins as maybe they should have.

The margins of victory and the team's developmental curve don't seem to be in sync, though to be honest, it's hard to fairly evaluate Maryland against vastly inferior opponents. Just ask Gary Williams.

"Sometimes these games are hard to judge," Williams said. "I thought there were periods where we played really well (Tuesday). We did a lot of things really well. We’re looking to see where we are with that, with when you play well, is that good enough? Did we play well long enough to sustain it for 40 minutes?"

Last night against an overmatched Elon squad, Maryland played well enough to win by 26 points. But that's entirely different from saying the Terps played well for 40 minutes.

What did you all make of last night's game? How would you evaluate the Terps' performance against Elon? For that matter, how do you think the team has developed over the past few weeks?

By Steve Yanda  |  December 31, 2008; 7:14 AM ET
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Comments

Steve, do you have any idea why G Williams continues to set his schedule like this? The Terps have to have one of the most embarassing, pre conference schedules of any power conference school. How come there aren't any home and away series against SEC or Big East or Big 12 schools? Every other school, as far as I can see plays at least one very tough or challenging road game.

Posted by: Trippey | December 31, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm also curious...I didn't get a chance to listen to the game last night. Who did the play by play? This must have been the first time in years (20+) that the Great One, Johnnie Holliday didn't do the play by play. Since he was in Boise.

Posted by: Trippey | December 31, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

@Trippey - I definitely agree that Gary needs to step up and add a quality non-conference away game or two before the ACC season starts but it's a little unfair to call their schedule embarrassing. Let's not forget that in 12 games, four were against the following (and ranking at the time)
Mich State - 5
Gonzaga - 9
G'town - 18
Michigan (on cusp of rankings and now in 22-25 range)

That's four quality opponents in 12 games (that we went 2-2 is okay but the blowouts to G'town and Gonzaga sucked).

We have Charlotte on tap. This is typically a solid A-10 team who, this year, has lost some close games to good team.

I'd love to see an SEC or Big East matchup thrown into the mix but playing 4 ranked teams in 12 games isn't embarrassing.

Posted by: imageaid | December 31, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Trippey - Matt Noble did the PBP on the radio, since Johnny was in Boise. Matt does the women's games on the radio (when broadcast) and has actually filled in for Johnny a few (though rare) times over the past few seasons. Usually when there is a conflict with FB and BB (early season games when FB is away) and one or two bowl games.

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 31, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

To imageaid--fair enough. I stand corrected. Embarrasment wasn't the right phrase. I guess what I had meant to say was that I would like to see a couple of quality games OUTSIDE of a tourny. A few years ago, the Terps regularly had a home & home against a Big 12 or SEC. I recall matchups against Kentucky, Florida and Oklahoma, among others.

Posted by: Trippey | December 31, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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