Archive for February, 2011

Terps Handle ‘Noles 78-62

(AP) COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Freshman Terrell Stoglin scored 17 points, and Maryland used a strong second half to beat Florida State 78-62 Wednesday night and severely damage the Seminoles’ pursuit of their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.

The Terrapins (18-10, 7-6) had five players score in double figures. Jordan Williams had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Dino Gregory scored 14, Adrian Bowie added 12 and Sean Mosley chipped in 10 in Maryland’s eighth straight home win over Florida State.

It was the 21st double-double of the season for Williams, who became the seventh sophomore in ACC history to collect at least 600 rebounds in his career.

Derwin Kitchen scored 16 and Deividas Dulkys had 14 points for the Seminoles (19-8, 9-4). The loss dropped Florida State three games behind first-place Duke with three games to play.

Thoughts on the win:

-Dino Gregory was key for the Terrapins in the second half. He bailed out their stagnant offense several times. From 10:57 to play to the 2:10 mark, Gregory was the only Terp to make a field goal as he connected on four. Dino finished 6 of 10 overall for 14 points.

-Terrell Stoglin can play! After back to back 25 point performances, the freshman point guard added another 17 on Wednesday night. He looks more and more comfortable running the offense and has no fear taking and making shots from beyond the arc, shooting 3 for 4 from downtown. He has truly earned his spot in the starting lineup.

-Gotta cut down on the turnovers. 16 turnovers may be OK against Florida State (who had 17 of their own). But it won’t get it done against the tougher teams of the ACC.

-Much better from the charity stripe. Over the past two games, Maryland has shot 80% from the foul line. This is a big positive for the team as it was clearly their weak spot for the better part of the season. Whether or not they can get to the line often and convert will be one of the key determining factors in this final stretch run.

-A bit of concern against the zone. The Seminoles zone on ‘D seemed to frustrate the Terps on quite a few offensive possessions. Maryland was able to hit some tough shots, take advantage on fast breaks, and draw fouls to rack up some points. However there were some stretches in the second half where the zone looked quite effective. And that was without the Noles’ top player Chris Singleton. It will be interesting to see if UNC, Miami, or Virginia try a similar style in the next three games when they face the Terps.

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Caps End Power Outage; Defeat Ducks 7-6

(Washington Post) ANAHEIM, Calif. – For a night, the Washington Capitals didn’t want for goals. Facing an Anaheim Ducks squad that had scored at least three goals in each of its past four contests, the Capitals quickly accepted their roles as Western gunslingers in an old-fashioned, high-scoring shootout where defense was optional and it was an unwelcome night to be a goaltender.

All told, 11 players scored goals and 20 recorded points Wednesday night at Honda Center. But Alexander Semin’s tally with 1 minute 47 seconds to go proved decisive in a 7-6 Capitals victory that snapped a three game losing streak. The goal was Semin’s third of the night, marking his fourth hat trick of the season and a resounding return for the winger, who entered the game on a 17-game goal-scoring drought that stretched back to Nov. 28.

The contest marked the first time Washington posted seven goals since an Oct. 30 win in Calgary, the most combined goals scored in a Capitals’ game this season and only the fourth time they tallied five or more goals over the last 35 games. The up-and-down pace came at the expense of the team defense that had been the Capitals’ recent hallmark, as they allowed six goals for the first time since a 7-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Dec. 12.

Last night the Caps finally played some decent and exciting hockey. They came into last night’s contest having lost six of eight and in those losses they scored a total of six goals including two shutouts. The offense had clearly been in a funk since the new year began and the numbers back it up. In January, Washington ranked second to last in goals per game at 1.92. Even if you include last night’s seven goal outburst, they still rank 23rd out of 30 teams in goals per game for the month of February.

It will be interesting to see if they can kick it into gear with just under two months to play in the regular season. If the playoffs started today, they would be the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference. At four points behind Tampa Bay, a fourth consecutive division title is still very much in reach. However no one else in the East is close to scoring the way conference leader Philadelphia is this year. And at 11 points back, it looks as if the boys from D.C. won’t be entering the Stanley Cup playoffs as the top seed like they did a year ago.

