Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Now that the shock has worn off

Some more fallout from the Clemson loss. Terrance Oglesby was awarded ACC freshman of the week for his game winning shot. He only scored 12 points (18 total for the week) so I guess they just ran out of freshmen that week. James Mays and Trevor Booker are the pair that won the game for Clemson. Right now they are probably the most formidable inside duo in the ACC.

Cliff Hammonds broke his wrist on his non-shooting hand when he went up to block a dunk attempt by James Gist with 16 minutes left in the game. Gist went down hard and stayed on the floor for a few seconds. I don't know if it rattled Gist but he only scored two points after that block.

It seems pretty clear that Bambale Osby still isn't 100% healthy after his bout with the flu last week. At Wake Forest the poor kid looked like he was just dragging his influenza ravaged body up and down the court on shear determination. He had none of his usual bounce and hustle. If not for the emergence of Jerome Burney Maryland could be looking at a four game losing streak. Since winning back his starting job after the ill fated Braxton Dupree experiment Osby had scored in double digits in 10 of his 11 games until getting bit by the flu bug. In his last three games he has only averaged 5 points and 3 rebounds and hasn't scored in double digits once. If Boom can get healthy and Burney continued his recent play Maryland would have an even better inside game than they had a few weeks ago. It is painfully clear that Maryland misses his inside scoring, especially in the half court. Defensively Osby hasn't been the factor that he was earlier in the season either. He struggled against Dwayne Collins, Chas McFarland and Trevor Booker in the last three games.

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