Thursday, March 15, 2007

Goliath Wins

I'm happy that so many of the folks that picked the upset in the Maryland versus Davidson game were disappointed. As has been the case this season Maryland displayed a great toughness in coming back from an 8 point deficit in the 2nd half. Davidson wilted down the stretch as Maryland increased the tempo and tightened up on defense. In the last five minutes Davidson went 1-12 from the field as Maryland pulled away. It was clear that Maryland had played in big games like this and had just enough poise to defeat the more inexperienced Davidson.

The team looked a little shaky in the first half as the defense was porous, especially guarding the 3-point line in transition, and some of the younger players looked a little nervous. The starting frontcourt struggled in the first half but then corrected their problems in the second half and began to really dominate in the paint. Boom Osby had a fantastic contribution off the bench as Ekene Ibekwe got into foul trouble and had to sit for long stretches of the 2nd half. Osby scored 9 of his 11 points in just 12 minutes of play in the second half.

I am a believer in Stephen Curry now. He needs to round out his game a little more as he takes too many 3-point shots, but he is a very skilled player and could play at most ACC schools. Davidson is a tough group of players that will only get better when they all return next season. Assuming they don't let this all go to their heads look for them in the top 25 next season.

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