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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Hokies write a primer on how to beat Maryland

By Liz Clarke

Maryland’s 74-57 loss to Virginia Tech at Comcast Center, the team’s most lopsided defeat since the arena opened in 2002, was rife with cautionary tales as the Terps try to right a foundering season—about the imperatives of intensity, heart and hustle in ACC competition.

For Maryland’s remaining opponents, it also served as a virtual how-to manual for beating the Terps. The key: Devoting just about every defensive resource to smothering the Terps 6-10 sophomore center Jordan Williams or coming as close as possible to it.

Said Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg following his team’s victory: “We tried to make other people beat us. But [Williams] is so good; I mean, the guy is big. He catches everything. But we did a nice job of swarming. Coaching is all about what you can give and what you can take. And we first and foremost wanted to try and take away him.”

By packing the zone with its biggest bodies, Virginia Tech (12-5, 3-2) made it difficult for Williams’ teammates to feed him the ball inside, where he has carried the Terps all season, and stymied Williams’ ability to do much with the ball the few times he got it.

“I found myself forcing some shots because I didn’t get that many touches,” Williams said afterward. “So when I did get the ball, I tried to be effective with it, and I took some dumb shots. I have to learn from it.”

Williams was limited to just two points on three shots from the field in the first half, as the Hokies surged to a 40-29 lead. He finished 4-of-9 from the floor, made three of five free-throw attempts, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out two assists and got two steals.

As a result, Williams eked out his 12th consecutive double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds), getting over the hump in scoring, ironically, as the result of a trip to the free-throw line as Tech’s punishment when forward Jeff Allen dove at Williams’ head, elbow first, when the 6-10 center was prone on his back following a scramble for a loose ball.

In doing so, Williams tied Len Elmore’s Maryland record of 12 consecutive double-doubles to close the 1973-74 season. Elmore, watching courtside as part of ESPN2’s broadcast team, spoke glowingly of Williams in an interview before the game.

“Obviously he means a tremendous amount,” Elmore said of the sophomore center. “He’s an outstanding scorer inside and a tremendous rebounder, which obviously means more possessions for Maryland and fewer possessions for opponents…..Basketball is a confidence game, so the next game builds on the one before. Even if he doesn’t play well [Thursday], he has got a body of work that stands out.”

Maryland (11-7, 1-3) now faces a quick turnaround, due back on court Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. tipoff against Clemson.


By Liz Clarke  | January 21, 2011; 10:59 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Jordan Williams, Maryland basketball, Virginia Tech basketball  
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Comments

Jeff Allen proved for the umpteenth time that he is a complete scumbag with that elbow to a defenseless JW.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 21, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The Terps were absolutely pathetic.

Kudos to Delaney and Co. for talking shti and backing it up. No kudos to the Terps who looked like they would've been beaten by Huntingtown High School.

But here's where the Friends-of-Gary, the kool-aid drinkers, the Gary has carte blanche because he so resurrected the program, the don't expect us to ever have a program like Duke, Mich St. crowd get to tell us why the Terps being 1-3 in the ACC, 13-7 overall, isn't a big deal.

C'mon let the excuses rain down. Tell us how our struggles are to be expected because we're just such a young, inexperienced team. Tell us all how this is a "rebuilding" year, how we have to "rebuild" after being a 2nd round NCAA team last year. Tell us how next year is really our year and the incoming recruits will be the ones to right the ship along with the more seasoned returning players next year. Tell us why, for yet another year after winning it all, that mediocrity is acceptable. Tell us how not to worry that, right now, UMD isn't even a NCAA bubble team, let alone a NIT team.

Also could someone explain to me what Tucker and Mosely bring to the team, I mean other than just uh, nothing?

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 21, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

They showed a replay of JAllen actually tripping just before he fell into JW, so the mean intent wasn't present.

Talk about flat, they rushed their offensive sets, and the defense wasn't good enough to pressure Tech into turnovers. The young back court hurts us on offense and defense, bad passes and then they can't stop a quick quality guard. You lose to Clemson, most likely out of NCAAs.

Posted by: Redtopper2 | January 21, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Kevin Anderson thinks about this?

Go Caps!

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 21, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

What major titles has vt ever won? Shut your mouth blacksburg, you are not a powerhouse in any sport. Stop lying to yourself. Delaney is a clown and will be in prison with Marcus Vick in two years.

