Posted on: February 17, 2010 3:46 pm
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What the future holds for the terps

Today is February 17th, and that means there is a little less than three weeks left in the regular season for my beloved Terps. It is for this reason that I feel it's not too early to start talking about bold predictions. I'll first start out by breaking down the rest of the season, then get into my ACC Tourney projections, and finally move to our chances in the NCAA tournament which we appear to be destined for.

AT NC STATE
VS GT
VS CLEMSON
AT VT
VS DUKE
AT VIRGINIA

The teams above are what await us in the following weeks, they are the most crucial games of the season. More wins than losses and you can bet on a pretty good ACC tournament seed. If we go .500 or lower, however, we could all but doom ourselves to a lousy tournament performance. Luckily this team, who has grown into a true contender right before my eyes, seems to be mature enough to handle this tough schedule. At NC State is tonight. I feel the fact that we are much better than the wolfpack should neutralize their home court advantage, and lift us above this potential trap game. Georgia Tech in my eyes will be the tone setter for the remaining games, if we are able to beat them, which we should, we could get a lot of confidence going ahead. I predict a ten point home court win in this one. When Clemson comes in we will have the momentum, also don't discount the fact that Vasquez will be pissed at Clemson for the way they shut him down just last month. 3-0 so far in my eyes, that would have us at 10-3, which is quite respectable even with a down ACC. Unfortunately, I see trouble on the herizon here in the form of a double digit loss to Virginia Tech. Why is this you say? Well, when we get hot sometimes the players get cocky and overlook games, and what better time for that to happen than the game before we play Duke, the hokies are just too good to overlook. From there we get Duke at home which will be no easy task. The players will be fired up though, and a 3 point win is likely the end result. The next game at Virginia should be a blowout, I'd say about 15 points. So 5-1 in the next 6. That would be fantastic and the end result will be 12-4 in the conference, this should be good enough for a second place finish behind 13-3 Duke.

Next up, the ACC tourney. With a number 2 seed in our grasp we should come out of the first round bye with the rest and ability we need to beat up on a lower seeded team. Possibly a Virginia or a Georgia Tech. Then in the semi's if we continue our hot play we should dispatch of yet another lower seeded team and meet Duke in the finals. Neutral court, Duke Vs. Maryland. This will prove if we really can hang in the tournament. I'm thinking a 1 point victory by Duke or maybe a couple point victory after an OT session, they win but we won't make it easy for them. That's a 2nd place regular season finish, and a second place tournament finish. I hope we can win the ACC tournament but if before the season you had heard we could win second place don't lie, you would have taken it.

With the 2nd place ACC finish and an overall 24-9 finish we should get about a 4 or 5 seed in the NCAA tournament. This team has beat up on lower competition all year so in round one I wouldn't count on us losing. Round two could be trickier however. As we would be playing either a 4 or a 5 seed. Against teams close to our talent we are a little better than average playing them. So this should be about a 2-5 point win for us taking us to a sweet 16 birth. A magical run that not many could have expected from us. Against what could potentially be a number 1 seed, however, I don't like my chances. MAYBE if we play Kansas we could win but against Nova, Cuse or Kentucky we would fall to the wayside. All three of those teams, especially the first two mentioned, can play smothering defense and shoot the 3. Those just happen to be our two weaknesses. A bad loss in the sweet 16 will send Maryland home, but even then I will be proud of this team. For even when they were in an early hole they fought their way back and made a decent tournament run. Of course I could be totally wrong and we could suck from here on out. It certainly won't be the first time I've made predictions that were nowhere near coming to fruition. But this time just feels different.

Til next time, this is dapillcaper signing out. Go Terps!

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 24, 2010 10:22 am
 

A look in at the terps

Well It's January and my football team was knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by the freakin jets...You know what that means, the 85 percent I had been commiting to NCAA basketball is now up to 100 percent!!! Anyone who knows me knows my team is the Maryland Terrapins and I'm just going to talk a little bit about them today.

