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2008-09 Maryland Terrapins men's basketball
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Semifinals, ACC Tournament
vs. Duke, L, 67–61
2nd Round, NCAA Tournament
vs. Memphis, L, 89–70
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
2008-09 record 21-14 (7-9 ACC)
Head coach Gary Williams
Assistant coach Keith Booth
Chuck Driesell
Robert Ehsan
Troy Wainwright

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2008–09 ACC men's basketball standings
   Conf Overall
Team W L PCT W L PCT
#2 North Carolina 13 3 .813 34 4 .895
#6 Duke 11 5 .688 30 7 .811
#12 Wake Forest 11 5 .688 24 7 .774
#16 Florida State 10 6 .625 25 10 .714
#24 Clemson 9 7 .563 23 9 .719
Boston College 9 7 .563 22 12 .647
Maryland 7 9 .438 21 14 .600
Virginia Tech 7 9 .438 19 15 .559
Miami 7 9 .438 19 13 .594
North Carolina St 6 10 .375 16 14 .533
Virginia 4 12 .250 10 18 .357
Georgia Tech 2 14 .125 12 19 .387

† ACC Tournament winner
  Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–2009 Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team represented the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I competition as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Terrapins qualified for the NCAA tournament for just the second time since the 2003-04 season. Maryland advanced to the second round before being eliminated by second-seeded Memphis. This exceeded expectations for the team, which had been described as small in stature and without any highly-touted athletes.[1][2]

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Season recap

During the season, head coach Gary Williams came under fire for his alleged failure to find consistent success since Maryland won the national championship in 2002. At one point, he and an athletics department official argued publicly over the failure to secure recruit Tyree Evans and the transfer of Gus Gilchrist, two highly-touted local players.[3] Athletic director Deborah Yow responded to the situation by vowing support for Williams and ensured her intent to honor his current contract.[4] Soon after, The Washington Post published a three-part feature on Maryland basketball that was critical of Gary Williams.[5][6][7]

Early in the season, a lightly-regarded Maryland team convincingly upset over fifth-ranked (and eventual national championship runners-up) Michigan State, 80–62, in the Old Spice Classic.[8] Shortly thereafter, they defeated Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.[9] They then extended their winning streak to seven and appeared destined to win out in their non-conference schedule, which would have weighed heavily in their favor for an NCAA tournament bid. However, in their final out-of-conference game, they suffered a upset against Morgan State, 66–65.[10]

After a 2–2 start to their conference schedule, which included an overtime loss to Florida State, second-ranked Duke routed the Terrapins, 85–44, in what was Maryland's worst-ever ACC loss.[11] Late in the season, Maryland recovered to "stun" third-ranked North Carolina in overtime, and point guard Greivis Vasquez recorded the first triple-double by a Terrapin since 1987.[12] Maryland then lost closely-contested games against seventh-ranked Duke and tenth-ranked Wake Forest.[13][14]

Maryland entered the ACC tournament needing a significant run to salvage hopes for a bid to the NCAA tournament. The Terrapins won in the first round against NC State and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they won a convincing victory over Wake Forest, 75–64.[15] In the semifinals, they lost a hard-fought game against eventual conference champions, Duke, who had enjoyed a bye in the first game.[16]

Having exceeded expectations in the ACC tournament, Maryland was awarded a bid to the NCAA tournament with a seed ranking of ten. In the first round, they played seventh-seeded California, where, after a near stalemate in the first half, Maryland pulled away in the second to win, 84–71.[17] They then faced third-seeded Memphis, which held a 26-game winning streak.[18]

Before the game, Memphis reserve forward Pierre Henderson-Niles said about Maryland, "We really ain't talked too much about Maryland. We watched a little film on 'em one time, and I know they got a good player—I don't know his name—but he good or whatever, so we just going to try to do what we do and stop him. I ain't never seen them; I know they got one good player, Sanchez or something like that, whatever his name is."[19] Greivis Vasquez, the outspoken Maryland point guard to whom Henderson-Niles referred, said in response, "[Memphis would] have a losing record in the [Atlantic Coast Conference]—probably win all of their games outside the league, losing record in the league. The ACC is too tough. You can't just win games night in and night out because you’re so athletic."[20]

