Posted on: February 7, 2010 2:10 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2010 3:57 pm

Maryland vs. UNC

2:09 - Unable to make it to College Park today, I'm live with you here, in Gaithersburg, Md.  Terps in Gold.  Milbourne, Vasquez, Hayes, Mosley and Williams.

2:12 Vasquez with an open 3.  Milbourne with a BIG block from behind on Davis.

2:13 - Terps are definitely focusing on stopping the Tar Heels inside, defense is collapsing in, and leaving the guards with open shots.  Thompson takes a step back, fades away and hits a jumper over Milbourne.

2:15 - Heels break the press but Ginyard throws the ball away.  Milbourne went in for a big dunk, but drew iron.  Ball clanks out to Hayes who knocs down the open 3. 

2:20 - Another Hayes 3 pointer makes it 13-8.

2:23 - Vasquez and Hayes hit 3's to make it 19-9. 

2:26 - Timeout. 19-13.

2:29 - Nice decsion by Bowie not to pull the trigger on the 3 and drive, found Milbourne for a layup.  Bowie drives again, and gets the foul and will go to the line for two.  Makes the first, misses the second.  Fast break for UNC, Ginyard gets fouled on the layup attempt and will go to the line for two.  Missed the first, makes the second.

2:32 - Vasquez breaks the double-team and finds Tucker open for 3. 

2:33 - Terps double team Thompson, Bowie steals the ball.  Tucker with another shot, he LOVES playing against UNC.  Tucker feeds Vasquez for 3 this time, 30-16. 

2:34 - Vasquez finds Gregory underneath to make it 32-16.  Graves hits a 3 for UNC.  Thopmson gets in easy dunk to make it 32-21 with 7:39 to go.

2:38 - Sloppy pass by Mosley up ahead to Milbourne, picked off, but UNC travels so the turnover does't cost the Terps.  Ginyard playing pretty well today, not a good thing for the Terps if his confidence grows.

2:39 - Strickland hits a 3 to cut the lead to 6.  Terps offense looks stagnant.  Vasquez with a two-pointer.  Tar Heels on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 34-28. 

2:41 - Milbourne's pass kicked out of bounds, trying to feed Williams.  Bowie and Gregory back in for Mosley and Williams.  Vasquez with a selfish take as Hayes was WIDE open for a good 5 seconds. 

2:43 - Milbourne with the wide open 3, good defense by Vasquez but misses the wide open layup.  Bowie with the reverse layup off the fast break.  Terps up 39-30 with 3:04.

2:47 - Maryland called for the travel, didn't see it.  Bowie rushes the 3, no wonder they are leaving him wide open.  Tucker makes the shot, comes down the court the next possession and takes the 3, took a contested shot and off the rim and over the backboard.  Ginyard fouled and will go to the line.

2:50 - Milbourne with the foul, that's #2 on him.  Ginyard makes both free throws.  Vasquez backs down Drew, only to have his shot rejected by Davis.  Vasquez gets the rebound and misses a 3.  Vasquez gets another rebound and makes a two-pointer.  Vasquez takes the final shot, and takes a terrible off-balance shot.  Padgett draws a jump ball, Maryland has possession.  End of the half.  Terps up 44-34.

2:55 - Vasquez leads with 14 at the half, Hayes with 9 and Milbourne and Tucker with 7.  Tucker averages 16 against UNC and 4 points against everyone else.  He's looked great all season, but he's doing it again to UNC.  Ginyard, Graves and Thompson with 7 and Davis with 6. 

2:57 - Terps should be up by more at the half, but let UNC back into the game.  Terps need to be careful not to let a 10-point lead turn into a 2 or 3 point lead and lose the momentum completely in the second half.  You have to imagine Gary Williams will focus on getting Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne more involved as they've both looked invisible at times in the first half.  The defense has looked great so far, and they need to keep up the intensity.  Maryland has shot well from 3 as well, hopefully they won't fall in love with the three as they may not be able to keep up their torrid pace.

