Survival! Terps Now 6-2!

I hate not being able to watch these games. With all due respect to Johnny Holiday, listening to him doing the broadcast is infuriating. The guy misses things and won’t tell you what happened until 5 seconds after the play is over. I ended up just listening to the crowd in the background to determine whether it was a positive or negative play.

This team is something, and no matter how close it was, this was a big win.

To quote Rob Schneider from Necessary Roughness: “In a monsoon, it’s anybody’s game.”

And it was.

Since I didn’t watch it, I’ll defer to you guys for specifics, but all that matters is that the Terps put together one hell of a final drive, going over 90 yards and overcoming 2 holding calls to kick the winning field goal. Kudos to Obi Egekeze for hitting that 47 yarder early in the game and with what sounded like a sloppy field, you can’t blame the guy that much for missing the other FG, can you? He hit it when it counted and we are now 6-2, bowl eligible and have a long season still to go.

Not sure what was wrong with the defense today. It’s hard to believe a defense can play that great last week and then stink it up one week later, but they did come up big late and gave the offense a chance to win it, and they came through.

We’ve got as good a shot as anyone, as you can see that Virginia now controls its own destiny after upsetting Georgia Tech. I still think the UVA loss was a bad loss, but the Cavs have sure turned it around, haven’t they?

Let’s be glad the Terps got this victory and move on.


  1. The D is the concern. NC State may have the worst offense in the league and they moved the ball on us until very late in the game. We have had more than our share of injuries in the defensive backfield but we need to sure that up.

    To answer DBR, Scott went off the field on the last drive with an injury to his right arm. The Washington Post blog is calling it a shoulder injury. Let’s hope for the best.

    Heyward-Bey sure looked like he caught that ball for the winning touchdown on the replays I saw. Good thing we won anyway.

    Have you ever seen so many holding calls? Those were killing us. The last one looked pretty suspect to me.

    We have some tough games coming up. FSU is going to be for all the marbles.

    We will earn it if we get through this line-up:

    VA Tech

  2. One evident thing about the defense is that they are having trouble covering the secondary losses, with Kevin Barnes really being the last straw.
    Good victory and on to a Bowl!

  3. We’ve got a week-and-a-half to get ready for Va Tech. Our record is pretty crappy on Thursday nights so I hope we’re well prepared and the ball bounces our way in that game. This extra time may help one of the Va Tech QB’s heal up for us.

    The UVA loss doesn’t look as bad on paper since they’re in first place in their division but a 31-0 loss is still a 31-0 loss.

    I believe Jelani Jenkins’ and his family rescheduled their visit to UMD due to the weather forcast and I don’t blame them one bit. They’re local so rescheduling isn’t a major issue. We’ve got 2 more home games, hopefully they can make it to one of those.

  4. Greg
    Geez, I thought it was just me. Holiday is a terrible radio announcer. He must think you’re sitting next to him in the booth. I have to strain to hear the zebras tell me who the penalty is on through his musings about some dude from Dematha. Johnny, baby, at least tell us the important stuff before you ramble on about crap we could care less about. Was it a first down?

    GO TERPS! Beat the Hoagies

  5. I have o agree that Holiday is bad. I know he is a legend. I hear who made the tackle where they are from and finally what yard they are on. If you are doing radio tell us the things we cannot see and want to know.

  6. I must say that I am a big fan of Johnny Holiday, but then again I only listen to him during the basketball season. I think it has more to do with the fact that football just doesn’t translate well to radio. Baseball is made for radio, basketball is serviceable on radio, but I have never heard a football broadcast that was worth listening to.

  7. Holiday is terrible on basketball also. I know the guy is a “legend” and so forth but it is what it is. The guy can’t call a hoops game either.

    The game in Blacksburg might just determine whether we play in December or January. We’ve been hammered there every time we’ve played but VaTech is vulnerable this year. If we’re somehow able to win there, it might propel us to sweep the rest of the schedule. Am I being too optimistic?

