Senior Nightmare

Senior Nightmare

There are 83 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Mar 3, 2008, titled Senior Nightmare. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The celebration began early and continued for most of the last night's game against Clemson at Comcast Center.

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southern md joe

AOL

#1 Mar 3, 2008
the loss is just a loss.rebound in the NIT.It's simply a learning season.Theres basketball next year.
Robbob

New Port Richey, FL

#2 Mar 3, 2008
Vasquez is a joke at point guard. He is a turnover machine. Anyone else at point guard and Maryland wins by a dozen points.
big E

Trenton, MI

#3 Mar 3, 2008
This group of Terps simply can not sit on a lead and run down the clock. They need to keep moving, keep scoring and not watch their leads disappear. Every time they try to milk the clock, they p*ss away leads.
lefty

Middletown, MD

#4 Mar 3, 2008
What a horrible loss....put this squarely on the shoulders of Gary Williams,as his decisions allowed this to happen. With a twenty point lead he returned to senior day festivities by bring McAlpin into the game. The result was a series of turnovers and a missed shot by a kid who should never have been in the game. Finally Milbourne was playing as if he was scared to death, why was he in the game at the end when Tucker is a far better ballhandler and defender who appears to me to like pressure. Certainly he played much better last night. Finally your best man to man defender was on the bench for the final possession, why no Bowie with the game on the line.
gary

Brighton, MI

#5 Mar 3, 2008
I agree with Robbob. Vasquez is a one man losing machine. He personally costs us about 5 games this year. Sure he makes great plays but they he throws the ball away about 8 times a game. They choked last nite. The last 3-4 minutes no one wanted to shoot the ball. Gist had about 6 shots and was afraid to shoot. They tried to run the clock off and it did not work. Great comments from everyone. Gary likes Vasquez because he plays with so much heart but when you have that many turnovers game after game what good is passion. Last nites game was disgusting to watch....They all shuld be ashame of thereselves......
schlomo

Ann Arbor, MI

#6 Mar 3, 2008
lefty wrote:
What a horrible loss....put this squarely on the shoulders of Gary Williams,as his decisions allowed this to happen. With a twenty point lead he returned to senior day festivities by bring McAlpin into the game. The result was a series of turnovers and a missed shot by a kid who should never have been in the game. Finally Milbourne was playing as if he was scared to death, why was he in the game at the end when Tucker is a far better ballhandler and defender who appears to me to like pressure. Certainly he played much better last night. Finally your best man to man defender was on the bench for the final possession, why no Bowie with the game on the line.
All great points! I could not believe it when McAlpin came in so early. Clemson's press was good but Gary Williams was the real culprit in this game. The desire to give a senior one last prime time opportunity costs them a shot at the NCAAs. I hope Gary isn't getting too soft to win anymore.
E Rudolph Owings Mills

Poolesville, MD

#7 Mar 3, 2008
Wow - Wow - Wow.

Not much to be said about what happened last night. Very, Very symptomatic of the entire season and really says a lot about the mentality of playing from the lead. I've said it in previous articles that it doesn't matter how talented you are, the mental part of the game is just as important. Playing from the lead is an "ART"! The ability to keep the intensity, focus, passion, and your foot on the opponents neck is not a consequence of talent. I have seen so many talented athletes who could not break the big time because of the mental toughness needed by elite athletes.

In this game we showed why we have so much room to grow. Something is not being taught within the walls of the Comcast Center during the week. Someone who is teaching the X's and O's is missing the big picture. Mental toughness and intensity is as important as any format play.

Gary and the staff need a vacation. Not a permanent one, but they need this break coming up to re-evaluate how to convey determination, how to install the meaning of "No Mercy" in their players.

In the end, this was a real hurtful loss, but Clemson truly deserved the win. And the real important story in not so much that we are not going to the NCAA's; the more important story is that some very nice young men stayed with the program and are attaining what "should" be their primary goal and prideful accomplishment - their diploma!

Hang you heads high and congrats to those Seniors!!!

Best Wishes,

Emery Rudolph
Owings Mills
Bob S

Augusta, ME

#8 Mar 3, 2008
Maryland men's basketball exposed for what they are....again. Where are all the Gary Williams backers now? It's inexcusable to blow a 20-point lead with 11 minutes left at home.

NIT? You gotta be kidding. This team doesn't belong in that hapless, worthless tournament either.

Turn out the lights. It's over.
Sugarbear

Glenside, PA

#9 Mar 3, 2008
Landon Milbourne is All-Airport Team.