3:11 - J. Williams runs the floor and gets a great pass from Vasquez for the open dunk.  Vasquez with 7 assists.  Williams with another basket.  Milbourne gets another block on the defensive end.

3:13 - Deon Thompson with the three point play.  Hayes to the free throw line.  Makes the first, and the second.  52-42 Terps.  Ginyard hits the 3 to cut it to a 7-point lead.  Williams dribbles the ball off of his foot. 

3:15 - Gary Williams calls a timeout as the Tar Heels cut the lead to 52-47. 

3:18 - Thompson gets fouled down low, and another timout.

3:23 - Hayes hits a runner to put the lead back up to 5.

3:24 - Gregory with the block on the defensive end, then is rewarded with the ball on the fast break, but he's fouled on his dunk attempt.  Gregory makes the first, and the second.

3:25 - Graves gets an offensive rebound and puts the ball back up to cut the lead to 58-53 for the Terps.  Ginyard steamrolls Gregory, and Gregory with the foul. 

3:27 - Gregory looks great, cleans up the offensive glass and hits the jump hook.  Vasquez with the steal, works the ball to Bowie who misses a Vasquez-type off-balance shot.  Hayes open from the corner and hits the 3.  Vasquez with the easy layup.  Williams forces the ball out after a bad pass from Drew into the post, Bowie takes the ball down court and gets fouled.  65-54.

3:33 - Vasquez pushes the fast break and hits the open 3.  Vasquez finds Gregory off the inbounds pass and Gregory slmas it home. Terps up 70-56. 

3:35 - Mosley gets on the board with a nice pull-up jumper.  Vasquez hits another 3 to push the lead up to 16.  Jordan Williams is not playing like a Freshman today inside.  Gets the block, the rebound, and gets the outlet to Vasquez.  Mosley with the layup.

3:41 - Maryland has good ball movement, but a Jordan Williams 12-foot jumper was probably not the desired shot.  Mosley skies over a defender to hit the jumper at the free throw line 79-61. 

3:42 - Terps up 20! Milbourne hits a fadeaway to make it 22 point lead. 

3:45 - Williams gets his fourth foul, and Padgett comes in off the bench.  Padgett makes the first free throw, but misses the second. Not quite sure how, but Milbourne somehow came away with that rebound.  Mosley with the foul, and Davis will go to the line. 

3:48 - Davis misses both and Vasquez comes away with the rebound.  Padgett misses the layup attempt.  Larry Drew is ice cold for the Heels.  Milbourne tried to go over Henson, but his high-arching shot was an air ball.  Milbourne breaks away and throws down a two-handed jam.  Maryland up 23, 88-65.

3:53 - Terps are up 88-67 with under 2 minutes to play and at this point, Terps are just winding down the clock.  Milbourne will head to the line. 

3:54 - Milbourne makes the first.  Vasquez and Hayes come out of the game, and Milbourne makes the second free throw.  Mosley with the steal and the slam.  92-67 with 79 seconds left.  Vasquez showing a big smile on the bench.  Milbourne and Mosley comes out and Levent and Pearman come in. 

3:55 - Maryland winds down the clock and Tucker finds Padgett under the basket, but Padgett misses the shot.  Heels hit a shot to make it 92-71 and at this point UNC isn't fouling so that will be your final score.  MD fans chanting "We Want Duke".
Posted on: January 7, 2010 6:43 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2010 2:52 am

How I am Going to Fix College Football

Everyone has a bone to pick with College Football.  Anyone you talk to will find something wrong with the game.  Weather it's the lack of a playoff system or the emphasis on pre-season rankings.  Maybe you do not like the fact teams from non-bcs automatic qualifying conferences have played in a championship game.  Maybe you do not think they deserve too.  Now, you do not think so, but school president's think the schedule is too long as it is, but the championship game continuously gets pushed back ever year (odd, huh?).

It's ok, because I've got the answers, or the solutions, whichever you prefer to call them.  Conference Realignment. Check. 24-team Playoff. Check.  Lose the bowl system, but still keep an emphasis on the regular season? Check.

