Terps field one of their worst teams in memory

February 16, 2011

With the Maryland Terrapins third loss in the last four conference games ("Another blow to fading Terps," Feb. 16), the men are now completely out of the NCAA tournament discussion, and now the only way they get in is with a near impossible ACC tournament championship.

Although the team lost Greivis Vasquez to graduation last year, this was by no means considered a rebuilding year. Key players Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker and Dino Gregory are all seniors, and Sean Mosley is a junior. This team is actually more experienced than most of the other teams in the ACC. With two freshmen running the team at the point guard position this year, we knew this team would struggle during November and December; however, many of the Terps faithful had high expectations for January and February. Unfortunately the staff continues to experiment with lineups in February, and this squad never reached its potential.

With not a single win over a ranked team this season, they are headed into the history books as one of the worst in recent memory. The team is 0-4 versus the top 25 and 1-8 against the top 50! By all accounts, the ACC is much weaker this year, with only one team in the top 10 and two in the current top 25, so the combination of experience versus a weak conference should have resulted in a top 3 finish in the league.

Hopefully Maryland's new athletic director will understand that wins over Seattle, Maine, Delaware, St. Elon, NJIT, and Longwood will not build the resume necessary to get the attention of the NCAA tournament selection committee, and will in fact hurt your chances. Scheduling Longwood in February? Really?

To make matters worse, Jordan Williams has had such an outstanding season he may be lured into the NBA draft when he is rated as a lock to be selected in the first round. And he is that good.

The final question for this season is this: Will the Terps do what they've done in the past under Gary Williams and not take the NIT seriously, which usually ends with an embarrassing loss to a mid-major? Please spare us of that, coach. If you don't want to play in the NIT please turn down the invitation.

Charles Rosenberg, Lutherville

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