Virginia Tech Thread

Well fans, here we go.

Today, the Terps begin in earnest their quest to earn that elusive NCAA bid.  This season has delivered mixed results but the Terps have a chance to right the ship today and set themselves up for a run that could turn the season around.

We are seeing signs that the team has rallied around Gary Williams and that is probably just how Gary wants it.  You can almost hear his pregame speech now.

Everyone is saying that I don’t recruit.  That my players aren’t up to par.  Well, I like this team.  You guys ae good enough.  You have showed it again and again.  Let’s prove the doubters wrong. It begins today

Virginia Tech is frisky and should prove to be a formidable challenge.  Yet, the schedule only gets tougher from here.  A loss and we can go back to ruminating on Jordan Williams backboard shattering dunks or Born Ready’s choice of gym shoes.

Let’s hope that the boys can stave off the recruiting talk with a couple of wins over the next 10 days.

Terps vs. Hokies Game Thread

It’s been a nice week of basketball talk here on the Soup, and I must say I’ve got some cautious optimism for the upcoming season.  Like most years, I expect the team to get better as the season goes on when roles are determined and we find out whether Vazquez has decided to be generous to our opponents once again.

But with our first exhibition game two days away, we have a more pressing game to worry about tonight.  The Terps head into enemy territory to face a team they have yet to beat.  This will not be an easy game, but because it has the feel of a big time game against a big time opponent, I’m confident the Terps will come out and play well.  Then again, I expected the Redskins to play well on Monday, so who the hell knows?!

The key for Maryland is simple.  Protect the ball.  We all remember the Thursday night games in the past against Va. Tech and WVU where we fumbled kickoffs and threw horrible interceptions.  Things will not always go our way, but the team must fight through the adversity that is likely to occur and do what they do best.  Run the ball and get it to Heyward-Bey.  There is no excuse not to get our best playmakers the ball tonight.  Those are the guys who will get it done. 

The defense is banged up and while the Hokies offense is not the juggernaut they have been in the past, the defense has to make some plays.  It doesn’t really matter who will play QB for Tech.  Whichever guy they go with will not be 100%.  If our front 4 can get a pass rush, we’ll be in great shape, but it makes sense to…. listening Chris Cosh…. BLITZ!!!   Not all the time, but enough to get some pressure.

In all but one of our wins (Clemson), the Terps scored early in the game to take a lead.  This would be huge tonight to not only take the crowd out of the game, but to give the team some confidence. 

Folks, I have no idea what to expect tonight.  I can see us win a close game or get blown out.  Let’s hope we can get Da’Rel Scott on the field, as the running game is probably the most important thing we need to have right in order to win.

Let the game begin.

Gameday Thread – Terps vs. Va Tech

I think it is safe to say that I am excited about our Terps. While running on the treadmill last night, I was thinking about how well they have been playing and the opportunity that they have created for themselves. Before I knew it, I was clocking seven minute miles. I’m pumped (cue the “Rocky” music).

The final stretch begins tonight and this is a “must win”. The Terps can’t afford a Clemson-esque collapse (how did they lose to FSU last night?). Our Terps owe Va Tech for the loss back in January. I’d like to see the Terps take it to them from the opening tip and show no mercy, but I’ll settle for a “W” in whatever form it comes.

In the words of the Conchords, “It’s Business…It’s Business…It’s Business Time”.

Up Five with 1:20 To Go!

Can a season be defined in one minute and twenty seconds? I think the Terps answered that question on Saturday. Somehow, the Terps grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory by allowing Va Tech to claw back at the end of the game.

A win and the Terps are surging. Five straight wins, (including two on the road) and likely a sixth coming against Wake. Now? The Terps have likely been permanently relegated to the second division, and their fans are faced with the reality of sitting at home come March.

Up five with 1:20 to go….

I just can’t get it out of mind. You want a silver lining? Vasquez played terribly. Hayes was out with injury. How many teams could have hung in there on the road with the starting backcourt turnin in a complete no-show? In the end, it doesn’t matter. The Terps still lost. Screw the moral victories. They are for losers.

In a season with too many losses, this one hurts the most. The Terps simply can’t afford to lose close games. The non-conference debacles of this past December have permanently scarred the Terps record and it can only be rebuilt with quality road wins. What a missed opportunity!

Truth in reporting: I missed the game. My computer is in the shop and that means the SlingBox is out of commission. The irony is not lost on me. By the time that I get my computer back, the need for the Sling Box will likely be gone as the Terps season has most assuredly already unraveled.

If this were the NFL, the Terps would be 3-6 , and be forced to win out in order to make the postseason. I’m not giving up, but I am already talking myself into next year.

That Gus Gilchrist can really play! How depressing. Since when did Terp fans start looking towards next season in mid-January? Damn it to hell.

It will be interesting to see how they bounce back against Wake, but it is too late. The season is now about preparing for next year.