Posts Tagged ‘ACC’

Home court dis-advantage for Maryland in 80-62 loss to Duke

February 3, 2011

The University of Maryland Terrapins hosted ACC rival Duke University Wednesday, but highly anticipated hopes for the Terps to win at Comcast Center were dashed as they fell to the Blue Devils 80-62.

The victory gave Duke (20-2, 7-1 ACC) a season sweep of Maryland (14-8, 4-4 ACC).

The Terps upset the Blue Devils last year when playing at home, but Duke’s two stellar players, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith ran over the Terps on their turf, with both scoring the first 16 points in the second half.

Singler (22 points) and Smith (21 points) were not going to allow Coach K’s team to fall into its first losing streak since 2009 (against UNC and Boston College) after coming off an embarrassing loss to un-ranked St. John’s (93-78) last Sunday.

The first half showed promise for the Terps as they were only down by seven  going into the locker room with the score 40-33 after they cut a 13-point lead by drawing fouls on Duke.

They used their defense and rebounds to their advantage to tighten the score with an “and one” then rebounding on two missed free throws by Miles Plumlee and scoring in the paint once more with seconds left in the half. Their strong defense caused six turnovers by Duke, and using big man Jordan Williams, outscored Duke 18-14 in the post.

The first half was a good run, but the Terps were tiring themselves out thinking too much about how their opponent was steps ahead of them and couldn’t seem to catch up to the drive by the Blue Devils who were 50% in all areas on the court; their three-point opportunities were a big factor as they sunk their shots past the arc.

The Terps kept the game intense for the first 10 minutes of the second half, going on a 9-2 run bumping the score 56-49 and giving them a glimpse at a possible comeback, with  Williams boxing out under the net and giving him a “double-double” game, with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

But it wouldn’t be enough as Singler scored 11 points in a row, and Coach K’s boys hot shooting kept the Terps at bay and with 5 minutes left, took the game away with Duke up 66-54.

Despite foul trouble early on for Duke, the Terps did not seem to be able to connect on their foul shots (were 16 for 23 on the line with five minutes left) and botched up court opportunities, and gave away the rest of the game to their rivals.

 

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The Terps on senior night overtake Duke, tying for first in ACC

March 4, 2010

It might have taken them three years to do it.

It might have been the last game for Grieves Vasquez to play at Comcast Center.

And maybe it was not a game anyone would have predicted back in November.

But any way, the University of Maryland Terrapins took control of their senior night game to overcome their rivals, the Duke Bluedevils, 79-72.

The first 16 minutes of the game was in Maryland control.

Vasquez had quite a few showboat moves that might not have been necessary, especially when Duke, as expected, went on a 12-2 run, closing the 14-point comfortable lead the Terps had—leaving the score at halftime 40-38 Terps.

But that halftime locker room talk once again got the Terps going in the second half.

Vasquez, with 20 points in his senior game; Sean Mosley, who’s shooting game was impeccable with 11-points; the freshman big man, Jordan Williams, unstoppable in the paint with 15-points and 11-rebounds; Adrian Bowie, with 9 points and didn’t miss any; all knew this was an important game, wanted the W, so they took it.

A game with multiple ties– and a close one the whole way through the second half–and the energy at Comcast Center helping keep the players flying as monstrous dunk after dunk were scored by the Terps, in particular to be remembered by Landon Milbourne with his one-handed dunk. (more…)

Vasquez leads MD in double overtime victory over Virgina Tech

February 28, 2010

The University of Maryland Terrapins are unstoppable.

After a three-hour delay in Blacksburg due to a water main break after a van carrying beer to a party in an adjacent building backed into a fire hydrant, the Terps and Virginia Tech finally tipped off to a game that would need extra time to determine the winner; after two overtimes, it was UMD 104-100 over the Hokies, taking the game home.

Greivis Vasquez‘s 41-points in the game and Eric Hayes‘ clutch 5 of 6 points of free throws in the final seconds of the game carried the Terps to victory and leaves their record at 21-7 ( 11-3 ACC).

Nineteen ties, 15 lead changes, three last-second shots in regulation, two overtimes. This game was what college basketball is all about.

Once again, UMD started off slow and was trailing 37-31 at halftime; even star player Vasquez only had 8-points as he followed his teammates into the locker room.

Greivis Vasquez didn't let taunts get to him as he scored 41-points to defeat the Hokies in double OT 104-100

And once again, after the second half began, the Terps proved they deserved to be on the top 25 and that they should not be an underrated team.

And prove it they did.

Was it something said in the locker room?

Or the jeers from the Hokies directed at Vasquez who yelled “USA!” at the Venezuelan native when he was at the free throw line.

Or maybe the Terps just like to toy with their opponents in the first half.

Whatever it was, Vasquez with 33 points in the second half and Sean Mosley‘s 17 points (six of which came in the second overtime)  helped turn the game around in the second half and beyond as the teams fought neck to neck all the way into double overtime to determine the winner.

Those last few seconds in regulation time were edge-of-your-seat-excitement seconds.

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Maryland magic continues after a win against Clemson Wednesday night

February 24, 2010

After that big Cliff Tucker buzzer beating shot on Saturday night, did Maryland still have that magic to carry them to another win against Clemson tonight?

