- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 8, 2007

Well, Maryland didn’t seem like the kind of team that could rip off a seven-game winning streak, and then it did. So when it didn’t appear the Terrapins could possibly struggle against last-place Miami, they have.

There has been a noticeable lack of patience and smart play in the first half as Miami takes a 37-24 lead into the break. From Ekene Ibekwe’s convulsion-like 3-point attempt (after the kind of pause a 3-year-old takes before finally doing

something he knows he probably shouldn’t) to a rash of turnovers, it hasn’t been the finest performance from the Terps.

Maryland shot 22.4 percent against Miami nearly two months ago in a 63-58 loss, and the problems aren’t quite so acute at that end this time. But the Hurricanes still have gotten their share of second-chance baskets to take a wider-than-expected lead.

Miami has also used a fluid zone — the 2-3 to 2-1-2 and back again — it utilized to great effect in the teams’ first meeting. Obviously, it still works, and it would be no surprise if some small-conference champ takes a shine to it next Thursday or Friday against the Terps.

Elsewhere. … Michigan lives to see another day after a 49-40 Big Ten bloodbath against Minnesota. Alabama looks like toast after losing to Kentucky in the first round of the SEC tournament. And bubble teams across the land rejoice as Xavier cruises in the Atlantic 10.

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