Musings, Rants, Odes and Testimonials to Maryland Sports
This game summed up the maryland season in a neat 40 minutes. Sometimes they can run a solid offense, while being even stronger on the defensive end. And sometimes they can become lackidaisacal, making soft passes, and not showing the effort needed on defense. Once they got up 20, they just didn't have the same energy, and with Clemson's strong press, those soft passes are turnovers leading to easy baskets. Same thing happened against Duke in the first 2 minutes of the second half at Comcast earlier this season. Once they lost momentum, that was all she wrote. I still can't believe that they lost this game. I don't know how this effects the psyche of the team, and not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing to have a week off now to cool off. But, in a vacuum, they need to beat UVA, and then 2 wins in the ACC tournament. They could easily win those games, and they could easily lose their next 2. Who knows.
I'm with you. Words can't describe the pain!
I haven't been able to watch the games closely because of my work schedule. From the sports reporters on the radio, it sounds like we're killing ourselves with turnovers. Is this an issue with our PG or a team-wide buttery-fingered epidemic?-DR
Vasquez had 7 turnovers for the game, which certainly didn't help, but Hayes and Gist also chipped in 3 each. They only had 7 turnovers in the 2nd half but 5 of them did occur in the last 10 minutes spread among most of the starters (Vasquez 2, Hayes, Gist, Milbourne). Clemson had 19 points off turnovers but Maryland had 18 so it was kind of a wash. Milbourne's turnover at the end of the game was the worst since James Mays stole the ball and dunked it to tie the game at 70-70.
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