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Catching Up With Old Foes

Maryland's win over Virginia on Tuesday night ensured its NCAA tournament hopes remain alive, which means taking a quick glance at how some of the Terps' previous opponents are doing still serves a purpose. After all, a team is only as strong as the foes it has defeated and, likewise, is only as weak as the losses it has suffered.

Right now, Maryland's RPI ranks 76th in the nation and its strength of schedule comes in at No. 100, all according to and its operator, Jerry Palm. The Terps' best wins came against Michigan State and Michigan, two teams with top-50 RPIs. Four of Maryland's five losses came against teams with top-50 RPIs -- Georgetown, Florida State, Gonzaga and Miami. The Terps also fell to Morgan State, whose RPI is not so great.

Michigan State:
Record -- 15-3
Last Five -- 4-1
RPI -- No. 8
Strength of Schedule -- No. 8

Record -- 12-6
Last Five -- 2-3
RPI -- No. 49
SOS -- No. 19

Record -- 12-4
Last Five -- 2-3
RPI -- No. 7
SOS -- No. 1

Florida State:
Record -- 15-4
Last Five -- 3-2
RPI -- 21
SOS -- 24

Record -- 11-4
Last Five -- 4-1
RPI -- No. 34
SOS -- No. 29

Record -- 13-4
Last Five -- 4-1
RPI -- 28
SOS -- 18

Morgan State:
Record -- 8-9
Last Five -- 4-1
RPI -- No. 156
SOS -- No. 157

By Steve Yanda  |  January 22, 2009; 4:09 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Coach Williams can out coach Coach Thompson except he cannot subvert Yow. If Yow would allow a dumbing down of applicants to Maryland then they would be able to attract players like Georgetown gets. Too bad Coach Thompson cannot coach as well as Coach Williams but can recruit due to the lack of or funaggling of eligibility requirements.

Posted by: Sideswiped | January 22, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Man those FSU and Miami losses hurt. Morgan State is going to win their league and be an NCAA tourney team. Terps need to man up and beat Duke this weekend and then handle BC to get back on the good side of the bubble.

Posted by: Lee26 | January 23, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Terp's strength of schedule is surprising. I thought it was much greater. Guess our Terps make other teams look really strong. Cannot help recalling that Morgan State was clearly the better team - it didn't seem that their win was anomalous in any way. But each game is an independent event, so we cannot be sure our lads will suffer blowouts in future. Maybe they'll learn to paste together consistent 40 minute efforts, beginning with the Duke match.

Relaxing academic standards, such as they are, is the wrong thing to do. Standards at public universities already are too low in most curricula, dragging down standards for students with academic aptitudes and willingness to work. If some of Maryland's opponents don't have to worry much about their classwork, it's just too bad. Doing the right thing is best in the long term. Stanford, Duke and Northwestern, among others, can do it, Why not Maryland?

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 23, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"Stanford, Duke and Northwestern, among others, can do it, Why not Maryland?"

Posted by: Lee26 | January 23, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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