NCAA: Notes from the newsroom

NCAA: Notes from the newsroom
February 15, 2012, 3:04 pm
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By Michele Gordon

While the biggest news in College Park this week is the departure of quarterback Danny O'Brien from the football team, the Terps basketball program suffered losses of its own. Mark Turgeon's squad has lost six of its last eight games but the biggest loss to date is that of guard Pe'Shon Howard. The sophomore tore his ACL in practice last Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Frustration seems to be boiling over on the squad and spilling onto Twitter. Following their loss to Duke last Saturday, ACC leading scorer Terrell Stoglin made a negative comment on Twitter that was noticed and re-tweeted by many. Stoglin did apologize for the comment and assistant coach Scott Spinelli said Monday there are no issues with the sophomore but we'll see how that plays out.

The Terps host a Boston College team Thursday that is extremely young but clearly improving as the season goes on. Maryland has a quick turnaround as they head to Charlottesville Saturday for a date with Virginia.

The injury bug bit the Cavaliers again last week and seems to be having a big impact on this squad. Leading scorer Joe Harris broke his left hand in Saturday's loss to North Carolina and is now wearing a cast. Harris played his first game with the cast Tuesday night at Clemson and it was clearly an issue. Harris finished the game with two points, two rebounds and three turnovers in 21 minutes. The Wahoos are hoping as the swelling goes down in Harris' hand he'll become more comfortable and return to form.

Unfortunately the Cavs dropped to 22 in this week's AP poll and have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season. Tony Bennett and company host Maryland on Saturday.

The Hokies are showing signs of life. Head coach Seth Greenberg shook things up over the weekend when he changed his starting lineup and rewarded the five hardest working players in practice with the opportunity to start. That included forward C.J. Barksdale.

Unfortunately, the freshman suffered a sprained ankle in the Hokies win over Boston College and his status is day-to-day. Greenberg said Monday that Barksdale will likely not practice this week and is wearing a walking boot.

Tech is coming off a big win over Boston College and has now won two of their last three games. The Hokies visit 20 Florida State Thursday night and will have their hands full with the Seminoles dominant defense plus their big man inside Bernard James. They return to Cassell Coliseum Saturday to host Georgia Tech.

Wow. Between Jeremy Lin's game-winner against the Raptors and Sherrod Wright's buzzer beater over VCU, my voice was hoarse Tuesday night. Holy cow. The matchup between the Rams and Patriots more than lived up to the hype. The final 90 seconds of the game were ridiculous. But in the end, Mason came up with the win and moved into a tie for first with Drexel. The Rams drop to third in the CAA standings with three games remaining. The Dragons were tested Tuesday night by William & Mary but held on for a two-point win. Time is quickly running out in the regular season for these teams but boy is it exciting to watch. If you haven't already circled February 25th on your calendar go ahead and do it. George Mason and VCU meet again for the final game of the regular season... this time in Richmond. Game on.