The Washington Times - January 4, 2009, 03:41PM

OK, been away for a couple hours or so. Or more like in transit.

But either way, there’s still some teams to mine in the attempt to figure out who Maryland can legitimately claim it is more worthy than for a spot in the national rankings.


Only one of the AP’s 72 voters felt the Terps warranted a top-25 spot last week, Maybe that number will rise when the poll comes out again tomorrow. Maybe not. But yet again, here is Maryland’s resume:

Record: 11-2
Michigan State (N), Michigan (H)
Losses: Gonzaga (N), Georgetown (N)
Bad losses: None
Neutral: 2-2
Road: 0-0
Average scoring margin: +12.8

And here is the work to date of a mystery team:

Record: 13-1
Marquette (N), George Mason (H)
Losses: Creighton (A)
Bad losses: None
Neutral: 2-0
Road: 2-1
Average scoring margin: +12.6

The mystery team has a slight edge in RPI and overall record, and the fact it is 4-1 away from home is helpful. The average scoring margin is basically a push.

Maryland has the best victory in the comparison, and its second-best victory is a little bit better than the anonymous team, too.

The big difference is strength of schedule. The mystery team has played six teams with 200+ RPIs, and while the RPI isn’t a great tool at this point, it is generally pretty good at identifying bad teams after a month or so.

So who is this mystery team?

















If you said:

You’re correct.

As a result, Williams DOES HAVE a good argument in his favor that the Terps are better than the team that will likely emerge as the second-best bunch in the Atlantic 10.

—- Patrick Stevens