Let's get to this.  I'll start off with the conference realignment because I feel like once that is out of the way, everything will become simpler.  I based the conferences mostly off of a regional basis.  I tried my best to keep traditional rivalries intact.  Some did, and some did. not  However, with the way the schedule will be set up, the traditional rivalry games can still be played.  Drum Roll Please.....

Appalachian Conference
Ball State Cardinals (2-10)
Bowling Green Falcons (7-6)
Cincinnati Bearcats (12-1)
Marshall Thundering Herd (7-6)
Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks (1-11)
Ohio Bobcats (9-5)
Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2)
Pittsburgh Panthers (10-3)
Toledo Rockets (5-7)
West Virginia Mountaineers (9-4)

Thoughts: This is an improved MAC conference essentially.  It's very top-heavy, and likely the same four teams will be competing every year for the championship.  If a smaller team like a Bowling Green or Marshall returned to some of the better times they saw in the early-2000's this could be a good conference.  Cincy is becoming a power and will challenge OSU for all the top recruits in Ohio now.

Chesapeake Conference
Duke Blue Devils (5-7)
East Carolina Pirates (9-5)
Maryland Terrapins (2-10)
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (10-3)
Navy Midshipmen (10-4)
North Carolina Tar Heels (8-5)
North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-7)
Virginia Cavaliers (3-9)
Virginia Tech Hokies (10-3)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-7)

Thoughts: This is the basketball portion of the ACC, mixed in with some strong "mid-majors".  I wanted to put Tennessee in over MTSU, but the strong ties to the SEC overcame the fact they were actually the closest team to Virginia Tech.  Marshall and West Virginia were considered, but they fit just fine in the Appalachian Conference.  The Mid-Atlantic is a talent rich area, so recruiting should not be too difficult for the top teams in the conference and adding MTSU could open roads to the south some teams do not have.

Colonial Conference
Akron Zips (3-9)
Army Black Knights (5-7)
Boston College Eagles (8-5)
Buffalo Bulls (5-7)
Kent State Golden Flashes (5-7)
Penn State Nittany Lions (11-2)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-4)
Syracuse Orange (4-8)
Temple Owls (9-4)
UConn Huskies (8-5)

Thoughts: This is clearly Penn State's conference.  Rutgers and UConn are improving and Boston College has established itself as a good team year in and year out.  Penn State will still recruit nationally, but other teams will be stuck with their Northeastern limitations.

Great Lakes Conference
Central Michigan Chippewas (12-2)
Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-12)
Indiana Hoosiers (4-8)
Michigan Wolverines (5-7)
Michigan State Spartans (6-7)
Northwestern Wildcats (8-5)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-6)
Purdue Boilermakers (5-7)
Western Michigan Broncos (5-7)
Wisconsin Badgers (10-3)

Thoughts:   This is an intriguing conference.  It could be very strong (if Notre Dame rebounds and Northwestern continues to build) or it could be very weak (Central Michigan drop-off and Purdue and Michigan State spiral downward).  Michigan is the big wild card though.  If Rich Rodriguez can turn them around, this will be a good conference and you could imagine seeing a National Champion out of this conference, otherwise.... this could be the weakest hypothetical conference.

Gulf Coast Conference
Central Florida Golden Knights (8-5)
Florida Gators (12-1)
Florida Atlantic Owls (5-7)
Florida International Panthers (3-9)
Florida State Seminoles (7-6)
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (6-6)
Louisiana State Tigers (9-4)
Miami (Fl.) Hurricanes (9-4)
South Florida Bulls (8-5)
Tulane Green Wave (3-9)

Thoughts:   Honestly, any one of these teams COULD be good.  I mean, they are in the south in talent-rich areas.  A realignment would challenge Florida and Miami for the state of Florida, both in the win-loss column and in recruiting.  To this point this has to be the most loaded conference.  I think South Florida would finally become a power in this conference.

