Seniors Talk Maryland Madness, Dancing Skills

The Maryland seniors were able to enjoy an evening of fun before getting down to business.

Junior forward Ersin Leventz can’t dance; at least that’s what the seniors on the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team will tell you. Before Maryland Madness Friday night, seniors Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory all talked up their own dancing skills while throwing Leventz under the bus.

“He’s terrible,” Gregory said. “We try (to help), but some things are natural. He just can’t do it.”

Skilled or not, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams performed their own original dance programs as part of Maryland Madness last night at Comcast Center. The night included an alumni game with former Terrapin Juan Dixon, gymnasts jumping through a flaming ring and speeches by women’s head coach Brenda Frese and men’s head coach Gary Williams. The festivities were capped off with a 10-minute men’s team scrimmage.

The annual event marked the beginning of the seniors’ last year with Terrapin basketball program.

“You get really hyped,” Bowie said.

Gregory said he had friends and family in attendance for his last Maryland Madness go-round.

“It means a lot,” Gregory said. “I remember my freshman year coming in here and being nervous, and now four years later I’m a senior. Time flies.”

As Tucker, Bowie and Gregory prepared for their final Maryland Madness experience, freshmen Pe’Shon Howard, Haukur Palsson, Terrell Stoglin, Mychal Parker and Ashton Pankey braced for their first. Gregory conveyed confidence in the youth of the team not only in regards to Maryland Madness, but more importantly with respect their ability to handle pressure on the court.

“When the lights come on, they’ll be all right,” Gregory said.

Before things got underway, though, all focus was on the upcoming dance performances.

Bowie claimed that he and sophomore center Jordan Williams had the most ability on the dance floor before affirming Leventz’s lack of talent in the area.

“Jordan brings a lot of energy and he smiles all the time so it makes it even funnier,” Bowie said. “Ersin or Berend (Weijs) is the worst. They have no rhythm at all.”

Tucker echoed Bowie and Gregory in his thoughts of Leventz’s awkward dancing before commenting on the competition between the dance programs of the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The forward said he was ready to “break it down” before his team took the floor.

“I think we’ve got a little more swag,” he said. “They’re a little bit shy.”

Bowie seems to hold an even higher opinion of his team’s ability to bust out the moves.

“We’ve been working hard every day for the last week,” he said. “I think we could be professional dancers after this.”

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