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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Maryland loses to Virginia Tech: The morning after

By Matt Bonesteel

Maryland started Thursday night's game against Virginia Tech in a 12-0 hole, and it got no better from there in a 74-57 loss. Said Coach Gary Williams afterward: "You wonder where that comes from. Hopefully that's a one-game thing, because the games we lost before weren't like that."

Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney riled up the Comcast Center crowd with his comments that Maryland "might have the worst fans ever." He then fed off the crowd's hate on his way to a 19-point, seven-assist outing. The fans "just made me play better. They don't realize that," Delaney said. "They can talk as much as they want. I already expected it."

Delaney tells the Roanoke Times: "That was one of the most fun games I've had since I've been here."

Over at The 68, Eric Prisbell looks at what Thursday night's loss means to Maryland's NCAA tournament chances, along with a poll asking readers if the Terrapins will make the tournament. Here's a hint: there isn't much room for error now.

Patrick Stevens of writes about how Thursday night's loss was the worst ever at Comcast Center for the Terrapins. When told of that fact, Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen said, "That makes me happy."

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 21, 2011; 10:14 AM ET
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Here's a clue on why they lost ...

Williams has been mailing it in since the National Championship. You don't win games with athletes any longer you win them with basketball studs. Time for GW to retire into the sunset with his foam cup and bimbo on his arm.

Nice knowing you GW and thanks for everything up to 2002 after that you've just been collecting a pay check.

Posted by: Hornet77 | January 21, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey genius, Gary won the ACC coach of the year after tying the national champs for a share of the ACC title 9 months ago. Mailing it in?? Get a grip.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 21, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The close losses against ranked teams have taken their toll, and the team hit the proverbial wall last night. Their defense have kept them in games all year and Last night was the first night they did not play very good defense. Right now, this is the only way they can score consistently; get a stop and push the ball up on fast breaks for easy baskets.

Gary will never say this but the team has two freshmen guards, and no one else has stepped up on a consistent basis to run the offense. For this team, it means finding a reliable way of getting the ball in the paint to Jordan Williams, or Gregory or Padgett. Now, that will be harder than ever, as teams will go to the 2-3 zone and dare Tucker or the young guards to shoot from beyond the arc.

Nice to see Padgett finally get some quality minutes. The team needs him as a option with Gregory down low to take it strong to the basket, finish or dish to Williams.

Time to re-group against Clemson.

Posted by: stevestegman | January 21, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

If Gary has been mailing it in for the last 9 years, he really should see a doctor about all that sweating...

Posted by: dc_attorney | January 21, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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