Sunday, February 15, 2009

"Why Can't Dinosaurs Talk?"

Terps Assistant Coach Daron Park was asked that question by Dee Liles when he canvassed his players for a "fit-for-families" joke he could tell to kick off the Rebounders' post-game social today. Coach Park's answer: "I don't know, Dee, why can't they?" To which Dee replied, "Because they're dead, Coach." Duh!

Sometimes, the obvious answer is also the correct one. And so the BasketCases have a question for our readers: "Why did Maryland beat Rutgers today?" The answer is: "Because Maryland's a lot better." Obviously. Duh!

The Terps recorded a decisive victory over the Scarlet Knights this afternoon at Comcast, 67-47, in front of nearly 13,000 fans. (Isn't payback sweeeet!) Today, Maryland was effective on both ends of the floor. Indeed, it was obvious that the Terps, hardly known as defensive specialists, had put a great deal of emphasis on giving Rutgers a little of its own defensive medicine. Not only did the Terps' dynamic post duo of Kizer and Liles hold Rutgers' bigs, Junaid and Vaughn, to a total of 8 points, but everyone else on Maryland did a terrific job of making sure that the Scarlet Knights did not get many easy baskets. The result? Rutgers shot a paltry 24.7% from the floor. (Maryland shot 40% for the game.)

Perhaps the biggest compliment came from Rutgers Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer, who said after the game: "I thought Maryland played better defense than I have seen them play. They were aggressive . . . . and they put pressure on us as a group." When C. Viv has good things to say about your team's defense, well, that's music to Coach B's ears!

Once again, the one-two punch of Seniors Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver helped Maryland score another home knockout -- the 32d in a row! (Second longest home winstreak in the nation -- behind UConn.) 'Rissa led all scorers with 22 points (including 12 of 14 free throws). She also pulled down 10 boards, adding another double-double to her career stats. Kristi Toliver kinda had an off night (just kidding, LOL!). KT finished with only 18 points, and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.

Given the way these two have played since the moment they set foot in College Park, the BIG news announced at halftime today was very welcome, but hardly surprising: At Senior Night on Friday, February 27th, following the Terps' final regular season home game (against Boston College), they will honor Kristi's and Marissa's jerseys by raising their numbers to the rafters, to join those of their National Championship teammates -- Shay, Lang, and Harp. It's going to be very rough bidding au revoir to these to these two very very special players . . . the last two members of that very very special team. Hanky please!

But there's more ball to play before that! On Thursday, the Terps have a road game against Georgia Tech, always a tough and physical opponent. And next Sunday, as no one needs reminding, the Terps host the Duke Blue Devils. Be there! Wear Red! Prepare to Be Loud! Bring your friends! Cram Comcast! BEAT duke!


At 6:50 PM, Blogger JPNtheHUN said...

Do you suppose we could get the powers that be to cut the corners off of MC's banner before hanging it--reminiscent of her tucked in shoulders on her uniform?

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Brotherhood said...

Where was Sad'e Wiley-Gatewood?

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on where Sade was today?

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From an inside source I was told - she has quit the team.

Hum, I thought the BIG announcement by Coach B was at the end of the game.

Also, if I had a daughter who played ball I would forbide her to attend Rutgers if C.Viv is still coaching there. Her perpetually negative demeanor is a killjoy. I rarely saw her or her assistants cheer, encourage, uplift their players during the game today. I feel bad for the players and alumni that follow the team.

At 10:06 PM, Anonymous BetsyinDC said...

It was a great game today at Comcast. I can't wait until next Sunday when the place will be rockin!

What is the word on Emery Wallace? She's obviously not playing but she's in sweats and is the most vocal fan on the bench. Is she hurt? What's her official status (injured reserve, graduate assistant)?

At 10:20 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Emery has had a number of knee surgeries and, unfortunately, her playing days are over. But she's still on the team and, as you said, their biggest cheerleader. And during many time outs, while the coaches are huddling before Coach B talks to the players, Emery can often be seen "coaching" and giving words of encouragement herself.

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sad to see the comment about Coach Stringer. I waited outside the visiting team's locker room and when C Viv came out it was amazing. There were two former players there - one whose father had traveled from Iowa to see the game - and other assorted Rutgers fans. Coach stopped and chatted extensively with each. She had nothing but kind and encouraging words to say to all. When she got to me, she graciously signed a copy of her book and spent another 5 minutes speaking with me. It was amazing watching this wonderful woman take time with her fans - and she seemed to be enjoying it. Her assistants waited patiently while Coach took time to speak to each and every person there - and at great length. This all probably sounds a little lame but I can tell you that had you been there, you would have seen a warm, gracious, and caring side of this amazing woman. I was a fan before but am a forever fan now. Gerri

At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about Coach Stringer - although I'm a die-hard Terps fan, I really admire her personal courage and her professionalism.

Anyway, before the rumors swirl too much longer, the Post reports that Sade missed yesterday's game due to illness.


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