Maryland has succeeded in winning enough games in its pre-conference play schedule to be in a position to make the tournament at the end of the year. Their 11-2 record puts them in sixth in the ACC. They have done well enough to get into the “Others Receiving Votes” category in the national polls. Despite their tendency to start slow, the team is playing more consistently now than they were at the start of the year. By most accounts, the team’s pre-ACC run has been a success, and they should be well prepared to start the conference schedule against Georgia Tech this Saturday.
Wait, what did you say? There is still one more game left before the GT game? Who are we playing? Ah yes, I see it right here on the schedule – Morgan State is coming to town on Wednesday. We wouldn’t want to overlook the Bears, now would we? What would Gary Williams say?
In Morgan State, we’re playing a local team from Baltimore that has already beaten a Big East team in DePaul, and it’s a game that can be a little tough for us because we do go into the ACC play with Georgia Tech right after the game, so we’re really trying to focus on Morgan State because they’re a pretty talented basketball team.
Morgan State is led by junior guard Reggie Holmes. Holmes dropped 29 in a win over DePaul a few weeks ago. The key to stopping the Bears is to contain Holmes. What I’d like to see in this game is for Maryland to jump all over them in the first half, especially on the boards, and never let their foot off the gas. The Morgan State game will be a bellwether for how we play Saturday against GT. If the team is sharp, the press is tight, and the jumpers are falling, then the Terps will be in game shape for the ACC. If they look like a team that spent the holidays eating and partying, then we’re going to have problems against GT. I hope the Terps are hungry.