Monday, August 27, 2007

Steffy gets starting nod

I knew it was just a matter of time before Jordan Steffy was announced as the starting quarterback. Josh Portis may dazzle fans with his pedigree and athletic ability but he doesn't know the offense well enough. Friedgen's offense is very structured and methodical but also very intricate. His scrambling ability won't make up for being unable to regularly make the right calls.

Maryland is battling some more injury issues but it isn't clear if Big Ralph is just being cagey about his players true status or if this is something to worry about. With all the new faces this year's team will have a different flavor than last year.

Roundball Notes

Greivis Vasquez is still playing in the FIBA Americas tournament as Venezuela knocked off the Virgin Islands to advance to the quarterfinal round. Vasquez played 38 minutes and came close to a triple double with 18 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. He also added 9 turnovers. Vasquez will get to extend his experience in the FIBA tournament for at least four more games and add valuable experience. Just keep your fingers crossed that he stays healthy.

In other news ESPN's Jay Bilas has put a buy rating on the Terps this season. The best college basketball analyst on ESPN has Maryland finishing third in the ACC behind Duke and North Carolina. I think his analysis is fairly good although I think Duke is a little high for my taste. Check out the comments by Gavin Grant of NC State for a laugh. Grant thinks the Wolfpack's 5-11 team from last year is capable of contending for a national title. I guess when you're facing deportation you can get a little flaky but the sheer lunacy of such a boast make me wonder about his mental condition. I guess a three game winning streak is all it takes now to allow some fool to make such a prediction. It is almost more embarrassing than funny. This is the same team, with departed point guard Engin Atsur, that got rolled by a decent but not great Maryland team by 15 and 20 points in two games last season. This is also the same team that went 2-7 against non mid-major teams they played without Atsur. In those games Grant had 50 turnovers and was a disaster at running the offense. He is DJ Strawberry without the defensive skills. State has some good players but I think getting to .500 in the ACC would be enough of an accomplishment. No need to stir up the already delusional Wolfpack fans, you'll just disappoint them again.

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