In what was a back and forth battle, the Terps proved that they have what it takes to overcome their opponents, even when it is an uphill fight, as they defeated the Clemson Tigers 88-79 after a 15-point deficit.

Sean Mosley scored 20 points in the 88-79 victory against Clemson

The first half of the game was nothing to remember: the Terps played sluggishly and you could tell that Greives Vasquez was tired.

With some of their key players in foul trouble early on in the game; like freshman standout forward Jordan Williams, and their other two top rebounders, who had already acquired two fouls before the end of the first half, this game didn’t look pretty.

At halftime, the Terps were lucky to only be trailing by nine points as they went into their locker room with the score 48-39.

Would the Terps find that ‘magic’ and turn this game around and beat the team that overcame them in late January?

You can bet on it.

The Terps shifted into third gear and the game quickly turned

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North Carolina Tar who?

February 24, 2010

The past years national champions are not recognizable this season, especially in tonight’s game.

The University of North Carolina Tarheels are playing Florida State Seminoles at home tonight, and at halftime, they trail by 15.

Not only are they not playing like the Tarheels fans and other ACC teams know them to play, they also are not playing with their trademark baby blue jerseys in honor of the 25th anniversary of the air Jordans.

Under coach Roy Williams, the Heels have won 185 games and lost 50 from 2003-2010, giving him a winning average of 0.787.  The Heels for years have been one of the best teams not only in the ACC, but also a deadly team to face in the NCAA tournament in March.

This year, the boys NOT in blue are not going to be playing March Madness NCAA basketball. Instead, they will be heading to the NIT tournament–most commonly called the Not In Tournament Tournament; one that is for the teams that just couldn’t cut it in the regular season to play in the big games.

Do the Heels belong there? After the way they have been playing this season, I would have to say yes.  The team itself isn’t terrible; they are just new and need to start building again after losing big name players like Tyler Hansbrough.

Coach Williams, with stats after 22 seasons of coaching Kansas and UNC, winning 603 games and losing 151 (101 of those at Kansas).

He also has had 20 NCAA tourney teams , seven final four teams and two NCAA tourney titles since 1980. He also has had 26 draft picks from his teams (all stats can be found at statsheet.com).

Don’t be fooled, Maryland, Duke, Clemson, etc. The Heels won’t be kept down for long. This season might be down the drain for them, but they will soon be back to the team to beat in coming years.

UMD outscored Georgia Tech Saturday with a buzzer beating shot

February 22, 2010

Anyone who missed the University of Maryland game against Georgia Tech on Saturday might still be kicking themselves; I know I am.

At the end of a tight game, it almost seemed like Maryland would be handed their first home loss to another ACC team at Comcast Center.

With 20 seconds left in the chess match-like game, Tech and MD stayed within 1-point of each other but MD had the lead at 73-72.

But then Tech’s freshman  Derrick Favors scored on a put-back layup with 3-seconds left in the game.

It seemed as if the Terps would head into the locker room defeated.

And then what can only be called a cruel joke left Terps fans in disbelief.

Greivis Vasquez, the Terps captain and VIP player,  took a shot–made it–but not before the whistle had blown as Maryland called a timeout before the ball left his hands. With .09 seconds to go, the shot did not count.

“The Vasquez shot was unbelievable, only to have it waved off,” Luke Jones, a member of WNST sports radio who covers all UMD basketball games, said.  “You could tell immediately from Gary Williams’ reaction that he had not been the one to call the timeout…Keith Booth had called it.”

After the refs put the clock back to 1.5 seconds, Eric Hayes in-bounded the ball to Cliff Tucker.

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Maryland men’s basketball beat 2009 national champions Sunday night

February 8, 2010

The University of Maryland Terrapins did not let the ‘white haze’  of snow blur their vision as they outscored last seasons national champions, the University of North Carolina TarHeels, on Sunday night 92-71.

This was the worst loss in Carolina history under their head coach, Roy Williams. The reigning champions are long off their normal path that leads them to the final four–and Maryland is picking up their slack.

The Terps (16-6, 6-2) have beaten the Tarheels (13-10, 2-6) four out of the last five matches; last season was a nailbiter as the Terps pulled ahead of the Heels to win 88-85 in overtime.

Maryland head coach, Gary Williams, said he was nervous in the second half when the Heels cut what was once a 16-point lead to a 4-point lead with about 13 minutes to go.

“That second half, that five-, six-minute period where they were making their run, they were a very good basketball team,” Williams said of the Tar Heels. “If you give them that run, if you let them continue that, you know, obviously they can win the game.”

Williams had no reason to worry as his boys worked to get the lead back and that they did as they clobbered the Heels and sent them back to NC with another loss to add to their already high loss record.

Vasquez scored 26 points against UNC Sunday night (photo by Toni Sandys, Washington Post)

In other news, Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez was named the ACC Player of the Week for Feb. 8. It is the second time this season and the sixth time in his career he has been named Player of the Week.  He was confident in winning Sunday.

“Everybody was expecting us to win. That’s the way it should be,” Vasquez said after the game.

Maryland being led by players like Vasquez will continue to be a consistent team that will be ranked as a favorite. Their moves now will only effect their journey to March Madness.