Lone Star Conference
Baylor Bears (4-8)
Houston Cougars (10-4)
North Texas Mean Green (2-10)
Rice Owls (2-10)
SMU Mustangs (8-5)
TCU Horned Frogs (12-1)
Texas Longhorns (13-0*)
Texas A&M Aggies (6-7)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-4)
UTEP Miners (4-8)

Thoughts: "I wouldn't do it".   The traditional Big 12 powers are combined with smaller teams within the state.  Texas, TCU, Houston and Texas Tech make this a very strong conference.  It's similar to the Appalachian Conference where it needs a weaker team to stay competitive (preferably A&M and SMU).  Rice was recently strong, but has taken a nose dive and do not look ready to come out.

Midwestern Conference
Illinois Fighting Illini (3-9)
Iowa Hawkeyes (11-2)
Iowa State Cyclones (7-6)
Minnesota Gophers (6-7)
Missouri Tigers (8-5)
Northern Illinois Huskies (7-6)
Oklahoma Sooners (8-5)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-4)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-7)
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-12)

Thoughts:   This has the potential to be a very, very strong conference.  Oklahoma will reload.  So will Oklahoma State.  Iowa just doesn't lose more than four games.  Missouri has really started to improve the last five years.  Tulsa and Minnesota usually have good offenses.  Illinois is the wild card, if they can turn things around this could be a scary conference.

Mississippi River Conference
Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0*)
Arkansas Razorbacks (8-5)
Arkansas State Red Wolves (4-8)
Auburn Tigers (8-5)
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (6-6)
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-8)
Memphis Tigers (2-10)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-7)
Ole Miss Rebels (9-4)
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-6)

Thoughts:  Like most of the conferences there are 4-5 strong teams at the top, and a few teams that are considerably weaker.  Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Southern Miss should dominate this conference.  Miss. State could rebound.  The teams here should have no problem recruiting, as most don't bother recruiting out of state.

Pacific Northwest Conference
Boise State (14-0)
California Bears (8-5)
Idaho Vandals (8-5)
Nevada Wolfpack (8-5)
Oregon Ducks (10-3)
Oregon State Beavers (8-5)
San Jose State Spartans (2-10)
Stanford Cardinal (8-5)
Washington Huskies (5-7)
Washington State Cougars (1-11)

Thoughts: Boise State was the most winning-est program of the decade, they are a strong team.  They are 2-0 in BCS bowl games.  Oregon, Cal, Oregon State, Nevada and Stanford are all good teams in their own right.  Idaho is a team on the rise, while Washington and Washington State are mired in a stretch of mediocrity, or worse.

Rocky Mountain Conference
Air Force Falcons (8-5)
BYU Cougars (11-2)
Colorado Buffaloes (3-9)
Colorado State Rams (3-9)
Kansas Jayhawks (5-7)
Kansas State Wildcats (6-6)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-4)
Utah Utes (10-3)
Utah State Aggies (4-8)
Wyoming Cowboys (7-6)

Thoughts:   I should have just called this the "Versus Conference" since that is the only place you will ever see these games.  I am sure the other 11 conferences would find a way to bar Nebraska, Utah or BYU from the playoff.  This covers a big area geographically, and recruiting, while not great, is prosperous.  BYU and Utah will open recruiting areas to the mid-western states. 

Southwestern Conference
Arizona Wildcats (8-5)
Arizona State Sun Devils (4-8)
Fresno State Bulldogs (8-5)
Hawaii Warriors (6-7)
New Mexico Lobos (1-11)
New Mexico State Aggies (3-10)
San Diego State Aztecs (4-8)
UCLA Bruins (7-6)
UNLV Rebels (5-7)
USC Trojans (9-4)

Thoughts:   USC should control this conference, but presuming some of these teams can rebound from a few down years it could be a good conference.  This is not a far stretch from what the Pac-10 is now.  USC and everybody else.  San Diego State should be good, how hard is it to show a recruit a photo of Marshall Faulk and tell them its sunny year round... who would not want to go there?

