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.