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Terps just miss out in first coaches' poll

Maryland is the first team listed in the "others receiving votes" category in the first men's basketball coaches' poll of the season. Kansas is the No. 1 team as voted by the coaches. Locally, Georgetown is No. 21.

  • They should have been ranked
  • They're just where they should be
  • No way Georgetown is better
  • Who cares, such polls don't really matter

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 29, 2009; 9:21 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Terps not being ranked is a joke, but who cares? They never get any national respect let alone respect from their own conference. Which is just the way Gary likes it. And I know Grevis will take it as a personally as Gary does.

Posted by: lavar609 | October 29, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

No way G'town is as good as UMD this year. Sorry, but 16-15 teams who lose in the first round don't get the benefit of the doubt over a more experienced, NCAA 2nd Round Tournament team. This is laughable.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 29, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

First round of NIT for Gtown. 2 Round of NCAA for MD. Guys leaving early for NBA for Gtown. Everyone coming back for MD. Hmmmm....I wonder who should be ranked and who should not.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 29, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Better to start out with fewer expectations and let them earn the ranking they get. If they live up to their potential the sky is the limit. It's all about game day. Go Terps!

Posted by: tojo45 | October 29, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I'll paraphrase what I told my roommate when he groused about Maryland not being ranked No. 1 during the season that they won a national championship:

The only poll I care about is the one at the end of the NCAA Tournament. If Maryland's No. 1 there, I'm happy because it means the Terps have won a national title.

Posted by: msarzo73 | October 29, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sure, UMD went to the Big Tournament, (had one hand picked team, Cal, and the other, Memphis beat em by 30). The NCAA wasted a spot. Georgtown had a bad second half of their season, beat UMD earlier by 28, and lost to the eventual NIT Champion on their court by 2 points. I think that is why G'town is ranked higher than UMD at this time. These polls are early, and there is plenty of time for all teams to make their mark. If UMD is good enough this year they will move up in the polls, if not, they were who we thought they were.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | October 29, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

It's funny people are getting their panties all bunched up about a preason poll that means jack squat.

Msarzo73 said it best, "The only poll I care about is the one at the end of the NCAA Tournament. If Maryland's No. 1 there, I'm happy because it means the Terps have won a national title."

Anyone who actually cares about where UMD is ranked in the polls now is only doing so to make up for whatever personal insecurites they have about themselves.

Good to see Barno's back but let's hope he sticks to his own words about not making any more predictions.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 29, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I'll paraphrase what I told my roommate when he groused about Maryland not being ranked No. 1 during the season that they won a national championship:

The only poll I care about is the one at the end of the NCAA Tournament. If Maryland's No. 1 there, I'm happy because it means the Terps have won a national title.

Posted by: msarzo73 | October 29, 2009 3:03 PM

Polls don't matter, but your roommate had a legitimate gripe. We should have been ranked number 1 that year the week after we beat Duke when they were 1 and we were 3. Kansas was 2 and moved up to 1, but we were deserved the top spot the way we destroyed Duke. And we were better than Kansas--and proved it at the final four.

It's the one achievement Gary doesn't have on his record...a number 1 regular season national ranking

Posted by: Barno1 | October 29, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Barno's back but let's hope he sticks to his own words about not making any more predictions.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 29, 2009 4:21 PM

Terps in the sweet 16. Book it.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 29, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez was at the Skins game Monday night in Section 123. He had his head covered so he wouldn't be noticed. It was either that or he was ashamed of what he was seeing on the field like the rest of us.

Posted by: Monkman63 | October 29, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Terps in the sweet 16. Book it.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 29, 2009 4:49 PM
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MD beats Rutgers. If they don't, I will never make another prediction on here again.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 21, 2009 1:19 PM
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Ooops. Guess not. Of course we all know how all his predictions for the 'Skins for this year went (winning division, going like 12-4, home playoff games, all fans loving Vinny and Danny, etc.)

This may not bold well for the Terps given Barno1's knack at predictions.