With only about a month left untill the big dance, Maryland is looking to position themselves to make it in. As of now it looks pretty good, too. After coming out of the gate and going 5-3, they have really hit stride by going 8-2 in their last 10. Even those 3 early season losses were pretty good ones. they were handled pretty well by Cinci and Wisconsin but come tournament time I'd rather have those losses, coupled with the game they really could have won against Villanova than some of our losses in recent years (American and Morgan state come to mind). Oh and don't get me started on that Wake Forest game....With last nights blowout of NC State I really feel like this team is coming together, GV is playing much more mature basketball, Hayes is fitting in well in his role of shooting three's, Jordan Williams is coming into his own, and Milbourne is no slouch either. I feel like this team can and will get in to the tourney come March time and can really make a splash. I mean, hey look, we may even win the ACC. It's not like anyone is reaching up and taking it for themselves yet except for one team....Who could that be. Oh yeah! The Terps!

Posted on: April 11, 2009 2:52 pm
 

My predictions for the 2009 MLB season

 I am as excited as ever for the 2009 MLB season and I must admit I have watched nothing but baseball for the past 6 days since the opening night telecast. I thought that it's about time to make my picks for division winners this year and even wild card picks. Now you can take these for what they are worth, essentially nothing as I am no expert, but I do pride myself on knowing about as much about baseball as a fan possibly can. So let's get on with it.

NL East-Winner: Florida Marlins
I live in Florida so I get the pleasure of seeing this team play a lot and I have to say they might have THE best offense in baseball this year. Their infield is fantastic! Jorge Cantu makes the switch to 1st base to open 3rd up for a guy who I'd have to believe is the fastest man in baseball Emilo Bonifacio. And then when you add arguably the best offensive player in the game Hanley Ramirez and a man who is certainly no slouch, Dan Uggla, you get an offense that can put up a ton of runs every night. Their outfield isn't half bad either, Cody Ross is highly underrated and if Cameron Maybin can establish himself as the player everyone believes he can be then they have a huge plus there too. Now, when you get to the pitching they are a little weak. Aside from Josh Johnson who is a very good pitcher they have, as you can expect from the Marlins, a rather anonymous pitching staff. That doesn't mean they can't be good however, this is just a place where we will have to see. In the end though I feel the Marlins have plenty of firepower to overcome the pitching and they can overtake the Phillies AND Mets this year in the east.

NL Central-Winner: Chicago Cubs-I feel like this pick is the easiest one I made. The cubs have an above average offense and tremendous pitching in almost every area. Plus they will be helped a lot by the fact that I don't see any real competition in their division. The Brewers are worse, the Cardinals are gonna be decent but not great same with the Astros. And then there is the Reds and Pirates and it just isn't gonna go well this year for them.

NL West-Winner: Colorado Rockies- Why the Rockies? Well that's an easy one when you look at their pitching. Aaron Cook got off to a rough start this year but you have to expect he will rebound and have a pretty decent year but he isn't the story here. Ubaldo Jimenez and Franklin Morales will be a deadly duo to have to face in any series. These two young pitchers will set the league on fire this year and I didn't even mention the pick up of Jason Marquis who is a very underrated pickup and can be counted on to if nothing else be a good inning eater with a chance to win at any time. Their offense is a little lacking, but when you hit at Coors field for 81 games anything can happen. Like the Cubs I also think that the Rockies will benefit from a weak division where only the Dodgers may challenge them and I just don't think the Dodgers are that great this year.

NL Wild Card-Winner: New York Mets- As many know the one problem the Mets have had the last 2 years is their bullpen blowing leads. And also as many know they adressed that issue by signing K Rod and J.J. Putz in the offseason. Those 2 mixed with a potent offense and a well put together starting rotation gets them in there. I did say I thought the Marlins would win the East but it could easily be interchanged. It will be a close race.


