With or without McCray, Terps' effort earns failing grade

March 19, 2006|By DAVID STEELE

COLLEGE PARK — COLLEGE PARK-- --Something stunk about the Maryland basketball team this season. It went beyond its 19-13 final record, its exclusion from the NCAA tournament, and the 87-84 loss it mailed in against Manhattan yesterday.

Sometimes disappointing seasons just happen, and Maryland has had two in a row now, both ending in the NIT. But from what the coach and the players were saying after their quick and lifeless demise in their first game of this NIT, this one didn't just happen.

Inside Terps' season ends with first-round NIT exit. PG 11E

NIT

First round

Friday

Florida State 67, Butler 63 Louisville 71, Delaware State 54 Cincinnati 86, Charlotte 80 Missouri State 76, Stanford 67

Yesterday

Manhattan 87, Maryland 84

Second round

Tomorrow

Hofstra (25-6) at Saint Joseph's (19-13), 7 p.m. Notre Dame (16-13) at Michigan (19-10), 7 p.m. Clemson (19-12) at Louisville (19-12), 7 p.m. Miami (17-15) at Creighton (20-9), 8 p.m. Houston (21-9) at Missouri State (21-8), 8 p.m. Manhattan (20-10) vs. Old Dominion (22-9), TBA

Tuesday

South Carolina (19-15) at Florida State (20-9), 7 p.m. Minnesota (16-14) at Cincinnati (20-12), 9 p.m.

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