Friday, November 17, 2006

Maryland to ACC: You're on Notice

After my Maryland hoops manifesto from last week, I'm wary about overdoing it on the Terps. But good God - were you watching as Maryland demolished St. John's last night, 92-60? We'll see what happens in the final of the Coaches vs. Cancer classic tonight against Michigan State, but regardless, I've got a good feeling.

They were firing on all cylinders they were. Ekene Ibekwe (whose shooting stroke appears much improved) actually outscored St. John's in the first half BY HIMSELF. That is insane. But it was a group effort - Mike Jones was in on it, D.J. Strawberry, and Greivis Vasquez, who I'm already prepared to induct into the Maryland Hall of Fame. Just a great, dominating performance.

I just wonder what would have happened in that game last year, in Madison Square Garden and on national television in front of a pro-Red Storm crowd. Dollars to donuts they would have laid an egg. But this is not last year's team. They're hungry, they've got plenty of chemistry, and they aren't scared anymore. Is it possible for a team -- after losing four seniors -- to become more confident, but less cocky? Well, they've done it so far. Hopefully they keep it rolling against the Spartans and beyond. Goterps.

Ebekwe's 22 Points Paces Terps [Washington Post]
Go Terps! [No One Appreciates Me]

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