Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in
Can Maryland recover from its disappointing performance against
Don Markus: Usually coaches fear their teams – especially young teams such as the Terps – having an emotional hangover after a big win.
It happened last month for
Coming back after the kind of loss Maryland suffered last Sunday at home against Virginia is much different. After the 80-69 defeat, Turgeon said a tough schedule that saw the Terps return to campus at 4 a.m. Thursday morning after a late game at
If there is any time Maryland should have an advantage this season over an opponent in terms of being rested, it’s Saturday. This was the first “bye” week for the Terps in the
But given Duke's style of play – a more talented version of Virginia – I have a hard time seeing Maryland getting its game together this week in practice to beat a team that won by 20 in Durham despite the Terps playing fairly well for long stretches. I actually thought the Terps had a better chance beating the Blue Devils down there a month ago than they do at Comcast Center Saturday.
That being said, I think Turgeon will have his team a lot more ready to play Duke than it was against Virginia. There’s no excuse for being too tired, or for that matter, too young. The player who killed Maryland in the first matchup was freshman
This game is the season for the Terps, short of winning the ACC tournament next month in Greensboro. Win and they’re back in the conversation – though not quite on the bubble – for an
With Maryland fans gearing up for Duke on Saturday, what are some of your favorite fan antics from recent years?
Jeff Barker: The oversized "Scheyer Face" posters were cute, documenting the contorted expressions of the former Duke guard.
There was a "Scheyer Face" blog and a "Scheyer Face" Twitter handle (@scheyerface).
"Wow, that was a hell of a scheyer face on that layup," said one of many Scheyerface tweets that were all kind of the same.
I used to enjoy the Cameron Indoor Stadium fans’ relationship with Maryland’s
They would needle him in Spanish and try to engage him in discussions about the politics of his native Venezuela.
The thing is, Vasquez thrived on the banter, which may not be the response that the Cameron Crazies were seeking.
"I just love the stuff they do when I get there," he said in 2009. "I know they were talking about my president back home."
You've got to have the sort of personality that can rise above the taunts, even tap into the energy.
I'm not into fans simply shouting profanities. That doesn't really distinguish you.
This isn't specific to Duke-Maryland, but I like the originality displayed by the Turgeonites – the group that dresses to resemble Terps coach Mark Turgeon.
What's inspired about the Turgeonites is the trademark gray patch they sport in their hair. It's baby powder, right, Turgeonites?
You've got to own a role like that, and they clearly do. I also like that the Turgeonites are not all men.
I hope the Turgeonites don't get as sad as the coach does after hard losses. In his postgame remarks, Turgeon will sometimes lower his head as he replays difficult moments.
Sometimes you think he's just going to lay down behind the podium and curl into the fetal position.
If he thought about the Turgeonites in those moments, maybe that would cheer him up.
What else is happening in the world of Maryland men's basketball and football?
Matt Bracken: Markus and Barker have the Terps-Duke game covered above, I wrote about new rankings for UM basketball targets in the weekly recruiting roundup, and we recapped football Signing Day extensively last week. So now seems to be as good a time as any to catch up on some random Maryland-related basketball notes, most of which are happening away from College Park.
A rough recent stretch for Alex Len doesn’t appear to have hurt his draft status. NBADraft.net projects Len to be selected with the No. 8 overall pick in June’s draft by the
Len would be the fourth former Maryland player in the
Remember Martin Breunig? The 6-foot-8 forward from Leverkusen, Germany committed to the Terps during