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Maryland Women’s Basketball Winners

The University of Maryland Men’s basketball team which has been ranked in top 5 for part of the season and the top 10 for almost all of the season seems to be in free fall at this point. They are now ranked 14 and could go lower still. The women’s team on the other hand is on a roll and doing great.

Maryland Women Win Big Ten

The other teams in the Big Ten are probably sorry that Maryland was asked to join the conference. The women have dominated since joining the conference. Maryland is now has 30 wins and only 3 losses on the season. They won the Big Ten regular season last year and this year. They won the Big Ten tournament last year and this year.

Although they were behind by 2 at half time, Maryland ended up beating Michigan State 60-44. This is their night win in a row and they are looking forward to continue winning and getting at least to the Final Four if not the Championship. Their only losses in the Big Ten were both to Ohio State. However, Ohio State didn’t make it to the finals of the tournament so Maryland didn’t have to deal with them again.

Maryland was Questioned at Beginning of Season

Because Maryland had several dominant players graduate after last season, some wondered how they would do this year. However,  Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Brene Mosely and others stepped up and the team has done just as well or better this year than last.

Michigan State came out strong and Maryland was on a cold streak for parts of the first half. They stepped up their defense in the second half and that made the difference. The defense was so good that Michigan State only shot 2 for 11 in the fourth quarter.  Maryland won despite scoring less than in any other game this year, shooting only 35% and having 19 turnovers.

Maryland Ranked #5

Although Maryland is in first place in the Big Ten, it is ranked 5th nationally, with Connecticut once again being ranked in first place. So getting to the Final Four is not a given by any stretch of the imagination. We wish them the best of luck though.

Maryland Basketball Number 1?

Women’s Team Stronger than the Men?

The University of Maryland has a chance to dominate in both men’s and women’s basketball. The men’s team made it to the NCAA tournament last year for the first time in a number of years and surprised a lot of people. The women’s team were national champions last year. They have lost some good players, but they still have a strong nucleus and it is possible they could repeat. They won back to back championships several times in the 1970s and 1980s. They have been national champions 3 times over the last 6 years, so the women actually have a much better record than the men.

Maryland Men to the Final Four or the Championship?

The men’s team has been selected to be anywhere from number 3 to number 1 this year. That depends on the poll and what day of the week because even the same polling source changes things a bit from week to week as to how they rank teams. And the Terps have a young team, so if the pollsters are right and most of the team doesn’t depart early to the NBA, they look to be good next year too.

It will be interesting to see how things play out. Rankings will change after the season starts and the games start to count. It would be nice if the forecasts are right because the coaches, Mark Turgeon and Bino Ranson seem like good guys.

Stone Has Moves

One player everyone is very excited about is Diamond Stone. He is 6′ 11″ and is vying to be their starting center. Everyone assumes he will be there very shortly although, having just come out of high school, he has a lot to learn, especially on defense. However, according to everyone his natural skills are amazing.

Last night the Terrapins played their first game of the season. It was really more of a warm up because no one expected Southern New Hampshire to have much of a chance against them. The final score was 91-55.

Big Men Got Bigger, Better

Whereas last year Maryland was a bit thin under the basket, they are very strong there this year. Last year there was a lot of perimeter scoring. This year they have the luxury of passing it inside and looking for a shot there. If there isn’t a shot inside, it can be kicked back outside. The great thing is that the big men can shoot and also are good passers so they can get it back out to the shooters. This should take a lot of pressure off the outside shooters and open up the opportunities for everyone because everyone is dangerous this year.

Damonte Dodd is the other center and by all accounts he has improved quite a bit from last year and is in better shape. Then there is Robert Sharp who had to sit out a year after transferring from Georgia Tech. He’s got skills. Then there is Rasheed Sulaimon who transferred from Duke. He is a really good player but hopefully doesn’t get any trouble. He is the first person expelled from the basketball program in Coach K’s 35 years at the school. There were charges of sexual assault against two women although no legal action was ever taken against him.

 

Wizards Disappear

I feel sorry for Ted Leonsis. He seems like such a nice humble guy unlike some owners. His hockey team, the Washington Capitals, for the last several years seems about to win it all and then they don’t. This year going to Game 7 and into overtime. Heart rending. (Don’t you hate how people say heart rendering? What are they doing, cooking down the heart?)

Wizards Woes

Of all the people to get hurt, your star player crashes to the floor and breaks his hand and wrist in five places in Game 1. Yet, the Wizards had a chance in Game 4 without him. They trailed most of the game but at the very end, they passed to a wide open Paul Pierce to tie the game and take it into overtime.  He is usually a sure thing from that position. He lives for this sort of moment but this time it didn’t happen

Wall Returns

John Wall must be one tough dude. After missing one game with the broken wrist and hand, he comes back and plays in game 5. He played well, but it looked like this time Paul Pierce was going to be the hero after looking like the goat. It was looking good with the game tied and the ball in the hands of Paul Pierce with less than a minute to go. With 32 seconds left he got stripped of the ball and Atlanta gets a fast break and goes ahead by two points. Washington comes back down the floor and after several passes, Bradley Beal gets the ball to Pierce in the corner who drains the three point for the Wizards to go ahead by 1 with only 8 seconds left. Game over, right? Wrong. Atlanta gets a shot off that misses. There are Wizards all around but Horford crashes through, gets the rebound and puts it in to win the game at the buzzer.

Game 6 Heartbreak

Despite John Wall being out games two, three and four, the Wizards were only down 3-2 in games. If they had protected their 9 point lead at the end of game 5 or boxed out and not allowed Horford’s last second shot, they would be in the lead and looking to close out the series. It didn’t help that Marcin Gortat was sick and couldn’t play much. Atlanta went after the 37 year old Paul Pierce to see if he could keep up with the younger guys. Washington was down in the third quarter and fought back. Then it came down to Paul Pierce once again. He hits a three pointer from way downtown as time expires and Washington and Atlanta huddle for overtime. BUT! The refs review Pierce’s shot and determine his fingertips were still barely touching the ball as the shot clock went to 0 and they nullified the shot. Atlanta wins game and series. Unfortunately the Wizards have an uncanny ability to pull off losses like these. Hopefully next year will be the year they truly break out.