Friday, March 20, 2009


No. 10 MARYLAND 84, No. 7 CALIFORNIA 71 – It wasn’t that long ago that the Washington Post and the assistant A.D. at Maryland were taking pot shots at Terps Nation’s favorite alum. Now with two quality wins in the ACC tournament and a mild upset in the opening round of the Big Dance, all is well in College Park.
For now.

The Terps defense did the job on the Bears and Greivis Vasquez provided the offense with 27 points. Maryland (21-13) went on a 23-8 run when the score was tied at 51. Game over.

Cal (22-11) was the nation's best-shooting team from 3-point range during the regular season, hitting 43 percent. When the Bears won, it was because they shot well from the perimeter. When they lost, it was because the opponent had kept their shooters from getting hot.

Using its press to disrupt Cal's offensive flow, the Terps rarely gave the Bears a good look from the perimeter and shored up some early interior defensive breakdowns to win a battle of guard-oriented teams.

The Terps Dave Neal added 15 points and Eric Hayes had 14 to help Maryland advance past the first round in its ninth straight NCAA appearance.

The Terps will face No. 2 seed Memphis on Saturday.

(AP Photos/Orlin Wagner)

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