One of Those Days Nights Maryland's
season came to a sudden end last night in Raleigh, as Notre Dame
drubbed the Terps, 80-49
, in their Elite Eight match-up.
The Irish were the #1 seed in the Region -- they were "supposed" to win. But they didn't just win last night, they thoroughly dominated
the Terps on both ends of the floor, putting on a clinic and demonstrating why
, all season long, they have been considered one of the top two or three teams in the country. For their part, the Terps had one of those nights when nothing was clicking. It happens. It happens to every team. And last night it happened to Maryland. And so Notre Dame advances to the Final Four, while the Terps return home to College Park, their season over. Congratulations to Notre Dame for their win and their outstanding performance.
It's difficult, so soon after a loss like last night's, to have perspective on the season. To say that we are hugely disappointed at how things ended would be an understatement. But as disappointed as the BCs feel personally, as fans, we are so much more disappointed for the players and the coaches. The photo
on the front page of today's Washington Post Sports section says it all . . . tears and despair.
We can't just forget a game like that, just because we want to. But we're doing our best to take a step back and try to remember all the really great stuff about this season that came before last night.
Putting things in perspective, regardless of how it ended, we had a great ride this season. All the cardiac arrest games that turned out so well. The thrilling weekend in Greensboro, capped off with an ACC Tournament Championship! And the road to Raleigh . . . with that amazing and improbable comeback win over the defending National Champions. Wow. After that, the Terps were one of only eight teams left standing at this point in March, and that's a pretty
damn darn good accomplishment.
And so we say thank you to the Terps. Thank you for a great season. Thank you for all the fun. Thank you for all the excitement. We are confident that the players who will be back next season will build on the accomplishments of this one, and use last night's loss like they used last year's loss to Georgetown -- as motivation to get even better.
To those Terps whose college careers are over -- Netta, Anjale, and Kimmie -- all we can say is a very special thank you, and extend our hope that each of you finds success and happiness in whatever comes next in your life.
Thank you, Terps. Good Luck, Seniors.