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Terps Knock Off No. 3 UNC, 88-85, in OT

Another big home win for the Terps. One week after bringing their conference record back to .500 and revitalizing their NCAA tournament hopes with a win over Virginia Tech, the Terps do the same against North Carolina. This one, obviously, carries a little more weight, though both Comcast Center victories were crucial.

"We’re back on the map," senior forward Dave Neal said. "Teams know that we can play basketball now."

Three Up:

1) Greivis Vasquez. The junior guard who has never been shy about his desire to record a triple-double finally recorded a triple-double. And it couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Vasquez tallied 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first triple-double recorded for Maryland in 22 years. It was only the third triple-double ever recorded by a Terrapin. And this might be the best part of the accomplishment:

"It was funny because sometimes when I’m close to getting a triple double, I’m trying to get it and I’m thinking about it," Vasquez said. "This time, you know, I didn’t think about it and I got it."

2) Cliff Tucker. It wasn't too long ago that this guy wasn't getting any playing time at all. Now, Tucker is one of the most reliable -- and relied upon -- reserves on Maryland's bench. He played 29 minutes and tallied 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He shot 5 for 7 from three-point range. Whenever North Carolina appeared on the verge of an extended run in the second half, it seemed as though Tucker always provided an answer to keep Maryland close.

3) Reserve big men. You wouldn't know it by looking at the stat sheet, but Dino Gregory and Jerome Burney had pretty significant performances. The Terps, as usual, were facing a bigger and taller frontcourt, and their best hope was to contain, rather than to completely shut down. All in all, they did a pretty respectable job, and Burney and Gregory were factors in that regard, especially with Landon Milbourne and Dave Neal in foul trouble for most of the night.

Three Down:

1) Turnovers. Late in the second half, the Terps recorded several turnovers that could have proven costly. Maryland tallied 16 turnovers in all. Vasquez pointed out two of his seven turnovers that he felt at the time might have cost his team the game.

"I got two horrible passes, and I was really upset with myself, because I’m better than that," Vasquez said. "But I recovered pretty well. And that showed how tough we are, because I turned the ball over when the game was really close, and we got it back and we sent the game to overtime. I was like, 'Oh my God, thank you so much.'"

2) Starting lineup point production, sans Vasquez. Total points scored by Maryland starters not named Greivis Vasquez: 12. Fortunately, reserves Cliff Tucker and Eric Hayes came through, but it's hard to imagine the Terps succeeding in their remaining four games without improved point totals from guys like Landon Milbourne (six) and Adrian Bowie (four). Vasquez is certainly a talented player, but he's not going to go off for 35 points every night.

3) Fans with little understanding of superstition. One fan in the student section, upon learning the Terps would be sporting their gold uniforms, voiced his frustration. "Aw man, those things are f------ ugly." While that may be true, it doesn't change the fact that the Terps remain undefeated in their unattractive garb.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 21, 2009; 8:21 PM ET
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Three up
1) Marylands defense forced 16 UNC turnovers with only 5 assists and all but shut down Tyler Hacksborough and Wayne Ellington.
2) Future Hall of Fame Coach Gary Williams completely outcoached Roy “They F*cking stink” Williams.
3) The crowd really stepped it up today and helped boost the team.

Posted by: baloneyonwhite | February 21, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

First of all, the gold unis look good. It's pretty cool that Maryland is the only D1 team that can legitimately wear 4 colors, as we're the only D1 school with 4 official colors.

More important, good call on Up #3. Gregory and Burney were excellent today. Their stats may not show it, but Hansbrough's do. While we may have gotten killed on the boards, it really seemed as if we stifled them inside. And UNC had to work way to hard to get what they got. That's huge when a game goes into OT. And the rebounding was 3-3 in OT.

Finally, it's a good thing we won, because it would suck to have to blame this loss on the refs. UNC is good enough that they shouldn't need to have an extra three guys on their team. On the road, no less.

Posted by: ICBomber | February 21, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Barno saved his angriest heckles for those Terps "fans" that left the game with several minutes left.

"Beat that traffic!"

Am so glad Comcast Center has a rule that prohibits those who leave early from re-entering the arena. Serves the quitters right.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 21, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

it's just a shame that the terps don't have a chance against unc. we'll get blown out by a million points! the sun may never rise again! we can't get local talent! oh....wait....

Posted by: rm0659 | February 21, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The battle at the end of the first half was a pretty good sign for this game... UNC must have made 5 attempts to get a shot off, with MD getting beat on the rebounds... But every shot was either partially blocked or was heavily defended... The Terps fought for this victory...

I'm not sure why they bothered playing overtime... It was obvious at that point that we were going to win... Down by 9 with 1:55 left... Why is no one mentioning this???

