Thursday, March 17, 2005

NIT

Maryland pulled away from a pesky Oral Roberts squad last night, 85-72. Attendance was somewhere in the 7,000 range which is less than half of what these players are used to seeing at Comcast. According to the newspapers the squad woke up after a technical by Gary Williams and went on a 17-0 run. Maryland avoided the "we'd rather be on spring break" malaise that Notre Dame and Indiana clearly had in earlier games, at least for now. The NIT has set up the easiest path to Madison Square Garden for Maryland of any team in the tournament.

Mike Jones again showed an ability to score in bunches. He put up 10 points in under 2 minutes in the 2nd half. There will be games next season where Jones will be unstoppable. He has not put together a complete set of skills yet, but there are few players with his natural ability to score.

Will Bowers is making his case to be the starting center next season.

Travis Garrison followed form by posting a double-double after making some wonder if he had even dressed for the ACC tournament.

Chris McCray was benched to start the game for missing an "academic appointment", whatever that is. This is the second time this season that a player has been benched for academic related issues, the other being Gilchrist for the Wake Forest game. Slightly concerning and makes you wonder if next season Maryland will have a Sean Banks or PJ Tucker situation.

The next game will be against the Davidson and SW Missouri State winner on Saturday. Interestingly former Maryland coach Lefty Driesel coached Davidson in the 60's.

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