Terps Basketball: Midnight Madness

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Midnight Madness is only three weeks away. Here’s what’s happening with the Terps.

Lindy’s College Basketball preseason magazine named their top programs of the decade. Guess who made the top 10.

Sporting News named their top shooting guards in the country. Guess who made the top two.

Coach Gary Williams got a one-year contract extension.

Fanhouse has a good post about the new Len Bias documentary.

Gary was on a local radio show this morning and they started talking about his Twitter feed. Gary admitted that a staffer does the typing for him so they asked if he knew what the messages were called. He did not. They told him they were tweets and he replied, “How can you be a man …” Which reminds me, did you know you can follow SWAGLESS on Twitter? Were @SWAGLESSNetwork

“Gary” tweeted an update on former Terps now playing overseas. Here’s his list:
Dave Neal – Ireland
James Gist – Italy
Bambale Osby – Romania
Parrish Brown – Mexico
Mike Jones – Romania
Travis Garrison – Turkey
DJ Strawberry – Italy
Jamar Smith – Italy
Chris McCray – Italy
Nik Caner-Medley – Spain
John Gilchrist – Australia
Ekene Ibekwe – Turkey
Ryan Randle – France
Drew Nicholas – Greece
Lonny Baxter – Greece
Terence Morris – Spain
Rodney Elliott – France
Sarunas Jasikevicius – Greece

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Terps vs. Rutgers: Five Reasons to Feel Good

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* We gave you the bad stuff. Now here’s the good stuff.

1. Rutgers Is Bad Too
The Scarlet Knights are 2-1 but the wins are a rout of Howard and an 8-point win against Florida International. The loss was 47-15 embarrassment at home against Cincinnati.

2. Torrey Smith
The WR and kick returner is a STAR. Last week he had five catches for 165 yards and two TDs. If they double him a deep receiving corps gets more opportunities. If they try man coverage he could have another huge day.

3. Turner Loves Rutgers
His career really started in the 2007 game at Rutgers. RU was ranked #10 at the time, Chris Turner came in for an injured Jordan Steffy and led the Terps to the 27-17 upset. Since then he has started 23 of 24 games for Maryland.

4. History 201: The Meaning of 1-2
Under Ralph Friedgen, the Terps have started 1-2 three times before this year. In ’05 they struggled to a 5-6 record. But in ’03 they rallied to go 10-3 and destroy West Virginia 41-7 in the Gator Bowl. In ’02 they finished 11-3 and beat Tennessee 30-3 in the Peach Bowl. I’m not saying that they’ll win 10 games this year, I’m just saying that Friedgen knows how to turn it around.

5. The Rutgers QB
When the season started fifth-year senior Dominic Natale was the QB, but after a horrible first half against Cincinnati he was replaced by true freshman Tom Savage. Savage played well against Howard and Florida International but was hurt late in the FIU game and is questionable for the Maryland game.

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Terps vs. Rutgers: Five Reasons to Be Concerned

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* As always, we start with the bad stuff.

1. Cal
The Terps opened the season on the west coast playing a team they beat last year. Granted, the Golden Bears are a better team than they were a year ago, but a 52-13 loss was a horrible way for a young team to get started.

2. James Madison
Maryland needed a late TD to tie the game and then a field goal (one that snuck inside the left post before taking a harsh left turn and barely hit the net) to beat an FBS team 38-35 in overtime.

3. Middle Tennessee State
A revenge game against a team from the Sun Belt Conference that beat the Terps in ’08. Maryland got the early lead but couldn’t hold it. They had the lead and the ball in the final two minutes but couldn’t hold it. They needed one stop from the defense but couldn’t get it. MTSU kicks a field goal on the final play of the game and beats Maryland 32-31.

4. 122 and 2
Maryland’s defense has given up 122 points in three games. In the one game against a BCS conference team they allowed 52. In two games against an FBS team and a team from the Sun Belt Conference they’ve given up 35 and 32. Can the new defense stop anyone?

Maryland’s All-ACC running back Da’Rel Scott fumbled twice in the MTSU game. He spent the fourth quarter of a one-point game on the bench watching Davin Meggett get the carries. Coach Friedgen says he hasn’t lost confidence in Scott. Can Scott regain his own confidence and lead the Terps?

5. No One’s Going to See the Game
For the third time in four games the Terps are not on TV. Seriously, isn’t this 2009? How can the only real college football team in a top ten TV market never be on TV? And the Washington Post reports that no one is going to the games at Byrd either. You know things aren’t going well will local papers are calling an ACC school a mid-major.

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SWAGLESS Tailgate Tweets

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We’re getting ready to head to College Park for the Maryland/MTSU game. We’ll be Tweeting from Byrd. Follow us at @SWAGLESSNetwork

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Terps vs. Middle Tennessee: The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction*

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* We gave you the bad stuff, then the good stuff. Now here’s this week’s pick.

