The Washington Times - November 28, 2008, 06:22PM

College basketball teams don’t often play on back-to-back nights.

There’s preseason tournaments, conference tournaments and the unusual really quirky scheduling.


And that’s about it.

Which is why today’s proceedings were going to be less indicative of how good anyone at the Old Spice Classic was than either Thursday’s opener or Sunday’s games.

Maryland committed nine turnovers in the first half against Gonzaga and had a fairly close game get away from it just before the break. Now, the Bulldogs faced the same problems and seem to be shooting just fine, thank you. But there’s still a reasonably decent reason for the sluggishness so far (and no, it’s not explained away as “a letdown,” despite what some folks’ inner simpletons might tell you).

So the Terps are  down 38-29 at the midpoint, and might be about gassed if the last five minutes of the first half is any indication. But it’ll be interesting to see if this tightens up, or if the Terps absorb a double-digit rout before the night is through.

Patrick Stevens