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09

Lady Terps win ACC Tourney, Men hopefully taking some kind of notes

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HUGE congratulations to the Maryland female hoop squad, who won the program’s first ACC tournament in 20 years last night with a monstrous overtime win against Duke.

No one can say they got a weak draw, either. They beat Duke and Carolina along the way, plus a squeaker over Wake. As usual, the team was led by ACC Player of the Year Kristi “I am the Female Juan Dixon” Tolliver (24 points and overcoming an illness to play) and ACC Tournament MVP and overall attractive woman Marissa Coleman (28 points, 15 rebounds). This almost certainly locks up a #1 seed for them in the Big Dance. Other than UConn — which seems like an unstoppable juggernaut this year — I don’t see anyone playing better ball right now than Maryland.

If only the same thing could be said for the guys, who finished seventh in the ACC regular season standings. After yet another choke in a game they had to win, Maryland is yet again hoping for some kind of crazy ACC tournament run that they haven’t given anyone any reason to hope is a realistic possibility. But I’m a fan, so hope I do. If I have a rant in me somewhere, I’ll wait until after I watch another Selection Sunday go by with no mention of my beloved Terrapins.

In the meantime, I just took a look at their tournament draw and it’s actually pretty decent. According to the latest bracketology (Bracketologist comment on the Viriginia loss: “Who didn’t see [it] coming from a mile away? Over the past few seasons, these are the kind of games the Terrapins have been unable to win.” But I digress.), Maryland needs at least two more wins for a decent shot at an at-large bid. They’ve got N.C. State in the first round (Thursday, 7 p.m., Raycom) — much better than Virginia, Ga. Tech or Miami. If you’ll follow me into Theoretical Town for just a moment, you will see that a victory there gets them to Wake in the second round, who they played pretty close just a few days ago. A possible Duke semifinal showdown is too crazy to consider at this point. Let’s see if we can pull it together for N.C. State — who was no pushover — and go from there.

My prediction: beat N.C. State, lose a close one to Wake, NIT here we come. Hope they prove me wrong. In the meantime, congrats again to Brenda Frese and her team this season, who continue to beat every team that gets put in front of them. Go (lady) Terps!

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(Photo credits: Top: Chuck Burton, Associated Press; Bottom: Greg Fiume)

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4 Responses to “Lady Terps win ACC Tourney, Men hopefully taking some kind of notes”


  1. March 9, 2009 at 10:24 am

    What a great win for the women. I agree with this take word for word, down to the tournament prediction. I’d love to see the ladies get another title. They’re still on the outside of the conversation when people talk about UCONN and Tennessee as the great womens’ programs. Another title will get the Terps in that conversation. Plus, as a bonus, we beat Duke in the process of getting the ACC title! GO TERPS!

  2. 2 rdclutch
    March 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Nice job ladies. Apparently, they went to the middle of the court during pre-game and started scuffling up the ACC logo- being like: This is our house! Sweet. Too bad the men suck. And where is the blog post about how Brenda Freize is able to recruit and win in the ACC and Gary has not?

  3. 3 Stat King
    March 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I hope you girls go all the way. That Kristi T is such a cutie 😡

  4. 4 Stat King
    March 17, 2009 at 9:44 am

    :-* a kiss actually


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