Posted by: willyr65 | January 21, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

That's it willy. Get mad at Tech. Don't get mad at the Terps who didn't even bother showing up last night. Definitely better to get mad at the guy who not only talked shti but backed it up.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 21, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

It's not even "not showing up". The team just straight up cannot shoot.

Tech packed completely on Jordan and it worked, because this Terps squad doesn't have consistent, quality perimeter scoring.

Posted by: dlgood | January 21, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

No excuses, but Maryland has young guards who are having growing pains. Give these kids a break. They hit the wall last night, after close losses against ranked teams.

As good as Jordan Williams is, he needs to get the ball to score.

Va. Tech and B.C. are loaded with upperclassmen and that's the difference in those two losses.

It's gut check time on Sat. against Clemson. They must play great defense to win right that game, in order to get easy transition baskets. The shooting will come after good defense.

Posted by: stevestegman | January 21, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

This loss was a friggin' embarrassment. VT has made the tourney 2 times in the last 25 years. They are one of the worst b-ball schools in D1. They are a joke of a program. Yet, somehow they came in and punched the Terps right in the face on their home floor, in a must win game.

Gary has his work cut out for him with this bunch. Good Luck with that.

Posted by: Section505203 | January 21, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

The pitchfork and torches crowd is growing larger by the day. You can't insult all of us. Say it with me now.....Gary will be gone this year.

Posted by: rdondero123 | January 21, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, I'll field this one since no one seems to want to stick up for the team today. We are all p*ssed off about this game, none of us accepts 11-7, 1-3, and a blowout loss at home to a local rival. Right now, we ARE very mediocre. It sucks any way you cut it. You can look at it, as you do, as we shouldn't be rebuilding after only a 2nd round loss. Or you can choose to look at it as I do, that we are rebuilding after going 13-3 and winning the ACC last year and losing 3 of our best 4 players (including one of the best players in Terps history).

Clearly, the seniors (and junior) have not stepped up this season. Bowie in particular seems so tentative out there I wonder what happened to the guy who at times, as a freshman and sophomore, showed so much promise.

All of that said, there IS still time to turn this thing around and save this from being a lost season. Yes, we are not even a bubble team as of right now. But there are 12 winnable ACC games left on our schedule. I wouldn't bet against Gary in this situation if I were you. If we lose on Saturday, I will concede that we are NIT bound. But win, and there is still hope for a turnaround.

Let's talk after Saturday's game and see if we still have hope.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 21, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

The pitchfork and torches crowd is growing larger by the day. You can't insult all of us. Say it with me now.....Gary will be gone this year.

Posted by: rdondero123 | January 21, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

How much would you like to bet on that? I'll give you 2 to 1 odds...you name the price. Put your money where your mouth is.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 21, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

I will bet 2 Ralph Friedgen pajama tops that Gary joins ole Ralph on the 2011 celebrity retirement fishing tour! You think Kevin was a bad dude for what he did to Ralph. Just wait til spring for Gary's axe to fall. [I might throw in a pair of Jerry Claiborne coaches shorts]

Posted by: rdondero123 | January 21, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Have fun tech now you can pretend you are an elite basketball program like you think you are in football.

Posted by: willyr65 | January 21, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Terps haven't been good vs a 2-3 except for the Final 4/National Championship team and probably last year's team with Hayes/Vasquez. Just aren't built to fight it.

I've always said if i was coaching against MD I'd run a 2-3 until they proved they could break it.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | January 21, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again. "Get rid of Gary!" and bring in ... ? It's Gary's job until retirement. Face it. Like it (I do) or not, but deal with it.

Posted by: scrappledog | January 21, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Although maybe they can get Mike Leach to coach basketball. He's got a law degree! Can't be that hard to switch sports.

Posted by: scrappledog | January 21, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the 9 PM tip was after bedtime for the freshmen. They certainly played like they were ready for bed. The 10-0 blitz to start the game was all Tech needed.

To everyone looking for Mychal Parker, now you see why he hasn't seen much court time. His defense is attrocious, and while a lot of kids would have been standing still on Delaney's step-back jumper, he made tons of other defensive errors that led to less dramatic baskets.