A great victory today... Now let's repeat against Duke on Wed...

Posted by: recremd | February 21, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Down by 9 with 1:55 left... Why is no one mentioning this???

Posted by: recremd | February 21, 2009 9:30 PM

The only comparison in ACC history is this:

Posted by: Barno1 | February 21, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Who had the other triple doubles?

Posted by: jott | February 21, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

barno1, please don't remind me :(

i have tried for so long to put this out of my memory... this is the first time in a while that i've watched again... although it was nice to see dixon and blake in md unis again, i can't stand anymore... i can't watch the last 3 minutes...

Posted by: recremd | February 21, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I loved this result:

Terps 88
Tar Holes 85

Hclark, hold off your dumb a** comments until next September.

Posted by: island1 | February 21, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Great win for the Terps. If they can get 8 wins in the ACC, it won't matter what they do in the ACC Tournament.

Unfortunately for the ACC, this is going to be another down year in the NCAA tournament.

UNC showed today they are not a title contender. The would get destroyed by the beasts of the Big East. Duke barely beat the cellar dweller in the Big East earlier in the week.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 21, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Eric Hayes also played an integral role in this win as well. Both Tucker and Hayes have contributed significantly the past few weeks to the Terps' resurgence.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 21, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

No one ever explained why Tucker sat on the bench for several weeks. But now I think he's earned a permanent role in the top 8 rotation.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 22, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Now, here's a result that ALL Maryland fans AND millions of ABC viewers LOVED:

the university of north carolina tarheels 85

Not only did it bolster their post-season hopes, this win brought Maryland basketball back to the national spotlight. This is the type of win that coaches, players, parents, recruits, and applicants will remember for years to come!

Why would a recruit come play for Gary Williams? Gary Williams is a successful coach and mentor who knows how to get the most out of his student-athletes. Does he lose players from time to time? Sure. Not every student-athlete is cut out for the rigors of this University and its basketball program. Is he struggling with recruiting? Perhaps, but remember he has groomed many assistant coaches who have left to become head coaches at other D1 programs. This might be a down year, but Gary and his crew always find the right players to make his teams competitive. They never lack heart--and always come up with a few big wins!

Why would a parent send their child to Maryland? Once a safety school, the University of Maryland is now among top national universities. (The average SAT of incoming students this past year was approximately 1200.) It boasts many nationally ranked academic programs, including top notch business, engineering, and communications schools. Simply put, parents see the value in sending their children to a strong school with the faculty, programs and facilities to accommodate the diverse interests of their children.

Posted by: Terptwin | February 22, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

What a game....Terps give us one or a few of these each year.....our team, not many if any pro players on the roster, while the UNC or DUKE, with multiple Pro Players....too funny! looking at your clip...hit pause at the 1st timeout...and count the # of Pros on Dukes roster that day....I counted 5 in 1 stillframe shot....on MD that day, 1 - Dixon....
To ME and every TERP FAN....beating any Duke or UNC team is the BEST....WHY, BECAUSE we are doing it w/o those All-Americans from Mc'D's.....we do it w/ heart man, that is the best....we stand "toe 2 toe" and knock heads with the best there is every game! Coach GW is the man, he is a players coach...he brings out the best in you....while Coach K and Coach ROY Williams most times CAN'T bring out the best in their players, because supossidly they bring it every night...where is the coaching in that...NONE!!!! So, UNC and DUKE, don't get all high and 2 yr old daughter could coach your teams to the NCAA's, maybe even a Championship...but at MD it takes GW to coach 'em up and he does taking the heat off the team this week...doing the POST Interview...making it about him, not the, that is a good coach! AND look what happened, the team played probably their best game at home (or 2nd best game) and now comes DUKE...and DUKE doesn't want to see Gold Uni's!

And for the Big East lovers....dudes, the ACC will outside/inside you all to death...STOP with all this Big EAST crap....and I am hearing the Big Ten is getting in 8 teams, R U Kidding ME...the Big Ten - 8 teams into the NCAA, no way...and the Big East - please - no comparison! Please tell me what scare South Florida gives any Big East team when playing them, kidding Conn. was going to win today....there is no South Florida in the ACC or Rutgers - the ACC is a different brand of basketball, and it handles more Neutral court games than most other leagues....just look at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, all ACC! Enough said...great game today, CAN'T wait til' Wednesday....We WANT DUKE!!!

