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Terps' Loss Alters Team's Outlook?

Curious to see how you all interpreted last night's one-point loss to Morgan State. Maryland played an uninspired brand of basketball, but was the performance simply an abberation or a sign of things to come?

By Steve Yanda  |  January 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Last night saw the reemergence of Old Greivis. He was out of control, undisciplined, and rushed. And the team followed suit. We'll be OK, I believe, if he can get those urges to try to take everything over back under control.

Posted by: ICBomber | January 8, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Terps need at least 1 win in 4 tries against UNC/Duke or solid showings and a win over whomever is 3rd in the ACC to remove this blemish on their record, which will permanently be showing up as we get closer to Selection Sunday.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | January 8, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Every year the Terps seem to need an embarrassing loss before ACC play to remind them that they are not a top ten team (sorry Gary.) Not necessarily a bad thing as long as GV doesn't panic and try to do too much. Love Bowie's hustle and Neal hitting his shots. And how about some props for a local program's major upset. Reggie Holmes is a beast and made Mosely look very young.

Posted by: Effyeahterps | January 8, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Our lack of quality frontcourt players will be more of an issue in ACC play. Also, our pressing style to score points will not be quite as effective against more talented ACC teams.

I think it's a sign of things to come...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | January 8, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Gary has a problem with the players shooting so many three point shots and not getting the ball inside, I`m sorry but isn`t the coach in charge. I would think all Gary would have to do is call a timeout and say NO MORE SHOTS BEYOND THE ARC. These losses are on Gary not the players. Gary said that this loss will be forgotten soon. Lets see what he says when the selection committee uses this game against them in March...

Posted by: jahalt | January 8, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The lost was no surprise to me. not until the Terps get trounced by a known commodity will folks stop and take notice. This is the same team that lost by 30+ to G-town less than a month ago people. MD fans still deny that loss.

With Dave Neal and Milbourne at 6-7 having to contest with UNC and Duke with 2-3 legit 6-9 to 6-10 guys, MD is going to get crushed in the ACC! I am a MD fan but a realist. they do not have the talent to be competitive in the ACC this year. This team has been marginal NIT quality.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 8, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, Oknow seems to be correct. Today's Terps, like their football brethren, are unpredictable from game to game. They may not be even be of NIT calibre. Will they come back from their three losses and play well enough against ACC teams to win half of those games? The lousy shooting and poor ball handling on exhibition this season predict such a scenario as wild optimism. Let's say it's 5 wins max, ll or more losses in ACC play. Forget the NCAA or NIT. GO TERPS but we'll need divine help.

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 8, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The program is in decline and has been ever since they won the national championship. I think the re-emergence of Georgetown has something to do with that.

But it was either last year or the year before that about 10 other programs made it to the NCAAs and MD didn't. MD used to be one of the best programs in the country, now they struggle to be one of the best in their own area (maybe even their own state).

Posted by: saqster | January 8, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Terps, when playing a down game, can't beat low-major teams and, when playing an up game, won't beat upper level ACC teams. Basic issue is non-competitive recruiting. Several on team would not even make other ACC team rosters! I think Gary's constant sideline rants and raves are destructive to existing players and turn-offs to potential recruits. Part of his frustration is inability to recruit top talent. It's time for a change in coaching... while respecting what Gary did for the program his first 15 years... if the terps want to get back to being a consistent top 20 team and NCAA tourney participant. Maybe Gary could be offered another position within the University...that utilizes his community skills and University credentials.

Posted by: 64Terp | January 8, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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