We own Duke. We have won 5 out of 7 (were favored to win none of the games). If this Maryland team were to play this Duke team 10 times, Maryland would win 8 of the games. We are better at every position.
We are a good team. The seniors have really stepped up. Jones was great. Strawberry was great. Sure, there a few ill-advised shots strewn about; but by and large, it was a dominant performance. I didn’t doubt the outcome for a minute.
How about General Greivis? The kid nearly turned in a triple-double! When was the last time that happened in ACC play?
My roommate (a neutral observer because he is a Wisconsin grad) and I tallied all of the unfair calls throughout the game. The final tabulation? Duke 8, Maryland 2. (Editor’s note: one of the calls against the Terp, the non-goaltending call with under 10 seconds left, was irrelevant). That is typical. Duke at Cameron get about six extra possessions per contest due to the one sided officiating.
And we still kicked their ass.
No one is playing better than Maryland right now, yet we were subjected to the overflowing toilet that is Dan Patrick and Dick Vitale in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Dan Patrick’s gushing over Duke is to be expected; but was there ever a more ridiculous comment uttered than when he mentioned ACC freshman of the year candidates and included John Scheyer, but not Greivis Vasquez? Is there anybody in America who would actually choose John Scheyer over Greivis Vasquez right now?
John Scheyer is not a good athlete. He can shoot, sure. But you know who else can shoot? The autistic kid who hit 7 threes in two minutes in that high school game last year. No one is mentioning him as a freshman of the year candidate, are they?
While I am in at it, ESPN absolutely punted tonight. Forcing us to miss the first six minutes of an abysmal Big East game is one thing, but the technical difficulties down the stretch? Are you kidding me?
Here we are, 17 days removed from our first victory against Duke. Is there anyone other than loyal poster, Kaze, who actually believed that these kids could run the table? I don’t even think the players believed it. Gary knew they had it in them, but this run has been nothing short of perfection.
Gary is ACC Coach of the Year. Period. (Yes I basically called him out for the entire month of January). UNC may be the most talented team in the country, but Maryland is playing the best.
Right now, I think the committee gives the Terps a #4 seed or even possibly a #3 seed because they love to reward hot teams. The question becomes, what happens now? How far can the Terps go?