  8. About Holiday, I really like the guy and he’s seen it alli in Maryland athletics, but I don’t think it’s a matter of football vs. basketball. He is an older guy and it just takes him a while to get his thoughts together (looking up the name of the player) and in older times, you could fall behind the action a bit and get away with it, but today with the gametrackers and better audio (so you can hear the crowd), he is frustrating to listen to.

    But I do like the broadcast as a whole with Claiborne and Strachan. They have good things to say. It’s just hard to follow the action sometimes when Holiday says: “Pass deep to Heyward-Bey… leaping grab…. (pause)…. and incomplete!”

    Oh well, the rest of the games will be on TV where I can complain about the broadcasters not giving the Terps enough credit, so I’ll never be happy!!!

  9. Switching to B-Ball, here’s an update on Arsalan Kazemi. There appears to be some conflicting statements in the report, so we shall see.

  10. Terps Football ranked 25 in the AP Poll!!!

  11. Congrats to the coaches and kids on achieving a top 25 ranking. We’ve got a bye week so we’ll see what happens when the polls come out next Sunday. Meanwhile, Va Tech’s top 2 QB’s have high ankle sprains and are questionable for the game against the Terps.

    Va Tech is a young team and their offense isn’t what it used to be, even with Tyrod Taylor healthy. Their defense is still solid and ranked in the top 30 nationally in total defense.

    Methinks the Terps will need to play nearly flawless on offense to win this game (no turnovers, no dumb penalties that hurt drives). Blacksburg is a loud & difficult place to play, getting on top of VT early would be a nice change to what I’ve unfortunately come to call the Terps “ESPN Thursday Night Smackdown”.

  12. I’m glad to hear one of my life-long pet peeves being validated here about Johnny Holiday. Impossibly frustrating to listen to on basketball and football for the reasons cited. He never tells you the vital items….down, distance, whether the ball was caught, (and in hoops) whether the ball went in, whether it was a 3-pointer, etc. And this has nothing to do with age. I’ve been frustrated with these broadcasts my entire life, it seems, for the same reason. I guess you have to come to expect it, but I was hunting around for the NC State broadcast team on the internet yesterday and I’ve certainly listened to key hoops games over the past several years on the away team’s websites. I’m shocked noone has called him out on it over the decades (like a producer or Md. athletic director).

    And I don’t understand ESPN360 either. Why have a webcast and not put it on the web in general? Why do I need verizon internet instead of Cox internet to view it? Anyhoo…..

    I hope the injuries aren’t too serious and we can make a run at the division this year. They are bowl eligible now (though it’ll probably take 7 wins to guarantee one of the ACC bids) and if they can somehow beat FSU and BC, they’ll probably make the ACC title game at least which should be exciting for the fans and guarantee an extra payout and maybe a rematch with UVA for the BCS bid. On the other hand, they could sink to the middle of the pack depending on how these games go.

    Gregg: are you doing a Caps blog again this year (you had yours on MVN last year which I guess is no longer operating)?

    Cheers from SoCal…..

  13. MVN is still around. They just dropped college sports because we were the only site that had any traffic. Greg’s MVN caps blog is still going strong.

  14. Not quite eight hours have passed since I posted an Arsalan Kazemi update…yet here is another:

    As frustrating as recruiting has been for UMD during the past 12 months…Seton Hall is still trying to get thei first 2009 commitment.

  15. vigilante, I’m also on under blogs. It’s usually very close to the same posts though.

    Great to see the Terps in the Top 25, though hopefully they don’t think too much of it. Virginia Tech is a good team, but they are beatable.


    So we are picked to finish 7th at ACC media day. That is about right. The real pearl at the end of this article is about JSK. It does verify we will know about JSK status on Thursday. It goes on to say that he has to go the Juco route if he is denied. That doesn’t make any sense to me but that is the case.

