Maryland Terrapins, 0-0 ACC
For the first time in a long time, there are high expectations from the Terps who return seven of the top eight scorers from a team that made it to the second round of the tournament last year. The return of Greivis Vasquez and the arrival of James Padgett and Jordan Williams have many pundents ranking the Terps just outside the top 25 and fifth in the ACC..
Vasquez, who tested the NBA waters last seasons, is preseason Nasmith Candidate and will once again lead the Terps. While he has shown his ability on the court, I wonder what Greivis' mindset is coming into the season. Is he going to be working on the parts of his game that NBA scouts said he lacked and force the issue? Or is he just going to play his game and play like he did last season? I am hoping the latter but it will be interesting to tell. The main difference with this season is that Vasquez should have some help shouldering the scoring load from Sean Mosley, Cliff Tucker and what should be an improved inside game from Williams and Padgett.
National Championships aren't won on expectations alone so the Terps will have to prove their worth on the court starting tonight. Here is my outlook on the game:
There is no way to sugarcoat it so I won't, the Terps are by far the better team and will win this game handedly. The thing I am looking for is a quick start and the ability to bury an inferior opponent, something we didn't see when the Terps lost to Morgan State and American the last two seasons. The Terps need to come out click on all cylinders and can't let the Bucs hang around. Regardless of what kind of start they get, I expect the Terps to win easily. Maryland moves to 1-0 with a 83-62 win. FEAR THE TURTLE!!!