Did anyone else catch the apparent cheap shop by Vasquez to the kidney of Singler during stopped play? It was Greivis...
I believe it was ~5 min remaining in the game, after Singler returned to the court with 4 fouls. Play was stopped and teams were setting for an in-bounds play on the Duke offensive end. Vasquez appeared to look around and then give a closed-fist sucker punch in the lower back of Singler (near the bottom of the TV screen). It was not hard enough to be an attempt to injure, but deliberate enough to be an attempt to incite Singler to retaliate. I had to rewind and replay several times to determine if I was seeing things (I was not).
I'm not sure I'd say it was without significant gain. IMO, working the zebras is an art and K is really good at it. As for whether the team needed a spark, I'd say they definitely did because there was a heck of a difference between they way we played in the 2nd half as compared to the 1st. For example, Nelson refused to be stopped in the 2nd half. He was a man with a mission.
LET'S GO DUKE!
You're right, Shark D--American U is just short of the District Line in DC. (Jeez--and to think I used to live on upper Mass. Ave!)
But my point stands about the proximity between American U and the Terps providing the raw material for a rivalry.
But why not Gergetown or GW as potentiial DC rivals for U Md, you may ask? Well, I was thinking you would have to give the Terps a fighting chance of winning otherwise a series wouldn't be much fun. The Terps would have a fighting chance of winning an occasional game against American.
I rest my case for a Beltway rivalry, UMD vs American.
LET'S GO DUKE!
WRT to the technical, I'm actually not sure if K wanted the goaltending call there. I agree with SharkD in thinking K wanted a foul called on Gist who clearly pushed Scheyer in the back, sending him flying under the basket and allowing Gist to get the rebound tip-in.
It was definitely a punch of some sort and I agree with your definition- not hard enough to injure but enought to goad a retaliatory smack. Singler either did not feel it or ignored it, either way it was the right thing to do.
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."- Mark Twain
I hope I am wrong, because Vasquez is a lot of fun to watch, and I hate the thought of watching him for 2.5 more seasons if he is a punk.
Nonetheless, props to our guys for rolling with the punches and coming out on top!!!
I agree, Gist just ran over Scheyer to get that rebound, and I thought that was what got Coach upset. But the broadcasters frequently can hear the actual complaint, so maybe he was complaining about a goaltend (which it wasn't), not the foul.
Maryland is also unlikely to play GW again, unless in a tournament; Williams made comments about how unfair it was that a lesser team like GW got a huge boost simply by beating his team and that he felt Maryland had nothing to gain and everything to lose by playing such poor quality opponents simply for the sake of placating DC-area fans and ADs. (Translation -- the Terps won't slum it anymore by playing teams who can beat them.)
So, now that another 'lowly' DC team has bruised Gary's pride by being all uppity and not respecting the 'talent' of the Terps by graciously rolling over, I wouldn't be shocked if Gary doesn't return the Eagles' phone calls for a few years. Lord knows, the loss couldn't have possibly resulted from Gary's coaching or his team's play.