Sunday, March 11, 2007

We're baaaack

It appears that Maryland's loss to Miami in their first game of the ACC tournament didn't really have much effect on the seeding for the Terrapins. They still received a four seed with only North Carolina having a higher seed out of the ACC. It was a clear indication that the selection committee put more stock in the seven game winning streak than in the lethargic effort that resulted in a loss to the pitiful Hurricanes. It also seems that the committee looked very closely at the conference schedule to guide seeding and the awarding of at large bids. Maryland ended the season tied for third place in the ACC and seeded fifth in the tournament but received a higher seed by the NCAA selection committee than either Virginia Tech or Boston College, who were also 10-6 in the league.

It is a fairly good draw for the Terrapins. Davidson has some talent but also failed to record a win against a single top 100 RPI team, losing to Michigan, Missouri and Duke (by 28 points). They did have wins over Charlotte and Arizona State but had 16 wins against RPI 200+ opponents, most among the top 75 RPI.

Freshman Stephen Curry supplies most of the scoring punch for Davidson and junior point guard Jason Richards does a good job of distributing the ball. Overall this group hasn't faced a team that plays the kind of athletic pressure defense that Maryland is capable of unleashing on opponents. If their backcourt can handle the pressure and knock down some shots from the perimeter then Davidson has a chance to hang with Maryland, otherwise Maryland should win easily. I'll have a better scouting report on Davidson soon.

Overall it is just sweet to have the Terps back in the postseason. Perhaps Maryland fans take the success of their basketball program for granted at times but Gary Williams has no one to blame but himself. He's spoiled us. For the 12th time in 14 years it is another NCAA tournament with Maryland part of the mix. This NCAA bid seems especially sweet given that Maryland has spent the last two seasons in the NIT.

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