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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 01/15/2011

Maryland vs. Villanova: Will the Terrapins make the NCAA tournament?

By Matt Bonesteel

Maryland surrendered a double-digit second-half lead in a 74-66 loss at No. 7 Villanova, a game the Terrapins absolutely needed to have to boost their NCAA tournament resume. Maryland has zero wins against teams in the top 50 of the RPI, a statistic that is given consideration by the committee on Selection Sunday.

In light of that, a simple yes-or-no poll.

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 15, 2011; 3:10 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Man I hate going first. This team continues to break my heart. I just can't see us moving on unless we win the Tourney. I see a good team that just doesn't know how to finish games. You would think with 3 seniors they would show more poise but it just hasn't worked. Every game now is going to be crucial. wish I felt better about their chances but I don't.

Posted by: sjm3091 | January 15, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Turnover, turnovers, turnovers. Says it all.

So, are we pretty much a bubble team, yet again? Sigh

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 15, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Allowing a 19-0 run in second half paves the way to the NIT. If JW goes pro, God help us!

Posted by: rich263 | January 15, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Goodness, I thought Maryland had this game in hand with just 9:27 to go and a 12 point lead. (JW was a beast today.) Then, Corey Fisher took over and 19 points later we were finished.

Simply put, the Terps have been in every game they've played this year. Unfortunately, they haven't been able to win the big one.

Let's hope they make a good run during ACC play; i.e., 10 or more wins. Otherwise, our boys might very well have to settle for the NIT.

Posted by: Terptwin | January 15, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

NIT this year. Can't see any bubbles blowing now. Up 12 and forget where JWill is.

14 minutes without a basket. Yeah, that will lose a lot of games.

Where was the scoring machine Tucker?

Posted by: M20832 | January 15, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Losing Vasquez and Hayes not only hurts from a talent standpoint, but the Terps no longer have anyone in the back court who has experience with taking control of a close game down the stretch.

Posted by: slickrickrl | January 15, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Losing Vasquez and Hayes not only hurts from a talent standpoint, but the Terps no longer have anyone in the back court who has experience with taking control of a close game down the stretch.

Posted by: slickrickrl | January 15, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Where is Mychal Parker??? He was supposed to be the star of this recruiting class? Not even sure if he dresses for games....Rumor of transfer?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 15, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I didn't expect great things this year with Bowie and freshmen as PG's, but the Terps have shown they can be in it with the big boys. Just can't seem to handle the pressure late in the game.

If they hadn't forgotten to get JW the ball for a period in the second half, he would have had 30+ points and may have caused Yarou to foul out earlier.

Posted by: MrScrotums | January 15, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Turnovers. Missed free throws. Loss of confidence when Villanova made a run. Very disappointing. How about officiating that favored Villanova? Or do I have that wrong?

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 15, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm still optimistic and here's why: the ACC is really, really down this year -- as so many have pointed out -- and I think the Terps can realistically finish in the top 4 (I'd like to see third place, personally). Their losses have been agonizing, but also show the potential to do some serious damage in a weak ACC. However, yes, they blew a serious opportunity today.

Posted by: scrappledog | January 15, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I took a 6 mile run in sub-freezing temp to work this one off and keep me from blowing it out on the TI. It didn't help much. Can we make the dance? Yes. Will we? My guess is "no." TO's were a big part of it but so was our typical bad shooting. And WHY did we stop getting it into JW? I feel like we are wasting a year of his eligibility with this supporting cast. Can't believe he will stay. I better sign off because my glass is a lot less than half empty.

Posted by: petecard | January 15, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

We stopped getting it in to JW because that very good trapping defense they ran attacked Maryland at it's weakest point which is of course the guards. Smart coaching decision by 'Nova and one we will probably see more of since it was so successful. I'm betting Gary will be working extensively on that this week.... I think they will make the dance IF they can overcome that defensive ploy... JMHO :-)

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | January 15, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh, It looks like a long season with an early out in the NIT. Hayes learned to shoot the three by his senior year and freed up other players. MD as usual did not or can not recruit a natural shooter. Maybe they recruited someone who is not playing who can shoot, but as usual they leave shooters on the bench because they can not race up and down the court (often turning it over as they did in the second half). Year after year they are prone to long periods without scoring when the other team closes down the inside game and lets MD turn it over trying to force it inside. With no outside shooting, the other team puts three defenders on JW.

I know everyone loves Gary but if you look at his 20 plus years his teams often can not shoot outside and turn it over in bunches sometime in the game. Just think what might happen if they took 10 to 15 more shots a game because they did not turn it over and someone could make 5 to 6 threes instead of clunking it off the rim.

