Casualty of Capitalism

Exiled into Wilmington, Delaware by virtue of corporate layoffs. (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this blog are Copyright 2005, Michael Collins, and cannot be used without permission.)

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Thursday, November 11, 2004

ACC Hoops Preview

College Hoops starts in earnest for the Terps next Tuesday as the early season sacrificial lambs come to town for tune-up games.

It's going to be another exciting year in the ACC:

[T]he ACC is loaded again. There are three teams in the preseason top four; six in the top 25. Duke, which has spent almost every minute of the last seven basketball seasons ranked in the top five in the nation, may have trouble cracking the top five in the conference. Maryland, picked No. 15 in the first poll, is picked no higher than fourth in the conference and as low as sixth -- all of which delights Gary Williams, who will spend countless hours telling his players that no one respects them.

The new ACC lineup (additions of Miami and Virginia Tech) will mean this is the first year without a round conference schedule. I can't believe I'm saying this, but luckily the Terps get Duke and UNC twice, but single games against Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. The Yellow Jackets and Demon Deacons are both top 5 teams this year, so I won't miss them. But I couldn't imagine a season without home and homes against the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, anyway. That would be a travesty. I say this now, but I know my blood pressure will rise significantly during those games. I'll gladly trade a couple hours of intense stress for a tight win against our closest rivals.

The Terps won't really be tested until the 26th of November when they play Memphis in the Tip-Off Classic. Expect more hype on this site between now and then. Fear the Turtle!


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