  17. I love GW’s quote “Let’s just play the games.” Let’s all hope JSK makes it thru the process, like Gary said the kid really can shoot. Which only stands to reason why he’s being jammed up in the NCAA Clearinghouse…he can help us offensively right away. Goins, not so much offensive help this season, more so next year…yet he sailed thru the Clearinghouse. :)

  18. Stats from the scrimmage:

    * Landon Milbourne: 9/17 FG, 2/3 3FG, 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks

    * Braxton Dupree: 3/8 FG, 8 points, 5 rebounds

    * Eric Hayes: 6/13 FG, 4/6 3FG, 16 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 turnovers

    * Sean Mosley: 4/9 FG, 1/2 3FG, 12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 turnovers

    * Greivis Vasquez: 8/16 FG, 1/5 3FG, 23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 9 turnovers

    * Adrian Bowie: 3/11 FG, 3/8 3FG, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 turnovers

    * David Pearman: 0/2 FG, 0/2 FG, 0 points, 0 rebounds

    * Cliff Tucker: 8/14 FG, 3/4 3FG, 26 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 turnovers

    * Steve Goins: 0/1 FG, 2 points, 2 rebounds

    * Jerome Burney: 0/2 FG, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks

    * Dino Gregory: 5/16 FG, 10 points, 12 rebounds

    * Dave Neal: 6/9 FG, 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

  19. GV has to stop those TOs. He has the heart of a lion and we all like him but that won’t get the job done. I believe he had the worst TO/assist ratio of any starting guard in the league last season.

    Yea, I Know, it’s a scrimmage. You still have to be concerned after watching last season.

    I like the big men grabbing boards. All I want out of them is some D and grabbing boards. Anything beyond that is gravy.

  20. Based on the stats from the first scrimmage, it looks like this season will be the tucker/Milbourne/GV show. I expected to see more productivity from Burney and Dupree, but you gotta love this line……

    * Dino Gregory: 5/16 FG, 10 points, 12 rebounds

    12 Boards buy itself is impressive, but 16 shots? Dino must of really had an attitude/confidence adjustment from last season. I hope he keeps it up!

    Yes, the continuance of TOs from GV is disturbing, but both Bowie and Hayes had promising to/assists ratios.

  21. I’d wager that JSK does not make it through the clearinghouse appeal. I suspect he’ll be wearing another teams uni soon enough.

  22. Why do they call it a clearinghouse when they don’t clear our Terps?

  23. I but Gregory got a bunch of offensive rebounds and is having problems with the putbacks. there is no way they ran 16 plays for Gregory in a scrimmage! It gets scary being 6’6″ and trying to put the ball back in amongst the trees. I guess Boom figured out how to do it last year though. Hopefully Gregory turns in to the next Byron Mouton!

  24. I was at the scrimmage and two things stuck out. First the number of dumb illegal picks that were called, I counted about 5, was kind of astounding actually like they forgot over the summer how to set a pick. The second thing was the red team had Eric Hayes running the show, and it seemed like he had great chemistry with Mosley and Tucker. At one point in the 2nd half they just busted the Black team’s zone with crisp passing and nice open shots from outside.

    Also GV continues doing stupid fouls and turnovers. At one point after a stupid foul Gary said to him “That is the 2nd stupid foul you’ve done, do that in a game and you’ll be sitting down next to me… you don’t want that.” Got a good laugh from the people in attendance.

  25. 4-5 of GV’s turnovers were charging/illegal pick calls.

  26. Totally Off Topic but has anyone been following the mess at Arizona? YEESH. Lute Olsen’s sudden retirement is followed, in less than a week, by all three 2009 commits de-committing from Arizona.

    I dunno why Lute suddenly retired but the transition/aftermath isn’t going smoothly at all.

  27. 9 TO’s. My man Greveis is never boring. I am determined to laugh it off every time GV turns it over this year. What can you do? We can’t win without him. I’ll say to myself “That’s just Grevies being Grevies”.

  28. Dicky V said Lute’s sudden retirement stems from health issues. Dicky V also said that won’t ever be the public reason but thats the reality. We’ll see what goes down.

  29. The single biggest predictor of success in an NFL football game is turnover ratio. This is just intuition on my part, but I expect that something similar to that applies in college basketball. Just five fewer turnovers a game means 5 more shots per game, and that’s enough to win the close ones and send a bubble team to the NCAA Tournament. If Greivis, whom I love like the son I never had, cannot cut down on the TOs in this his third year, then it’ll be time to give up on him at the point, let Eric and Adrian to run the offense all the time, and let Greivis to play the wing.

