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Posted at 6:18 AM ET, 01/30/2011

Middling Georgia Tech a beast at home

By Liz Clarke

While Georgia Tech’s 10-9, 3-3 record may not strike fear into opponents, the prospect of facing the Yellow Jackets on their home court this season is another matter.

Tech is 8-2 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum and boasts an average margin of victory there of 23.3 points, with victories over North Carolina, Wake Forest and, most recently, Virginia Tech.

The Jackets are led by 6-5, 209-pound junior guard Iman Shumpert, who does just about everything well. The ACC’s leader in steals, Sumpert had a triple-double in Tech’s recent 72-57 victory over Virginia Tech (22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assist.)

“He’s a strong guard,” says Maryland’s Adrian Bowie, who scored a season-high 22 in the Terps’ 66-42 rout at Virginia. “He has a good handle on the ball. He can shoot. You gotta play him straight up. It makes everything he does difficult (to guard).”

Maryland (13-7, 3-3) and Georgia Tech are among three ACC teams knotted at 3-3 entering Sunday’s game. (Virginia Tech is the other).

“Some of the game we lost, we should have won,” Bowie said. “We should be higher than where we are. You can always do better.”

As for the often derided level of play in the ACC this season, Bowie said: “It’s definitely different this year. There’s no clear-cut team who’s the favorite. It’s a lot more exciting. Every game is a challenge. You can’t take any team lightly in the ACC this year.”

After Sunday’s game at Georgia Tech, Maryland returns to Comcast Center for a three-game home stand, hosting Duke on Wednesday, Wake Forest on Saturday and Longwood, its last non-conference opponent, on Feb. 9.

By Liz Clarke  | January 30, 2011; 6:18 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Adrian Bowie, Georgia Tech basketball, Maryland basketball  
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Comments

Bless you, Liz, for being at it so early, and for pointing out how tough a challenge faces the Terps. Gary will have them ready.

Posted by: flynnie321 | January 30, 2011 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if Bowie had shown up in some of those games the Terps lost, things would have been different....

Posted by: M20832 | January 30, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

This will come ads no surprise but this game really scares me. I don't have a good feeling.

Posted by: petecard | January 30, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@Petecard - I agree with you. The Terps are going to have to bring it tonight. Tech is very tough to beat at Alexander Memorial - even this year. They seem to enjoy better starts and play better defense there.

The good news for Terps fans is that one of Tech's big men (Hicks) won't be able to play tonight. That might make it more difficult for Tech to neutralize JW the way Sene was able to last week.

So you'll know, I'll be at Alexander Memorial tonight and hope other local members of the TerpNation will be there as well. Let's go Terps!

Posted by: Terptwin | January 30, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see that Duke got pooped on today.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 30, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

@Poopy - It's always good to see other teams "get regular" versus Duke.

Posted by: Terptwin | January 30, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could have enjoyed Duke's loss, but it wasn't good for MD or the ACC.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 30, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Barno is exactly right on this one. We need to be rooting for every ACC team in non conference games at this stage... unless they are playing Penn St.

Posted by: petecard | January 30, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I was stunned at how badly Duke got beat, and by St. Johns, and three days before they're here! Damn! Tip-off in 10 minutes - can't wait.

Posted by: flynnie321 | January 30, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

OK. Weare 4:10 in and I know we are going to win in a blow out!

Posted by: petecard | January 30, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

All our games with Gtech are nail-biters. I like our chances for another in the 2nd half. We've won 9 of 10 vs them in last 5 years and 19 of last 25. We always seem to squeak out wins down.

Let's go

Posted by: Barno1 | January 30, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

**We always seem to squeak out wins down THERE.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 30, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I just saw Barno at courtside at 10:01. He was wearing some kind of a crown! that was you wasn't it Barno?! :)

Posted by: petecard | January 30, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I saw him too, nice crown..why wasn't he cheering? MD was on a run.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 30, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Christ, Bowie has missed NINE layups tonight. And 2 of 3 free throws. Looks like the UVA game was a career night for him. Sure is a different guy tonight.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 30, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

We are so much better but still struggled. But a very good win.

Posted by: petecard | January 30, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Bang! 3 game win streak on the road. Bring on Duke.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 30, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Huge win for Terps tonight on the road. Another must win for us.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 30, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for GT. Not bad enough to take back any past slander of the UVA female populace, but them chix in the crowd and the cheerleaders were fugly. It's mean. They are kids. I should not be so mean. But it's true. I know ugly and they was it. Nice win. Nice to see Moseley as part of the solution. AB disappeared, a few freshmen mistakes but they pulled away and ran out the clock which is the best way to win on the road.

Did the Terps hit a three in this game? I thought they hit one early but I wonder if the streak is at risk.

Regards-

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 30, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Chic Hernandez confirmed-first game w/o a three in like a zillion games. I feel like Cal decided to sit out a game without any warning.

Regards-

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 30, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Chic Hernandez confirmed-first game w/o a three in like a zillion games. I feel like Cal decided to sit out a game without any warning.

Regards-

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 30, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Chic Hernandez confirmed-first game w/o a three in like a zillion games. I feel like Cal decided to sit out a game without any warning.

Regards-

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 30, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say, I had mixed feelings about Duke losing. It hurts our conference perception and hurts MD "schedule strength" ever so slightly. But at the same time, don't like the team.

Posted by: break20 | January 31, 2011 12:03 AM | Report abuse

So, while its not common, its hardly unheard of for Duke to drop 2 in a row. It happened in both 08-09 and 07-08. Kick'em while they're down.

Posted by: Patera | January 31, 2011 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I am actually happy Duke lost, for 2 reasons, one I hate Duke!!! But 2, now it makes it a huge game for both teams, so we should get Duke's best, so its means we have to step up. Time for Gary to make guys like me(gary haters) shut up, hope he does it!

Then when we beat Duke, the little Dukies have no reasons or excuses,,,and Gary haters like me can shut the %#$@ up since we beat a ranked team and would be on the inside of the NCAA tourn selection looking out, instead of the outside looking in as we are right now.

Go TERPS!!! Crush Duke!!!!!

Posted by: cm88 | January 31, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Chic Hernandez confirmed-first game w/o a three in like a zillion games. I feel like Cal decided to sit out a game without any warning.

Regards-

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 30, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, kind of a bummer. Kinda like when we lost to Florida in 03 to end our non conference home win streak, which was the longest in the nation. Was the 3 point streak the longest too? Where is the list Terp Insider?

It seemed like we game-planned to not shoot outside shots. Not going to complain bc we got the W.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 31, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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