Next up for the Caps is San Jose tonight at 10:30 followed by a nationally televised game against Buffalo this Sunday at 12:30.

Annoying Things Sports Fans Do

 

A fan wearing a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey at a Cleveland Indians game is escorted out of the ballpark by police

 

 

I was listening to the Scott Van Pelt Show yesterday on ESPN Radio and he mentioned Austin Schindel’s article/slide show on Bleacher Report titled “The 30 Most Annoying Things Sports Fans Do.”

It was a fun discussion and thought I’d point out a few fun ones from the list (some of which I’m guilty of)

-Wear a jersey to a game where that team isn’t playing.

Full disclosure…I did this once. I was fifteen so cut me some slack. I was invited by a friend to go to an A’s-Nationals baseball game during the team’s first season in D.C. It was June 2005 and at the time the Orioles happened to be playing quite well (first place in the AL East, four games ahead of Boston). I didn’t give a hoot about either team so I wore my Miguel Tejada shirt to the game and purposely went up to the upper deck to walk around and try to get some comments. After a few “Baltimore sucks” and “Tejada sucks” got showered my way I was happy and went back down to my seats. Nowadays I see people at the games wearing a totally unrelated jersey and I think they are morons. Not saying you have to adopt a team or pretend as if you like one of the teams that are playing. But leave your jersey at home. Don’t care if they are your team since birth. I will give exception to golf polo shirts and flat brim caps for fashion if they have a team logo on them. But the jerseys?? Get em outta here!!

-Saying that we should go for it on 4th down…in the middle of the first quarter.

The article says it perfectly here: THIS IS NOT MADDEN! I happen to sit in front of two whiny babies at Ravens games all season and they always want us to go for it. How old are you?? Do you understand football. Yes, it would be nice if we went for it on fourth down all the time. That would be gutsy. It would also be stupid and end up giving us horrible field position 70% of the time. Sit back, cheer for the team, and let the coaches make the call. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion. But if it is as juvenile as this one, keep it to yourself.

-Try to anticipate a play before it happens guy.

Oh I am totally busted. Ask my dad or any of my friends, I love calling the play before it happens. Most of the time I am wrong. And most of the time I’m just trying to look smart. Ravens on the goal line, play clock is running down and I confidently call “Toss right”. Play action to Heap instead. Yikes. Guess I should stop.

-Go behind sports announcers during post game and make stupid faces.

This is kind of annoying to me, but it doesn’t bother me that much. I’m going to take it a step further and bash the people who sit behind home plate at baseball games and have their cell up to their ear and wave all game. Guess what? You’re sitting behind the plate! You’re probably going to be on TV!! I don’t need you calling your friends and smiling and waving like you are at the Thanksgiving Day Parade asking “Am I on? Can you see me?” Just watch the game please.

-When people boo the guy in the shooting competion.

This is in reference to the on court shooting contests they let random fans participate in during timeouts/commercial breaks. But I gotta disagree on this one. See the fans want to see the guy do well. That part needs to be mentioned. They don’t want to see him fail. But if he does, he has the right to hear about it. And it is supposed to entertain everyone else in their seats. So if you are embarrassingly bad or just embarrassing period, I say it is fair game to boo. You could have said no when the arena staff asked you if you wanted to participate. So be prepared to suffer if you under perform, just like the players haha.

Wear a Jersey to Game Where That Team Is Not Playing

Virginia Tech Outlasts MD; Completes Season Sweep

(AP)—Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points to help Virginia Tech rally past Maryland 91-83 on Tuesday night.

The Hokies (17-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 13 of their past 16 games, trailed 76-75 after a basket by Maryland’s Jordan Williams with 5:21 remaining. But behind Delaney and Erick Green, Virginia Tech went on a 9-0 run to take control of the game. Green hit a 3-pointer in that run, and Delaney hit six free throws, including two with 1:14 left that gave the Hokies an 84-76 lead.