Why MTSU Could Win
They play a spread offense that has been incredibly difficult for the Terps to stop. And now Maryland has to try to stop it without two starting DBs. The Blue Raiders beat Maryland last year and think they can do it again today.

Why Maryland Could Win
A steady diet of Da’Rel Scott with a side order of Morgan Green should lead to big yards and lots of time of possession. Last year MTSU kept the ball for long stretches and Maryland abandoned the running game. If that changes today the Terps are in good shape.

The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction*
There are plenty of reasons for Maryland to be worried coming into this game, but they do have the most talent and should win the game. Look for more than 200 yards rushing and a couple of TDs out of Scott and Green and a much happier result in College Park. The SWAGLESS prediction:
Maryland 31, MTSU 23.

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Terps vs. Middle Tennessee: Five Reasons to Feel Good

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* We gave you the bad stuff. Now here’s the good stuff.

1. A Dish Best Served Today
The revenge factor sure worked for Cal in week one. Now it’s the Terps turn to play the “we owe them” card. Last year in Murfreesboro, TN the Blue Raiders’ spread baffled Maryland from the start and MTSU got the 24-14 upset. No one would call it an upset if they did it again. Maryland has to play with a chip on their shoulder, and they will.

2. History 101
While the Terps have had their issues against smaller schools in the Ralph Friedgen era (Northern Illinois, MTSU), they haven’t lost home games. Under the Fridge Maryland is 19-2 against non-conference opponents with both losses coming against West Virginia.

3. Unless He Has H1N1
Early in last year’s game against MTSU, Da’Rel Scott ran for a 63-yard TD to tie the game 7-7. He finished with 123 yards and averaged more than 11 yards per carry. But he only got the ball 11 times. Last week he only had 72 yards against JMU but played the game with strep throat. If Scott is closer to 20-25 carries then things should be going well for the Terps.

4. They Get Hurt Too
Middle Tennessee State will play today without their top RB, Phillip Tanner.

Maryland should get an emotional boost from one of their injured players when Nolan Carroll plays the role of Willis Reed. Carroll, a senior captain who broke his leg last week against JMU, will join his fellow captains at midfield for the coin toss.

5. We’re in First Place in the ACC Atlantic
OK, we’re tied for first at 0-0 but still. Here are the standings entering today’s games.

B.C.                     0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Maryland         0-0 .000 1-1 .500
NC State           0-0 .000 1-1 .500
Wake                  0-0 .000 1-1 .500
Clemson           0-1 .000 1-1 .500
Florida State    0-1 .000 1-1 .500

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Terps vs. Middle Tennessee: Five Reasons to Be Concerned

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* As always, we start with the bad stuff.

1. Have You Seen Maryland Play This Year?
Two games into the season there’s not a lot to be happy about. In week one Maryland flew all the way across the country just to be blown out by Cal 52-17. In the home opener last Saturday they needed overtime to beat James Madison. It’s clear that no games on the schedule can be taken lightly.

2. Recent History
Last year the Terps had to travel to Murfreesboro, TN. The only thing worse than that, they actually lost to Middle Tennessee State 24-14. Now Maryland is one of the youngest teams in the country, 30 players are gone from the team that lost to MTSU a season ago. The game is in College Park this time but the Terps have no momentum and the Blue Raiders (bet you had no idea that’s was their nickname) will come in knowing they can win this game.

3. Spread ‘Em
Maryland’s defense is notoriously bad against the spread offense. Guess what MTSU runs. Last year the Blue Raiders used the spread to rack up more than 400 yards of offense and held the ball for nearly 40 minutes in their victory over the Terps.

But wait, Maryland has a new defensive coordinator and a completely different scheme you say. Valid, but last week the D struggled against James Madison, right? Guess what offense the Dukes run. A different type of spread, but still. JMU had 268 yards rushing and more than 400 yards in total offense. And now Maryland will be trying to stop a spread offense without two of its four starting d-backs. CB Nolan Carroll broke his leg against JMU and is likely done for the year. Safety Jamari McCollough will miss a second-straight game, coaches expect him back next week for Rutgers.

4. This One Time, at a Football Game …
Last week the inexperienced o-line committed two false starts, at home. Some Maryland fans were concerned that the band was playing too loudly as the Terps were about to snap the ball. The athletic department claims it was the JMU band. It’s hard to imagine that at any point in that game there was too much noise in College Park.

5. Three yards and a … Well, Another Three Yards
The Terps offense ran 70 plays against FCS school James Madison. Five of those plays gained more than 15 yards. Despite all the talk of the talent in the backfield and the seven-deep receiving corps The Washington Times thinks the coaches are admitting that they have to be a dink and dunk offense. Maryland will need big plays, not just to keep up with MTSU’s spread offense this week, but all year long.

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