Going to Padgett in the first 2 minutes of the game, and Parker in the second half really shows how much Gary is grasping to try to find something in this team. There is little chemistry, no leadership, and little impreovement from this team over the past month. Another home loss, even to Duke, will probably spell the end of the chances to earn an at-large birth in the tournament.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 21, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Nobody likes losing but some of you are ridiculous with your calls for Gary getting fired etc....

1) He is one of only 10 coaches to have delivered an NCAA title since 2000 (and the only one in MDs history)

2) He is #2 in the country in victories over a #1 ranked team (he has 10)

3) Last season we were #1 ACC reg season


If you run around firing coaches every time the team loses a couple of games, the coaching industry wont be able to keep up with you...Do you realize that your vaunted Mich State has lost 6 games this year? Did Duke try to fire K after they lost to FSU????


Seriously???

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 21, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, I have many of your same thoughts but overall I think Barno is right. I could have written either of your comments. I'm trying not to over react to the frustration I'm sure we all are feeling. But the bottom line is that GW is going nowhere. Let's just hope that he is embarrassed about the state of the program and that he can find a way to get us back to where we should be. I don't know when his contract is up, but we are not going to buy him out. KA's call to greatness should also come with a prod to GW: Get more talent. Play the recruiting game. Play it to win.

Posted by: petecard | January 21, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Hokies. But you guys are right-- Tech sucks, players are criminals, fans are too, blah blah blah. It looks like Delaney was spot on with the MD fans are classless comment.

Posted by: calhokie | January 21, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Greenberg did a real nice job of coaching. Their 2-3 zone was working to perfection until Tucker stepped back behind it and nailed three 3-pointers in a row to cut the Hokies lead to 9. Greenberg immediately called timeout and then switched to a man-to-man defense to combat Tucker. And from that point on Tech shut down Md and I don't think the Terps hit another 3 and the Hokies cruised to the finish line.
Real nice job of coaching by Greenberg.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | January 21, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The only thing last night's game proved was that, last night, VT was the better team. We executed our game plan, and our coach prepared a better game plan. Period.

To those folks calling VT "pretenders," well, maybe we are. We're just trying to win some games with a very small (height and depth) rotation.

As far as football goes, remember this: everyone from the ACC we played lost to us. And that includes playing the best from the other division - FSU. You want to take us out of the discussion? Beat us.

Posted by: teden | January 21, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Here are some RPIs (from RealTimeRPI) over the past 7 years ...

Villanova [11 11 13 43 15 2 19]
Maryland [95 24 55 82 17 51 80]
Old Dominion [23 27 103 133 37 66 21]

As a Terps fan it is time to drastically lower my expectations for the program.

Posted by: lkfkd876 | January 21, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Expecting the Terps to be as good as they were last year would be like expecting N*SYNC to sell 2 million albums again but without Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez and Joey Fatone.

It's almost impossible!!!!!!

Posted by: fushezzi | January 21, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope Anderson fires Gary next. This is absolutely pathetic. We have now been passed by an ACC upstart like VA Tech why our fans are making excuses again.

Posted by: sjp879 | January 21, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

hope Anderson fires Gary next. This is absolutely pathetic. We have now been passed by an ACC upstart like VA Tech why our fans are making excuses again.

Posted by: sjp879 | January 21, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse
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I hope Anderson fires Gary next -- The same Gary that won the ACC last year?

This is absolutely pathetic. -- yes, your post is.

We have now been passed by an ACC upstart like VA Tech why our fans are making excuses again. -- Upstart? Their two best players are Seniors. Next year they're rebuilding. This is the pinnacle season for them. Upstart is the wrong word.


Posted by: fushezzi | January 21, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Wahwahwah Gary has lost it. boohoo gary should go. wahwah too bad Anderson - who by anyone's standards is not likable enough to the point of being automatically inept - yeah, someone has to like you if you want to keep your job - too bad Anderson can't get rid of gary and now we're stuck with him. Get over yourselves. Getting rid of Gary would be a step backwards from getting back to the FF. If you have gathered up pitchforks then put them the cuff away.

A few of you do have it right. It was as bad a game as I have seen the Terps play in the last two years. I don't think they lay an egg like that one again this season. Now I've only watched about 7 games this season, but Jordan Williams is a player. Yes maybe a Sean May or Lonny Baxter or Carlos Boozer type, but definitely one that ends up in the NBA. What do those three players have in common?

