I've been listening to the Maryland postgame up here on the radio and watching on the TV, and everybody from fans to the sports anchors have been terping that the Terps got jobbed by the refs. Comments of "how can we win when it's 8 on 5, particularly in the last five minutes?" abound.
I'm just a poor football player who's only played pickup basketball since my high school days, and I'm admittedly biased. Can some of the more objective members here tell me what I missed? Duke had 3 more fouls than the terps but took 2 more foul shots (although 8 of those FTs came on the 4 clock stopping fouls in the last minute). I tried to rewatch the last minutes objectively, but I hardly saw anything blatant in the last five minutes.
On a similar note:
CSN here showed Gary's entire press conference. Here is a paraphrasing of Gary's comments after the game:
The first thing he talked about was rebounding in the second half being key. Said they had a big advantage in the first half, but that Duke evened it up in the second half.
Mentioned that the Terps had great energy in first half but dropped off in second half.
Said that they were still in it with 4 minutes left with a chance to win, and what more could you want?
Mentioned that Duke got possessions they shouldn't have gotten, but later said it was due to loose balls and rebounding.
When asked about the turnovers and what Duke did to them defensively, he said:
"Same they've done to all the league teams they've played. Overplay. Uh. Lot of contact when you go down the middle and, uh, you turn the ball over." I thought that was a little bit of a barb at Duke and the refs, but hey, what do I know.
Asked about the effort as compared to how they played against UNC: He said the Terps played as well as they did against UNC, shooting 54% against the No. 3 team in the country. I only heard him mention UNC a few times, and all but one of those times were answering direct questions from the media.
When asked what they can take from this game, he said that they weren't taking anything from this game. They just wanted to get ready for Virginia. He said that didn't want to say "oh gee, we played great" against two top 5 teams in a week, they wanted to BE one of those top 5 teams. THAT'S what they're playing and fighting for. To get back there.
I could do a word-for-word transcript for you guys, but I don't know if that would be legal. Maybe the DBR gods can let me know.
LET'S GO DUKE!
Maryland played great but remember they had the home court advantage. And there fans didn't even throw water bottles at the Duke parents. What's this world coming to?
Nothing new from the fans or the coach. They lost, Duke won. There has to be a reason other than they were outplayed. They apparently still buy into the "Duke gets all the calls" myth. Like you pointed out, Duke was called for more fouls than them, so in their minds it's not that they were called for less fouls, it's the actual calls Duke did or didn't get that influenced the outcome of the game. Unreal. Duke scored more than them, if they had not, everyone would be talking about how Maryland played a great game. Instead Duke wins and they cry woe is me.
It'll be a long long time before this whole Duke-Ref movement goes away. But as long as it's out there it means Duke is still winning big games, which is what most people on this board hope for.
If next time these 2 teams play MD wins, it'll mean they scored more points plain and simple. Duke did tonight and it's more than they can handle up there inside the beltway. Love to see it.
It's funny. I've been watching Duke b-ball since spring 1993 when I got accepted to Duke. I've seen my share of Duke losses, and while I've complained about individual calls MANY times, I've only said the refs jobbed us or it was 8 on 5 one time, and that was the UConn championship game. And I'm sorry, but when a nun with NO connection to Duke, not knowing I'm a Dukie, says that Duke got it from the refs, I'm not gonna argue. I guess I just feel sorry for the terps. It seems to me that terping on and on about the zebras rather than reveling in the gutty performace by their team seems to rob them of dignity. That's just my take.
LET'S GO DUKE!
I went to the terp board and read through the game thread; while there were some posts "terping" about the refs, there were just as many saying it had nothing to do with the refs and was about poor judgement and turnovers by the terps.
The only consistent whining was about the OB calls in the last 5 minutes.
As a Kentucky fan, I used to buy into the Duke gets the calls, Coach K works the refs myths. But as I have been watching more Duke games (my lady is a Duke girl) I see nothing to support these notions. In fact, if anything, the opposite is true and last night was no exception.
Why was Krzyzewski T'ed up for complaining about the lack of a goal tending call yet Williams is allowed to carp (or is that "terp") all night to the officials? I actually feel a little sorry for Greg Paulus after watching the way he gets bumped, shoved and generally picked on by everybody. And can someone please explain charging versus blocking? I mean, I've played organized and pick up ball my whole life - I AM from Kentucky, it's required - and I cannot for the life of me figure out why they call one versus the other any more. But it seems to me, when it is close, Duke never gets those calls.
I think the root of all this is the fact that everyone always brings their A game against Duke, players and fans. As was pointed out, did you hear that crowd last night? And when you elevate your game to it's best and still fall short, it can't possibly be fair, right?
If being a fan were logical, we'd all be Duke fans but some of us were born to a different blue.
We did get away with a few pretty bad out of bounds calls late in the game. Other than that, though, I thought it was pretty even. They missed some calls in our favor, and missed some in Maryland's favor.
But at Md, obviously it's going to be against Duke the Technical.
Meh, no harm no foul, you should expect that in road games.
I blame the Terp loss on those guys on the bench who don't play. I couldn't tell what it was, but judging by the way their "coach" was berating them the whole game they must have done something pretty awful.
Speaking about the Maryland fans, how’s this (from the AP recap) for a little unintentional irony.
The Terrapins would not lead again, and many in the crowd of 17,950 filed out before the final buzzer.
"They have great fans. They support their team in a magnificent manner," Krzyzewski said.
I was surprised at the crowd noise/participation in the first half and equally surprised at the dramatic dropoff in the second. And with 2 minutes to go, the camera showed a very empty lower stands. Obviously you'd never see this at Cameron. Maryland has such loyal fans, don't they? They still think they're our rivals...
But, if you do the work of transcribing the stuff on your own then I don't think it would be a problem. Go for it!
--Jason "not a god, but a mod" Evans
I've been thinking that what the Terps need to raise the standard of their game is a true rivalry.
One of the things about the greatest rivalry in College bbal is proximity. The Hated Holes are only 8 miles down NC 751 from the Hallowed Halls of CIS.
And the opportunity may have arisen this season for Maryland, with the game against American! Imagine that: a Beltway rivalry! I believe I'm right in saying both teams are from Maryland. As I recall, American is just over the District line.
Admittedly, this year the Terps are down in a potential series with American. But they can do it! And the foes are just down the road!
--Originally Posted by DukeBasketBallReport.com
Last edited by SharkD; 01-28-2008 at 09:51 AM.
In regards to the technical foul, it seems like the precipitant was his desire for a goaltending call (which was close but refs appear to have been correct). Don't know why he was so steamed and wonder if it is useful to get so worked up on the sidelines when he already has a team that is tough and energetic. I can see the usefulness when there are guys who appear to be coasting (from my distant perspective, I'm thinking of guys like Parks, Abdelnaby, and McRoberts), but we seem to have an entire team which is focused and effortful. At the time, seemed to me that he handed over 2 points without a significant gain.