AL East-Winner: Tampa Bay Rays- Call me a homer, call me whatever you want, but I'm just looking at this realistically. The Rays, who went to the world series last year, lost essentially no one and gained Matt Joyce, Pat Burrel, and a few other role players to fit into an offense that underachieved last year. The pitching staff is essentially the same, only difference being Edwin Jackson was shipped out in order to open up a spot that will eventually be occupied by phenom David Price. All that and the experience that they gained from last years run gives them the poise and confidence to compete with the Red Sox and the Yankees in a very competitive division.

AL Central-Winner: Kansas City Royals?- I think I want to pick the royals...odd, I know, but who else is going to do better? The Indians and Tigers are awful, the White Sox are down this year, the Twins are Mauerless for a while and who knows if he will be the same at all this year? I think the Royals win with above average pitching and an offense that is developing and added Coco Crisp who is still a very good player.

Al West-Winner: L.A. Angels- Big blow losing Adenhart, very sad too, but they have other pitching that will eventually be coming back and an offense that is still pretty good even after losing you know who to the Yankees. Also I just don't have much confidence in the Rangers pitching to hold up. If it does though this could be a lot more interesting than I thought.

AL Wild Card-Winner: Boston Red Sox- The Red Sox are just too good to miss the playoffs. If Smoltz can come back and fill in the rotation spot held by Tim Wakefield then they can be even better. Kevin Youkilis will probably win MVP this year and Pedroia will still be dangerous. Their offense is so good that Jason Bay is their number 6 hitter! Crazy! I think they eventually put Bay 3rd in the lineup and lower an aging and less effective Ortiz to 6th but maybe not. Oh and by the way...SORRY YANKEE FANS!!! If you don't like my picks though you can always pay me millions to change them.

Category: MLB
Tags: MLB, Predictions
 
Posted on: January 30, 2009 11:29 am
Edited on: January 30, 2009 11:34 am
 

Theres a funny thing about parity...

With the loss of yet another number 1 team in college basketball the onther night (The Duke Blue Devils) along with the loss of the number three Pittsburgh Panthers I think it's time to say that there is no team safe this year. What I'm saying is usually every year there is a team that is untouchable. Everyone thought that would be the Tar Heels this year but what have they done? Even with their immense talent they lost twice. Once to a team who lost to HARVARD and St. Louis. Does that make them a bad team? Does it make Pittsburgh a bad team for losing a couple as well? What about Duke or Wake Forest who have lost games as the number 1 seed? The answer is NO! It doesn't. Does it even mean that their team talent is down from years past? Again, no it doesn't.

 

What I'm getting at is that every team has gotten better. It seems that most teams have a star or two on their roster that on any given night can light up even the best of defenses, outscore the best of offenses, or even just get lucky and win at the buzzer. It makes the game a lot more interesting. Sure, the fans of the big name schools probably get a little frustrated when they lose because they aren't used to it as much but it makes every single game of the year watchable. ESPN has shown games for a couple weeks in a row now where the number one team has toppled (Duke lost this week to Wake, Wake lost to the Hokies, and Pittsburgh lost against Louisville).

 

Not only is this parity great for the college basketball regular season, but it will be great in the Tournament this year too. We saw glimpses of it last year with a whole bunch of first round upsets mostly happening in Tampa at the St. Pete Times Forum which I was there for. It could be great. Imagine your team, a team who usually doesn't make or do much in the NCAA tourney. Going all the way and winning as a 10 seed. Sound ridiculous? Not really, it could happen. That's the beauty of a tournament and not the BCS.

 

In conclusion, I will be watching a lot of NCAA hoops this year and I hope you all do the same. Good luck to all your teams.

Posted on: April 27, 2008 11:41 am
 

The Buc's bother me.