  30. Everytime GV turns the ball over I will scream profanities.

  31. Yeah, TOs elicit profanities from me, too……I can’t help it.

    The other small good news from the stat lines is that there were no 3-pt shots from Neal (even though he took 9 shots). If Neal hoists a 3 during the season, I may break the TV.

    It’s good to hear that Hayes looked sharp. I already have him penciled in at PG and GV as #2 or #3. Between GV, Tucker, Bowie, Mosely and Milbourne we should be seeing lots of offense from the 2/3 slots this year.

  32. In that latter part of last season I think people kinda knew the book on GV and he didn’t adapt. Make him take those threes or fill the lane for the charge if he goes to the hole. He wasn’t dumping the ball off so you had a lot of guys leaving their man to take the easy charge after GV had got past the guard.

    Before you say it, I know. Our bigs last year had hands of stone so he probably had lost confidence in their ability to hang on to the ball with a quick pass. He needs to adapt and go with what the D gives him. That quick move to the right to the hole is not going to be there often this year. Everyone knows that is his move.

  33. Next men’s B-Ball Scrimmage is tomorrow at 3:45pm.

  34. Whoops, clicked submit too soon.


  35. Pretty awesome site. Is that University funded?

  36. Hey, I heard about wed. scrimmage. I heard only for students and faculty. I guess we cannot go. Anybody know?

  37. “COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team will hold another in a series of intrasquad scrimmages on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Comcast Center.

    The campus community – students, faculty and staff – are invited to attend the workout, scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m.

    The Terrapins are preparing for their 2008-09 season, which begins with an exhibition game on Nov. 8 against Northwood (Fla.) University. “

  38. That website was done with $ from the University’s athletic department. Brenda & staff are tryna stay ahead of the curve from having their own reality TV show “under the shell” to using new technologies. This site will be a terrific tool for recruiting efforts for Women’s B-Ball.

    Typically when you go to a University’s athletic website it’s dominated by Football and/or men’s basketball. Then you have all kinds of other stuff on there that can be distracting (M club, tickets, merchandise to buy etc). This new site dedicated to UMD’s women’s b-ball gets you up close to the program, the players and coaches.

    It launched today because the women’s team is having their media day today.

    Say what you want about Johnny Holliday, but “Tolliver…Holy Cow, what a shot” was a great call. I had it as a ring tone for a while.


  39. Terp FB recruit Travis Hawkins of Quince Orchard has scheduled a presser on Thursday to announce his college choice.

  40. Please pick the Terps! Look up some of his highlights…he’s sick!

  41. Thursday is going to be a big day for UMD athletics between waiting for Hawkins’ decision and waiting for the NCAA Clearinghouse decision on JSK.

    As for Hawkins, I sense that it’s pretty much between us and Penn State. Oregon and Michigan in there too but UMD and PSU appear to be the leaders. If we get Hawkins, could Jason Ankrah be too far behind?


  42. Heard on the radio this morning that Lute Olsen’s doctor told him that he had suffered a stroke earlier in the year. Who knows…

  43. Yes, Lute Olsen had a stroke. He did a tremdous amount of good for the University of Arizona and the local community. Deserves people’s respect of his privacy and well wishes.

  44. Yea, I didn’t want to jump in with the rumors that have been going around for the last few months. He fired assistants, fought with the media and just acted odd. People were saying Alzheimer’s etc.

    He built a great program and had some superb recruits. I hope he gets better real soon.

  45. Just got a report that the Terps scrimmage about to start. One team consists of Vasquez, Hayes, Mosley, Milbourne and Dupree. Could this be the day one starting 5?

  46. Don’t know “details” but evidently Cliff Tucker and Eric Hayes had terrific first half’s in the scrimmage. Dino also looking good as well as Mosely. Cliff got some time playing PG and SG looked comfortable in both positions.