Good guards around them and NCs for the slower of you and the visiting VT fans. By the way, if you are a visiting VT fan, you might just want to try moving your lips along as your read this post if you want to comprehend it.

Gary Williams is a GREAT coach. The second best one out there. If something, heaven forbid, was to happen to Saint Mike K, and Duke was to announce that they hired Gary to replace him for a bazillion dollars, our alumni would be lining up to pay. WTF is wrong with some of you people? Not all of you, but "resigned that Gary isn't going anywhere" is a paraphrase of something I read that someone else agreed with.

If you want to feel the way I feel about my school right now - "reigning national champions until at least the buzzer goes off to end the NC gamce - then get with the program. With winning comes disappointments. So one game this season was disappointing? Uhh I'm certain one of you won't be able to resist posting a Duke loss you witnessed, now that I've posted on this board.

Its a great clean program. And "clean program" is the ultimate in respect that I can give to another school. Clean program is irrelevant in the absence of success. Success without playing it clean is tainted. Not one of our four NCs or your NC is the least bit tainted.

Nyah nyah nyah in advance to all the people that have an inclination to start bashing me for posting. I won't be back until Duke week revs up. By then EVERY single one of you will be amped for the game. Oh yeah, grew up in MD, fan since the 70s, paid more tickets than tuition in summer sessions in CP so stick it if you think I'm not allowed to be a Terp fan as well as a Duke fan.

Posted by: Duke-Rulz-1995 | January 21, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Allen dove, elbow first, at Jordan Williams? Come on, now; that's ridiculous. Numerous replays showed that he tripped on Williams' foot, and fell into him. Get it right. It was an impressive defensive performance by Tech, and Erick Green had the game of his life.

Posted by: Hollywood5 | January 21, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Hollywood,

I saw that too BUT he didnt exactly try to break his fall. In fact, it looked like he purposely fell without trying to support himself, driving his shoulder into JW.

Posted by: fushezzi | January 21, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Allen dove, elbow first, at Jordan Williams? Come on, now; that's ridiculous. Numerous replays showed that he tripped on Williams' foot, and fell into him. Get it right. It was an impressive defensive performance by Tech, and Erick Green had the game of his life.

Posted by: Hollywood5 | January 21, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I can only take so many of these posts by apparently seeing-impaired people without pointing out the blatantly obvious: Jeff Allen intentionally put his elbow into Jordan williams. The replays showed this, the refs spent several minutes looking at it from every angle, and they assessed Allen with a technical foul for intentionally and aggressively elbowing JW.

The fact that you try to dismiss the intent by pointing to him tripping on JW's foot is pathetic. When you trip, most people put their hands out to brace the fall. Most people do not trip and go elbow first, as Allen did.

The guy is an illiterate, dishonest, lying scumbag and I'm glad the refs gave him the T.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 21, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Seeing that 2-3 zone reminded me alot about the famous Syracuse one. I guess Creenberg took a course from Boeheim except B uses it all the time with effectiveness. About the fans,I just can not believe the AD doesn't crack down on the utterly foul language.I get embarrassed wearing my red. It has gotten worse each year. During Leftys era fans were passionate...during Gary's they are vulger(:

Posted by: JPaulSmith | January 21, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Expecting the Terps to be as good as they were last year would be like expecting N*SYNC to sell 2 million albums again but without Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez and Joey Fatone.

It's almost impossible!!!!!!

Posted by: fushezzi | January 21, 2011 3:32 PM
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Well, Tool was still able to sell shti-loads of records after they swapped bassists.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 21, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Pete, I agree that I could've easily have typed out what Barno did and it's a tricky spot to be in.

Really what it boils down to is just wishing that some of the underclassmen were more ready to step up and assume bigger roles on the team this year and that isn't the case. Now how much of that lays at the hands of the players and/or the coach is anyones guess.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 21, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Allen 4 Prez

Posted by: Hollywood5 | January 21, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Fushezzi,

It takes a brave man to display his knowledge of boy bands. Weren't you in CP in their heyday? And you pulled the most obscure of the members to mention as well. That said, i've seen New Edition live.

