Posts Tagged ‘Terps’

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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This is truly a march madness

March 22, 2010

With the sweet 16 games set and ready to be played, how many people could have possibly predicted half the games lost and won?

The biggest upset by far was the Northern Iowa and Kansas game. I myself picked Kansas to win overall as did 90+% of Americans. Apparently only 0.9% of people who filled out brackets at http://www.espn.com predicted that game—and I am sure we can all assume where they live.

Twelfth-seeded Cornell became the highest seed to advance to the Sweet 16 this year as they knocked off Wisconsin, 87-69. It’s the first Sweet 16 appearance for the Big Red, and just the third ever for the Ivy League; the last team from the Ivy League to get this far was Penn in 1979.

For all you Maryland fans out there, a real heart-breaker if you saw the game against Michigan State. With an 8-0 run in the final few minutes of the game, it looked as if the Terps might pull out the victory, especially after taking the lead by one point with 6-seconds to go with a shot by Grieves Vasquez.

But Vasquez should have waited a second or two longer to make that basket.

If he had, Korie Lucious of Mich St. would never have had the chance to say a quick prayer as he took the 3-point shot heard round the state of Maryland—ending the game at 85-83 with Mich St. advancing to the sweet 16. (more…)

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.

– Find out what happened next…>

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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