Memphis accumulated a 14–0 run in the first half. Maryland, unable to ever significantly close the gap, eventually lost, 89–70. After the game, Vasquez rescinded his earlier remarks and conceded that Memphis might have finished .500 in the ACC. He said, "They'll never play in the ACC, so we'll never know. But they proved me wrong. They're such a good team. I give them credit."[21]

Roster

No. Position Year Player
1 United States F Jr Landon Milbourne
4 United States C So Braxton Dupree
5 United States G Jr Eric Hayes
11 South Korea F Fr Jin Soo Kim
14 United States G Fr Sean Mosley
21 Venezuela G Jr Greivis Vasquez
22 United States G So Adrian Bowie
No. Position Year Player
23 United States G/F So David Pearman
24 United States G/F So Cliff Tucker
25 United States C Fr Steve Goins
32 United States F So Jerome Burney
33 United States F So Dino Gregory
35 United States F Sr Dave Neal


Results

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Regular season
2008/11/14* 8:00 p.m. Bucknell Comcast CenterCollege Park, MD W 81-52  1-0
2008/11/18* 8:00 p.m. Youngstown State Comcast Center • College Park, MD W 73-49  2-0
2008/11/21* 8:00 p.m. Vermont Comcast Center • College Park, MD CSN W 89-74 OT 3-0
2008/11/27* 7:00 p.m. vs. #6 Michigan State The Milk HouseLake Buena Vista, FL
(Old Spice Classic)
ESPN2 W 80-62  4-0
2008/11/28* 5:30 p.m. vs. #10 Gonzaga The Milk House • Lake Buena Vista, FL
(Old Spice Classic)
ESPN L 59-81  4-1
2008/11/30* 5:30 p.m. vs. #16 Georgetown The Milk House • Lake Buena Vista, FL
(Old Spice Classic)
ESPN2 L 48-75  4-2
2008/12/03* 7:30 p.m. Michigan Comcast Center • College Park, MD
(ACC-Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN W 75-70  5-2
2008/12/07* 7:30 p.m. vs. George Washington Verizon CenterWashington, D.C.
(BB&T Classic)
MASN W 76-53  6-2
2008/12/12* 8:00 p.m. Delaware State Comcast Center • College Park, MD CSN W 86-58  7-2
2008/12/22* 7:30 p.m. American Comcast Center • College Park, MD CSN W 67-51  8-2
2008/12/27* 2:00 p.m. Bryant University Comcast Center • College Park, MD W 72-51  9-2
2008/12/30* 8:00 p.m. Elon Comcast Center • College Park, MD W 76-50  10-2
2009/01/03* 4:00 p.m. Charlotte Comcast Center • College Park, MD CSN W 85-75  11-2
2009/01/07* 8:00 p.m. Morgan State Comcast Center • College Park, MD CSN L 65-66  11-3
2009/01/10 12:00 p.m. Georgia Tech Comcast Center • College Park, MD Raycom W 68-61  12-3
2009/01/14 9:00 p.m. Miami BankUnited CenterCoral Gables, FL Raycom L 60-62  12-4
2009/01/17 12:00 p.m. Florida State Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL Raycom L 73-76 OT 12-5
2009/01/20 8:00 p.m. Virginia Comcast Center • College Park, MD Raycom W 84-78  13-5
2009/01/24 12:00 p.m. @ #2 Duke Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC
(Duke–Maryland rivalry)
ESPN L 44-85  13-6
2009/01/27 7:30 p.m. Boston College Comcast Center • College Park, MD ESPN2 L 67-76  13-7
2009/01/31 8:00 p.m. Miami Comcast Center • College Park, MD Raycom W 73-68  14-7
2009/02/03 8:00 p.m. @ #4 North Carolina Dean E. Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC Raycom L 91-108  14-8
2009/02/08 7:30 p.m. Georgia Tech Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA FSN W 57-56  15-8
2009/02/14 4:00 p.m. Virginia Tech Comcast Center • College Park, MD Raycom W 83-73  16-8
2009/02/17 7:30 p.m. @ #13 Clemson Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC ESPN2 L 64-93  16-9
2009/02/21 3:30 p.m. #3 North Carolina Comcast Center • College Park, MD ABC W 88-85 OT 17-9
2009/02/25 9:00 p.m. #7 Duke Comcast Center • College Park, MD
(Duke–Maryland rivalry)
ESPN L 67-78  17-10
2009/03/01 7:30 p.m. NC State RBC CenterRaleigh, NC FSN W 71-60  18-10
2009/03/03 9:00 PM @ #10 Wake Forest Comcast Center • College Park, MD CSN L 63-65  18-11
2009/03/07 3:30 PM Virginia John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA ABC L 68-63  18-12
ACC Tournament
2009/03/12 7:00 p.m. vs. NC State Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(ACC Tournament First Round)
ESPN2 W 74-69  19-12
2009/03/13 7:00 p.m. vs. Wake Forest Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(ACC Tournament Quarterfinals)
ESPN2 W 75-64  20-12
2009/03/14 4:00 p.m. vs. Duke Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(ACC Tournament Semifinals)
ESPN L 61-67  20-13
NCAA Tournament
2009/03/19 2:55 p.m. vs. California Sprint CenterKansas City, MO
(NCAA Tournament 1st Round)
CBS W 84-71  21-13
2009/03/21 TBA vs. Memphis Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(NCAA Tournament 2nd Round)
CBS L 70–89  21–14
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

