I already had a post ready to go yesterday celebrating the Terps win in Atlanta. Those who are supersticious can now blame me for jinxing the team, but in my defense, the Terps were facing a Georgia Tech team at the bottom of the standings playing in, what only the most optimistic Tech fan could call a “Neutral Site”.
That post was going to talk about how the Terps had reached their “High Water” mark of the season. Five Hundred in the ACC with likely two losses to finish out the year. That would put us 7-7 with a likely 7-9 finish. I would really have been happy with that. Heck pull off one of the UNC or UVA games and all of a sudden we are a .500 team, which I would not have dared dream about in November.
But turns out, the high water mark of the season was the Miami game. That will be the closest we came to getting into the Tournament (and don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to imply we were ever close to getting in, I’m just saying that is the closest we got). If yesterday showed us anything, and I’m really just throwing out some “The Sky is Blue” type observations, but this team has the potential to go into funks that can last for 10 minutes or so.
There should also be no mistake about who is the heart and soul of this team. We can win when Mosley struggles, but when Stoglin struggles, it’s like playing 4 on 5. So this season is going to end, most likely with a 6-10 record. And really that is fine. In my head I had us around 4 ACC wins back in the summer, and I though this team over acheived, so I am still happy with the direction we are heading.
I just hope next year with more experience we can avoid those lulls where no one can score. Then maybe we can once again dream about returning to the big dance. Because losing sucks, but I’m will to accept it, if I think there is something better waiting for us on the other side. For the record, I still do.