Here we are.
Just hours from the biggest game of the season for us fans. But we all need to remember it’s the biggest game of some of the players’ lives. In the final day of the regular season, the Terps have it all in front of them. Win a game against a rival on their home floor and they nearly clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
It’s that simple.
It’s that difficult.
There are no sure things with this Terps team, we all know that. They are not talented enough to blow a team out. In fact, they haven’t blown a team out since December when we played Elon. So don’t expect it today. Expect a usual battle between a bottom team in the ACC on their home floor and an overachieving team that has a ton of heart and desire. I’m not sure it will be enough, especially with all this on the line, but I sure hope it will be.
We haven’t had a good history in 3 of the last 4 years in winning games at the end of the season that we have to win. Today, that can change. Today we can make it happen. Today we take that step back towards having the rest of the country ‘Fear The Turtle’ once again.
If we play like we have the past 5 games, we will win this. Everything has broken our way this week to set up the Terps for an NCAA bid. If they lose against Virginia, we don’t deserve to go.
Everyone knows what is riding on this game. You think we are nervous, think about the players. But despite our limitations, we are a better team that Virginia. We are a better team than the one that beat UVA earlier in the season, now they just have to prove it.
I said earlier in the year that these guys were losers, that they did not come through in the clutch and didn’t have the confidence to win close games. Despite the losses to Wake and Duke, this team has proven it can win in the clutch, and it can win close games. In the past month, the Terps have proven they are winners and they just need to do that just one more time.
The tournament starts today.
This is Round 1.
Let’s get it done and move on.