First off, pack the house this Thursday for BC. The team needs the crowd to pick them up and help bring them back together. BC is no push over, they beat FSU and barely lost to VT after leading the whole game. We should win, but it will be a fight. I'd like to see Stoglin flip the script on the Duke aftermath, play the perfect Turgeon-style game and finish with 22 and 8 and only 2 turnovers on over 50% shooting. Turgeon and Stogling have a big man-hug at the end and Turgeon lavishes praise on Stoglin in the post-game ........
That'd be nice for the short-term.
I had another thought today, though, for the long-term. I came of age when Gary went to hist first Sweet Sixteen in '94. Going to the tournament 11 straight years, with 7 Sweet Sixteens, 2 Final Fours, and a National Championship, you come to think that it is our birth-right for Maryland to have a premier hoops program. Even when we have struggled in recent years, we have had enough success (04 ACC tourney, big wins during streak in 07, the whole 2010 season with Vasquez) that I always just assumed Maryland would be back on top soon enough. A second National Champion was a matter of when not if.
But ..... I know we have a few good recruits coming in next year, but is next year's team really going to be THAT much better? Cuse and Pitt are joining the ACC .... There are plenty of examples of programs that were won it all once and just never made it back to the top and went through long droughts. NC State, Louisville, Georgetown, Arkansas, Indiana ..... depends on how exactly you define success, but a return to glory is not guarenteed.
Depressing thought. What if we were a middle of the road ACC program for the next 10 years? It would have sucked to have been a Clemson or UVA or NC State fan the last 10 years.