Most likely JW goes Pro after his Jr. season frustrated from no help inside and clunkers from the outside. Same old, same old it has been like this many of Gary's years.

Posted by: geoski | January 15, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Where's Barno?


Posted by: rdondero123 | January 15, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't know about Barno but HughG is probably with the Ravens booster club in Pittsburgh...

Posted by: petecard | January 15, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope and pray JW stays like Vasquez did. Just checking on the two recruits coming in next year, Faust (PG) and Gibbs (SG), both are having good years so far. Faust just scored 25 last week and Gibbs has scored at least 20 pts in his past 6 games and got 30 in his opener. If JW stayed it could be a really good year. Probably just wishful thinking though....

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | January 15, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Lauren, but nothing wrong with wishful thinking. JW is much more NBA-ready than Vasquez was and, as we are seeing this year, freshmen have issues... I'll hope with you.

Posted by: petecard | January 15, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

We need a signature win really bad. Once again, we showed we can hang with the best of them, but we still can't put them away.

No time to panic yet. We can still win out the regular season in a weaker than usual ACC, plus we have a rematch with Puke at Comcast. Add that and a good showing at the ACC tourney will be enough to get us in. Even Jay Bilas, who is down on the whole conference this year, believes we can make it.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 15, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Checking in from south beach. Terps broke my heart today. I honestly thought we'd win this game today.

We can still make the tourney, but I think it may take 10 ACC wins and a win over duke. I hope to hell we don't make the NIT or Kevin Dumberson may fire Gary.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 15, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that is quite a comment Barno. Can't believe you even brought the subject up. What, they don't serve Kool-Aid in South Beach?

Posted by: petecard | January 15, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

That was a friendly tease, Barno.

Posted by: petecard | January 15, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Pos: only 2 games out of first w/ 13 to play.

Neg: sometimes there is one or less players on the floor that play up to their God given abilities and hustle instead of five. Sick of the one pass/chuck (no inside outside)decisions by most of the perimeter players. Up 6 @ Duke, up 12 today. Up 20 is the # gents. Focus?

Pos: next time protect and build the lead to take the winning step. Please step up and take the trophies on the seasonal table. Thanks.

Posted by: Realness1 | January 15, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Realness is obviously drunk on the Kool-Aid. Please let us know if anyone has a translation...

Posted by: petecard | January 15, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Problem with the team is this: they can play 32 minutes, but NOT 40. Free throws have been a problem, but weren't as much yesterday. Other than Jordan Williams, the team lacks a real identity I believe. That being said, I think JW is really underrated. I've actually met him before and he's a great guy.

Posted by: break20 | January 15, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

JW is not ready for the NBA at all. To slow, still working on the body, and needs one more year. We have talent but need to finish. I want ot see JW, Dino, and Pankey on the floor.

Posted by: cmclaxton | January 15, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

First of all unless Williams wins the Naismith or at least ACC player of the year, which is not likely as long the kid form Duke doesn't break his leg, he is not going pro. Second, if you didn't see this coming then you don't understand college basketball. Guard play rules in college basketball, and we have no point guard.

Bowie has never been able to handle the point. Stoglin looks like the future, but he is a score first guy and plays completely out of control. Howard is probably the best of the three right now and he too is a freshman and a bit slow with the ball. They are all getting better, but this is a rebuilding year. I am proud of their progress. until yesterday anyway when a good NOVA team just manhandled them in the backcourt.

Next year Bowie, Tucker and Gregory are gone. The only one that could be missed is Tucker, as our new big guys seems to be ok and there is still a chance Padgett gets at least up to Gregory's level of play. The point guards will vteran sophs next year and Williams will be the NAismith award winner. We also have another great recruiting class comng in next season and as someone else mentioned, Pankey and Parker are waiting in the wings.

I said no to the NCAA, but we need to watch this team. They are improving and as we all know it ony takes 3 days in Greensboro to turn an entire season around. I do think we can have 9 or 10 wins before the ACC tourney, but to get in we will need to beat both Duke and Carolina during the season and one of them again in the tourney. It wil be interesting to see the difference from the beginning of the season to the ACC. Then we can gage whether or not we are contenders in 2011/12.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | January 16, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Let's wait until the end of the season to see how it goes, but there is always a chance of winning the ACC tournament to get there. They showed again they are a very good team when they are on. They need to learn how to finish.

Posted by: tojo45 | January 16, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"NBA Ready" doesn't mean there isn't a need for development. But a stud like JW would be drafted high right now. It's really only a question of when he wants the money. College basketball always has a lot of turnover. I just don't buy into the idea of "rebuilding" or "transition" years. The best coaches reload on the fly and keep competing for high ranking and elite eights. We haven't been to a Sweet 16 in 7 years!!! Don't give me that "transition" cr*p.