  47. Cliff needs to sit on the foul line 2 hours a day and practice his FT’S!

  48. More details later but Braxton Dupree…25 points 12 rebounds.

  49. Braxton 25 and 12?!?!?! What are the chances he “pulls a Wilcox” and dominates his sophomore year before going into the draft as a lottery pick? I’ll take a one year from Braxton like that in exchange for losing him early to the NBA. :-)

  50. any official word on the saga of JSK? please advise.

  51. Re JSK, the appeal is scheduled to occur tomorrow. No chance of “any official word” until its over, and a decision is made.

  52. DiamondbackRuss: “More details later but Braxton Dupree…25 points 12 rebounds.”

    That sounds too good to be true! Like music to my ears. More now please.

  53. Hayes 28 pts, 3-7 3pt, 7 assists, 3 turnovers
    Tucker 27 pts, 6-8 ft, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
    Dupree 25 pts, 11-12 ft, 12 rebounds
    Milbourne 24 pts, 7 rebounds
    Vasquez 16 pts, 3 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 10 assists, 4 steals
    Bowie. 16 pts, 6 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 9 assists
    Mosley 14 pts, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
    Neal 12 pts, 5-7 fg, 5 rebounds
    Gregory 9 pts, 5-7 ft, 9 pts, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks
    Burney 7 pts, 3-5 fg, 5 rebounds, 6 blocks

    Observations emailed to me is that GV seems a tad slower due to the ankle surgery. Dino brought a lot of energy and is showing more confidence than last season. In fact all the sophomores showed improvement. Cliff Tucker has scored 53 points in two scrimmages. On the downside, our bigs seem to tire quickly.

    Here is a radio interview with GW. There’s a promo first then the interview.

  54. Thanks again DiamondbackRuss for the scrimmage report. Those numbers don’t tell everything, but they look pretty good. Brax goes from almost 0 points in the first public scrimmage to 25 points in this one today!

  55. I’ve got good feelings. I expect some “poppage”.

  56. Thanks for the stat lines, but I could not get the GW interview link to work. Did he say anything insightful?

    On the positive side, I especially appreciate the productivity from Gregory.

    Now, please excuse a little bit of scepticism……

    Regarding the stats, something smells fishy – I see Tucker and Mosely had 8 steals, but there are only 7 TOs mentioned? Who was turning the ball over? Are these stats accurate or are we being fed preseason sh*t?

    I can understand Milbourne and Tucker lighting up a scrimmage because there are no solid match-ups on the team. However, I’m having a hard time seeing Hayes as a high scorer……ever! As a point of curiosity, would it possible to get the match-ups? Who the heck is guarding Hayes that lets him score 28 points? I thought GV and Hayes were playing on the same team, so it’s hard to understand based on GV’s ankle still recovering. Is that Bowie? Either Hayes new bionic legs are awesome or there is some pretty bad defense. Same question on Dupree. Is that Burney or Neal or Gregory that is being a defensive stiff?

  57. Just reporting what I’m told.

    Don’t get too high or too low on scrimmage results. Lots of switching up personnel, trying different line up combinations etc.

    Meanwhile, I just got a text that the JSK issue could be resolved today or tomorrow, and it’s possible that it could go another week or two. YIKES. So we will see.

    On the interview GW talked about:

    How much we’ll miss Boom and Gist, but we’re deep in the backcourt and in the college game it’s important to have experience at the guard position. EH is healthy. Disappointed Sean Mosley didn’t make the All ACC Rookie team as he expects him to be a major contributor to the team this year.

    Talked about how many people are involved in HS kids development (HS coach, summer coach etc…) ids don’t hear one voice and some of these people don’t have the kids best interest at heart.

    Talked about how school’s have increased their recruiting budgets and that’s why you see such parity between mid-majors and high major programs.

  58. November’s Old Spice Classic Bracket

  59. Travis Hawkins, #6 CB in 2009 class just commited to UMD!

  60. I was at the scrimmage and Braxton looked out of shape and dino looked like the most skilled big man, but that not saying much we look very weak in the front court. And it is true Eric Hayes looks awesome Much faster and can really score, I went to every game last year and he looks so much better. Another thing is Vazquez is fine alot of the time Gary was calling plays that were not designed for him to get the ball. His shot looks good and he is just as quick and talented. I have hopes like everyone else but I gotta tell you we will only win with the spread our bigs are sorry.

