can terps lift the bb&t hex?

The Terps next challenge comes tonight from GW in the BB&T Classic. I, for one, will not be attending as my presence at the BB&T is a jinx to the Terps.  I attended the tournament in 2002, 2003, and 2004, only to see the Terps get upset each time by lesser teams.  I was not there for their loses in 2006 and 2007, so if you were there for both of those games I implore you not to attend as you are bringing a BB&T hex on the team.

All kidding aside, the BB&T was once a pre-season tournament that provided the Terps with early season road wins on a “neutral” court.  In recent years the BB&T has been changed to a single-game format, and it has proved to be an early season source of embarrassment for the team. Let’s hope they can pull it together for a win against GW next week. Maybe Gary Williams can sneak the guys into the Verizon Center for a pre-Classic warm up so they can get used to shooting in the bigger arena. In seeing past Maryland teams flounder at MCI Center I’ve noticed that they never seemed to find the range in that arena, and couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively.  I am not alone in this observation as Steve Yanda wrote about it in today’s Post.

The Terps bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Georgetown with a win against a solid Michigan team the other night. They need to keep the momentum going and keep winning their non-conference games because they’ll be lucky to go 8-8 in ACC play.  This team started the season on the outside looking in, and although you may think it’s too early to talk “bubble”, the Terps non-conference schedule represents their best chance at getting ahead of the curve to get tournament consideration in a couple months. GW might be even worse on the boards than Maryland, so tonight would also be a great opportunity for the beleagured Terrapins front court to get it going.


4 Responses to “can terps lift the bb&t hex?”

  1. 1 greg buchser aka richard p nuggets
    December 8, 2008 at 4:31 am

    love the blog.

    just what someone like me needs. And I have the onions to accept the honest truth about what’s happening at my original home: the M – College Park. This will be much easier than googling ‘someone that actually knows what they’re talking about + Terps’. search results: 1.
    the Terps this year will be exciting, heart-breaking, spontaneous, probably wearing shorts, and a full court pressure cooker. But like last year, all you have to do is watch Greavis Vasquez for about 5 minutes and you’ll know how the game will end. But I’ll watch. I always watch.

    later on guys. keep up the good work. it takes 2 major degenerates to run a quality Maryland Blog. laugh, laugh.

    the M!

    Pascal Nuggets

  2. December 8, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Thank you Mr. Nuggets. I agree, this is Vasquez’s team, and if his asst/TO ratio is better than 1 the Terps generally win. I would add “nerve-racking” to your list of superlatives. Hopefully we won’t have to add “disappointing” to the list at the end of the year.

  3. 3 M.A.S.H.
    December 8, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Dick Nugs, glad you’re reading. Vasquez reminds me of that two-faced ticket counter woman on that airline commercial. He can spin around any time and start yelling at you about hidden fees.

  4. 4 M.A.S.H.
    December 8, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Also, nice win over GW yesterday. GW is definitely on the ebb right now, but I still give the Terps credit for handling their business and doing what they were supposed to do, which was whoop the Colonials. This is especially important given the de facto bellwether status that the GW game has had for the Terps in recent years…if they win, it’s often a sign of good things to come. We’ll see I guess.

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