Must Win For Terps Turns Into 400 ACC W’s!

     The Terps sure do like to make things interesting.  They were coming off two nail-biting road losses: one with Miami (62-60) and the other with Florida State (76-73 OT).  After getting off to smashing start while hosting Virginia Tuesday and building the lead up by 17 in the first half, they nearly gave it away in the second.  However, they managed to regroup and prevail 84-78, landing their 400th Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) win. This puts the Terps flush at 2-2 in conference play and 13-5 overall. 

     Is this becoming a theme?  Blowing 17-point leads like they did in Miami…  This is what happens when you only drop one basket in the seven minutes starting the second half.  The Cavaliers capitalized and were able to bring the score to 52-47 with 12 minutes left.  With more than 4 minutes left, the lead dwindled to 65-63.  Then enters senior forward David Neil.  Neil who was injured (cut and bleeding-face) earlier in the game, insisted on getting back on the court.  

     Head coach Gary Williams noted in the press conference following the game that  Neil’s persistence and getting back into the game seemed to be a jolt for his teammates.  In fact, it helped pump Williams up too. 

     From there the Terps did their thing, they connected on eight free-throws within the final minute of the game to hold on. Sophomore guard Adrian Bowie and junior forward Landon Milbourne each knocked in 17 points apiece to lead the Terrapins.   

     Greives Vasquez had 16-points saying, “I still need to find myself on the court, but as a team, it was a great effort. It’s a great win. We sustained a lead. We got the lead and [Virginia] never took it away, but every ACC game is wild.”

     In spite of the road-losses, Maryland is on a good run.. 8-2 in its last 10 outings, including a win over nationally ranked Michigan (minus Morgan).   

     After the game, Williams seemed genuinely proud of how his boys held on and how they prepared with limited time since losing to Miami and Florida.  There is still need for improvement and Williams knows this. “We just have to keep up our toughness and keep getting better,” he said.  

    Williams also remarked that he likes coaching these boys.  Certainly seemed like someone was in a good mood.

Head oach Gary Williams is among the top winning coaches in D1 hoops.
Head coach Gary Williams is among the top winning coaches in D1 hoops.

 Photo:  Official Maryland Athletics site.

***The Terps will square off against home-dog Duke Saturday at noon (ESPN).


Ravens Run Like Deja Vu: First Wildcard To Post

     Can you belive that game?  Pennington made it interesting in the last quarter but the Ravens D stood strong: not this time, Dolphins, this is ours.  Phew!  What a sweet, sweet victory. 

     Some ditties on the game:

     Yet again, Ed Reed razzle-dazzles us.  Two interceptions, one pick 6.  This guy continues to amaze.  So glad he wears purple.  Picked up fourth and fifth carreer post-season INT’s.  Rock on Reed. 

     Jim Leonhard, now I know how to spell his last name, Key interception and big return for 20 yards. 

     Joe “not been nervous about a game since seventh grade” Flacco didn’t have his best stuff but he had enough. No turnovers, 1 huge rushing TD.  Did you see his on-field interview after the game? First, T-Sizzle is right- Flacco needs to do something about the unibrow and second, this guy is as cool as a ice truck. 

     Derrick Mason, will you marry me? Ha-ha. Pivotal catch in 2Q, another great showing. 4 catches for 71 yards.

     Willis McGahee…what you talking about Willis?  (Neil’s line- not mine.)  He was on, and then off but he made us shout anyway. 

     T-Sizzle first career post-season sack.  Excellent!  However, in the fourth quarter you escaped an egregious penalty.  Keep that ferocity in check to make the plays!  Those types of penalty calls tend to knock you guys  down a notch or two (I’m thinking about week 5 against Tennessee- it was not a good call but it was a game-changer).  No way can we afford to give away positive yardage or downs…

     Can’t help but feel this run is sooo reminiscant of the SuperBowl run of 2000.  We played Tennessee in the Divisional playoff game.  We won.  The SuperBowl was in Tampa Bay. Same place this year.  Since Neil and me went to that SuperBowl game (best day ever) should we start planning our trip?  Yes, no… I’m not about to jinx anything.  One week at a time… 

    Today we celebrate, tomorrow we Remember The Titans….and unlike the movie’s end, these Titans are *knock on wood* going down.  We know it’s going to be a great game!

Ravens Versus Miami