  61. Like I stated last season, EH is a very good player. He was playing out of position at the two. You get some more shooters around him and give him some open looks at the three and he will deliver.

    Everyone wants to compare him to Blake but I think Steve had just a tad more talent around him. Hard to get 10 assists a game when the other four guys on the court can’t shoot. The big thing he needs to improve on is his D. I will grant you that was lacking last season. Our D as a whole sucked but he didn’t help.

  62. POP & LOCK IT! Like I said earlier I had good feelings about today. Nice to get an in-state 4-star player pop to UMD over the likes of State Penn, Tennessee, Georgia, Oregon.

    Travis plans to be a mid-year enrollee from what I’m told.

  63. And Eric played a decent portion of last season with an ankle injury, that cannot be overlooked. Now he’s healthy, knows he’s been handed the keys and is playing with confidence thus far.

  64. Awesome pickup in Travis Hawkins. Any news on Ankrah now?

  65. need good news on the jsk front

  66. One of the guys who was there at the announcement said that after Hawkins said that he was going to be a Terp, that he said something along the lines of “Jason, you’re my #1 recruiting target.”

    An obvious Ankrah reference…let’s hope he can pull that off.

  67. Free article from Scout on Hawkins:

  68. Hey, Great news on Hawkins. Please somebody fill on Jason Ankrah? Thanks ahead of time

  69. Jerry Jason Ankrah and Travis Hawkins are friends and teammates at Quince Orchard. They’ve often talked about going playing together at the next level. Ankrah is a 4-star Defensive Lineman.

    An athelete that would be a HUGE get for the Terps like Hawkins already is.

  70. North Carolina and Duke make the preseason top 5 in ESPN’s poll (Wake Forest was the only other ACC team in the top 25). Meanwhile seven (7) Big East Teams make the top 25 in their poll.

  71. More stats from the scrimmage. Dino may have been active, but he couldn’t put the ball in the bucket (2/10 FG)

    Landon Milbourne: 8/18 FG, 2/5 3FG, 24 points, 7 rebounds

    Braxton Dupree: 7/18 FG, 25 points, 12 rebounds

    Eric Hayes: 12/18 FG, 3/7 3FG, 28 points, 7 assists, 3 turnovers

    Sean Mosley: 4/9 FG, 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals

    Greivis Vasquez: 6/14 FG, 16 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 turnovers

    Adrian Bowie: 7/13 FG, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 turnovers

    Cliff Tucker: 10/15 FG, 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals

    Jerome Burney: 3/5 FG, 7 points, 5 rebounds, 6 blocks

    Dino Gregory: 2/10 FG, 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks

    Dave Neal: 5/7 FG, 12 points, 5 rebounds

  72. I’m pretty sure Miami was No. 16 on that preseason poll as well…

  73. You are correct about Miami. Somehow I missed them as I scanned the list. Good catch.

  74. Completely off topic, but did anyone know that Drew Nicholas and Sarunas Jasikevicius are teammates on the Panathinaikos Basketball Club in Greece?

    Thought that was interesting!

  75. Panathinaikos can shoot the 3-ball. Something the Terps might be able to do if the NCAA Clearinghouse gives their holy approval.

  76. Hansbrough out indefinitely
    Submitted by rpickeral on 10/30/2008 – 21:50
    Tags: ACC Now | injuries | Tyler Hansbrough | UNC

    All-American forward Tyler Hansbrough has a stress reaction in his right shin and is sitting out practice indefinitely, UNC announced this evening.

    The reaction was discovered by an MRI. Hansbrough did not practice with the Heels today.

    UNC does not have a timetable for his return. UNC coach Roy Williams will meet with Hansbrough and the UNC medical staff on Friday and will not comment until then.

    Hansbrough, the consensus national player of the year, averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds last year.

  77. whats a stress reaction?

  78. best utube video

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