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An Odd Ending To A Strange Game

It's safe to say not too many people saw yesterday's Maryland debacle coming. Sure, there were those who thought the Terps would lose. There also likely were those who thought the Terps would lose by a wide margin. But a 41-point drubbing? No way anyone predicted that.

Which made the conclusion of yesterday's contest all the more telling. The game got so out of hand (read: Duke's thumb was pressed so firmly on Maryland's throat) that the final 12 minutes played out like a javee contest.

Sean Mosley played 23 minutes, while Cliff Tucker and Dino Gregory played 17 and 16 minutes, respectively. But those are three of the team's top reserves, so seeing them get extended playing time was no shock.

The surprise came a little later. There was Steve Goins. And David Pearman. And Jin Soo Kim. All on the court. At the same time. During much of that period Adrian Bowie was the only Terps starter on the floor. On a few occassions, he was the only starter on the court for either team.

With another game on the horizon, Williams sat most of his starters and gave his reserves an opportunity to gain experience playing in a hostile environment against a team that was clearly superior -- at least on this day -- in every manner.

"As far as the score goes, I mean, it doesn't bother me to lose by 40 or 20; it still counts as one loss," Gary Williams said. "Those last 12 minutes that's what we tried to do was get ourselves in position where we could be ready to go" on Tuesday night against Boston College.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2009; 2:19 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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It must be really difficult for you to write this blog with enthusiasm, Steve.

And you do seem to have more than the Maryland players.

What the heck does Gary mean by getting "in position where we could be ready to go" on Tuesday night? What a stretch. They weren't ready to go against Duke. What would 12 minutes of junk time do to get this team ready?

Are you really going to conitnue this blog for the entire season? Hope your are getting paid enough to off-set the misery covering this team must bring.

Posted by: petecard | January 25, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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