Friday, March 16, 2007

Maryland 82 Davidson 70

Since the March Madness on demand from CBS keeps crashing my web browser and I've lost a number of entries as a result I'm not going to comment much more on the Davidson game. Maryland didn't really play all that well but shot better than Davidson from both in front and behind the arch. Maryland's 22 turnovers, many of them silly and unforced, prevented Maryland from putting Davidson away earlier than they did. Davidson's early 3-point shooting also kept thing tight for a while but dried up in the 2nd half after Maryland's athleticism and depth wore the smaller Davidson players down.

Maryland plays Butler, probably the most overrated "mid-major" in the entire NCAA tournament, on Saturday at 3:20pm. Butler also relies on perimeter shooting but prefers a much slower tempo than Davidson. They will try to shorten the game and prevent Maryland from getting out on fast breaks. Their frontcourt is undersized and not particularly great at rebounding but they are loaded with experienced upperclassmen. If Maryland continues to be sloppy with the ball, and Maryland's freshmen guards especially Eric Hayes need to play with more poise, then this team could give Maryland an ugly loss. Otherwise Maryland should win easily over the over matched Butler team.

1 comment:

dcydell said...

Okay, here comes my dribble:

“Maryland didn't really play all that well but shot better than Davidson from both in front and behind the arch.”

Yep, I have replayed the game too many times, The Terps were a bit short but out scored the Davidson’s” [blocked a few a shots and grabbed a few rebounds]

“Maryland's 22 turnovers, many of them silly and unforced, prevented Maryland from putting Davidson away earlier” [ or at any point] “than they did.” Terps should have killed them.

“Davidson's early 3-point shooting also kept thing tight for a while but dried up in the 2nd half after Maryland's “(DJ Strawberry) [a] “athleticism and depth wore the smaller Davidson players down.”

[a] note that this is all due to Vaz, releasing DJ from point guard play, so DJ can play defense (and still score……)

“Maryland plays Butler, probably the most overrated "mid-major" in the entire NCAA tournament, {God, the first time I have read this, so damn true) on Saturday at 3:20pm. Butler also relies on perimeter shooting but prefers a much slower tempo than Davidson. They will try to shorten the game and prevent Maryland from getting out on fast breaks. Their frontcourt is undersized and not particularly great at rebounding but they are loaded with experienced upperclassmen. If Maryland continues to be sloppy with the ball, and Maryland's freshmen guards especially Eric Hayes need to play with more poise, then this team could give Maryland an ugly loss. Otherwise Maryland should win easily over the over matched Butler team.”
I scream here, to be heard: WHY DOES MARYLAND PLAY TO THE SLOW TEMPO OF THE ENEMY,…….. GO FAST, MISS,…….. AND GO FASTER……A HIGH POWERED, DEEP, WELL CONDITIONED TEAM COULD COME FROM 20 DOWN AT 4:00 TO GO…….
To the next round