I kinda am feeling the same way as Poopy about the freshmen. I expected more than one to emerge. DId like JP's play but DG kind of disappeared.

Regards-

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 21, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Duke-Rulz-1995:

Strong post.

(Now get out of here before I am forced to reflexively trash anything Dook related...my cognitive dissonance can only be contained so long)

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 21, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"They showed a replay of JAllen actually tripping just before he fell into JW, so the mean intent wasn't present."

Um, no. The first person tripped then came Allen.

The refs stopped the game to watch the replay repeatedly to confirm the correct call: Allen has no class.

Posted by: dc_attorney | January 21, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Barno, they didn't give him a T, they gave him an intentional foul.. anyone who has played B-Ball would know Allen tried to get away with a little more rough stuff than normal, but that's how the game is played..All of this talk would have been moot if the refs callled JW for a travel, because he slid a couple feet...

Posted by: frostanna | January 21, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

You're right, he did travel.

Who's go to the game tomorrow? Maybe the earliest "must win" in College Park in 18 years. The must wins usually come in February and March for Maryland.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 21, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

That was a tough loss, worst in years but it's too early to give up. One game at a time fellas. It starts tomorrow. Gary is a HOF coach and will figure it out.

Posted by: H1Dynasty | January 21, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I'll be watching "live online" and I have no idea what to expect. It is a "must win." But even if we win, my attitude is still negative. Maybe what's happened to me is what happened to the team: all of those close losses just took their toll. The hope is nearly gone and the fun is nowhere to be found.

Posted by: petecard | January 22, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

You GARY LOVERS crack me up with your crushes. You obviously love the man more than you love the MD basketball program. Gary did a great job turning this program around, but is now driving it backwards. If you cant see that, then you are not a MD basketball fan, you are a Gary Williams fan, so I hope you follow him when he does finally leave and we become the powerhouse we should be not the avg program we are.

As for the Nat Champ, that was years ago!!! He got paid for it, but now has done NOTHING for years, unless you count TYING Duke for a regular season title, losing in the ACC Tourn, and NCAA tourn early, and winning coach of the year in the worst year ever for the ACC, last year, something great?

Gary thinks he is bigger than the program, doesnt have to recruit top players, and he can drink and yell his way to motivating kids,,,he is past and old,,,we need someone that can recruit out of THE BEST RECRUITING area in the country, not a guy that only gets 3 star guys and 4 star guys that dont live up to expectations.

Truth be told, if Gary was a better coach we would have won 2 National Champion, not 1, but Gary does not know how to protect leads and instill calm and confidence in the players, that is why no game is safe or lead is safe with Gary at the helm.

I love Gary for turning this program around, but he has had the biggest downfall since winning a Nat Champ that I have ever seen in college sports. We have not had 1 single top 20 guy/recruit since we won the Nat Champ, why do you think that is?? No top player wants to play for a screaming drunk or let me guess,,,every other coach cheats, right!

If you Gary Lovers i.e. Barno, etc., are happy with the state of our program over the last 7-9 years, then you are not a true fan, you should expect more from a Top ACC program with the best recruiting backyard in the country! Its Garys program, so its Garys fault....wake up!!!

Posted by: cm88 | January 22, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

cm88, this is something I may well have written. Is it one of my old posts? I don't write those comments any more, simply because it doesn't matter. GW is not going to be fired. They may let him leave gracefully when his contract expires, but they may also give him an extension. It will be a real test of how much KA is committed to "greatness." But as long as the coach is here, it's a better use of my emotions just to recognize it's something I not only can't control, but that I have zero impact on. I will criticize for the lack of talent/recruiting and for our failure in the NCAA tournament: this will be the 8th straight year not making even a Sweet 16, but blasting him at every turn just doesn't make sense.

Posted by: petecard | January 22, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Man if only we could fire Gary Williams, we'd be in the National title game every single year with 12 mcdonalds all americans on the roster and many more lining up to come here. It's that damn Gary's fault, no one wants to play for a coach that turns you even average players into millionaires at the next level. No one wants to play for a coach that goes to tournament almost every year and wins ACC titles and beats the pants off of Duke and Carolina every year. No one wants to play for a coach that only wins the national championship once in the last decade. Get a real coach in here who can take us to the national title every year, like John Wooden a few years ago. That's what we need, anything less and you aren't a real MD fan!

