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What's up with them? They've won against the best five teams they've played (RPI-wise, including 3 against the Top 50) but they're just 16-6.
If we beat UVa and BC, our season is back on track (at least near the bubble) and could make for an amazingly anticipated Dook game.
I haven't watched any of their games or followed scores. They seem good.
"Anyone who talks about Jordan Williams leaving knows nothing about basketball. Absolutely nothing" - Hogie 02/27/2011
We're the most manic-depressive, bi-polar team in the country (kind of like the Illinois of the ACC). Any team that can go 0-3 vs. the CAA, including a loss to arguably the worst team in college basketball (ODU), and also beat Wisconsin on the road, then win 5 of their last 6 conference games by an average of 18 points, is the definition of inconsistent. We are terrible on the road, though, so I don't think we have much of a chance at Comcast honestly. Losing to Wake, Clemson, and GT on the road is just laughable.
I love our team this year, especially the development of the freshmen, but injuries continue to take their toll (Brogdon, Atkins, Tobey, and Evans for the first half of the season) but we're very young and understandably inconsistent. Our three best players at this point are Joe Harris, Akil Mitchel, and Justin Anderson thanks to his play in recent weeks (would have been Tobey but he's out for the year with mono).
Fire Mike "FCS is legit" London
Not if you guys beat Duke and UNC and win a game or two in the ACCT. Holding serve at home is def crucial though.
Perhaps I was wrong about this Tobey character. I actually watched him play and the guys got an advanced game. Fortunately he won't be playing on Sunday it looks like.
"I like fixing broken things" - Kevin Plank
Yeah he's come along nicely, but at this point with mono, he could be out for the rest of the season. Anyway, he was our only answer to Len inside, and with our starting PF out as well you guys could dominate in the post. We'll need to be hot from the perimeter to keep the game interesting IMO.
It'll be interesting to see how Justin Anderson handles the welcome he's going to receive....
Virginny has to be considered the positive surprise team of the season in the ACC. I don't think most people would have predicted them 6-3 in the conference at this point. I watched them a little last night and they looked great, although Clemson looks like they are mailing it in at this point.
I think alot of it on Sunday will come down to their outside shooting. We have to lock them down on the perimeter and try to pound it inside on offense, which we still aren't very good at doing. Must game for us.
UVA can still get 10 or 11 wins. Their schedule isn't that bad and the unbalanced schedule has blessed them with only playing Duke and Miami one time this season. Would be good for us if they struggle down the stretch and go 9-9 and we can eke out 10 or 11.
BC is after Duke.
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
I didn't want to admit to myself last year but they are undeniably well coached. They may not always play well on the road, but they are one of the most disciplined teams I have seen in the ACC, especially on the defensive end. I rarely see their players making inexplicable bone-head plays like ours do. On the other hand they do have long periods of offensive drought LIKE us. I think Bennett is gonna be an elite coach in this conference if he can keep up on the recruiting end. And that might not be so easy, because what high school superstar is going to want to join a team that scores in the 50s night in and night out? I say the Terps lose home and away against UVA this year, no one will be happier than I to be wrong....
This post was edited by terpitude 17 months ago
Len has been very inconsistent this season. But he tends to play better at home so I expect a good game from him. I expect a very low scoring game unless the Terps shoot from 3 like they did against Virginia Tech and Wake Forest at home. Virginia likes to control tempo and Maryland is 4th in the country in defense. So I expect a game in the 40's or low 50's.
The main reason their games are so low scoring is due to their transition defense. They always have 3 or 4 players sprinting back to prevent easy transition baskets. That results in having to always run your 1/2-court Offense against them. They also close down well on dribble penetration, which unfortunately both Seth and Nick seem determined to do. The game will, IMO, be decided by which team shoots better from the perimeter. Harris, Nolte, and to a lesser degree Jesperson in that order are their primary outside scoring threats. If Alex comes out playing aggressively on both ends, and we can match their shooting, we should win by double figures.
This post was edited by ZZ Terp 17 months ago
What more is there to say?
beat them by 3490 points please
Short turnaround - Thursday night in Blacksburg to Sunday noon at Comcast will be a factor. Otherwise I would predict a close victory.
I will predict that if we can beat UVA on Sunday we will beat Duke the following Saturday. The basis for my optimism is if we can beat a disciplined UVA team that is on a roll after a tough road victory then the team is showing continued improvement and is on a 3 game winning streak.
Duke will be coming off a road game midweek and the Terps have the week to prepare. That little edge I think will be enough when coupled with Len wanting payback from the second half at Cameron.
My only caveat is the x factor of Duke refs. Still the Terps have to play hard nosed defense and keep blocking shots even if the refs foul everyone out.
I'm always puzzled by his tendancy to follow his man out to the 3-point line exposing the rim to slashers and offensive rebounders. Even more frustrating, the guy he's defending has zero chance of scoring from the outside.
Agree, I don't understand this but it is clearly coached.
One at a time, let's not talk about Duke yet! UVA will be tough and they play very tough D, need the guys to stay extra focused.
Didn't he get a foul against Wake doing that. That always puzzles me as well.
Our entire defense is based around showing hard on every ball screen. It's fascinating watching our defensive rotations on these. You'd think it would be pretty easy to get it to the big man going towards the basketball but college players are turds and we almost never get burned on this. It's not like Len is randomly deciding to chase guys out on the perimeter.
The "Over Hedging" is a horrible defensive philosophy....never understood the coaches who employ this technique
Other then that one aspect...I really like the way we play Defense most of the time
This post was edited by longball07 17 months ago
Virginia overhedges a lot, but in the college game it does seem to be effective. How many points does Len score a game? I'm really looking forward to a competitive game, best of luck to the Terps
It should indeed be a good game, and I am looking forward to it. I would say the thing about VA fans, and I work with a couple of them, is that they are uber over the top when they win a game and suicidal over a loss, which is not unlike most fans (except they seem to be more extreme about it).
But most of all what I sense is that VA fans want so desparately for others to notice them. Today I was indirectly asked in casual, workplace conversations, to heap praise on their team for beating CLEMSON, to share in the euphoria, to come to my senses and acknowledge the incredible team and incredible coaching that has propelled this team to the "last four" out on the NCAA bubble. The truth of the matter is that win or lose, no one takes them all that seriously and probably won't until they have a record that is contrary to an inconvenient reality: they've had one of the worst basketball programs, if not the worst, of any other school in the ACC over the last 25 years (the only thing that puts them ahead of schools like VA Tech is that VA Tech is relatively new to the conference).
Sorry, I am not all that impressed by your team and your coaches and to lose to them would feel like losing to Delaware or Old Dominion or George Mason. Or Clemson.
I believe they also played Thursday.
Yes, albeit two hours earlier.
They were up 38-10 at halftime so they didn't have to play much.
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