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Getting to know College of Charleston

By Matt Bonesteel

Maryland vs. College of Charleston

When: 7 p.m. (notes on parking here).
Where: Comcast Center.
TV: ESPNU.
Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WTEM (980 AM).
Tickets: Can be purchased here.
Coaches: Terrapins' Gary Williams (22nd season at Maryland, 443-238; 33rd season overall, 650-366); Cougars' Bobby Cremins (fifth season at College of Charleston, 87-49; 30th season overall, 541-356).
Last meeting: The Cougars defeated the Terrapins, 75-66, in the first round of the 1997 NCAA tournament. It's the teams' only previous meeting.

Who are these guys?: Cremins should be known to just about everyone, having coached at Georgia Tech for 25 seasons. Cremins is 31-14 all-time against Maryland and 10-10 all-time in College Park (last win there was in 1994). The Cougars' top player is Andrew Goudelock, a 6-foot-2 senior guard who was named preseason player of the year in the Southern Conference. He averaged 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game last season. Senior Jeremy Simmons, a 6-8 forward, was named SoCon co-defensive player of the year last season after leading the conference at 1.8 blocks per game and ranking third nationally by shooting 59.7 percent from the floor. The Cougars return 10 letter-winners who accounted for 73 percent of the team’s scoring and 65 percent of the team’s rebounding in 2009-10, when they went 22-12 and advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational. Last season, they averaged 9.6 made three-pointers per game, which ranked third nationally.

Also of note: College of Charleston Athletic Director Joe Hull, formerly a senior associate athletic director at Maryland, was crucial in the construction of Comcast Center.

By Matt Bonesteel  | November 10, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

The real question is how many junk defenses Cremins will run against the Terps tonight?

Posted by: Russtinator | November 10, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Ok, in a blatant effort to instill some good feelings on the board, I'm gonna ask a question that has no bearing on the current FB or BB team, but would invite some honest answers.

Travis Garrison. Huge recruiting win along with Chris McCray. AS INSTURMENTAL in winning the ACC Tourney as Gilchrist - he had huge games in all three. Perhaps the most handicapped by the lack of a true PG (apologies to Sterling Ledbetter) when Gilchrist left. Sure the class he came in with (other than Jamar Smith) was disappointing, but I still think he was a pretty good college player. Any positive or negative thoughts on Travis Garrison? Some of you were in school with him, maybe you have specific memories?

What did you think the Terps were gonna do when they landed that incredible (on paper) recruiting class?

Heading to Looneys to watch the game tonight.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 10, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok, in a blatant effort to instill some good feelings on the board, I'm gonna ask a question that has no bearing on the current FB or BB team, but would invite some honest answers.

Travis Garrison. Huge recruiting win along with Chris McCray. AS INSTURMENTAL in winning the ACC Tourney as Gilchrist - he had huge games in all three. Perhaps the most handicapped by the lack of a true PG (apologies to Sterling Ledbetter) when Gilchrist left. Sure the class he came in with (other than Jamar Smith) was disappointing, but I still think he was a pretty good college player. Any positive or negative thoughts on Travis Garrison? Some of you were in school with him, maybe you have specific memories?

What did you think the Terps were gonna do when they landed that incredible (on paper) recruiting class?

Heading to Looneys to watch the game tonight.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 10, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I spoke with Garrison on the phone last month because he was a potential customer of mine. Looks like he is still playing in Europe.

Posted by: garrett4 | November 10, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, you know I love ya and appreciate the effort here, but you can't be serious about Garrison. He is in my opinion the most disappointing Terp to don a uniform in the Gary era. He was a McDonalds All American from Dematha who was supposed to be the next great big man at MD. He was an utter failure on and off the court. He averaged 7 ppg on 43% shooting in his career in which he was mostly a starter until being benched for good midway through his senior year. And let's not forget his assualt and sex offense and subsequent guilty plea.

I will always remember his 20 ppg mark and first team all tournament honors in that acc tourney his sophomore year, but the rest of his time at MD was quite forgettable.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a complete TG beatdown from Barno! Not what i expected but well thought out. I did not realize his career averages were so low. and I forgot about his arrest - I gues I still remain p*ssed at McCray for failing out.

I recall that during his era, when the Terps did win big, he had huge games. Then again, he did seem to disappear during some of the crap losses.

I always looked at him as a more talented Herman Veal. Maybe it was the sex offense that I forgot about.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I always was disappointed in Garrison, but that kind of went along with that entire NC recruiting class. I'm not alone in thinking that class and following the NC would turn the Terps into a perennial contender for the title like UNC, UConn, Duke, UCLA, and MSU (3 of those programs going through tough times right now).

