What a way to go into conference play, huh? No one seemed to see this one coming, and that’s a classic Maryland letdown loss for you. Morgan State 66, Maryland 65. The true trap games are never the ones you see coming. Way to go, guys. Momentum: zero.

I’ll leave the nuanced analysis to smarter armchair coaches than me. Plus I’m not really in the mood for levelheaded analysis. This loss sucked. Sucked. It sucked. SUCKED. How’s that for some keen insight.

It’s just like the football team. The Terps take a team for granted, feel they can turn it off and on like a light switch and get away with it. But sooner or later, you get caught. I was just hoping that could wait until the ACC season. Guess not.

The most galling part of the loss was the poor execution in crunch time. When it’s a big spot, and I mean a real, honest-to-goodness big spot, they crap themselves. It gets all over the court and it makes a big, shitty mess. Vasquez, I’m looking in your direction. You had it running down your leg, big guy. Two wild shots at the end were woefully off target, including a last-second heave where he leaped up in the air and started bicycling his legs like he was having some sort of drowning nightmare. He had time for at least one more dribble. Where is the Vasquez Swagger when we need it? It seems like the cocksurity he normally plays with totally evaporates in big spots. And sure, there are exceptions, but by and large, this is true. I’m sure they’ll find a way to spin it — Morgan State’s a good team, we’re a good team and we’ll get better. Whatever. Bottom line, it’s just one more ACC game you have to win to get into the tourney. Good luck, guys.


2 Responses to “AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”

  1. 1 terphed
    January 7, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Would you believe it if I said that I had a feeling they were looking past this game? Oh, that’s right, I wrote an entire post about it. Well fuck me.

    If there is one thing I’ve realized about college sports in the past few years it’s that talent is not what separates the winners from the losers. It’s all about coaching and heart. A lack of consistency is the reason why the Terps keep losing to the “lesser” programs and then shocking Duke and UNC every year. They have all the pieces, they just can’t keep it together for an entire season anymore.

  2. January 7, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Yes…props to you Terphed.

    A lot of people have been blaming Gary Williams for a long time for the program’s recent troubles, and I wonder if we’re approaching a certain tipping point, when it will become difficult NOT to blame him. I’m not quite there yet…but I can see that train coming over the hill.

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