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Posted at 7:40 PM ET, 02/27/2011

OPEN THREAD: Maryland vs. North Carolina

By Matt Bonesteel

It's game time. Feel free to leave your thoughts on how the game is going in the comments.

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By Matt Bonesteel  | February 27, 2011; 7:40 PM ET
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Terps are NOT gonna win a track meet with these guys. Not to mention too many trees in the middle and too many 3 point shooters. We are outmanned tonight. Tucker again is useless. Padgett is being exposed for what he really is, too. He is WAY too stiff and slow.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | February 27, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

The Terps are out man and the same old story. UNC gets the top high school players with Duke. Terps need to play their best and get some breaks. We don't have a scorer to go to. They have 10 guys to throw out you. We have Williams.

Posted by: daniel31 | February 27, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Shame to waste great efforts by Jordan and Terrell. But nobody else showed up. Gregory was invisible. Tucker still gets minutes - for some reason - and is a turnover machine. And so on. Almost like it was five on two all night. And they still only won by 11.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | February 27, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Well MD tried hard!! NC had SOME VERY GOOD FRESHMEN on the court with several good big men. We had a Soph. (Jordon) who is learning and a short Fresh (Terrel) to go against the trees and some very good shooters. Too bad we do not get enough top recruits. See where we got a forward from Germany. Iceland, Germany - I guess we can send letters and do not have to recruit aganinst the Big East, SEC, ACC etc. Hope we can win a few NIT games. Most likely not we will draw the 8th place Big East team and they will expose our turn over and two player game.

Posted by: geoski | February 27, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Are we now a bubble team for the NIT?

Posted by: cm88 | February 27, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

How can you say we don't get good recruits? Second year in a row now we've had (arguably, i guess...) the best freshman in the conference.

The reason Maryland has struggled is because Mosley, Tucker, and Bowie did not develop at all. Tucker still has not learned how to dribble a basketball, he is a turnover machine in transition. Bowie has absolutely zero confidence in anything he does, despite being effective driving to the rim, he is a second slow on everything because he hesitates too often. For all the energy and toughness Mosley brings to the table, he makes far too many mistakes by turning the ball over and committing too many bad fouls. Also, he should never shoot the ball.

I'd love a crack at UNC at home this year, I think we could take them.

Stoglin is a monster, he has All American written all over him. To steal a guard like that out of Arizona of all places is really a coup for our staff.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | February 27, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Stoglin has some serious skills, but I'd rather see Howard at the point. The Terps have so little ball movement already and need a pass first or at least second pg. Stoglin at the 2 might hurt defensively, but would help a ton on offense.

Mosley gets a lot of heat, but he works amazingly hard on D and gets his hands on a ton of balls. I thought he played well, although the missed alley oop was rough. I really wish he had been on a team last year and been allowed to develop. All these seniors look like they spent too much time deferring, and rightfully so, to Greivis last year and don't know what to do with the ball.

Tucker and Padgett really struggled, but the rest of the team looked alright.

Posted by: Dancy1 | February 28, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

"I'd love a crack at UNC at home this year, I think we could take them."
-->Well maybe, but the score of this game was a lot closer than it actually was. The team lacks a signature win. No more wishing and hoping. There were a lot of games where we could've beaten more marquee opponents and we squandared those opportunties.

Posted by: break20 | February 28, 2011 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I give Jordan a pass because he was sick, but I didn't think he had a particularly strong game. Gregory was not good. Padgett needs to get stronger. In a game like that you need to lengthen the bench not shorten it. Sean is just too small and slow to be effective in a game like this, but really what's with the step back jumper he's fallen in love with? This roster is hamstrung with the bodies named Pankey and Parker. If either of these guys could play effectively for even a couple of minutes you wouldn't have to worry about Bowie and Tucker. Poor strategy and decision making at the coaching level as well. Some bigger guys next year and MD wins this game no matter where it is played. UNC guards are the most overated in the ACC and Stoglin and Howard will be a better duo over the next three years.

Posted by: Terps85 | February 28, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Gloom, despair and agony on me.
Manic depression, excessive misery.
If it wasn't for this bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
Gloom, despair and agony on me.



Posted by: HughGRection | February 28, 2011 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Three years from now we'll all have forgotten about this.

Posted by: KraftPaper | February 28, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame JW was ill; he did a good job considering, as did Stoglin. The seniors got their chance to show what they could do, and they did... No further comment on that. It's time to develop next year's team playing mostly underclassmen and give the seniors a good sendoff next Saturday. But the focus has to be on next year. We'll see if Gary does the dunderhead thing, though, and continues to play "his" seniors for most of the games. If so, we may not win another game this year, including the first round of the NIT at somebody else's court. I'm was already on record some weeks ago predicting MD at Virginia Commonwealth or at Old Dominion in the NIT's first round. It would be nice if I'm wrong and we get all the way to Madison Square Garden in the NIT, but I don't see it the way the team never came together this year. I blame Gary. Look what happened to Boston College and Clemson this year with their new coaches and the same or worse players than they had previous year. BC schooled us twice. Sad. RobTerp65

Posted by: DriverRob | February 28, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

This team just isn't very good. Maybe next year.

Posted by: SirPelleas | February 28, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

It's scary to think what Maryland fans might say if Maryland ever had seasons like North Carolina has had this decade, seasons with 15 losses, 20 losses, and 15 losses respectively. 20 losses? Can you imagine how Petecard and Cm88 would react? They'd probably call for Gary williams to be shot.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 28, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Its scary to think that Maryland fans have fans that except a 4th NIT in 8 years, and constintly go back to what Gary did almost 10 years ago and see this as a successful MD program.

I guess some fans have lower expectations for the team, not just blind loyalty to a coach that is known by players and experts as a terrible recruiter, and now its showing, year after year.

Posted by: cm88 | February 28, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Its scary to think that Maryland fans have fans that except a 4th NIT in 8 years, and constintly go back to what Gary did almost 10 years ago and see this as a successful MD program."

I need a translator to read this guys drunken mumblings. I believe the word you were looking for was "accept" not "except" tough guy. Also, there is no "i" in "constantly." But the fact that you write at a 4th grade level is not surprising to me, given that you think Gary Williams should be fired for lack of success. Once again, you prove you are the dumbest human being ever to post a comment on this blog--and it's not even close.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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