Posted by: Barno1 | January 22, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

What do these 43 schools all have in common?

Mich St., Kansas, UNC, Duke, UConn, UCLA, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Louisville, Memphis St., Villanova, Xavier, Pitt, Illinois, WVA, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Okla. St., Tennessee, Syracuse GTown, BC, LSU, Ohio St, GTech, Alabama, Davidson, Vandy, Washington, Davidson, Texas A&M, So. Illinois, Stanford, USC, Purdue, Wake, NC St., Butler, St. Joes, Oregon.

Over the last 7 years they all have better NCAA Tournament records than Maryland. So who are we kidding if we think our record is so great. There is only one word for it: MEDIOCRE.

Posted by: petecard | January 23, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Why the last 7 years as a sample Petecard? Oh that's right, that way you get to cut both our final fours, our national championship, and all 7 of our sweet 16 trips under Gary out of the conversation. If you're trying to paint a negative picture, then that's a great way to do it. Start by cutting out the good seasons. Reminds me of when you'd only look at Friedgen's record after the first 3 years.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 23, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Youre right Barno, no one wants to play for Gary, that is why we dont get the top recruits, unless you want to start naming the Top 25 recruits we have gotten in the past 15-20 years? I can count them on one hand and that is pathetic.

On your next point, ok lets count the early years like I did, and give Gary props for turning the program around and give him a huge contract, done. Now lets look at the past 7 years, how much longer should we continue to go downhill 10 years??? 15 years??? When will it be time to get rid of someone that is failing us and the program? Maybe you are ok with mediocracy, bur real MD fans are tired of not winning a Nat Championship, but just competing for one or even being ranked in the Top 10, or even winning or competing for an ACC Champ. We dont just hope to beat UNC or Duke every year and think thats a good season, that is childs talk. Its like the Skins beating Dallas and going 8-8 every year, is that a successful year???

Sorry, but you need to wake up Barno, if you are a MD fan then you will get it, if youre a Gary fan, you wont.

Posted by: cm88 | January 23, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

cm88,

When was the last time you set foot in Comcast Center? Let me guess, you jumped on the MD bball bandwagon around the time we were going to final fours.

I love how you conveniently ignore last season's ACC title...how is that "continuing to go downhill for 10 years"? Lol.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 24, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I grew up on MD Basketball in Cole Field House watching Lefty, Bias, Adrian Branch, Ben Coleman,,etc...need I go on or do you now realize what a moron you are?

I am going to the Duke game, Mid Court :) to watch us upset the losers opps I mean Dukies.

I didnt ignore last seasons early losing, us on the bubble, to tying the Pukies for a REGULAR season title, to then losing in the first round of the ACC tourn and early exit in the NCAA's. But hey, if you consider that a winning season and what you expect from UM Terps basketball, then I guess I just have higher expectations for my terps.

Real fans know more about what we have here and where we should be and its not where Gary and you have as your expectations.

Oh, I havent been to the Comcast center in a while, its hard to watch your team be mediocore for 7-8 years, so I sit at home or at Caddies and get annoyed with the rest of the MD fans that expect more!

Posted by: cm88 | January 24, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Ah, so you only go to MD games when times are good. And you are calling other people fake fans? LOL. Since you're sitting midcourt, come by before the Duke game and introduce yourself. I sit right behind Johnny Holiday on the court...I'm easy to spot..after I announce to the crowd you want Gary fire, I'll be the guy in red trying to stop people from punching you in the face.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 24, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but been too busy with living life, working, etc., to go watch a team that the coach has turned into an average Top 50 team. Good to see you have no logical comeback, I guess its true what people say about you on these blogs.

I would be happy to come by and say hi, trust me, I am not too worried about any little dbag nerd like you punching me in the face. What row and seat so I can come say hi and see how you react.

Sorry that you dont want more for the MD Terps than most of us want, and that is to compete for titles, not just be average, but it sounds like thats what you want to settle for in life, good luck with that Barno.

Posted by: cm88 | January 24, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Row 1, right behind Johnny...you can't miss us.

As for punching you in the face, I said I'd be the one trying to stop others but again, it's not surprising that you have serious reading comprehension issues. You also mental issues if you think "most" Terps fans want Gary fired.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 24, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

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