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How To Describe The Miami Loss

One got the sense, peering aroung Maryland's locker room after last night's defeat that few players saw this particular conclusion coming, especially with the way the team had controlled the first half.

But after a 17-point lead dissolved into a two-point defeat, few team members were in a contemplative mood. So they went with the more obvious -- yet still quite accurate -- observations.

"It’s brutal," senior forward Dave Neal said. "I wish we could have played the whole 40 minutes and it would have been a phenomenal win. Things didn’t go our way and didn’t execute our offense the way we did in the first 30 minutes. They got hot, we didn’t play as good a defense as we should have and they got the win."

"It’s very hard, especially with the way we were playing," sophomore guard Adrian Bowie said. "We played really good and just let up in the second half."

In the first half, Maryland recorded six blocks and seven steals, and Miami gave up 10 turnovers. In the second half, Maryland mustered one block and no steals, and Miami gave up just two turnovers.

"It’s pretty tough because we came out pretty hot," junior forward Landon Milbourne said. "Second half, we just didn’t come out with the same intensity we had in the first half."

Then Milbourne was asked for a reason why the Terps seemingly left their energy in the locker room before emerging for the second half.

"I’m not really sure why," he responded. "We just didn’t move the same. We were kind of sluggish out there. That’s what coach was saying. We just have to learn how to keep playing hard, no matter what. Regardless of whether we’re tired, the game’s not over so we have to push through."

Perhaps a few days in the Miami sunshine will recharge the group's collective battery. That's what they're hoping for anyways.

"It would be awesome to be 2-0 and we didn’t do it," Neal said. "We've got a big game Saturday against Florida State, so we have to be down about this until tomorrow’s practice, and then we have to get ready for Florida State."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2009; 10:26 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

What a pathetic display by the Terps. I've never seen a team have that big of an advantage and collapse in that fashion. What a joke. The terps half-court O is quite possibly the worst in the history of the university. 4-12 in the ACC would be a blessing. Greivis can get mad at the fans all he wants, but these guys are awful.

Posted by: tonytroese | January 15, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Yes, this was a bad loss, probably doing more emotional damage than the Morgan State loss, but, did anyone see some of those shots that Miami was hitting? Some were 3 or more feet beyond NBA range. Give them credit, they got extremely hot. With that being said, you got the feeling that Miami wasn't going to take any more 2 point field goal shots at about the 5 minute mark, and still our perimeter d was awful, we couldn't fight through screens, etc. I still don't think we will make the big dance this year, but I also hope this team isn't so fragile that this defeat just crushes them

Posted by: rthudy | January 15, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Hey! We Suck!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | January 15, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Two words: weak minded. This team has no chance at postseason play.

Posted by: deepak_kalpoe | January 15, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic display by the Terps. I've never seen a team have that big of an advantage and collapse in that fashion. What a joke. The terps half-court O is quite possibly the worst in the history of the university. 4-12 in the ACC would be a blessing. Greivis can get mad at the fans all he wants, but these guys are awful.

Posted by: tonytroese | January 15, 2009 11:05 AM

uh...how about senior night vs. clemson last year...that was a 19 point collapse in the last 10 mins at home on senior night with the ncaa invite on the line...

unfortunately this is becoming the norm..this is our program...snatching defeat from teh jaws of victory is something we will just have to get used to i guess...

at least the caps snapped thier 3 game losing streak!!!

i love chicken from the oven!!!

Posted by: deadskin | January 15, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Come on Tony, youve never seen a team go cold and lose a 12 point lead in the last 10 minutes of a basketball game? Give me a break. Definitely a frustrating loss.

The key to having a nice halfcourt O is having capable big men that can make something happen off the block. We obviously dont have that this year. As Dave Neal is best served as a spot shooter, Dupree is still figuring out how to play and Gregory is not there yet.

GV, and Bowie have to slash to the basket and Hayes has to become more consistent on his jumper. Who would have thought as a junior he would still struggle to get consistent with his shots.

Posted by: DMoney28 | January 15, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

What are people's thoughts on the Bowie charge call that was his 5th? I didn't see it closely, but thought that could have gone either way.

Despite all the drama, GV could have won it with two wide open 3's and choked.

Posted by: island1 | January 15, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I have seen the terps collapse badly. I meant the way we did it. I understand that a decent half-court O requires a big man and we dont have that. I also know that they hit ridiculous threes to make it happen. All I'm saying is that all things being considered, this team has no chance to make the tourney. Talking about the tourney is laughable.

A final thought.... Braxton Dupree has no business even seeing the court. He is one of the most uncoordinated and slow big men I've ever seen.

Sorry guys. This team is garbage.

Posted by: tonytroese | January 15, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@DMoney28

I don't understand why everyone overlooks Milbourne. He has the talent but he doesn't get the opportunities. He's shooting 51% this year compared to Vasquez 41%. Gary needs to get him involved and develop another scoring option. If Milbourne gets a pass and gives it right back as he so often does, give the ball right back to him. FORCE him to make a move. This should have been done earlier in the season. I'd rather have Milbourne attempt a drive or a post move and miss than watch Vasquez launch another ill-advised three pointer. This is the only chance they have to win any games this year, Milbourne must be more aggressive and given the opportunity to do so.

Posted by: adaro2000 | January 15, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Just throwing another stat out there. When Milbourne scores in double-digits terps are 9-1. When he doesn't they're 3-3

Posted by: adaro2000 | January 15, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

deepak_kalpoe,

I'm sure that the Not In The Tournament will come calling for the Terps ;-0

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | January 15, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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