Here are the highlights from maryland’s biggest loss ever at the communist center.
Posted on 22 January 2011.
Here are the highlights from maryland’s biggest loss ever at the communist center.
Posted on 21 January 2011.
Virginia Tech blitzed the maryland terrapins in the opening minutes of Thursday night’s game in College Park to the tune of a 12-0 lead and never looked back, en route to a 74-57 win. It is the worst loss by maryland since they opened play in the Comcast Center in 2002.
The Hokies seemed as though they were trying to give it away in the second half, shades of the unc game in which Tech blew a 16-point lead. The terps cut the lead to single digits, but the Hokies were not to be denied this time.
With the win over the terrapins, the Hokies improved to 3-2 in ACC play and 12-5 overall, while maryland fell to a disappointing 1-3 in conference play and 11-7 overall.
Starting point guard Erick Green led the Hokies with a career-high 24 points on 12/16 shooting. The sophomore had an electrifying first half with 14 points on 7/10 shooting, powering the Hokies to a 40-29 halftime lead. Green also had four, count ‘em, FOUR steals and two assists, all in the first half.
Senior Malcolm Delaney played a whale of a game, too, with 19 points and seven assists. He was only 5/11 from the field, but hit 7/8 at the free throw line. Most impressive were his incredible passes to Victor Davila and Green down the stretch to put maryland away.
Tech’s man-to-man defense stymied maryland’s leading scorer, Jordan Williams, the entire game, holding him to just 11 points, well below his season average of 18.1.
With the terps keying on Delaney, Green made the most of his opportunities as it was clear the terps didn’t consider him a legit scoring threat. And the Hokies needed a big game from someone because Jeff Allen struggled with foul trouble the entire game.
The senior forward sat much of the first half with two fouls and needed only a couple of minutes to pick up his third in the second half. Allen finished with only seven points and committed four turnovers, but still managed 11 rebounds.
Davila scored 13 points, Manny Atkins had six off the bench and Terrell Bell had two points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block. His defense contribution doesn’t show up in the box score.
The terps’ cliff tucker single-handedly kept maryland in the game in the second half, scoring 11 straight maryland points, including a trio of three-pointers and a two-pointer to cut Tech’s lead to eight, but his team-high 13 points weren’t enough as Delaney and his laser-guided passes helped slam the door shut on the home team.
Tech returns to the Cassell Coliseum Saturday night for a home game against the Longwood Lancers. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Posted on 19 January 2011.
Spread: maryland by 5.5 (about what I thought it would be)
On Thursday, the Hokies kick off a three week stretch where they play four out of five ACC games on the road. Tech must find a way to steal two of these four games, and defend the Cassell against miami, to stay in the ACC race. But this game in College Park may be the toughest of the four, at least on paper.
Expect the terps to come out on Thursday with everything they have. They are coming off a tough loss to #7 villanova. maryland led the wildcats by 12 with less than 10 minutes to play, but a 19-0 villanova run sank the terps. maryland will likely have bad intentions, as VT did after their blown lead at Chapel Hill. Also, the terps are 1-2 in ACC play and cannot afford to fall to 0-2 at home. That’s a sure recipe to playing on Thursday in the ACC Tournament.
Believe it or not, the Hokies lead the ACC in scoring margin in ACC play through Monday’s action. Tech is +35 after four ACC games (+8.8 per game). The Hokies have two double digit ACC wins, and lost both games by just three. But that’s meaningless since VT has a 2-2 ACC record and sit in the middle of the pack. Flip the uva or unc game, and Tech is in first. But close clearly doesn’t count here. It’s all about the W’s.
Expect Malcolm Delaney to have a big game. The Baltimore native has always had a chip on his shoulder since the home state terps didn’t recruit him very hard. He’ll likely have a lot of friends and family in attendance and will want to bury the terps in his last trip to maryland. But if statistics are fortune tellers, Hokie fans should hope he scored 20 points or less. Tech is 10-1 when Delaney scores 20 or less, but just 1-4 when he eclipses the 20 point mark.
Jeff Allen, another local boy from Washington, D.C., will be vital for the Hokies inside. In Tech’s last game at maryland, Jeff flicked off the fans on the way to the bench in VT’s 83-73 loss and was suspended for the next game (ended up being at uva, which has been another house of horrors for him). Stay classy, Jeff. Let’s go out in style.
