Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On The Bubbles

No, not that Bubbles. Although, I think I speak for everyone here at Made em Jump when I say that we couldn't be happier for Bub and the fact that his sister no longer needs to keep him locked in the basement to prevent him from stealing her shit to get that pandemic. Anyway, on the eve of the ACC tournament two local teams need very good showings to make the Big Dance. I'm talking about Virginia Tech and Maryland.

We'll start with the Terps. After losing to Virginia in Charlottesville in the last game of the regular season, it seems like Maryland will need to make the finals of the ACC tournament if they hope to have any shot at dancing. They finished the regular season 18-13 with some very bad losses (see American University, UVa). However, they did have a huge win over UNC. Tomorrow they'll take on BC in the first round. If Gist and Osby show up, the Terps could very well be a team that makes a nice run, and like Bubbles, finally gets out of a relative's basement and reaches the promise land.

Now to Virginia Tech. No matter what happens, this season has to be considered a success for the Hokies. They have a crapload of freshman and were picked to finish 10th in the ACC in the pre-season coaches poll. Instead, they finished fourth after losing to Clemson by a point in South Cack-a-lacky on Sunday. Despite a strong ACC showing, they have very few quality wins and an ass load of bad losses (see ODU, Richmond). To make it to the dance they're going to need at least one, probably two victories in the ACC tournament. They have a bye tomorrow, but will more than likely get Miami on Friday. Win, lose or draw, look for Malcolm Delaney to be the hardest thing out of Baltimore since Marlo Stansfield, AD Vassallo to knock down some threes and Seth Greenberg to be screaming and complaining.

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