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Terps Wanna Get Away

No, Maryland isn't flying Southwest to Miami (the team is en route to BWI at the moment, where it will board a charter jet), but the Terps sure have embraced the airline's old motto.

Remember those commercials? Something embarrassing would happen to some poor man or woman and then the voiceover would pipe in that if he or she truly wanted to escape all troubles, all they needed to do was book a flight on Southwest and get the heck out of there.

After an unforeseen loss to Morgan State and a comeback win over Georgia Tech during which some fans were audibly less than encouraged by the Terps' efforts, players said this might be just the right time for a road trip. They can bond and all that good stuff. They can gain some more experience playing on the road. They can enjoy the Florida sunshine.

Most importanly, they can play a few games out of the spotlight of their own fanbase.

"Yeah, there’s definitely some pressure playing at home," junior guard Eric Hayes said. "Usually, you play better at home and you’re expected to do better at home. If you don’t perform that way, it’s kind of disappointing. There’s definitely probably more pressure being at home than there is on the road because you don’t really expect to win a whole lot of road games in the ACC."

Maryland went 4-4 in each of the past two seasons on the road in the ACC. How do you think the Terps will fare this year?

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2009; 2:59 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Let's see....lose to Morgan State & beat Georgia Tech. it seems Gary's squad is imitating Ralph's. since i think the Terps were picked in the bottom half of the ACC this year, they'll probably go 5-3 on the road.

Posted by: mdrockjock | January 13, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I think those commercials are still airing.

I'm gonna agree on the 5-3 on the road with the usual 'win one we shouldn't and lose one we shouldn't.'

Posted by: Colm1 | January 13, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I'll bite at 4-4 on the road which should get them to 9-7 in the leauge without any gaffes at home and one suprise and voila... The Terps are dacing again!

Posted by: Lee26 | January 13, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Pressure playing at home"? C'mon!

"Don't expect to win a whole lot of road games in the ACC"?

With attitudes like that we will be lucky to get back to the NIT....

Posted by: petecard | January 13, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

We will not win 4 or 5 games on the road. you guys are dreaming, and we may not win 4 or 5 games at home. The league got better and the Terps got smaller. We will be awfully lucky to get an NIT bid. And it doesn't get much better next year. We lose the only steady if not spectacular player on the team and gain two big men but they are freshman. Our top two guards will be seniors with no help again. The year after that we can hope as our big players will have some experience, Mosely will be a junior and Burney and Milbourne will be seniors. Until then it will be more of the same. Come on 2010/2011 season.

Maybe Obama will make Duke and UNC share some of their wins with us or give us some of their players to make everyone even. LOL

Posted by: dbrine1261 | January 13, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, lets just see how much more inviting the fans at the U are to Greivis! Especially when he makes his first shot after missing 5 or 6 and then pounds his chest and blows kisses to their fans like he is the second coming of...... yup thats right, his hero the other classless bum Kobe Bryant.

I don't think the kid is stupid so he will eventually get that the fans are booing him and not the whole team, even if Gary doesn't have the balls to reign him in. Don't worry Gary, the fan's in every building you play in, including your own will help you out.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | January 13, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Eric Hayes' comments about expectations may say something about the underlying attitudes of this Terp team. That is, they may feel expectations are greater than their abilities. Such attitudes might explain the abysmal shooting we've seen the last three, four games. One wonders if today's Terps' talent level matches the average of the ACC? Results to date seem opaque. The overall rule seems to be, 'on any given day any division I team can beat any other'. It's a game to game thing: which Terps team will show up? Is today's opponent hot or cold? So, at this point, the most likely outcome in terps ACC play is 50% wins (plus or minus four games).

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 14, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

ill take 4-4 on the road adn 5-3 at home...and were dancing!!!

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

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