The Washington Times - March 17, 2009, 01:45PM


Turns out when the Maryland basketball team says nobody believed they could reach the NCAA tournament, the players are counting their kin among the doubters.


Understandably so, I might add, especially after the Terrapins finished the regular season with back-to-back losses.

Of course, Greivis Vasquez remembers those things now that Maryland is in the field.

“Not even my father thought we were going to make it to the tournament after we lost to Wake Forest at home,” Vasquez said. “I had my family and everybody in Venezuela [saying] ‘Are you guys eliminated?’ I said ‘Just don’t call me any more. Just wait until the season is over.’”

The season isn’t over, but chances are Vasquez is taking calls —- especially now that it is pretty much impossible to argue Maryland had a good season, regardless of what happens when it meets California on Thursday.

“There was a little bit of pressure. now, all the pressure is off,” Vasquez said. “I’m feeling real good right now.”

—- Patrick Stevens