Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bye, Bye, Maryland!

The BCs are just funnin' with ya . . . not bye, bye, Maryland . . . as in Goodbye to Maryland. But Bye! Bye! The Terps got a Bye in the first round of this week's ACC Tournament! Yay!

Two things had to happen this afternoon -- the final day of the regular season -- in order for the Terps to leap frog over Georgia Tech and UNC to move from 6th to 4th in the ACC. First, the Terps had to beat Boston College on the road at Conte Forum in their 1 PM game. Then, if the Maryland team succeeded in doing what they could control, the Terps would need an assist from Miami, who was playing at Georgia Tech (that game starting at 2 PM). If both visiting teams won, the Terps would gain that coveted final bye. Only 4 of the 12 teams in the Conference get a free pass to avoid having to play on Thursday. And the Terps were hoping, by around 4 PM today, to be the proud owners of one of those Get-Out-Of-Playing-Thursday-Free cards!! And they are!

First, the Terps beat the Eagles, 78-69. (And in doing so, they helped assuage some of the angst we were feeling about that harmonic convergence of horribleness earlier in the season, when BC escaped Comcast with a surprising win.)

Once the Terps took care of business in Boston (a favorite city for Maryland fans), all we could do was wait for the end of the Miami-GT game. Miami was up by 1 point at the half (too close for comfort) when the Terps' game ended. The 'Canes stretched their lead during the final period, only to have the Yellow Jackets pull closer again. The wait was agonizing. Finally, though, Miami closed it out, 70-59, completing the visiting team sweep that Maryland needed. Thank you, Coach Katie & Co.! #4 and a Bye!

We followed both games on GameTracker, watching those little colored figures run up and down the court. It's hard to get much of a feel for a game that way, but from reviewing the stats, here's our take on how Maryland earned that oh-so-important W:

All five Maryland starters had double-digit afternoons. After a slower than usual start (3 points on 1 of 8 shooting in the first half), super frosh Alyssa Thomas roared back in the final period to finish the game leading all Maryland scorers with 17 points (and 9 rebounds, just 1 shy of a double-double). Kim Rodgers (who got the start today over Ti-Hawk) was right behind with 16 points, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. One of her long balls was a buzzer beater that ended the first half and sent her team to the locker room at the break with great momentum. Anjale Barrett had a big scoring game, 15 points, and Lynetta Kizer, who was a huge factor in keeping the Terps in the game during the first 20 minutes (11 first half points), finished with 14. The fifth Terps starter, Diandra T, scored in the single digits (7), but led her team with 10 rebounds.

So that's how it was done. Now it's bye bye Comast North and hello Greensboro . . . which we hope, thanks to the expected migration of red people, will once again turn into Comcast South.

The Terps tip off on Friday at 11 AM against the winner of Thursday's game between #5 Georgia Tech and #12 Virginia Tech.

Go Terps! Beat . . . uuhh . . .Tech!


At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Terps! Great job!

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Kris said...

See you Thursday in Greensboro

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What idiot is making the ACC WBB TV schedule? Not only do they not televise Duke at Maryland, but then today they give us a meaningless Virginia- VT game. Good grief.

At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true! I would think they would care about ratings....

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Comcast SportNet says they are the home of all local sports teams, then why do they only show home games for the women teams. They never show away games. I "watched" via on the play-by-play. Way to go Terps and Miami.

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

because it's women's basketball and they don't really care to be honest.

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas gets #7 ACC Rookie of the Week!! Ever been done before?

Go Alyssa....ACC Freshman of the Year!

At 9:54 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

"Ever been done before?"

Yes. Alyssa holds the Maryland record, but the ACC record is 9 (though not in recent history).

-- BC


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