Sure I'm a huge fan and the draft we had isn't going to make me change my loyalties but at pick number 20 we could have gotten Mike Jenkins a solid cornerback who can play the style of defense we run. He could have even filled in for Ronde Barber once he decides to retire. But, no, lets not get the local boy who is seemingly the perfect selection. Lets go with the questionable character guy, Aqib Talib, the one who admitted to pot smoking and who was the most over rated of the top 4 corners. I mean did they watch tape of this guy having recievers just blow past him?

Seriously, Jon Gruden, Bruce Allen, Malcolm Glazer, whichever of you made that pick...thanks a lot for ruining my draft Saturday and quite possibly looking past someone who could have been the new defensive leader once Brooks and Barber are done.

At least we didn't pick DeSean Jackson.

Here's to another division title due to weak opposition inside the NFC South and a bounce out in the first round of the playoffs....again.
Category: NFL
Posted on: April 27, 2008 8:31 am
 

One more for the sweep!

If the Rays happen to win today then they will, as you may know, have swept the Boston Red Sox. In fact we just came off the sweep of the Blue Jays as well, and I don't know about you guys but I'm really feeling something special happening.

A win this afternoon would be a huge statement as well as a huge kick in the groin to Red Sox fans everywhere. As I did yesterday I am going to list my KEYS TO A RAYS VICTORY

1)The bullpen must continue their dominance. I have a good feeling that the Sox batters aren't going to have another off game as they did last night so Shields may go 5 or 6 innings if he's lucky (Unless he gets one of those games where his stuff is unbelievable). What does that leave? 3 or 4 innings for the bullpen to deal with. In the 2007 season I would have cried had we gone to our bullpen for that long but recently they have shown me I don't really need to, so here's to hoping for a relatively good game for them.

and 2) Treat Beckett as if he were just some regular guy with at +5.00 era. Yeah, I know Beckett is great. He may be one of the top 3 pitchers in the league but look at his ERA so far, it's 5.12. Sure that's mostly due to an injury but I think the injury will still be bothering him. He needed a bullpen session to help him "Get back into the swing of things" last thursday. But did that help?

Rays fans I challenge you to buy a ticket to this game and take your brooms, even if you get embarassed if we eventually lose you can always bring up the fact that we at least won the series and will win it again next weekend. I'll be there.
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 26, 2008 11:07 am
 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox tonight 4/26

I think we can take game 2 of this series but two things are going to have to happen.

1) We are going to have to take advantage of Clay Buchholz inexperience by hitting him early and often.

and 2) Edwin Jackson has to pitch like he did in the first two games of this year, not the last two. If Edwin Jackson can get 7 or 8 quality innings tonight and give our bullpen a rest after last nights outing where everyone seemed to come out then we can think about maybe taking the win Sunday against Josh Beckett.

All I'm saying is we can do this Rays fans. After last nights game I feel as inspired as ever. Last year there is no way we would have won that one, but our bullpen is much improved, our starting pitching is much improved and our hitting and defense seem to be much improved.

If we win tonight, I'm gonna go to the game tomorrow with my broom.
Category: MLB
Posted on: March 19, 2008 7:22 am
 

3reaZons why member mayhem is awesome.

Since it is the opening round of the CBS sports member madness tournament I though I would give you three reasons why I think I'm in love with it.

Reason 1: It gives me a chance to talk. In case you don't know me very well, I love to talk. I have infinitite amounts of topics and in fact the one I know best is my love for my favorite sports teams. Which include the Maryland Terrapins (What I happen to be writing about in this tournament)

Reason 2: I get people to notice me. Nothing better for exposure on this site than people noticing me writing for a tournament. And hopefully if I win, I can get my name up on the front page and write a few articles for CBS sports. That is my dream after all.

Reason 3: It gives me a thing to do. Sure, I should be doing schoolwork....but wheres the fun in that? I'm literally skipping my class right now just so I can write this. (Don't worry I'm not in college where class matters, It's just high school.)

In conclusion, gotta love this site and this tournament.

Ps. CBS please do more of these tournaments or any kind of user competition at another time, cause i'll be here waiting to enter them

Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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