Bohs and O’s attended our first Maryland Terrapins basketball game of the season last night against Fairfield. We enjoyed an easy victory for the Terps in the beautiful confines of the Comcast Center. If you have not yet been there you should really try to go this season. It is a great venue for a Basketball game and I love walking through doors and seeing the National Championship trophy sparking in the lights. The Terps did struggle a bit offensively with Grevis going completely cold in the first half. Of course this did not deter Grevis from continuing to shoot the ball no matter his location on the court, nor the angle of his body as he flew through the air. When Grevis finally did hit a three-pointer in the second half, in true Grevis fashion he turned to the Maryland students and pounded his chest.
The defense and rebounding looked strong, as it should have against a weak Fairfield team. The classic Gary Williams press caused many turnovers and our young big men were strong down low. I was impressed with the play of both Williams and Padgett who seemed to gain confidence as the game progressed.
Comcast Center was only about half full, and the game was never in doubt, but the student section did not let up. They still deemed it necessary to yell “sucks” after the introduction of each Fairfield player and to follow some poor kid with “air ball” chants for almost the entire game. I am all for this when ACC foes come into to town and I have seen the students come up with some pretty original taunts of Duke players (and family members) but it just seemed a little too much against Fairfield. But then again I guess the upperclassmen have to teach the freshmen the ins and outs of being a Terps fan.
When the final whistle blew, the Terps had a dominating 29 point win, but they still have work to do before ACC play begins. The Terps have two more “warm-up” games before they will face either Cincinnati or Vanderbilt in Hawaii on November 24th.