Posts Tagged ‘ACC’

Maryland’s move to Big Ten: Minor upgrade for football, lateral move for basketball

December 1, 2012
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Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Photo by Bill Bride, Inside Maryland Sports.

Maryland’s move to the Big Ten took everyone by surprise. Now that the dust has cleared, it can be said that Terp fans will miss the tradition of the ACC, and it will be strange to play teams from the Midwest. But the move should help with money, obviously, and it should improve the struggling football team. But the ACC isn’t as far below the Big Ten as most people think. As for basketball, top to bottom, the leagues are about the same. To read my articles on the Terps’ move, click here:  http://www.examiner.com/article/maryland-football-by-the-numbers-move-to-big-ten-only-minor-upgrade-from-acc

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1422859-maryland-terrapins-football-move-to-big-ten-only-slight-upgrade-from-acc

Seth Greenberg’s Virginia Tech Hokies robbed again, fail to make NCAA tournament

March 13, 2011

Five teams from Virginia made the NCAA tournament, but Virginia Tech wasn’t one of them, and Georgetown qualified for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Coach Seth Greenberg’s Virginia Tech Hokies were robbed for the third time in four seasons, failing to make the NCAA tournament despite a winning record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. As the end of the selection show drew near, the unthinkable was happening.  A winning record in the ACC is usually a lock for the NCAA tournament.

The Hokies also failed to make the tournament in 2008 and 2010 after having winning records in the ACC.   The Hokies (21-11, 9-7 ACC) lost their final two regular season games but redeemed themselves by defeating Georgia Tech and Florida State in the ACC tournament.  The Hokies also had a signature win against top-seeded Duke, a team that had only four losses in 34 games.

The Hokies beat NCAA tournament invitees Florida State (twice) and Penn State, although it appears that a March 5 loss to Clemson may have been the difference between the Hokies and Tigers getting in. Clemson also had a 9-7 conference mark. Hokie seniors including guard Malcolm Delaney (18.6 points per game) and forward Jeff Allen (13.6 points and 10 rebounds) will leave Virginia Tech never having played in the NCAA tournament.

Teams from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and Virginia that made the tournament include Georgetown, George Mason, Hampton, Old Dominion, Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth.

To read my article on Examiner.com, click here.

 

Will Terps be NIT-bound? Maryland loses to Virginia Tech at home, 74-57

January 21, 2011

This was embarrassing.  It doesn’t matter that Virginia Tech is better than usual and Maryland is young.  It doesn’t matter that the Hokies may finish the season in the Top 25.

Maryland lost by 17 points to a football school at home Thursday, falling to Virginia Tech, 74-57.

At least the game was on TV.  Maryland football fans had to squint at their computer screens last season to see some of the Terps’ football games.

For a team that won the national championship in 2002, the Terps have fallen hard.  If Maryland fails to make the NCAA tournament this year, it will be the fourth time in the last seven seasons Maryland will go to the NIT.

After Maryland won the national title, instead of challenging Duke and North Carolina for ACC supremacy, Maryland slipped back to the also-rans of the conference, which is to say the Terps have been pretty good but not great.  It’s as if the Terps didn’t think they belonged with the ACC’s best.

Instead of capitalizing on increased exposure by getting star recruits, Maryland’s recruiting became worse after the title than it was before, when the Terps had stars like John Lucas and Tom McMillen in the 1970s; Albert King, Buck Williams and Len Bias in the 1980s; Walt Williams, Joe Smith and Keith Booth in the 1990s; and Dixon, Baxter and Blake in the early 2000s.

When Greivis Vasquez was selected at the end of the first round last summer by the Memphis Grizzlies, it was the first time since Dixon in 2002 that a Terp was picked in the first round of the NBA draft.

Vasquez, who scored 41 in a win last year over the Hokies, led the Terps to the NCAA tournament in three of his four seasons, but only once, in 2010, did Maryland make the field convincingly.

And don’t buy into the fake, overhyped “rivalry” that Maryland allegedly has with Duke.  Guess what Gary’s record is against Mike Krzyzewski?  He has beaten Coach K 12 times in 49 games.  Despite a handful of incredible games, that’s not a rivalry – it’s a joke.

Of course, the Terps are in the Washington, D.C. area, so naturally they stink.  If it’s not the Wizards (0-20 on the road), it’s another failed season for the Redskins and Nationals, another playoff upset by the Caps, and a lost season by D.C. United.

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

 

Vasquez leads Maryland to 79-72 upset of No. 4 Duke

March 8, 2010

Maryland upset 4th-ranked Duke 79-72 last night to tie the Blue Devils for the ACC lead and win their sixth straight game in College Park, Maryland.

Greivis Vasquez led the 22rd-ranked Terrapins with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists on senior night in his last game at Comcast Center. Freshman center Jordan Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terps (22-7, 12-3).

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

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Vasquez scores 41 to lead Maryland to 104-100 double OT win over Virginia Tech

February 28, 2010

Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 41 points to lead Maryland to a 104-100 double overtime win over Virginia Tech last night in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Eric Hayes added 12 points and 10 assists for the Terrapins who got their fifth straight win and improved to 21-7 and 11-3 in the ACC.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.


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