A Tough Team to Watch
I did not go to the Maryland-Wake game Tuesday night in
Now I am not a big Billy Packer fan. But I do have to give it to him for not holding back one iota in saying just how crappy both
Um Greivis, is anyone home? Hello?
I didn’t take direct notes, but here's what I think Packer said:
and Wake exhibited the lowest basketball IQ of any ACC teams he’s seen in recent memory. Maryland
- Neither teams showed any discipline or court awareness.
- He saved some of his harshest words for Vasquez. Even though GV led everyone in scoring with 22, he had eight turnovers and passed the ball with all the crispness of spaghetti. Packer basically said the guy didn’t belong at point guard.
Here’s a link to the Sun’s blog about Packer’s harsh commentary: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/mediumwell/blog/2008/01/billy_and_the_terps.html
But at least
Is that good?
Packer was basically beside himself as Wake heaved up one brick after another. He wondered aloud when they might realize they couldn’t shoot. It never happened.
(Quick side note – just my opinion, but I don't think the current 3 distance is good for college basketball. Most teams love to shoot them and most teams aren’t good at it. They should move the line out to the pro distance and I bet we’d see better team play. I realize I just sounded very old.)
OK, let’s get into some rapid fire Terps basketball tidbits:
Better third guard – Adrian Bowie or Cliff Tucker?
I was on the Tucker bandwagon all year until the last two games when Adrian Bowie has been fantastic. He plays sticky D, finishes well at the basket, and gives the team a decent ball handling option with Hayes nursing the bum ankle. It appears that
Tucker, meanwhile, has had some nice moments, but right now Bowie is the better third guard.
Let’s Look on the Bright Side
But don't spend too much time beating up on GV, Terps faithful. Put it this way, they ain't going ANYWHERE if that guy doesn't play well. As dicey as he is, he can really bring it sometimes (remember the near triple-double AT Duke last year?).
And how about some kudos for Bambale Osby? The big fella does more with ability than anyone else on the team. He ain't smooth, but he is effective and he gives you all he's got.
Which brings me to wondering, is there any chance
GA Show Episode #2 to Air Saturday night:
In case you missed it, I have a weekend radio show on
On Saturday night, we are on from 6:30 to 9. I will be joined by co-host Ron Herbst, who has no real reason to be on the radio; though he does have a very natural and delightful on-air personality. Guest segments will include:
The Doug Neustadt Report (Neustadt represents NBA and European pro basketball players and does a fantastic Hubie Brown impersonation).
The Matt Bracken Recruiting Report – Matt is a blogger for the Sun -- www.baltimoresun.com/recruiting -- who covers local recruiting.
The KDK Entertainment Report – Top 5 Stories in Celebrity Gossip for the Week
Andre Miller Fitness Challenge – On-Air Workout with the World’s most unconventional personal trainer.
Just when you forgot he was still in the NBA, Joe Smith has found his game in
He had a monster 31 point, 11 rebound night against
In more depressing news, Juan Dixon is getting almost no playing time in