- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009


Maryland sneaks into NCAA tournament: The Terps had to sweat it out after some conference tournament upsets shrank the bubble, but they will be heading to Kansas City, Mo., as a No. 10 seed to face California on Thursday. It’s a dramatic turnaround for a team left for dead weeks ago following blowout losses at Duke and Clemson — not to mention speculation about coach Gary Williams’ future. But even if the Terps are one and done, it has to be sweet for a program that badly needed some good news. If Greivis Vasquez returns for his senior year and the Terps land prized recruit Lance Stephenson, Friday’s win against Wake Forest may be viewed as the turning point.

Redskins limit access to Haynesworth &#8212: With offseason workouts starting this week, the Redskins are limiting media access to newly signed and indicted defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. After all, who wants to talk to the team’s biggest free agent signing and reckless driver when they can ask Jim Zorn about his second season as coach and hear canned quotes about improving on an 7-9 season?


1. Televise the selection process: The conspiracy theories about CBS dictating the at-large teams would have no legs if viewers were able to see the committee making their selections.

2. Eliminate the automatic bids: There’s nothing worse than watching a terrible SEC team (Mississippi State) steal an at-large bid from a deserving team (see, Gaels, Saint Mary’s).

3. Make Monday a national holiday Let’s be honest — nothing gets done at offices across the country except filling out brackets.

4. Have Gus Johnson announce the teams: It would provide a nice preview for his wonderful over-the-top calls this weekend.

5. Don’t let the Big Ten get more than three bids: This should be self-explanatory — unless you enjoy seeing 50-48 games in the tournament.


“I’m not picking on the Big Ten, but come on… can you say that [about them]? I can’t believe people are saying seven or eight teams [from that league] will get in and not nine or 10 from our conference.” — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

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