However, since this is our blog, we reserve the right to change our minds . . . if Lindsey helps lead us deep into the playoffs. And then, because it's our blog, we could boast: Didn't we tell you that acquiring Lindsey was a brilliant move?
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The Terps hit the road today for two games against ACC rivals that will surely test their mettle. First up is Virginia at 7pm tonight in Charlottesville. The Hoos are always a tough opponent, particularly in the John Paul Jones Arena, where they are 10-1 this season.
Let's hope that the busload of Rebounders heading down for the game will make the atmosphere somewhat friendlier for Maryland. (The BasketCases will be driving down too!) If you aren't among our merry band of traveling Turtle fans, don't worry . . . you can still watch the game on Comcast SportsNet Plus. (The Wizards game is being shown on the regular CSN channel, so be sure to look for CSN Plus.) The game is also being shown via the web on ACC Select (PPV), and you can always listen live (for free) via the Terps' web site.
WNBA fans in particular should keep their eyes (or ears) on Virginia seniors and pro prospects Aisha Mohammed and Lyndra Littles.
Whatever happens tonight, the Terps head to Tallahassee on Monday, where they will square off against Florida State, which last night stunned Duke in overtime, 82-75! (Way to go, FSU!) That's right, the 'Noles are now at the top of the ACC, and the only team undefeated in ACC conference play! Going into this season, who woulda thunk it that the 'Noles would be in this position at the end of January?!
A BasketCases "Plus": Yesterday, the Diamondback ran an article on Dee Liles' "Quiet Athleticism", and today (imitation being the greatest form of flattery) the Washington Times has a feature on Dee as well. Both good reads!
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The BasketCases, along with quite a few other Maryland fans -- as well as most of the Maryland team itself -- spent the afternoon at McDonough Arena on the Georgetown campus today, watching Louisville defeat the Hoyas, 74-58. For most of the Maryland faithful, the primary reason for the visit was to support former Terps Associate Head Coach Jeff Walz, now in his second year as the Head Coach of Louisville. But for many of us, including the WNBA scouts in attendance, this was another stop on this year's Scouting the Seniors tour, as Jeff just happens to be coaching Angel McCoughtry, one of this season's most highly-touted seniors, and someone likely to be picked quite high in April's WNBA draft.
Among the Maryland players in attendance was Marah Strickland, who, we are happy to report, told the BasketCases that she is fine and expects to play tomorrow when the Terps take on Virginia Tech at Comcast at 4PM.
Operator: "Basketball-to-Go, how may I help you?"
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"I've been waiting for this for two years," said Liles, who committed to Maryland while at Riverdale Baptist but spent the past two seasons at Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College. "There's just something about [the Blue Devils], I want to beat them so badly."
You're not alone, Dee. This is A Must Read feature!
The Terps did exactly what they needed to do tonight in their ACC season opener. They started strong . . . slapping a 20-0 run on the Demon Deacons before Wake Forest even knew what hit 'em. And then Maryland won decisively, 92-65.
After looking up at that 20-to-nothing scoreboard, we doubt there was anyone (including Wake's players and fans) who ever thought the Deacons had a chance to pull this one out. The Terps players certainly had no doubts. They dominated Wake from start to finish. If Coach B hadn't kept all 5 reserves on the floor for the last 5 minutes, Maryland would likely have finished in the triple digits. The comfortable margin allowed everyone who was suited up to get in the game for significant playing time, and that experience may pay dividends later this season.
Tonight Kristi Toliver again showed why she's on everyone's All-American watch list (and why we spotted at least one WNBA scout in the house). KT scored pretty much at will against Wake, posting a game-high 22 points (along with 5 assists, 1 block, 1 steal, and NO turnovers) in just 29 minutes. A pretty good stat line, doncha think? Rookie Lynetta Kizer, who played only 19 minutes, made very good use of that time, adding 17 points. Three other Terps also scored in double figures, including Drey Mingo, who had an excellent outing off the bench, scoring 10 points, including 2 high-arcing beauties from beyond the 3-point line. And while Dee Liles just missed the double-figure-club with 8 points, she made up for that by being a virtual rebounding machine, pulling down an impressive 13 boards. Her vertical leap and her athleticism are simply amazing!
With the conference opener behind them, the Terps now have several days to prepare for what undoubtedly will be a much tougher test. On Monday, they travel to Durham to meet #5 ranked Duke in a 7:30 PM game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The last time these two teams played at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Coach B had just given birth . . . and Maryland played inspired basketball. While we very much doubt that Coach B will be going into labor on Monday, hopefully the Terps will find inspiration somewhere -- to pull off the upset -- and send an early Happy Birthday to (BasketCases guest analysts) Markus and Tyler.
Friday Morning Extra: Here's more on Vicky Bullett joining the Mystics coaching staff . . .link here. (Thanks to message board poster Stever for pointing us to this terrific article!)
" . . . athletic and talented squads . . . in the ACC. Five conference teams -- North Carolina (No. 2), Duke (No. 5), Maryland, Virginia (No. 15) and Georgia Tech (No. 22) -- are in this week's top 25, and Wake Forest (12-1) also received votes. On Monday, unranked Florida State upset third-ranked and undefeated Texas A&M."Seniors Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman are doing what they can to prepare their younger, inexperienced teammates for the rigors of ACC play. Mike Fratto, in today's Washington Times, tells us that
Toliver is confident the Terps are mentally ready for the upcoming grind. The point guard said the only way for her teammates to get used to the heightened competition is to play in it."Soon" starts tonight vs Wake Forest. 7 PM at Comcast.
"They've asked, and you can't really explain. They just kind of have to experience it for themselves," she said. "[The ACC is] one of the best conferences in the country, and the players are all athletic and physical and really talented. The best of the best go to the ACC. They'll figure it out pretty soon."