Local Hoops mania last night in what ESPN has dubbed "School Spirit Week". Ugh, what happened to just "Rivalry Week"?
First, let's get this out of the way. Georgetown dominated St John's in Big East action last night. The Hoyas held them to just 2 buckets in the first half. Now that I've mentioned Georgetown for the first time in this post, let's go to the team I care about.
The Terrapins bounced back from the loss to Duke on Sunday to beat Virginia. After leading by double digits, the Terrapins nearly let it slip away, allowing the Cavaliers to come within 5 with just minutes left in the game. But they perserved to win.
What I found interesting is the comment by the ESPN crew. I know Mike Patrick was part of the booth, but I'm not sure who the other guy was. Nor did I take note, who said this. One of them noted that MD seemed to find a way to build the lead, not keep it.
From what I've heard, the mid-majors are not doing so well, and many of the BCS conferences are down, with only 1 or 2 guaranteed at large bids. So teams with weaker starts, like MD, who finish pretty good might have a shot. Beating North Carolina at the Dean Dome, and nearly beating Duke probably helps a bit, even against losses to American and Ohio.