Good gravy! What’s all the commotion in here? Turn on those lights! Hey! You in the corner! Put your pants back on! One big win and suddenly Terps fans are a bunch of extras from Superbad? Well, not in this blog post. I know I’m a pessimistic pain in the ass and all. But I’m a good pessimistic pain in the ass. Because the team still has A LOT of work to do. So I’m here to dunk some heads in the horse troughs. Sober up out there! It’s Monday, for god’s sake.
So yeah, Maryland beat the #3 UNC Tar Heels. Great win. Huge win. An important resume win. The gold unis are truly a power to behold. Credit where it’s due: Vasquez was incredible. He deserves all the accolades. As do Gary Williams, Cliff “He should have benched me earlier” Tucker, and everyone else. It was a great team win and a big step forward.
But whoa, Nelly. Hold the phone there. The feeling now seems to be that we’re basically in the tournament. It’s true that we’re on the bubble, but for now, that’s it. No one should even be uttering the word “tournament” at this stage. Nothing should be taken for granted. But as a fan base we love to do this. One big win and omgthatwassoamazingBIGGESTWINEVERwe’retotallygonnamakeitomg. Should I remind you that they beat #1 Carolina last year and still didn’t make it because they fell apart down the stretch? Or that in 2004-2005 they swept Duke and still found a way to miss the dance? For this season’s finale, the line of logic seems to be that the Terps “only” have to beat either Duke or Wake, then have the manager throw their jerseys on the floor in Raleigh and Charlottesville and they’re in with a 20-10, 9-7 record. Or, they could win two of their last four and get one or two in the ACC tourney. Oh, the ACC tourney, no prob! Because they’ve been so dominant in that venue. We’ve gotta learn from the past. NC State and Virginia now have “Trap Game” written all over them.
Bottom line: they’ve proven they are capable of making the tournament, and in general, just playing good basketball. But I’ve been on this roller coaster ride a few times before. The same emotions that get them up for Duke and Carolina also get them down for the Miamis and the Morgan States and the games they’re “supposed” to win. We have to find consistency, or else come Selection Sunday, when Jay Bilas mentions the Carolina win it’s gonna be followed by a big BUT. So come on. No more fruity business. Finish strong this year and close the damn deal. Then, and only then, would I celebrate. Huzzah Terrapins.