The home teams have controlled this series since VT joined the ACC. Each team is 3-1 on their respective home floor. Tech’s lone win in College Park came in 2007-08 when Delaney, Allen, and Bell were freshmen (VT 69, md 65 – Recap). That was the infamous Dorenzo Hudson puke on the court game where Tech overcame an early 10-0 deficit. maryland’s only win in the Cassell came last year, a 104-100 double overtime win in a game that started several hours late because a beer truck ran over a water main (you can’t make stuff like that up.
maryland will head to Blacksburg on February 15th.
|Guard||11 Green – 6-4||1 Bowie – 6-2|
|Guard||23 Delaney – 6-3||12 Stoglin – 6-1|
|Wing/Guard||1 Bell – 6-7||14 Mosley – 6-4|
|Forward||0 Allen – 6-7||33 Gregory – 6-7|
|Forward/Center||14 Davila – 6-8||20 Williams – 6-10|
Much like VT, maryland has had the same four starters all season. The only change has been on the wing. Senior wing man Cliff Tucker, the terps’ second leading scorer, started the first 11 games. After their loss to boston college, they have gone with a smaller, three guard lineup. Freshman Terrell Stoglin has started the last four games, but this has not impacted Tucker’s minutes at all, he still plays 25-29 minutes per game.
The terps, as always, spread their minutes out a lot. Jordan Williams is the only terp playing more than 27 mpg. The bench goes three or four deep. Tucker is the only player that produces much off the bench.
|Scorer||Delaney – 18.6||Williams – 18.1|
|Rebounder||Allen – 9.3||Williams – 12.2|
|Assists||Delaney – 4.4||Bowie – 3.8|
|Steals||Green – 2.0||Tucker/Mosley – 1.2|
|Blocks||Bell – 1.3||Gregory – 1.8|
INSIDE THE turtle’s shell:
If you haven’t seen the terps play this year, you’ll barely recognize them. Gone are three major starters from the maryland team that went 13-3 last year and tied duke for the regular season title. Gone are ACC Player of the Year Greasy Face-quez (a Niemo arm-curl victim), guard Erick Hayes, and forward Landon Milbourne. Those three represented their top three scorers a year ago.
While maryland is certainly rebuilding this year, they are still pretty darn good. They have six losses but those defeat include current #4 duke, #5 pittsburgh, #7 villanova, and #23 illinois. They also lost to temple, who was ranked much of the year to date, and boston college.
If you look at ACC statistics, you’d think the terps should be near the top of the standings. Check out where maryland ranks in the ACC in some key stats (these are for all games, not just ACC contests):
maryland also boasts the ACC’s player of the midseason, sophomore big man Jordan Williams:
So how have they lost six games and fallen to 1-2 in the ACC? Easy, they don’t shoot three-pointers or free throws well at all. The terps are dead last in threes made per game at 4.2 (they shoot 33% – second worst in the league) and dead last in free throw percentage at 63% (313th in the nation of 345 teams).
In maryland’s six losses, they have gotten absolutely nothing from behind the arc. They are 18/84 (21%) in those six defeats. That’s an average of just three makes per game.
Free throws are Williams’s Achilles heel – he hits just 52% (he hits 56% of his field goals). There is the dilemma – you don’t want to give Jordan an easy bucket, especially since he’s likely just going to make 1/2 from the line, but Tech cannot afford to foul inside with their lack of depth. It will be up to guards to waste fouls inside… and if all else fails, send in the goon! (Prince Parker)
HO-KEYS TO WINNING:
Look out, terps, The Weekend Warrior, Niemo, and DuffHokie are headed to College Park Thursday!
Note: Due to the fact I hate maryland and everything about them, I’m not posting boring facts other than that my Mom (and Malcolm Delaney) are from the old line state.
01/07 vs. syracuse, 9 p.m., ACCN
01/11 vs. boston college, noon, RSN
01/15 vs. clemson, 7 p.m., RSN
01/19 @ notre dame, 6 p.m., ESPNU
01/22 vs. wake forest, 7 p.m., RSN
01/25 @ virginia, 3 p.m., ACCN
01/29 @ boston college, 7 p.m., RSN
02/01 vs. maryland, noon, ACCN
02/05 @ florida state, 9 p.m., RSN
02/08 @ pittsburgh, noon, RSN
02/15 vs. miami, 6 p.m., RSN
02/18 vs. virginia, 9 p.m., ACCN
02/22 vs. nc state, 2 p.m., RSN
02/25 @ duke, 7 p.m, ESPNU
03/01 vs. north carolina, 2:30 p.m, ACCN
03/04 @ maryland, 8 p.m., ACCN
03/08 @ georgia tech, 2 p.m, ESPN/ESPN2