Posted by: talbottj | February 22, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

To answer your question on TUCKER...I believe you never played college ball, right?
So, let me tell you why Tucker sat...CONFIDENCE and doing things the RIGHT way, the COACH's way when on the court! For Tucker, if he can string a few games together will get the nod...some players are "up and down" type, in Tucker's case, he was probably too "up and down" (emotions here) at the start for coach to believe in him...but, that takes time to overcome....Tucker looked mighty confident in the game today...just look at his 3 point play on the double pump lay-up and foul late in the game....he hit the FT, 3 point play...BUT, remember the Clemson game, Tucker missed the easy lay-up, he rushed it, just like the other Terps did that night, well, today, TUCKER, learned from his mistake at Clemson, did it right today and got rewarded with a 3pt play for his efforts.....that is confidence! Go Terps! WE WANT DUKE!!!!

Posted by: talbottj | February 22, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

All I am saying is that the ACC doesn't have a viable national contender this year. I'd take Pitt or Marquette over any team in the ACC.

Duke and Clemson probably are Sweet 16 teams, UNC perhaps an Elite 8.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 22, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why you're getting excited about playing Duke, a team that would finish 4th or 5th in the Big East.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 22, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Terrific comeback. Three point shooting like the Terps haven't seen this season -- and an off night for UNC, of course, but we won't mention that.

It's hard to get used to -- the Maryland guards outrebounding the Maryland post players -- but I guess there's not much choice, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Well I am sure this will get removed but the win proves how bad the Post reporting is - focusing their positive resources on Georgetown when Maryland and maybe Mason will get into the NCAAs. How stupid do those stories about Gary Williams look now? The Terps were at home against a true national contender and won. On the same day, the more talented Hoyas hosted a decent nationally-ranked team and lost. Let's understand one thing about local college hoops - the top 3 coaches are 1) Gary Williams 2) Larranaga and 3) Jeff Jones. Georgetown is back to like it was in the Esherick years. Too bad the Post won't cover that, it has to make up stories about how far MD has "fallen." terrible journalism.

Posted by: masonhoops1 | February 22, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Who had the other triple doubles?

Posted by: jott | February 21, 2009 10:06 PM

Derrick Lewis had them both

Posted by: dbrine1261 | February 22, 2009 1:43 AM | Report abuse

wow huge LOL towards barno and hclark ... unc just has a tough time matching up with maryland in basketball and football.

Posted by: featurepresentation | February 22, 2009 3:58 AM | Report abuse

Hey, where's that hclark guy?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 6:19 AM | Report abuse

masonhoops: "...Maryland and maybe Mason will get into the NCAAs. How stupid do those stories about Gary Williams look now?"

Not very. The win says a lot more about Gary's coaching than about his recruiting habits.

You really think Maryland will get into the NCAA's? Sounds optimistic. The last few years the Terps have pulled off some notable upsets (including against Duke, and on the road, right?) and even sneaked into the national rankings, only to fall by the wayside as the season went on. This year they've been genuinely undistinguished since the ACC season began, and they've got that awful Morgan loss, and they've been blown out a couple time... and the ACC itself is ranked below the Big East by most of the bloviators who matter.

Nope, I think they need to win or finish a strong second in the tournament.

Georgetown is in even worse shape, with a more talented team in a stronger conference. It's been a down year overall for the big name area teams.

As to the articles, they were about Maryland's ability to attract top tier local recruits, not their ability to win big games.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh well, not everyone here is a terp fan!

Let me state, we want DUKE, becasue it is DUKE and they did beat us by 40 I think at their place! So of the best College basketball in the is Duke vs. MD!

Also, ACC teams finishing 4th or 5th in the Big East, dude, it is obvious you are a Big East Fan....not a basketball fan, because that Kool aid you are drinking is "spiked" or something.

Also, the articles in the POST on GW was about not attracting talent, yep I agree, but it is not his fault...he chooses to take the "High Road" and not compramise his ethics, like other schools...CONN for one.....what they did to attract Rude Gay, well all the NCAA said to them was "NO more paying for any AAU team to play in your building" is becasue the NCAA has rules that other coaches are willing to blurr to get talent.....not fair, but it is the recruiting game. Does MD need top talent to win the NCAA again, NOPE, they didn't have it before when they did, Dixon wasn't recruited like the Big Boys and look at what he and Baxtor did...who even heard of Chris Wilcox before he made his splash in the NCAA's!

