KANSAS CITY, Mo. —- The end came quickly for Maryland today, a 17-4 opening flurry from Memphis that pretty much sealed things in the first five minutes.
That happens. Certainly, the Terrapins‘ zone didn’t help like it had in the past.
Ultimately, though, Memphis is a better team than Maryland. Much better. And the final score —- 89-70 —- was a just result.
It wasn’t about Greivis Vasquez running his mouth, which happens as naturally as the sun rising in the east.
It wasn’t about coaching matchups.
It was about talent, plain and simple. Maryland’s had a way of looking really bad when it can’t cope with a talent deficiency.
It happened against Georgetown (which, despite its death spiral, was still more talented). It happened against Duke. It happened against Clemson.
And it happened against Memphis.
One prism through which to view this 21-14 season: The Terps were 3-9 against teams that spent at least a week in the top 10, and 18-5 against everyone else.
So, yeah, victories over Morgan State, Miami, Florida State, Boston College and Virginia would have been nice. But for the most part, it was a good season.
As for the second game, well, Blake Griffin is really, really good —- though no one needed the 33-point, 17-rebound performance to validate that assertion. And Oklahoma will be an exceptionally difficult out next weekend in Memphis.
One last post coming up, and then it’s time to pack up for the night.
—- Patrick Stevens