The current junior point guard of Davidson, 20-year-old Stephen Curry, surpassed the team’s scoring record set by John Gerdy in 1979 in the game against Georgia Southern last Saturday. Curry needed 30 points to improve Gerdy’s record and at the end the junior point guard scored 34 points, finishing with a total record of 2,488 points. With this, Curry has become the best all-time scorer in Davidson history and one of the best players in the college basketball level. Curry was named the Cinderella man of last year’s NCAA tournament as he took Davidson to the Elite 8 for first time since 1969.

Curry started his basketball experience in high school playing for the Charlotte Christian School, were he was named all-state, all-conference, and MVP team as he scored over 1700 points during his time at that school. Curry also attended the Middle School at Queensway Christian School in Ontorio, Canada. During his time at Canada, Curry led his school team to an undefeated season and shot a 48% at the three point line. Despite of his success at the high school level, Curry didn’t have any major college’s scholarship offers; since many thought that maybe Curry couldn’t handle the physical scenery of the major conferences. However, he proved them wrong, as he has had three amazing seasons with Davidson College.

During his freshman year, Coach McKillop was impressed with his ability and considered that Curry was a really special player. During that season, Curry led the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 21.5 points and having 4.6 rebounds per game. That freshman season, Curry took Davidson to the NCAA Tournament where they were the 13th seed but lost the first round against the University of Maryland 82-70. At the end of that season 2006-07, Curry received the award of the Conference Freshman of the Year, plus MVP tournament and other awards.

At his sophomore year, his impression in the conference and the league was more recognized, averaging 25.9 points per game and taking Davidson to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, by beating well-recognized schools like Gonzaga, Georgetown University and Wisconsin, before loosing later against the actual champion Kansas with a score of 54-52. During these four games, Curry scored more than 30 points and his talent was acclaimed by a lot of followers. At the end of that season, people though that he would jump straight to the NBA, but instead he decided to stay in the college level and get more experience.

Currently in his junior year, Curry remains to be a key player for Davidson, averaging 29 points and 5.8 assists per game. And with a 24-6 overall record and a 17-2 conference record, Curry and his team expect to qualify for the NCAA tournament for a third time. For now Davidson has already qualified for the NIT Invitational and has captured the SoCon South Division title after having the best league overall record.

The next game of Davidson will be against Elon Phoenix, which will be the last game of the regular season and will be held on Monday March 2nd at Elon Phoenix University. Moreover, after that game, on Saturday March 7th, Davidson will play the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament. The victory at this conference tournament would give Davidson a place to the NCAA tournament. We hope the best for this great point guard and his team the Davidson College, which we’ll be probably watching in the March Madness again this year.

By: Ally White

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Going closer to the Final Four the number one seed Maryland and the number two Stanford will start the competition tonight to get to the next step, the two teams will try to prove their own thing in the court and claim their way to the Final Four.

The Cardinals would seem to have an advantage, considering they were set the number two seed by the selection committee few weeks ago. The Terrapins have a sensation of under-dog because for most season, they have been left out of the national title, even being only two years detached from an NCAA title and with various of those title-winning players on the list.

“We want to prove that we are not a one-hit wonder,” Maryland point guard Kristi Toliver said. “This is a great team, one of the best in the country. But it’s one thing to say it. It’s another to go out and do it.”

In several ways and circumstances, Stanford and Maryland are in the same place, so it’s exciting that they would end literally playing against each other, in a game that appears to be the most equally matched of the four regional finals.

The two teams have a record of 33-3; both have played and defeated some of the nation’s best teams. Stanford wanted the number one seeded that was captured by Maryland and has used to motivate the players a postseason run that has incorporated the two big wins in the early rounds and the victory against Pittsburgh 72-53 on Saturday.

“We’ve been in this situation before where we thought we deserved a No. 1 seed,” senior guard Candice Wiggins said. “It really comes down to this game. We can’t talk about it. We can’t say we should be this or that. This is the game that’s going to prove it.”

Stanford, who have won 21 games straight, probable will need one of their greatest start-to-finish hard work of the season to defeat Maryland and got to the first program’s Final Four berth since 1997. In the past the Cardinal lost the regional finals in 2004, 2005 and ’06.

“We really have been preparing to be in this position all season long,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “This team is ready to be in this position. … We are way ahead of where we have been in the past in terms of preparation. We have been working for this day and I just have confidence that our team will come out and give their best effort.”