Posted by: petecard | January 16, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Any Mychal Parker sightings? Is he transferring?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 16, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Terps needed that one. Gah!!!

BUT, they will still find their way in the NCAA tourney after finishing 11 - 5 in the ACC.

...and JW will not go pro after this year.

Posted by: msveasey | January 16, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Terps will need an impressive run the rest of the season to make the Big Dance. Besides the losses to ranked non-conference opponents, losing to BC at home was a nail in the coffin.

The Terps looked dead last year at this time but Gary got them back on track --albeit with stellar, senior guards.

The Rich Get Richer:
UNC signed the #1, 16, and 29 ranked 2010 prep recruits for this year. Duke had the #2 and #33. Maryland had the #68 ranked player (Mychal Parker who hardly plays.)

Coming next year Duke has signed #3, 21, 23 ranked prep players. UNC has #7 and #20. Maryland has the #47 (a 6'4" 175lb SG.)


Posted by: tal_1960 | January 16, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

If Mychal Parker is on the bench and was the 68th ranked player why is he not playing? He can not be any worse than 14 turnovers and 6 3 point clunker that barely hit the rim.

Petecard Glad to see someone else realizes good coaches do not need transition seasons 50% of the time. Why are so many people worried Anderson might fire Gary. Lets see a final 4 and championship in 20 plus years, 5 plus NIT years, out in the second or third round of the NIT, a couple of sweet 16s, out in round one or two of the NCAA the other years.

Anderson could find 50 replacement coaches that could do as well with the facilities, the ACC and Gary's salary. Gosh take Lefty's son and let the Left hander recruit. Another McMillian and Elmore duo could win a few games. Promote Debbie at least she could recruit two or three JW's and someone that could make a 3 at the same time. Try something new it might get better and if not we are not so what we got average anyway.

Posted by: geoski | January 16, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Gary hasn't gotten a top lottery pick since Steve Francis. And I don't expect that to change. He likes to have players who will stay and fit his system.

Posted by: break20 | January 16, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

This team just doesn't have a leader right now. JW can lead this team, but it's hard for him to do it when he's not getting the ball on a consistant basis. The two freshman can lead this team, but they don't know how to. Bowie and Tucker can lead this team, but they always want to defer to someone else. Mosely can lead this team, but he's like a ghost on the floor half the time. Gary is trying to lead this team, but can't be on the floor to help the guys when the going gets tough. He can use his timeouts, and he did so pretty well against 'Nova, but if the players don't respond and do what he's asking of them, his efforts are futile.

I know Gary has bought into the new warmup regimen, but I think this team needs to spend a few more minutes before each half getting used to the backdrop and getting some confidence in their shots. Gary is obviously trying to push a lot of different buttons, but I was really surprised he didn't go a little deeper into the bench. Weiss again did not play, and Padgett spent his first full game on the bench. Dino and Hawk both played solid games, but to use Hawk as the only front line sub off the bench was just strange. I think Hawk did a pretty good job at the 4 all things consudered, but with two guys sitting on the bench that have actually played the 4 with some success, it didn't make any sense why both Weiss and Padgett got DNPs.

The 2-3 zone came into play again, and the Terps looked completely unprepared for it. It wasn't employed until 'Nova took the lead, but it was critical in keeping the Terps off the board for a few more possessions as 'Nova extended their lead towards the end of that 19-0 run. Gary has got to find a quick solution for that zone, because VaTech is going to throw it at them for long stretches on Thursday after the success the Hokies had with the zone against UNC.

This is one of those teams that the switch will finally turn on, but I'm afraid it may come on too late. This team has no more room for error, and cannot afford to lose a game at home, and cannot lose more than 2-3 more road games down the stretch.

For everyone wondering where Mychal Parker is, please stop speculating. He may not play more than another 10 total minutes this season because he's simply not ready for big time college hoops. Did you see him in the few minutes he's logged so far this year? Have you seen him in practice? Sure, scouts had him rated really high, they did the same with Mike Jones (better than LeBron James at the 2 in some recruiting circles), so just because he comes in with great publicity doesn't mean he deserves playing time.

This could be a painful season for the Terps, but hopefully it will not end in JW bolting to the NBA.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 17, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Russ, Here is a little shorter and less hopeful version of your post. The team has no leader(s). They aren't listening to Gary. He has no confidence in the bigs on the bench. His seniors are really bench players. His freshmen play like freshmen. His star will leave after this year. That's not my dream but it is our nightmare. Happy MLK Day.

