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Friday, March 7, 2008

Friday Digest

Well, even though Saturday tends to be the slowest day for INRCP, I'm rounding up some stuff from around the web, hoping that maybe some of you will wake up on Saturday afternoon hungry for some Terps news.

I can't deny it's been a very slow sports week - all of us are kind of holding our collective breath hoping that the men's basketball team will squeeeeeeeze into the NCAA tourney, some are hoping that the women will eke into that No. 1 seed in their tourney. But stuff is going on.

- The Diamondback has put out a few soft features this week: The most prominent one was a profile of James Gist, but this one about Laura Harper is also worth a read. This article about Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes deserves some attention, if only for one quote:

"He's a regular guy," Vasquez said. "People get it wrong because he don't talk, but he has a pretty strong personality. He's fun to be with, and I don't know if he gets a lot of girls or not, but I bet he does."

- The women won their first game convincingly against Boston College, 93-81. Laura Harper murdered them, dropping 25 in an 8-for-8 game and 9-for-10 in free throws. Crystal Langhorne had 24 points. Tomorrow, as I predicted, Maryland will play Duke at 3:30. All four top seeds advanced, so assuming Maryland wins tomorrow, they'll play Virginia or (more likely) UNC. None of these games are easy from here on out. The good news is that the Terps have already beaten Duke twice, so let's get a threepeat!

- Sugar Sean Mosley had a dream ending to his high school career: The Terp guard commit won the Baltimore Catholic League title by beating perennial power Mount St. Joe, led by his good friend and Georgetown-bound center Henry Sims. Mosley scored 35 in the title game, and he allowed his retiring coach to leave the team with a championship. He also finishes his career tied for second among the state's all-time scorers. Next year, he's playing for us. Nice.

- Future Lady Terp Lynetta Kizer is a McDonald's All-American and Rival's No. 5 player in the 2008 - also nice. But as Matt Bracken reports, the season didn't exactly end as planned. She was tossed out of her final game after her second technical foul. Passion is great motivation in games, but it can also be very dangerous - hopefully this isn't a reflection of a trend.

- Also brought to my attention by Recruiting Report, Jin Soo Kim is on tape! The 2009 commit has been extremely hard to track in the Connecticut prep leagues, but Bracken recently linked to some YouTube videos with Kim, one of which I'll offer now:

Finally, I want to thank you all - the readers. As we're coming toward the close of basketball season, I see we've had just about 15,000 hits. You guys have really kept this project going, so thanks for your input, comments and support. I'll see what happens in the spring, but I hope to keep the site rolling.

Some big games this weekend - hopefully all goes well.

Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun, Adam Fried

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