Maryland Vs. Villanova: Terps Lose A Heartbreaker Against Villanova 74-66

Maryland lost another heartbreaker on the road, as they fell to the Villanova Wildcats 74-66 after a key 19-0 run by Villanova.

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Maryland Vs. Villanova: Terps Lose A Heartbreaker Against Villanova 74-66

If you're a Maryland Terrapin fan, the 2010-2011 so far has had a familiar theme. It goes like this: The Terps play a good team on the road very tough for most of the game, with sophmore center Jordan Williams showing why he's one of the best players in the ACC. Then, for whatever reason, the Terps completely crumble in the late moments, and all they are left with is moral victories about how they played against a ranked team.

You can pretty much say that's what happened when the Terps fell to the Villanova Wildcats this afternoon. They took a solid lead well into the second half, with Williams scoring 25 points and getting 14 rebounds (his 11th straight double double).

And then in an instant, they collapsed.

With Maryland up 12 points with just under 9 minutes to go in the second half, the Wildcats went on a 19-0 run to take the lead for good.

Yes, a 19-0 run.

The Terps were unable to hit any of their shots or take care of the basketball during the decisive run, while Villanova was able to hit all of their field goals and free throws.

And with that, the Terps fell to the Wildcats 74-66. 

There are no moral victories here for the Terps, just disappointment and heartbreak. They simply cannot get a key victory this season. They have played good teams very tough only to lose, and it looked like they were finally going to break through against Villanova. But it was not to be, and the Terps will be left reeling.

The young Terps have shown flashes of why they can be a good team in the future, but have also shown flashes of why they are not ready to compete for an NCAA tournament bid at this moment. 

Gary Williams will have to back to the drawing board with his team, as they have to find a way to finish games.


Maryland Vs. Villanova: Terps Have 36-33 Lead Going Into Half Against Villanova

Well, if the Terps want to get a signature win to help their NCAA tournament cause, this would be a good start.

Maryland has a 36-33 lead against the Villanova Wildcats after the half. The Terps star center, Jordan Williams, has had an excellent half with 16 points and 9 rebounds, 1 rebound away from having his 11tht straight double, which would tie Len Elmore's school record. 

The good thing for Maryland is that they are getting good play from others players besides Williams. The Terps are getting good contributions from seniors Dino Gregory, Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker, both on the defensive and offensive side of the floor. 

So far, this game is resembling the Duke game from this past Sunday, where the Terps hung tough with the Blue Devils before eventually falling. If the Terps want to make this lead stand, they will need to continue to play good defense, and let Williams do his thing. He is dominating the game on both sides of the floor and if he can continue his pace (as well as hit some free throws), the Terps may finally be able to get a signature upset victory this season.


Maryland Vs. Villanova: Terps Conclude Tough Week On The Road Against #7 Villanova

The Terps will conclude their tough road stretch this afternoon against the #7 ranked Villanova Wildcats

After playing Duke down to the wire only to lose in the end, the Terps traveled to Wake Forest and took care of business, beating the Demon Deacons 74-55. In that game, guard Cliff Tucker delivered 21 points off the bench, continuing a solid stretch of play as a reserve. 

As has been the case this season, Jordan Williams is continuing to develop into one of the best inside scorers in country. Williams has 10 straight double double's, an impressive feat for the emerging sophmore. 

However in this game, Williams cannot do it alone. Maryland will be going against a tough Villanova team that has won 10 games in a row, with their last two being against ranked opponents. They have one of the most dynamic back courts in the nation with guards Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher both in double figures on the season. Maryland will not only need to contain them, but generate some offense from players other than Tucker and Williams. 

If they can defeat Villanova, it could go a long way to enhancing Maryland's NCAA Tournament resume.

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