Maryland (16-10, 5-6) stopped the run with a 3-pointer by Dino Gregory with 1:09 left. The Terps cut the lead to 87-83 with 33 seconds left on two Terrell Stoglin free throws.

But Delaney hit two free throws with 28 seconds left push the lead back to six, and after Stoglin missed a 3-pointer, Delaney added two more with 14 seconds to go to account for the final margin.

 

Ahh a very tough defeat for the Maryland. They hung in there for most of the game and showed some very positive signs on offense. They led at the half and generated a handful of nice fast breaks. But they could not finish once again, dropping their record to 2-8 in games decided by single digits.

Virginia Tech’s seniors – Delaney, Jeff Allen, and Terrell Bell – were calm and clutch especially in the final minutes as collectively they made 7 of 8 free throws. The Hokies only had two turnovers in the second half, compared to the Terps’ eight.

A bright spot for Maryland however was the play of freshman guard Terrell Stoglin. He posted a career high 25 points coming off the bench and added six assists. Fellow freshman Pe’Shon Howard added ten points.

Maryland has four days off before hosting N.C. State late Sunday afternoon at Comcast Center.

 

Terps Visit Hokies Tonight; NCAA Tourney Hopes On The Line For Both Squads

It is hard to believe it was almost a year ago (2/27 to be exact) that Maryland toppled Virginia Tech one of the more memorable games I can recall as a Terps fan.

The tip time was originally scheduled for 4:00 pm, but a beer truck ran over a nearby fire hydrant hours before the game, fracturing a water line that led to the Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg.

The game was delayed nearly three hours, but once it got going, it was ACC basketball at its finest. It featured 24 lead changes, 15 ties, and two overtimes. Greivis Vasquez dropped 41 and Malcolm Delaney added 28. When all was said and done, Maryland came out on top with a 104-100 win, and a NCAA Tournament berth was all but secured.

Fast forward to tonight’s game where the Terrapins (16-9, 5-5) need a win much more than they did last year when they visited Tech. But the Hokies (16-7, 6-4), even with seniors Delaney and Jeff Allen, are not where they would like to be record-wise at this point in the season. They need this game just as bad as the Terps do if they want to make a run at the big dance, especially after getting snubbed by the selection committee a year ago.

Delaney has been a fantastic player in his four years as a Hokie, however, it has been Allen that has carried the load in the last few weeks. In the past five games, he hasn’t scored less than 15 points or grabbed fewer than 11 rebounds a single time. Over that span, he’s averaging 20.2 ppg and 13.2 rpg.

Maryland’s Jordan Williams has similar numbers for the season in 17.1 ppg and 11.8 rpg. It will be interesting to watch these two go at it and fight for boards. Allen has the edge at the foul line (66%) shooting a full ten percentage points higher than Williams (56%).

Back on January 20 of this season, the Hokies came into College Park and dealt the Maryland their worst loss ever in the Comcast Center, a 17 point defeat. You know that game is still fresh in the minds of players from both teams. Across the board, Tech is the more talented team. But if the Terps can play a complete game tonight, I really believe they can pull this off.

And a complete game means the following:

Sean Mosely finally stepping up. 7.7 ppg in ACC games this year?? He has more than that in him. He knows this offense and can attack the rim well. I don’t see any reason why he can’t finish with 15 tonight.

Hitting free throws. UMD is shooting 65.2% as a team…tied for 281st in the country. It has been said since those 2K Sports Classic games back in November against Pittsburgh and Illinois, the foul shooting have to improve.

Cutting down on Turnovers. One stat that was critical to Maryland’s win in last year’s thriller against Tech was the turnovers, or lack thereof. In the entire second half (including both OT’s), they only committed two turnovers. Two! Possessions are so valuable, throwing them away with careless passes, charges, and moving screens cannot happen tonight if the Terps want to win. 13.6 is their season average. Keeping that number below double digits will would help immensely tonight.

Should be fun!! Tip is at 8:00 on ACC/Raycom

Peace


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