Monday, February 18, 2013
3-point shot: Terps look to stay focused
By Andy Katz
1. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Sunday he's hopeful the Terps handle the euphoria of a win over Duke better than they did after beating NC State. The Terps lost three of four games after beating NC State. Four of the their next six games are on the road, beginning with their matchup Tuesday at Boston College. Maryland is a great example of how the selection committee can't just view a team through the prism of one or two wins. Selection committee chair Mike Bobinski said that the committee lives in a "different reality than you all and we can't/don't react game-to-game with weeks left to play." Still, Maryland has two home wins that will have shelf life (see Villanova for a similar case after home wins over Louisville and Syracuse).
2. The ACC said late Saturday that it won't know the 2013-14 season schedule for a few weeks. There is still a chance Duke and Maryland could play twice. If they play only once then the site of that game is still undetermined. I would be surprised that if there was only one meeting in between the two schools that it would happen in College Park. But we shall see. Clearly, though, Duke isn't going to schedule Maryland in a nonconference series when the Terps head to the Big Ten for the 2014-15 season. There is always the chance of a meeting in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, but Duke more than likely will continue to be matched up with the top two or three teams in the Big Ten. It's up to the Terrapins to become one of those benchmark programs in their new conference to draw a game against the Blue Devils in the future.
3. Marquette and Georgetown are the two surprise teams atop the Big East with Syracuse. The Orange and second-place Louisville were expected to be in first, but not the aforementioned two teams. Marquette coach Buzz Williams said that through 12 games it was statistically impossible to justify one single reason. Instead, he cited what has been the norm for the Golden Eagles -- they play really hard. As for Georgetown, a once anemic offense has been solved by younger Hoyas finding each other in the right spots, according to coach John Thompson III. Another reason is they finally moved past the relying on the three players who weren't there (Henry Sims, Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson). Oh, and JT3 added that "Otto Porter is very, very good!"