Southeastern Conference
Clemson Tigers (9-5)
Georgia Bulldogs (8-5)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-3)
Kentucky Wildcats (7-6)
Louisville Cardinals (4-8)
South Carolina Gamecocks (7-6)
Tennessee Volunteers (7-6)
Troy Trojans (9-4)
Vanderbilt Commodores (2-10)
UAB Blazers (5-7)

Thoughts: I am not sure if this is an incredibly strong conference, or an overrated conference.  If Lane Kiffin can stop acting like a spoiled 7-year old and gets his program under control this could be a good conference.  Same for the Ol' Ball Coach at South Carolina.  Louisville is a mess right now.  Troy is an unheralded program, but could really gain national exposure in this league.

Now that we have the conferences taken care of, the next step is the regular season.  With ten teams in each conference, there is no need for a conference championship.  Now, people will argue that this will cost the teams and conferences money.  However, with a 24-team playoff, you can subtract the conference championships while simultaneously solving the bowl issue, since you will have 23 playoff games, and then have "bowl" games for 20 more teams.  Teams will play nine conference games and then have two out-of-conference games.  This will allow teams to play traditional rivalry games if they are in different conferences.  I am really imagining Ohio State-Michigan, Tennessee-Florida and the Commander-In-Chief games.

The Playoffs are the next issue, 24 teams is not something other divisions have.  Division three has 32 teams, Division two and FCS have 16.  So the way the playoff will work is the ten conference winners will all get seeded and have an automatic bids into the playoffs, and the top eight of the ten conference winners will get byes in the first round.  Then, the next 14 teams will seeded and the opening round matchups will be determined.  #24 will travel to #9, #23 will travel to #10 and so on to #17 traveling to #16.  These first games will be played at the higher-seeded teams home stadium.  Then for the next round the eight teams with the byes would host the eight winners from the previous round, but the highest seed will face the lowest seed.  So in a normal playoff bracket, the 1 seed would play the winner of #16 vs. #17, however, to keep the best matchups we can, if say #21 is the lowest seed remaining, rather than #21 play #5, they would play #1 and so on down the line.  Now these games are home games for the higher ranked teams, but we can assign a "Bowl" to them.  So the sponsors still get in, but teams can be rewarded with a home game and all the revenue from the game.

There are six Bowls with too much history to take away and just call them the bowl, but not play them at the actual stadium.  These Bowls are the four BCS Bowls (Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange) and the Cotton and Gator Bowls.  It was a tough decision among the Gator, Capital One (Citrus) and Chick-Fil-A (Peach) Bowls, but ultimately, I decided on the Gator.  The Championship will rotate among the six games every year.  So the round of eight will be held at four of the stadiums, and then the round of four will be held at the other 2, with the championship held at one of the final two stadiums.  The stadiums will rotate the championship every year.

Teams who make it to the championship game could play as many as 15 or 16 games, depending on their seed.  This is in line with every other division where the champions will play at least 15 games.  So this system is no different from the other divisions, leaving the President's no "out" for saying they think the Student-Athletes are playing too many games. Most of the country wants a playoff anyway, I am here to help the country.

Then there is the issue of dropping 11 bowls.  I think the easiest way to solve the issue is to just have Bowls for teams that do not make the playoffs.  It's somewhat like a one-off NIT.  Obviously teams are going to have arguments as to who should be the final teams into the tournament, and at least they will not feel like they are empty handed here.   The extra bowls will also help some of these cities out which rely on this tourism revenue.  I would say you pick some of the smaller bowls, like the GMAC Bowl, Music City Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl and Sun Bowl.

This sums it up pretty well, feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree.

Posted on: November 2, 2009 12:30 pm

The State of the ACC

Let's get this outta the way first, Duke, yes Duke, is in 2nd place in the ACC.  No, Steve Spurrier is not the coach.  No, this is not the late 80's.  No, this isn't basketball season.  Now, Georgia Tech has yet to play Duke, and they play them in 2 weeks in Durham, if the Blue Devils somehow pull off a win, you could be looking at Duke in the ACC title game.  Raise your hand if you thought that would happen.  If you raise your hand, and aren't a Duke student, you are lying to yourself.  Shame on you. 