I think Miss Cleo is more accurate than Barno is.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 29, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Barno, Md.: Steinz, you said all along the chances were about 85% that Strasburg would sign. The rest of your colleagues in the press seemed to think it was the other way around. Do you think it was a willful distortion of reality on their part in order to generate a storyline, or do you think these reporters were really that off base?

People tend to forget that the media is a business and that not all stories are simply reported, many are manufactured. I tend to believe that many of these reporters knew the chances were extremely high that the Nats would sign the kid, but portrayed the situation differently to keep readers/viewers/listeners interested.

Dan Steinberg: Barno, while I said 85 percent, you said 100 percent from the jump, so you get more credit than I do.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 29, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Pooper, I was wrong about Rutgers game. I was wrong about Skins season. But right more often than not.

More Steinberg:

"When a similar (though much less intense) despair was afflicting Terps basketball last winter, he repeatedly said that the Terps would be fine and that everyone would love Gary Williams again by April. I think he was right. When national analysts were predicting doom and gloom for the Strasburg negotiations, he repeatedly said that Strasburg would sign for a reasonable number and there was no need for even the slightest nerves, even into the last few hours. He was right there, too."

Posted by: Barno1 | October 29, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown has more talent then Maryland. They didn't fully put it together last year, but this year they will.

And um does no one here remember this?:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=283350120

Posted by: HoyaSinceBirth | October 29, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, is it not?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 29, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Steve GoinZ...tournament MVP...mark my wordz!!!

Posted by: iamasofaking | October 30, 2009 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Polls in basketball mean absolutely nothing. The only thing that matters is winning the national championship (Terps 2002, thank you very much). Winning the ACC tournament is also a noteworthy achievement. Polls have much more cache' in college football....

Posted by: randysbailin | October 30, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Winning the NIT is almost a negative. People pick up the sports section, see that you won the NIT and their first reaction is: 66th best team in the country, woo hoo!

Posted by: randysbailin | October 30, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I love all the whiny Georgetown fans...especially the "wasted pick" comment.

Yes Georgetown beat Maryland last year - but the simple fact is, after that game, both teams had the opportunity to make the NCAA tournament - and one didn't.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | October 30, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Also, at least when Maryland had it's best teams recently(last 20 years) they WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

Thank you and good night.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | October 30, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Obviously the way the NCAA Tournament committee picks teams is something Hlynchmaster doesn't care to know. It is about the whole season, and if the decision came between Maryland and Georgetown for a spot then I'm sure the committee would take that one game into account - but it's a resume of the entire season.

Also, if you want to say Georgetown "lost to the eventual NIT Champion on their court by 2 points"...well take a look at that National Championship game of Michigan State vs. UNC - guess what team beat both of them in the regular season - it wasn't Georgetown....

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | October 30, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I agree that MD should not be ranked in the top 25...yet. They played too inconsistently last year. Now, they've got to play more consistently to prove they belong there. I'm confident they will.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 30, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why UMD fans, (BROKENCLIPBOARD), are sooo sensitive. I am aware of how teams are picked for the NCAA Tourney. Yep, UMD beat Mich. St. early last year and a very familiar UNC. So what. G'Town beat UCONN at their place when they were ranked #1 or #2 last year.
UMD was the beneficiary of some NCAA love at the end of last season, and that's about it.
You are right, getting to the NCAA Tourney is a compilation of the entire season. As usual, Gary and UMD seem to always pad the early part of their season with at least 10 or 12 cupcakes. By the time the ACC starts, UMD has 10 or 11 wins, GEE !!

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | November 3, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Everyone plays cupcakes early in the schedule except for 3 or 4 games...

I am not the one ratling off NIT wins as reasons that a team should have been in the NCAA tournament - and either way, last year, neither Maryland or Georgetown would have won the national championship so in the end it doesn't erally matter.

And Maryland doesn't play in a bloated 16 team conference that consistently has 5-6 teams that have 12+ losses.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | November 3, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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