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duke out-everythings maryland

out-played

out-hustled

out-coached

out-classed

That is how the men’s basketball team looked against Duke this afternoon.  The soon-to-be #1 Blue Devils embarrassed Maryland today at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  This loss was so bad, so one-sided, that I’m having trouble finding other words to describe it.  According to the Washington Post, “It was Maryland’s worst defeat since a 39-point loss to Wake Forest in 1963.”

There are some things about this game that could have been different and may have made the outcome closer.  Maryland could not keep Duke off the offensive boards, and they were getting killed with second and third chances all day long.  The Terps also seemingly forgot how to split a trap, and possession after possession stalled near mid-court, resulting in 17 turnovers.  When we did get a shot off it was generally off-balanced or hurried, resulting in a 28% shooting night.  Those were the factors under Maryland’s control.  It’s the factors that were not under their control that were much, much more scary to me.

This was the biggest game of the season, and the team was clearly not mentally prepared for some fairly basic defensive looks from Duke.  One cannot attribute the disparity in mental alertness to home court advantage or fatigue.  Duke seemed to be playing a different game of “organized basketball”, as opposed to Maryland who seemed to be reacting and retreating.  Gary Williams could not control getting out-coached by Mike Krzyzewski.  It may not be that he was simply out-coached today, but he has been for a few years.

Another factor that was beyond Maryland’s control was the disparity of talent on the floor.  There is nobody on the Terps that is qualified to carry Gerald Henderson’s jock strap.  7’1″ Brian Zoubek made the Terps look like a bunch of toddlers with a grown man holding a ball over their heads while he was in the paint.  Maryland has no answer for these guys at all, and that situation won’t change for the rematch in College Park.

Everyone on Maryland played scared except Milbourne and Vasquez.  Once again, Vasquez has to eat his words after a 2-10 shooting night.  Gary Williams didn’t even use the blow out to give extended minutes to the bench. Kim played 5min, while Goins and Pearman played 3min each.

There are no positives to take away from this game.  NIT here we come.


5 Responses to “duke out-everythings maryland”


  1. 1 M.A.S.H.
    January 25, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I’m gonna disagree with you on Vasquez. He went 2-10 shooting with four points, one assist, and four turnovers. And this was after running his mouth before the game. To me, to wilt like that after putting a target on your back is playing scared.

  2. January 25, 2009 at 11:59 am

    He didn’t played scared, but he did play stupid. His lack of stats could be explained by the fact that he sat the bench for most of the second half.

  3. 3 M.A.S.H.
    January 25, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Oh, so the team leader’s normal team-leading stats weren’t as high as usual because he missed the usual en fuego period that he has during garbage time, when he beats his chest and tells the fans to shut up because he just cut the lead to 15?

    You and I are never gonna agree on Vasquez.

  4. January 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Are you suggesting that the bulk of Vasquez’s stats have come in garbage time? That would be an incorrect statement.

    I’m glad we disagree. Life would be boring if we all saw things the same way.

    I can’t hate on the guy. He’s not talented enough to be “the man” on a winning ACC team, but that is the position that Gary Williams has put him in. I think he’s doing as well as he can in that role.

  5. 5 M.A.S.H.
    January 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I can hate on the guy. Leave it to me.

    Maybe not all of his stats come in garbage time, but he sure isn’t clutch. If you’re arguing otherwise, I’m gonna need to see some data.

    If he’s not able (or comfortable) being “the man,” then he should stop running his mouth and hogging the ball. True, it’s not his fault that there aren’t a lot of other good options on the team, but he has still put himself in this position, not Gary or anyone else. He’s a classic case of talking the talk but not walking the walk.


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