AP Basketball Vote for 1/11/10

I contemplated the return of Maryland to my AP vote this week.  The Terps knocked off Florida State, which I had ranked 16th and owned now similar resumes to Clemson and Miami.  The loss though at home to William & Mary still left me a little gun-shy.  If Maryland though could go on the road and beat Wake Forest, then I’d have them back in poll. 

And last night, they made a rather incredible run at that win.  Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes led a stirring comeback to force overtime.  Then with a minute to play, trailing but in a one possession game, the Terps had the ball.  Vasquez, whom again had played a great game, looked in from the left-wing and saw 6’9″, 245 pound Jordan Williams on the block, guarded by 6’0″, 175 Ismael Smith.  This was a mismatch of comical proportions.  Vasquez looked Williams in the eye, dribbled to the baseline where he was cut off, and forced up a jumper that hit the side of the back board. 

Maryland lost 85-83.

I can’t say enough that Vasquez was the driving force that had the Terps to overtime in the first place, but if he fails to trust his teammates Maryland will garner nothing more than bubble team status.  Williams had missed a pair of free throws in overtime, and maybe that’s why Vasquez didn’t go back to him again.  But that’s the exact time a leader needs to give his talented freshman another chance.  Williams isn’t going anywhere.   Maryland must learn to win with him executing at key times.  Vasquez didn’t play the role of senior leader, and the Terps suffered from it.

Anyway, here’s how I had them laid out as of Monday morning, but after watching Kentucky get a huge win on the road at Florida, the Cats may be poised for a return to the top once again.

1.       Texas

2.       Kentucky

3.       Kansas

4.       Villanova

5.       Syracuse

6.       Michigan State

7.       Purdue

8.       Georgetown

9.       Duke

10.   Tennessee

11.   Wisconsin

12.   West Virginia

13.   Pittsburgh

14.   Georgia Tech

15.   Gonzaga

16.   Baylor

17.   BYU

18.   North Carolina

19.   Kansas State

20.   UAB

21.   Temple

22.   Connecticut

23.   Miami

24.   Clemson

25.   Northern Iowa

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One Response

  1. Go ‘Cats!

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