- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2009


Maryland women outshine the men - One day after the men saw their NCAA hopes likely dashed at Virginia, the women topped Duke in overtime to win the ACC tournament. It was the Terps’ first ACC tournament title in 20 years and may have locked up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Meanwhile, the men may need a similar ACC run to reach the tournament after losing to a Virginia team that had virtually nothing to play for. Does anyone remember the last time the Maryland men entered the ACC tournament NOT needing a win to seal an NCAA berth? Oh yeah, 2003.

Penguins avoid season sweep by Caps - With a 4-3 shootout victory Sunday at Verizon Center, the Penguins won their first and only game of the season against the Capitals. Bill Guerin, acquired by the Penguins at the trading deadline, scored a goal, which can’t sit well with Caps fans angered by the team’s lack of trade activity. General manager George McPhee’s decision won’t be judged by a meaningless game in March, but if the Caps don’t advance deep in the playoffs, don’t expect the “build for the future” mantra to soothe those fans.


1. American will be the only area team in the field - Maryland and Virginia Tech need deep ACC tournament runs, Georgetown is hopeless and George Mason is set to run into the Eric Maynor buzz saw Monday.

2. Mid-majors won’t be happy - Those that didn’t win their conference tournaments will be in for a long day - only Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, Dayton, Rhode Island and Xavier have a good shot at an at-large bid.

3. The Big Ten will get the most bids - Hard to believe it but the conference with the least attractive style of basketball may place eight teams in the tournament.

4. The Big East will get the best bids - It won’t match the Big Ten’s quantity, but consider the quality - every team could be a No. 7 seed or higher.

5. Billy Packer won’t tick anyone off - The longtime CBS fixture was replaced by the network in July.


“I’m leaving America’s team [for] North America’s team.” - Terrell Owens after signing with the Buffalo Bills

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