Since: Dec 07

Houston

#10 Mar 3, 2008
That was the most disgusting loss of the season. Unacceptable. Maryland was outsmarted. Again.
I love what Gary has done for the University, but the basketball program just keeps going downhill since the Championship.
We'd better start preparing for scrappy Manhattan in the upcoming NIT.
Mr Basketball

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#11 Mar 3, 2008
I agree with many of the above posts. Two people own this loss more then any. Gary Williams and Vasquez. When Williams put in McAlpin when they were up 20 it signaled to the team that he thought the game was over. I couldn't believe it and told my brother that it would come back to haunt them. The energy of the team changed right then and there. The other loser, Vasquez, cannot reliably handle the ball. Both of our starting guards look very slow out there. Why not put in Bowie to help break the press? He's the quickest player we have. Vasquez should be benched everytime he makes a stupid pass or takes a crazy shot. He is killing us more then helping us. I am so sick of his show boating. For every great no look pass he does he has three or four terrible, lazy, turnovers. He's too busy showing off to the announcers and students to run the point. Gary needs to sit him to get the message through. This game makes me sick. Another in the long string of disappointing sports teams in MD this year.
Straight Shooter

Denver, CO

#12 Mar 3, 2008
I'm just thankful that Gary pulled Bowie out if the game near the end, we sure don't want his speed, ball handling and penetration ability down the stretch when we have others on the court who are a step slower, turnover prone, and one kid who continues to have the ole 'deer in the headlights' look when it comes down to crunch time and coughs it up with just awful telegraphed lame pass attempts, no sir, we sure sure didn't need a player like Bowie in there especialy when he was having the game of his short career last night. Oh well, Gary will have some tough days ahead of him this week and now we have to go to UVa and deal with an emotional night at their place with Mr. Singletary waiting to light us up.... Oh, hope they don't press us too much.... we don't do well trying to get the ball up the court against that....`smatter of fact we look quite inept against the press....
Anti Gary

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#13 Mar 3, 2008
Bob S wrote:
Maryland men's basketball exposed for what they are....again. Where are all the Gary Williams backers now? It's inexcusable to blow a 20-point lead with 11 minutes left at home.
NIT? You gotta be kidding. This team doesn't belong in that hapless, worthless tournament either.
Turn out the lights. It's over.
Can't agree more. With all of the Gary backers that are going to argue that it wasn't his fault, I'm not even going to start an ongoing argument this week. I will say just two things. One starts with the recruiting at key postitions. The second starts with putting a team in position to win and keeping them in that position to win. Eric Hayes again is a major mistake. When Clemson put on the press, he was running away from the ball instead of going to get it. When he did go and get the ball, he couldn't handle the pressure of getting it across half court. Are you serious? What position was this kid recruited for? This is a four year mistake on somebody. Who is to blame? I'll let you decide. Secondly, when is a team is pressing you, aren't you supposed to get the ball in the middle of the court instead if inbounding the ball to the corners? The team threw the ball to the corners at least six team last night allowing Clemson to trap immediately. That led to points off turnovers which eventually to a 20 point lead being blown. Shouldn't somebody have realized that maybe on the second or third time it happened? How come the coaches never changed the inbounds play? Again, bad decision on recruits and bad decision on coaching leads to another NIT bid. I wish Gary and his program well on another trip to the JV tournament!
gary

United States

#14 Mar 3, 2008
If they continue to play Hayes they will continue to lose How dare them compare him to Steve Blake he couldn't tie Steve Blakes shoes. The best Hayes is about 8th man.Wake up Gary this guy is sinking you and the Terps

Since: Apr 07

Parkville

#15 Mar 3, 2008
Terps did everything wrong. They couldn't handle Clemson's full court press. They couldn't rebound, where was Osby. They couldn't shoot. Too many turnovers cost them too many oppurtunities. Terps should have won this game by 30. I guess they NIT isn't so bad for a young team.
Tiger Comeback

Bethpage, NY

#16 Mar 3, 2008
Thanks a ton Maryland! This was one of the greatest moments in my sports watching carreer and it was at the expense of the worst bunch of classless fans in the world....terp fans.

I hope this hurts every time you see a Tiger paw. When you have to replace your broken remote, I hope it hurts. When you have to apologize to your wife for being an asshole, I hope it hurts. When you're repairing the hole in the wall where you punched it in disgust, I hope it hurts. You've earned it. When a Clemson fan reminds you of this I hope it hurts.

Have fun in the NIT.
TerpsFreak

New York, NY

#17 Mar 3, 2008
I was disgusted by last night's loss. It brought back all of those foul memories from a few years ago when Duke came back and beat us with one minute left and a Maryland 10 point lead.

The talent is there. The execution and passion are not. Our only hope now is that the team comes out of this with drive and determination and they can have a decent ACC Tournament...I'm not holding my breath.

Gary owns this loss, hands down.
Terpfan4life

Pickerington, OH

#18 Mar 3, 2008
Where were Burney & Bowie at the end? They played great and helped build the lead to 20, but were not in there at the end. You have to be able to coach within the game and see what's going on....stay with the hot hand. I've never seen a player more scared than Milbourne last night...like the ball was a hot potato
NIT<NIT<NIT<NIT<NI T. With the Comcast center and the other resources at our disposal we should not be going to the NIT 3 out of 4 years....BS. I'm glad we're bringing a JUCO point Guard next year, but we need to recruit a freshman to groom as well so we don't have these big gaps in production. I'm just frustrated as ...... you know what.
Tiger Fan

United States

#19 Mar 3, 2008
I apologize for TigerComeback's classless remarks. This is not indicative of the typical Clemson fan's mentality. We have lost our share when we had a big lead and things finally went our way.
JC from College Park

Alexandria, VA

#20 Mar 3, 2008
Vasquez walked off the floor at the end of the game without shaking hands with the Clemson team. That is unacceptable behavior. It was a very emotional game, and an incredible hard loss to swallow, but that is no excuse not to shake hands. He's pathetic and he should be suspended for the final against UVA.

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