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Greivis Vasquez trashes Memphis, Memphis trashes Vasquez and Maryland

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greivis-vasquez.JPGMaryland's Greivis Vasquez had some strong opinions before his Terrapins squared off against Memphis in this afternoon's second-round game. In short, it seems the highly skilled and highly opinionated guard did not think so highly of Memphis and their Conference USA dominance.

""If [Memphis] played in the ACC Conference, they'd have a losing record in the league," Vasquez said. "They'd probably win all of their games outside the league and have a losing record in the league. The ACC is too tough."
Not stopping there, he added this:

Memphis "needs some competition," Vasquez said. "It's going to be a fight. I don't care who guards me. I'm going to go at him and at the whole team. I'm such a competitor. I don't care who's in front of me. I'm going to compete.
Things, however, did not go as Vasquez planned.
The so-called untested Memphis team roared past Maryland 89-70 in a game that was at no time close.

After the game, Vasquez's comments had a somewhat different tenor, but wasn't prepared to admit regret over his boisterous claims.

""Unbelievable," Vasquez said. "We were playing great defense all year, and today our defense wasn't there."He also said he didn't regret making that comment about Conference USA."They proved me wrong. That's what the sport is about," he said.
Personally, I hate it when athletes so readily provide bulletin board material, especially if I'm pulling for that particular team. It seems to be an immediate kiss of death and makes my stomach turn as mightily as it motivates the trash-talker's opponent.

What do you think? Do you get nervous when your guys stick their chins out there to be smacked or do you think it fires their own team up just as much? Were you happy to see Vasquez get his comeuppance?

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stupid mexican , my memphis fans will laugh at all national haters of da tigers . jus admit it. their good

Kyle responds: If you're going to be racist, at least be an informed racist. Vasquez is from Venezuela.

Vasquez simply reiterated the ignorance that many sport analyst feel. He, those analysts, selection committee analyst, and those that provide input to the polls have BCS school biases.

They rarley perform due dilligence in visually inspecting a team outside of the BCS before providing an assessment.

This has the potential to make it more difficult for non BCS team to compete.

I think the loss had little to do with Greivis' pre-game comments. I love my Terps, but Memphis is just too good. They're bigger, more athletic, and just too talented.

It's unfortunate that Greivis has such a negative reputation outside the University of Maryland. He's a vehement competitor, and an impassioned teammate.

His transgressions come from his continued difficulty with the Media. This is certainly not the first time he's made a provoking comment to an opponent. When he says Maryland has the toughest schedule in the country, he's correct. However it's not due to the strength of the ACC conference. Rather, his provoking comments incite the opponents, and they bring their A-Game every week.

Bottom line: He plays hard, and he's fun to watch. Go Terps.

It was clear that Maryland's coach could not do somethings that he was used to doing in a game. Trying to press Memphis on any day for Maryland was a big mistake.

I grew up on Vanderbilt basketball. And Maryland reminded me of an old school Vandy team. To me competive consistantly, teams need 2 special players.

The second problem the Maryland team felt was that memphis was not well coached and follow the game plan. I think the maryland players were not ready. Facing a team the is similar in capability as UNC was a shock to them.

So, could Maryland beat Memphis? Yes. But the Maryland coach needs to get his kids ready and he did not.

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