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UMD Basketball: A Perspective

This basketball season has not gone the way any of us expected in early October. That much is safe to say. Later in October, the player Turge was expecting to guide the team - Seth Allen - broke his foot, and missed the first 12 games of the season. So, the players and coaching staff had to revise virtually everything they had worked on through the entire preseason.

What transpired in those 12 games Seth missed? We lost to UConn by a point in the opener. Would we have won that game had Seth played? We were blown out at Ohio State (having Seth probably wouldn't have made enough of difference to claim that could have been a win). Having Seth, however, probably would have made enough of a difference to reverse the two-point loss to GW. In the worst of those out-of-conferences, pre-Seth losses - against Oregon State and Boston University - I think it's safe to say at least one of those would have been a win with Seth in the lineup. That's three losses that likely would have been wins.

Seth finally returned for conference play, which meant that the players and coaches needed to become accustomed to a not-in-game-shape Seth being back in the lineup. I can't make a valid argument that any of the ACC outcomes would have been different had Seth played all season (maybe Pitt at home, but that's iffy).

The point I'm trying to make is this: Now that Seth has rounded into game shape, we played tough at UVA in a loss, and all but knocked-off Duke at Cameron. We're showing the kind of team we should have been all year, and it's pretty impressive. We probably won't make the NCAAT this season, but given the circumstances, that's not cause to be terribly disappointed.

I can understand being frustrated, and wanting to blame someone, especially since this is our final ACC season. But, IMO, our frustration should be directed more at the circumstances we were forced to deal with than the players or the coaching staff. We're 14-12 this year. How much better would we feel if we were 17-9, or 18-8?

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