Finally, the articles did one thing, for any player would ever know, IT TOOK THE FOCUS OFF OF THE CURRENT TEAM! Which makes them think only basketball....the past week, no one was saying why we lost to Clemson by 30pts....or nothing like "Nay Sayers" keep posting your crap, it is all good, free speech, you are allowed.....but be real, not "BS'ers" ...but yesterday, let see Pitt/Conn/Notre Dame/Lousiville/Syracuse/GTown/Marquette do that, it doesn't happen - Go Terps, Great Game....Go Tucker for steppin' up and all the others, Gregory and all doing the best you can on a day you were outsized inside! AND Finally....WE WANT DUKE - to the Big East Posters, let see how many ACC teams make the Sweet 16! You are living in lala land! Too Funny! DUKE!
Remember MD beat Mish State and Michigan adn both probably will make the NCAA's and for the posters whoh laugh at losing to Morgan State...well Morgan State is leading their conf. and porbably will be their conf. representative in the NCAA's adn Vermont, is leading their Conf and will probably be their Conf. Representatives in the NCAA.....people the Terps Schedule is has a mid 60 RPI, because playing the like of UNC/Duke only once...we just bet the #3 team in the land...and the #9 is coming and the #8 is as well, so our RPI just got ALOT better and when those teams we played out of Conf. make the NCAA, losing to Morgan State is NOT that bad! So, I have no problem losing to MOrgan State, I see the Bigger Picture!

Posted by: talbottj | February 22, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Crow never tasted so good!

I gave the Terps no chance and am both shocked and delighted not only with the win, but with their gritty play.

How great to see the national attention focused on Maryland Basketball after far too long.

Once again, the Terps played tough defense in the half court. Through much/most of the first half UNC really crashed their offensive board and it was frustrating seeing our difficulty in blocking out.

But that was so much better down the stretch and I thought Neal did a great job, especially with the foul trouble.

Anyway, nothing but good thoughts today on Gary and the Terps. Let's enjoy this victory for at least a few days...

Imagine beating Duke...we might actually make the dance!

Posted by: petecard | February 22, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Great win for the Terps. If they can get 8 wins in the ACC, it won't matter what they do in the ACC Tournament.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 21, 2009 11:48 PM

Man that sounds an awful lot like something I have said...

Great win. Voice gone. Looking forward to Duke on Wedesday. Paybacks a Terp.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 22, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Great win for MD and Gary will be at MD as long as he wants. Some observations from the game and MD getting into the NCAA's.

Jerome Burney-will play a key role because of his shot blocking ability the guards can concentrate on defending the three and not having to slide down as much to help cover the Big Men down low!

I was complaining about MD's lack of talent and one player who has had the talent but has been missing most of the year has risen-Cliff Tucker. His athletic ability and his 3pt shooting can propel MD into NCAA's. He has the talent to be one of the better players in the ACC and I think the sleeping giant has awaken-and hopefully stays awake. Wow-what a game yesterday by him!!!!

Greveis Vasquez-I think is maturing before our eyes-and is getting hot at the right time. He has grown up the last few weeks I even heard him say that Cameron Indoors was Coach K's House and not his-pretty funny!

Posted by: Terptime | February 22, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Rank Conference Avg. RPI Avg. SOS SOS Rank Teams
1 Atlantic Coast 0.5937 0.5751 2 12
2 Big Ten 0.5839 0.5757 1 11
3 Big East 0.5818 0.5750 3 16

speaks for itself

Posted by: Lee26 | February 22, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"and the ACC itself is ranked below the Big East by most of the bloviators who matter"

Show me. Show me a single person who uses any form of statistic to make the arguement the Big East is better than the ACC. and if you show me something that says they get 7 or 8 bids and the acc gets six or seven please remember to divide by the number of teams in the conference before you make a fool of yourself.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 22, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm not an RPI geek, but am wondering??? Does the Georgetown loss now hurt the Terps RPI more than the Morgan St loss??

Posted by: asnis715 | February 22, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse looking at your clip...hit pause at the 1st timeout...and count the # of Pros on Dukes roster that day....I counted 5 in 1 stillframe shot....on MD that day, 1 - Dixon....

Posted by: talbottj | February 22, 2009 12:17 AM

You're joking right? MD had at least 9 pros on that roster. Dixon, Blake, Wilcox, Baxter, Morris all played in the NBA. Mardesich, Holden, Nicholas, Randle all played in Europe.

Get a clue guy.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 22, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I graduated in Dec 03 so I remember that Duke loss vividly.

GW needs to step up the recruiting.
The Reason he lost Rudy Gay was because he said he wouldn't have a CHANCE to start over Nick Caner Medley. Rudy was only a top 5 player in the country.

Also Wilcox was a top 50 Talent. That UMD squad had 5 Nba Ball players...

None the less Great Win by the Terps...Much needed..

A loss to Morgan is bad no matter who you are.. If you are in a BCS Conference Big Ten, Big East, ACC, Big 12 or Pac 10 you don't lose to the local school down the street.....Morgan was bad...A Low of Low's. A Wake Forest loss to Winston Salem State would be horrible....As would a UNC loss to UNCG...Come on

And I hate Duke but Coach K gets the most out of his guys. Be honest he hasn't had talent like that 2000 squad in yrs.....The Luol Deng, Duhon, Ewing, Redick, and Williams squad was close but no the same..That dude Coaches..


Posted by: dcorum81 | February 23, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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