Garrison looked like the prototypical NBA 4 with good hands, ability to play facing or back to the basket, and range out to the 3 point line. He was the one guy from DeMatha that gave Maryland a shot, but he never improved. He turned into a servicable 4/5, but with the lack of progress from the rest of that class, it severely hindered the progress of the team to remain a power. The lack of growth of that class (and the fact they tied up so many positions) ended up affecting the recruiting over the next 4 years, which is why the program declined so much post NC.

Posted by: Russtinator | November 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I still believe to this day had John Gilchrist not left the team and Chris McCray not flunked out, that their senior year was a final four caliber team. Even without Gilchrist, they were a top 25 team prior to McCray flunking out.

The 5 straight wins culminating in the ACC tourney championship in 04 remains one of my favorite all time terps memories. And I still believe John Gilchrist belonged in the NBA. His skills were unquestionably NBA quality.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

McCray flunking out to me was the actual low point of the program post-NC. Not anywhere Bias low, Wade-sanctions low or the two kids dying in 1980 low. I agree with Gilchrist leaving - I certainly thought he was on the same productivity level as Chris Paul and talent level as Jarrett Jack when he did leave at the time. But two years later they seemed to have recovered - until of course McCray messed it all up. What did he do? Skip a class one two many times?

Maybe thats why I look at garrison who got screwed by his peers. But then again, inferring from Barno's other posts, maybe he wasn't a starter when they WERE ranked and before McCray exited.

Regards -

- hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 10, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I say the Terps win by at least 300 points tonight which will pump up and motivate the football team to destroy the Cavs by 60+ points on Saturday.

What, you think otherwise? No worries as I'll copy and save your post to throw back at you at a later date. You can count on that. That or I'll insult you or email The Post and Dan Steinberg to get you banned. My way or the highway guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gotta agree with this really cool Barno guy in that the Terps with McCray and Gilcrist and company where not only a Final-4 team, but an NCAA Championship team. No doubt about it.

Terps basketball this year is gonna go undefeated and bring home another NCAA Title. When that happens UMD will make Gary Williams the new President of the school. Unless they give over-.500 Fridge the job first. Book it!!!

This post is dedicated to all my dead dogs and homies. Pouring out a '40 for ya. Ruff ruff!!!!

Oh, and Vinny Cerrato is the best GM in the history of sports.

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Posted by: DixonTheDog | November 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I came in as a freshman with this recruiting class and it was pretty much the most disappointing part of my career at UMD. None of these guys (with the possible exception of McCray) were worth anything. Gilchrist was a total headcase who had a string of good games to win the ACC Tournament - that's it. He got caught up in his own hype and did nothing else the rest of his time at Maryland. If he had NBA skills, Barno, why isn't he in the NBA? Seems the NBA prefers players with NBA skills...for more than four games in a row. McCray was the best of the bunch, but obviously not too bright. Caner-Medley had one good game at Duke and otherwise was totally irrelevant. He does deserve some credit for his "I'm from Maryland and no one can beat me" line because it gave every other team something to laugh at. Garrison was such an underachiever, it's almost hard to believe. It was so difficult to come to Maryland coming off a national championship after so many years of good teams with players you could root for and have to watch those bums. When people get on Gary Williams for not recruting in-demand players, I hope he references this bunch of clowns. He has gotten so much more out of so much "less" before that class and since that class.

Anyway, they were not your typical Maryland basketball recruit/player and it showed. Good riddance.

Posted by: Gnillew9 | November 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Gilchrist as a freshman was pretty f*ing good actually. he also had the remains of the NC team to pass to. He broke into the rotation immediately (remember they moved Blake to 2 for portions of games) and was college ball ready. As a sophomore he was streaky until he went score-first.

Winning the ACC Tourney was a huge, huge highlight for the program (although it was needed to make the dance that season). It is just weird that the first team to do it since Bias-Branch has such little lingering love from Terp fans because the team regressed so badly from that particular highlight.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 10, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The Terps are in a fight tonight. Andrew Goudelock is on fire with 27 points. If we're going to turn this around, we're going to have to contain him - and make some free throws. Let's pick it up, guys!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 10, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Whew, what a finish! In the end, the Terps made some timely steals and some tough shots to pull this one out.

Come tournament time, this win will count with the rest. It was a quality win against a worthy SoCon opponent.

Posted by: Terptwin | November 10, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Look at the video of the game winner and see who is pouting at the end of the bench. AB and he is not even the 2nd best PG on the team. Not a team player!!! Misses too many layups when the game is on the line. Hopefully Gary is done with PG experiment and gives the job to one of the FR.
How about Tucker? Not much being said and he made several clutch shots in the second half.

Go Terps!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jack51 | November 11, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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