I’m filled with mixed emotions after the Terps awesome 83-81 victory over Duke today. This was an incredibly fitting outcome for the last home game against a storied rival. And how about those Terp fans who rocked Comcast in style!
Alex Len was HUGE and clearly outplayed Duke senior Mason Plumlee in Len’s best game ever. I was a little hard on Len after his no-show against UVA, but he was ready to play today.
Imagine my shock and horror to find out right before the tip that junior guard Pe’Shon Howard had been suspended for breaking a team rule, and then watching as the Terps already suspect guard corps struggled mightily with turnovers (25 for the game) and they still pulled off the win against the #2 team in the country. Incredible! Duke may have been ripe for an upset coming off an emotional rivalry win against North Carolina at home, and Plumlee’s no show was a bit puzzling, but give Alex Len credit, he cleaned his clock.
Think Duke will schedule Maryland as part of the Big 10 – ACC Challenge in years to come? Think again. Duke’s Coach K. is holding a grudge against Maryland for moving to the Big 10. Yes, we will meet against once in 2014 at Duke, and maybe in the ACC tournament this year or next, but we’ve just witnessed the end of an era at Comcast Center. Terp fans are still bitter and resentful at the abandonment of the ACC and the loss of all our traditional rivalries but we’ll have to get over it. I suppose we can look forward to the home and home series against Purdue, Northwestern, and Minnesota 😦
“Raise high the black and gold. . .” – Go Terps!