However, that's a tall task as Georgia Tech has proven they are the one team impervious to a let down.  Georgia Tech has Wake at home and Duke on the road left in conference and Georgia at home the final week of the season.  Tech should be looking at an 11-1 record and 7-1 in conference.  They won't be playing for a national championship with that record, but they are a dangerous team come Orange Bowl time, and if Cincinnati stays undefeated we could be looking at a great matchup. 

Then there is the rest of the ACC.  In the Atlantic no team is out of the division race.  Sure 0-4 NC State and 1-3 Maryland look terrible, and they are, but if either wins out, they could win the division.  I'm sure some people would like to argue this is the "strength" of the ACC shining through.  A tough league where every week no team is safe.  That's just simply false.  The ACC Atlantic is so muddled, you can flip a coin to determine the winner every week.  If they ACC gets 10 teams into bowl games again, it will be a travesty.  Fortunately, they should only get 9 this year barring some major collapses down the stretch (i'm looking at you Jim Grobe). 

I would say Boston College has the easier path in the ACC Atlantic, but the loss to Clemson means should they finish tied, Clemson would hold the advantage. 

Meanwhile, Maryland's season is starting to spin out of control.  Sitting at 2-6 (1-3) with FSU, VT and BC on the schedule is no easy task.  Maryland could be looking at it's first ten-loss season in school history.  Maryland has had some bad teams, but never has the team lost 10 games, and this could be the first.  Not good.  One more loss will mark the most losses since the Vanderlinden era (3-8 in 1998, 2-9 in 1997). 

Posted on: September 8, 2009 11:13 am

The Weekend That Was

So the first weekend of College Football has finally wrapped up and there were definitely some great games and performances.  There were also some embarrassing moments, some head-scratchers and some unfortunate losses. 

The ACC had a terrible weekend, but the Miami-FSU game was great.  It didn ’t make up for the pitiful weekend the ACC suffered, but it was classic nonetheless.  Both QB’s looked impressive, especially Jacory Harris from Miami. 

The Good: Miami vs. Florida State was an instant classic.  Randy Shannon made the right decision to stick with Jacory Harris over Robert Marve.  Florida State’s young defense made some plays. Paul Johnson's Triple Option looks better in year 2.  Demaryius Thomas is the best receiver no one has ever heard of.  Boston College has 3 good running backs.  Thaddeus Lewis the only bright spot from Duke, as was Ryan Williams for VT.  CJ Spiller returning the opening kick-off for a TD.

The Bad: Middle Tennessee State was the biggest win of the weekend.  North Carolina starting slow against the Citadel.  Jacoby Ford dropping 2 passes.  Spiller running for 12 yards.

The Ugly: Everything else.  Maryland dominated by Cal.  Don Brown's defense couldn't stop anyone.  Virginia lost to William & Mary by 12 after being up at the half.  Duke lost to Richmond, despite Lewis throwing for 350 yards. Richmond is the #1 team in the FCS , to be fair.  Virginia Tech can't rely only on Tyrod Taylor.  Riley Skinner, a senior, throwing 3 picks.  NC State only totaling 133 yards of offense.

Heisman Race

1.  QB Colt McCoy, Texas - 21/29 317 yds 2 TD's and 1 INT.
2.  QB Tim Tebow , Florida - 10/15 188 yds   2 TD's (1 Rush).
3.  RB Jahvid Best, Cal - 10 carries for 137 yds 2 TD's and 2 catches for 23 yds .
4.  QB Jimmy Clausen , Notre Dame – 15/18 315 yds 4 TD’s
5.  QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma – 10/14 96 yds 1 TD

Bradford will be out 2-4 weeks, but if he returns on the short end and can put up big stats upon returning, he’ll be right back on the board.  The only two defensive players ever in the running Safties Taylor Mays (USC ) and Eric Berry (Tennessee) didn ’t play the whole game so they couldn ’t accumulate the stats.  The player off the radar is QB Case Keenum from Houston.  Keenum went 23/30 for 359 yards and 5 TD’s (1 rush). 

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