References

  1. ^ Terps' NCAA bid is vindication for Williams, WTOP News, Associated Press, March 16, 2009. Accessed 2009-03-21. Archived 2009-06-02.
  2. ^ "Two Sides To One Program", The Washington Post, p. E7, March 21, 2009.
  3. ^ U-Md. Officials Rebut Williams on Recruits, The Washington Post, January 22, 2009. Accessed 2009-07-18. Archived 2009-07-23.
  4. ^ Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow Says Men's Basketball Coach Gary Williams Has Her 'Full Support', The Washington Post, February 2, 2009.
  5. ^ A Shell of Its Former Self, The Washington Post, February 11, 2009. Accessed 2009-03-21. Archived 2009-06-02.
  6. ^ A Whole New Ballgame That Williams Won't Play, The Washington Post, February 12, 2009.
  7. ^ Raised Expectations, Lowered Standards?, The Washington Post, February 11, 2009.
  8. ^ Maryland hammers No. 5 Michigan State, NBC Sports, November 27, 2008. Accessed 2009-07-18. Archived 2009-07-23.
  9. ^ Michigan 70, Maryland 75, ESPN, December 3, 2008.
  10. ^ Morgan State Huh?, The Washington Post, January 7, 2009. Accessed 2009-07-18. Archived 2009-07-23.
  11. ^ Duke Sprints Toward No. 1; Washington Topples U.C.L.A., The New York Times, January 25, 2009.
  12. ^ Vasquez's triple-double helps Maryland stun No. 3 UNC in OT, USA Today, February 21, 2009.
  13. ^ No. 7 Duke beats Maryland 78-67, Rocky Mountain News, February 25, 2009.
  14. ^ Wake Forest Edges Maryland on the Road, USA Today, March 3, 2009.
  15. ^ Maryland knocks off struggling Wake behind Vasquez's 22, ESPN, March 13, 2009.
  16. ^ Scheyer scores 22 and Blue Devils' 12-2 run opens up 13-point lead in second half, ESPN, March 14, 2009.
  17. ^ Maryland stymies Cal shooters, NBC Sports, March 19, 2009.
  18. ^ Evans leads Memphis to easy win over Terps, NBC Sports, March 21, 2009.
  19. ^ "Terps Aim for Name Recognition", The Washington Post, p. E1, March 21, 2009.
  20. ^ Vasquez: Memphis would lose in ACC, Baltimore Sun, March 20, 2009. Accessed 2009-03-21. Archived 2009-06-02.
  21. ^ "Overachievers Overmatched", The Washington Post, p. D1, March 22, 2009.
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