Maryland will require no less of its players; their team is one of the most potent offensive teams in the nation that was shown by beaten in dominant way Vanderbilt 80-66 in the regional semifinal. Four Maryland players, Crystal Langhornes, Toliver, Laura Harper and Marissa Coleman have average together 66 points in three NCAA Tournament games.

The Cardinal and the Terrapins haven’t played against each other since 1982. However, Maryland isn’t totally unknown. Langhorne, Coleman, Harper, Wiggins and Stanford center Jayne Appel have played together on USA Basketball teams.

Some of the Terrapins players have experienced the elevated of a national title, and that may be the biggest thing that divides these two teams.

By: Ally White

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Last year’s recruiting woes at Maryland had Terps fans fretting about the prospects of their basketball progam. Being able to compete in the ACC basketball world starts with basketball recruiting; without the top talent, the competition is simply too strong.

The good news started for Maryland this week included getting 2008 center Steve Goins cleared to play by the NCAA, which will give Maryland much needed help in the post this season.

Gary Willams then recieved a huge commitment from Brooklyn power forward James Padgett, a 6-8 big man who should see considerable playing time during his time as a Terp. Padgett is a strong rebounder and can score in the post, and the most impressive asset that the Lincoln High School star brings is that he has the ability to snag rebounds in the heavy congested lanes of the ACC.

Although Padgett can score in the paint, his mid range game is not strong enough at this point to be a consistent threat and he should see continued improvement in his post offense under Gary Williams.

A tough minded player who plays alongside top star Lance Stephenson, Padgett was also considering Pittsburgh, but felt that playing time might be more readily available on the Terp roster. This is most likely true, given that Maryland has lost several players in the post for various reasons, from graduation to deciding to transfer.

Maryland fans are glad to have their first recruit for the class of 2009 on board, and Padgett is a solid player. Basketball recruiting at Maryland has certainly taken a turn for the better, and Maryland fans are breathing a little easier.

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University of Maryland basketball tickets were “the” tickets to have at the beginning of the 21st Century, as the Terrapins were truly a part of the elite of college basketball. They hit their apex in 2002 when they won the national championship, and it appeared that Coach Gary Williams had the program prepared to dominate into the foreseeable future. However, something happened on the Terrapins’ way to a dynasty, and they have not even qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments.

Even though he’s a Maryland alum, Williams understands that he’s “on the clock,” and needs to get something done with his program before time runs out. Maryland has won 19 games in each of the past two years, but it’s all about the postseason in Maryland and in the ACC, and below we’ll take a look to see what we should expect from Maryland this season.

New Players

Maryland needed an influx of talent, as early entries into the NBA and other off-the-court problems have plagued the Terrapins over the past two seasons. They’ve gotten just that, and two new point guards will not only potentially restore the Williams offense to its intended form, but will also allow Maryland’s best player, D.J. Strawberry, to move back to his more natural position on the wing.

Maryland also has a freshman at the small forward spot who can fill it up, and 6-6 freshman Landon Milbourne was one of the top recruits in the country last year. Milbourne is a scorer, and he will be a great compliment to Strawberry. Regardless of records, Milbourne and Strawberry alone will be worth the price of any University of Maryland basketball tickets.

Coaching Stability

One of the more underrated aspects of college basketball is the coaching, particularly among the unknown assistants. Due to Maryland’s recent success, the Terrapins have lost seven assistant coaches in recent years, and that has hurt both the on-court coaching and the recruiting to an extent. Williams has to be hoping that one of the benefits of two “off” years is that his staff won’t continue to be raided, as his team is getting younger and will need that stability to develop all that talent.

Williams himself certainly isn’t planning on going anywhere, as he always wanted to coach at his alma mater. He would have to be dragged away from campus with the Maryland National Guard, so no one needs to worry about him becoming tempted by the NBA or any other college job. That’s a huge message to be able to send when recruiting, and Williams’ recruiting results seem to signify that players believe in Williams and his system.

Outlook

Maryland has had to tough years, by Maryland’s standards. Many schools would love back-to-back 19-win seasons, but Maryland needs to step it up this year. It seems that the Terrapins have a roster now that’s more conducive to Williams’ style, and they seem to be building stability that’s sorely needed in college athletics.

Maryland may play in the brutal ACC, but look for them to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Not to mention, University of Maryland basketball tickets will always provide a high-flying show.

By: Jay Nault

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