Posted by: petecard | January 17, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I think Padgett and Weijs sat on the bench because they have yet to produce much offensively, and outside of JW, the team needs to maximize its offensive potential. I'm guessing Hawk shows more than JP in practice.

Expect Stoglin to emerge as a leader next year. He seems to have the personality. It may be too much to expect a freshman to have the confidence to lead the team, and for teammates to have confidence in a freshman as a leader.

While I haven't given up on this year, next year should be final 16 minimum if JW stays. The year after could be even better, with the current freshman as juniors and Faust and Gibbs as sophomores.

Posted by: MrScrotums | January 17, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"He likes to have players who will stay and fit his system."

His system involves long stretches of turnovers, cold shooting, and giving up double-digit leads. What a system. Is next year rebuilding or retooling? Geoski is right. We're two years from a Fridge moment for Anderson. Most of the other alumni I know don't go to Terps games anymore. When you get no big name recruits, can't beat big name teams on a regular basis, and blow games against big teams, the fan base gets fatigued.

College basketball is also boring in general.

Posted by: avpcomp2 | January 17, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"He likes to have players who will stay and fit his system."

His system involves long stretches of turnovers, cold shooting, and giving up double-digit leads. What a system. Is next year rebuilding or retooling? Geoski is right. We're two years from a Fridge moment for Anderson. Most of the other alumni I know don't go to Terps games anymore. When you get no big name recruits, can't beat big name teams on a regular basis, and blow games against big teams, the fan base gets fatigued.

College basketball is also boring in general.

Posted by: avpcomp2 | January 17, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

What in the world are you talking about?

The Terps beat last year's National Champion, lost to one of the Final Four Teams. In 2008-09, they beat both teams playing in the title game (UNC and Michigan State). It's true that the Terps haven't beaten a big team this year, but that is a rarity for a GW coached team. The program is one of the most successful college basketball schools over the past 18 years, and has not had a losing season since Gary's second year. This team is right up there with Kansas, UNC, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, Michigan State, UConn, Syracuse, Texas, Florida, and Kentucky for success in the past 2 decades. That's pretty elite company, and if you think fan base is getting "fatigued," you're not talking to real fans. Even with a less-than-stellar home schedule over the past couple of years, the Terps have consistantly been in the top 10 in terms of total attendance behind schools with much bigger arenas (Tennessee, Kentucky, UNC, etc), and in the top 15 in terms of percent capacity behind really successful schools that play in tiny gyms (Gonzaga, Clemson, Duke, and Butler).

In terms of recruiting, he gotten blue chippers, but look at where that's gotten him--2 NITs with the Garrison, Caner-Medley, Jones, McCray class, Mosely, who's not playing anywhere close to what his recruiting ranking would suggest, and Mychal Parker, who was a top 100 player that can't get off the pine. Recruiting is going to ebb and flow with this team, and Gary's refusal to sling mud and get dirty with AAU guys has not hurt this teams' success.

There will be a serious riot if KA gives GW the heave ho without a stretch of losing seasons (not NITs, but real losing seasons). GW should be allowed to stay until he's ready to hang up the whistle. He's earned that right, and continues to perform at the highest level.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 18, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I've thought that JW was a Sean May/Lonnie Baxter type and would stay all 4 years. He's starting to show more and went right at an NBA prospect in the Nova game and dominated. He's showing exceptional footwork and more size and strength than I thought. It's up to him, but unless his play takes a dip he's a top 15 pick next year and probably gone.

Posted by: restonhoops | January 18, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Just to back up my claim with some numbers...

Maryland's home attendance was ranked 7th in the nation for the 2009-10 season at 16,792 per game behind Kentucky (24,111), Syracuse (22,152), Louisville (19,397), Tennessee (19,168), North Carolina (17,786), and Wisconsin (17,230).

Posted by: Russtinator | January 19, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Again why does everyone defend the MD losers. Gary did not have losing season "He went to the NIT" Can we not aim higher. Gary recruited top 100 players who did not live up to their press. Who recruited them? The Press? Maybe the top 100 players MD gets is because no one else wants them. Maybe the other coaches know. Why not recruit a top 100 player who plays like a top 100 recruit. What is wrong with a Labron James type player who leaves after 2 years? What is wrong with a winning sweet 16 team that restocks with winners every 2 years. Same fan base happy with the NIT because someone else might be worse. They also might be the next coach K and we could look forward to twenty years of mostly top 10 teams and 3 or 4 NCAA championships. Aim high you might get there, If you accept average that is all you will get.

Posted by: geoski | January 20, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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