Maryland Madness

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by Marc Bastow in NCAA

It’s time to let the Maryland Madness begin, as The University of Maryland Men’s basketball season officially opens this evening at the Comcast Center.

Students, alumni and fans will pack the place to welcome back the Terps, who last year rose up from a mid-season slumber to rally and snatch an NCAA Tournament bid. Although they only made it to the 2nd round, it was a positiive step for the program.

The Terps look solid, returning seniors Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne. They also bring back juniors Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker to provide depth, experience and versatility. Sophomore Sean Mosley grew into a defensive stopper role last season, and returns with the same tough mental game and hopefully a better jump shot. Incoming freshmen James Padgett and Jordan Williams will give them height, strength, and presence in the paint, a key element missing for quite some time. So the base group looks good.

But let’s be serious. The keys to this season are the coach and the point guard, one an extension of the other. For that, Maryland fans ought to be thankful and excited.

Head Coach and Maryland alum Gary Williams returns for his 21st year at College Park as coach. Williams is now signed on through June, 2013, as he earned a one-year extension to his existing contract by meeting on and off-the court goals set under the terms of his contract. Williams is simply irreplaceable on the sideline at Maryland. Period.

One June 15th, senior point guard and unquestioned team leader, Greivis Vasquez announced his return to College Park. Vasquez took a look at the NBA, got some feedback on being a possible late first round or early second round pick, and decided to return. Love him or hate him, he will make the Terps a better team and allow them to compete fiercely in ACC play. He is Gary’s clone on the court, and the two of them are joined together this year as much as any other pair in college basketball.

The stage is set, and the Madness begins tonight. Tonight’s practice marks the start of two things significant. The season beginning and my debut covering all things involved with Maryland Basketball.

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One Response to “Maryland Madness”

  1. Nolan Shulman

    16. Oct, 2009

    Good work Marc.

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