As the 2007-08 season plays out, the importance of each contest builds. The UNC win placed Maryland back in play for the NCAA Tournament. The Duke loss notwithstanding, Maryland has been able to carry that momentum into two big conference wins: UVA and Georgia Tech. Tomorrow, the Terps will get their chance to solidify themselves as the third best team in the ACC.
A win and the Terps have a 5-3 conference record. With a winnable home game this weekend vs. NC State (I’ll be in attendance), the Terps should be able to put a little space between themselves and the middle six teams in the conference.
I can’t stress how important this is. If we are able to finish a solid third in the ACC, the early season losses will be forgotten. It all starts with the trip up to Boston tomorrow night. The Terps must exact their revenge against the Eagles.
The Eagles are young and beatable, but were able to beat Maryland back in December when the Terps were at their worst. What’s more, the Greivis Vasquez ejection (that’s what the technical amounted to) changed the outcome. I expect tomorrow to be different. That’s because the Terps are different team. A better team.
The worst part of all this is that I will likely be on a plane to Omaha, NE (weather permitting) during the game. You can imagine the frustration. I will just have to put my trust in Jim Gist and the boys to do me proud. Maintaining momentum is huge. Let’s get off the bubble! I want to see the Terps with a 6-3 conference record as they head down to Cameron Indoor Stadium next week. It is within their grasp.
Finally, a few housekeeping items. First and foremost, I want to thank all of the loyal Turtle Soup readers who have helped make this site the #1 NCAA site on the MVN in January. Overall, Turtle Soup is the 21st most popular site on the MVN network of blogs. That is better than the majority of NFL and NBA team sites. This is a momumental achievement for a college site and we are not even in the thick of the season yet! I think it is a testament to the passion of Maryland fans throughout the world.
Yes, the world. My trusty Google Analytics tools tell me that Turtle Soup gets readers from across the globe (thank you, whoever you are in Recife, Brazil). Every continent is represented. As we head down the home stretch of the season, I’m looking forward to sharing the moments of what I hope is an exciting and memorable season with all of you.
Finally, when I am out of pocket (whether it be in Omaha tomorrow or Buenos Aires in early March), my good buddy and college pal, Gregg Kanner will make posts in my absence. Gregg has made a post or two in the last month, but as the season ramps up, I expect him to add additional color to all things Maryland. Hopefully, he will serve as a calming influence as compared to hot-blooded Terp fans like myself.
Regardless, enjoy the game tomorrow night. I’ll be checking for updates and will try to weigh in before I head down to College Park for the NC State game this coming weekend.
Go Terps. Kick BC’s ass tomorrow.