***Jon, Neil Strong After First Round: ACC Not So Much

***Updated games Sunday evening 7:30 pm.  (Everyone still has a shot!)

The ACC sure took a pounding (Duke, Maryland and North Carolina remain)!  And so did Blaze. Blaze, you are officially a Cardinals fan for the purposes of this pool.  Louisville Cardinals that is.  Why? All your other teams were eliminated.  You know what?  You only need one team to take it all.  Just one.  That is the goal- the last team standing wins.

How are your brackets looking?  My Midwest is frappe and south isn’t looking so hot either.  That said, this might be the best year I’ve had in awhile for bracketology.

Jeff:  Michigan St., Villanova, Utah, LSU, Siena, Temple, Mississippi State, Robert Morris 

Neil: Pittsburgh, Xavier, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, VCU, W. KentuckyRadford

Aaron: Connecticut, Washington, Florida State, BYU, Tenn., Utah St., Cleveland St., Moorehead

Blaze: Louisville, Wake Forest, Illinois, Ohio State, Butler, DaytonAkron, Cal St. Northridge

Tom W: Duke, Kansas, W. Va., Clemson, USC, Arizona, N. Dakota St., Chattanooga

Jon P: Memphis, Missouri, Marquette, Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, American U, Eastern Tennessee State U

Molly: NC, Gonzaga, UCLA, Calif, Morgan, Minn., Northern Iowa, Stephen Austin

Tracy:  Oklahoma, Syracuse, Arizona State, Boston College, Michigan, Portland, Binghamton, Cornell

Thanks for participating and good luck.

Go Terps!

Photo from ACC website
Photo from ACC website

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Demon Deacons Outed By Terps!

The Terrapin Club Banner hangs at Della Rosa's in White Marsh.
The Terrapin Club Banner hangs at Della Rosa's in White Marsh.

Out-played. Out-rebounded. Out-coached.  Just plain outed.  Because on paper, Maryland didn’t stand much of a chance against the towering team from Wake Forest.

Still, the Terps served up a sizzling entree of humiliation to the #9-seed Demon Deacons. It was a 75-64 win, a beautiful thing.  It helped that Wake had their worst shooting game of the season. But what helped more was Maryland capitalizing, and them finally playing like we all knew they could!  

Everyone on the red side contributed:  Greivis Vasquez, 22 points;  Sean Mosley, 12 points; Eric Hayes, 11 points and Dave Neal, 10 points.  

Maryland  moves on to the semi-final round of the ACC, lacing up tomorrow at 3:30 against the winner of the Duke and Boston College game. 

Della Rose’s was packing them in tight for the game. And the majority of the fans were rooting for the Terps.  But there is always one who goes against the grain, isn’t there?

iDon't get angry at Matt, he loves the Orioles...just isn't it to Maryland.
Don't get angry at Matt, he loves the Orioles...just isn't into Maryland.

   Meet Matt Belardi of Baltimore City. He’s not into the Terps.  So much so, that not only was he rooting for Wake Forest to win but he said he “doesn’t want to see the Terps make it” into the NCAA tourney.  Whatever dude!  Still Belardi was a friendly Duke-lover who dislikes the Terps. 

 

Zach Eick was working hard on when the Terps handed it to Wake.
Zach Eick was working hard too as the Terps handed it to Wake.
Then there was 18-year old Zach who goes to Calvert Hall. He was on duty working and tireless in his efforts to keep tables clean and customers happy.  Thanks Zach!  This former football and lacrosse player seemed happy that Maryland reeled in the win. 
Corrinne Keifer was just happy!
Corinne Keifer was just happy!
Corinne Keifer of Joppatowne was just thrilled to be out and about, enjoying the earlier Happy Hour with some friends for her sister Lauren’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Lauren!  Although Lauren had departed from Della Rosa’s, Keifer still had her game-face on throughout the Terps victory. And after.  It was a good happy hour.
  
On my way home, I had the opportunity to listen to freshman and Baltimore native, Sean Mosley (St. Frances Academy) get interviewed on the radio after the game.  I’ve never heard him speak before so this was a cool first moment for me. 
He sounded pumped yet poised, like a veteran who said all the right things.  He was called out by the radio announcer saying so, “you sound like a veteran with that kind of answer.”  You could actually hear the smile in Mosley’s voice when he responded, “well yeah, that was a good answer.”  They began laughing and so did I. 
The announcer proceeded to say that Mosley was grinning from ear-to-ear. It was neat. He’s definitely going to be a fun one to watch!   
It’s always nice to listen to these intervews and hear the excitement in the player’s voice.  Really makes you absorb that energy and just imagine their feelings.  Good for them! Savour this moment right along with them.
Anyway, Terps ‘ fans we are one step closer, Duke has a 3-point lead over Boston College with just less than 4 minutes to play.
  
Bring them on…whoever they are!

Biggest Upset In MD History? Morgan Takes Maryland For A Ride

     The Morgan State Bears are packing it up right now at the Comcast Center in College Park with smiles on their faces. For the first time in their history, Morgan State defeated the Maryland Terrapins snapping an 0-5 deficit dating back to 1988.  The Terps came out looking flat and uninspired while the Bears managed to hold on in a first-half battle, rally in the second half, and ultimately take the lead.  It came down to the wire and ended with a 66-65 win for Morgan.   

     Morgan, top-ranked in the MEAC Conference after a trip to the NIT last season, has been struggling through the season, just coming off a loss from Washington- Pac 10 and posting a subpar record. Apparently, the Bears were more than a little pumped for some turtle stew.  Perhaps playing up to their potential would motivate them for the rest of the season. 

     Morgan’s Reggie Holmes scored 25 points (18 in second half) and led the Bear’s back from a 14-point deficit with less than 12 minutes in the game.  Morgan moves to 6-8 overall.   

      Maryland looked dumbfounded as junior Greivis Vasquez took a half-court shot that sailed past the backstop and into the stands when the buzzer sounded. Vazques ended with 19 points while senior Dave Neal had a career-high 18 points.

     Head coach Gary Williams was, needless to say, not a happy camper at the press conference following the game:  “We missed some shots that we should make, but we’ve done that all year…”   Clearly, Williams has his work cut out for him.  The Terps were coming off a sweet 7-game win streak and this was their last non-conference game. This puts them at 11-3 on the season. 

Michael Gibbons, Executive Director of the Babe Ruth Museum, puts on a Terrapins mascot head in the archives of the Babe Ruth Museum.
Michael Gibbons, Executive Director of the Babe Ruth Museum, puts on a Terrapins mascot head (donated by the University) while giving a tour in the archives of the Babe Ruth Museum.

    Other Maryland games of note: The Towson Tigers hosted George Mason and went down to the tune of 71-59.

Congrats to the Morgan State Bears, they earned that…and unfortunately for the Terps, they earned theirs.

Is this the biggest upset in college hoops?