Monday, December 15, 2008

Terps win title

First off congratulations to the men's soccer team who won their second national title in the last four years. The Terps beat North Carolina to capture the title and finish the season 23-3 with an ACC championship to boot. Head coach Sasho Cirovski has done a fantastic job in building an emerging powerhouse with the soccer program.

Let me not forget the women's field hockey team as they also captured a national championship, the third since 2005, and an ACC championship.

Maryland's current ranking of 13th in the Director's Cup should go up with the men's soccer title. The updated standings will be released on December 18th.

The basketball team learned that Jerome Burney suffered a stress fracture in his foot, not the foot that required him to redshirt as a freshman, and will miss 3 to 6 weeks. It is certainly a loss as I think this team needs Burney to continue to emerge as a physical inside presence. Dino Gregory has filled in very well but there is some concern that he won't be as effective against ACC caliber forwards.

It didn't matter that the Terps were missing Burney as they blew out a totally over matched Delaware State squad, 86-58. The Hornets could barely get out of their own way at times so there wasn't much to learn from this game. Landon Milbourne had a second straight career night with 23 points and 7 rebounds and is playing much better basketball the last few games. It remains to be seen how Milbourne will do against more credible front lines but he seems more comfortable and is using his athleticism to make plays around the rim. His jump shot is starting to fall too as he is too good a shooter to keep shooting at a 33% clip from 3-point range. To his credit he is trying to get to the rim as often as possible and has the third most free throw attempts on the team.

Cliff Tucker had a good performance after being MIA for most of the last two weeks. Hopefully Tucker can come around because, while the team is stacked in the backcourt, they will likely need his minutes to spell some of the guards over the next month. Tucker still has a ways to go but he showed some life, unlike Braxton Dupree. Dupree's decent into irrelevancy is sobering. The only way he may get minutes is by default with Burney injured. The fact that Dave Neal is getting 20+ minutes a game should make Dupree ashamed.

Adrian Bowie had a very solid night and is providing some consistent and reliable scoring as the third guard. Until Sean Mosley can defrost his ice cold shooting Maryland will need that from Bowie.

Nice to see Jin Soo Kim get some limited minutes. I still feel like Maryland will need him at times this season. In six minutes he grabbed four rebounds and scored two points. I hope he gets more minutes over the next few home games.

No sighting of Steve Goins.

1 comment:

Rik said...

I want to see if Milbourne shrinks against ACC opponents. He wasn't very effective last year. I am hopeful though.

It's disappointing to hear about Goins -- I know Gary closes his practices to the media, but I'd love to be there and see how he's doing. I know he's a frosh and picked up basketball late, but that size and girth should be getting at least garbage minutes.