Talking Terps

This week in the SVP Lounge, CT, Dan, Matt and Eric convene one last time to look back a successful 2014-15 Maryland basketball season and look ahead to a promising 2015-16 season with the news of Diamond Stone’s commitment.

Thanks to everyone who listened this year. This was easily the best season of the podcast and our next should prove even better. 

Red Shell Radio will record monthly throughout the offseason until college football looms in August. Once the Maryland football season is underway, the podcast will resume it’s weekly schedule of posting a new show every Tuesday morning from the start of football season to the end of basketball season.

Topics discussed include: 

  • Thoughts on West Virginia getting drubbed by Kentucky
  • Two of the Final Four teams are from the Big Ten, Terps 3-1 against Michigan State and Wisconsin
  • Who’s your team MVP? Dez and Melo both got all-conference honors, but if they only gave one of those out, who do you hand it to?
  • Who’s your non-Dez, non-Melo MVP? What about the next tier of guys under Jake Layman?
  • What was your favorite non-Wisconsin game?
  • Best in-pod interruption? Drunk Ders, Eric’s fire alarm going off mid-interview or Matt’s roommates barging into his room?
  • What non-Northwestern game was Maryland’s luckiest win? / The game you felt was the most in doubt
  • Which non-Melo player takes the biggest leap next year?
  • We know nothing about Ivan Bender
  • Diamond Stone commits to Maryland
  • Dan found out about Stone’s commitment while peeing, recounts the time he dropped his phone in the toilet at work
  • Gushing about Stone. Easy to get excited about next year already
  • Mark Turgeon is likely to pick up one more player, people talking about
  • Damion Lee from Drexel as a perfect fit
  • Final reflections on the season 


Direct download: Year_In_Review__The_2014-15_Maryland_Basketball_Season.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

Today in the SVP Lounge, CT, Dan and Matt convene to anguish over and break down Maryland’s second round loss to West Virginia in the NCAA tournament.

Topics discussed include:

  • Thanks to BSR Network for featuring our podcast
  • End of the season is new terrirory for the show
  • We’ll be back next week to recap the entire basketball season
  • We made it through a full season, let’s bring back the "cancel the pod” bit
  • The guys talk about their game-viewing situations, harassment from West Virginia fans
  • CT and Matt prefer to watch alone, Dan has to go to a bar
  • Dan is routinely the most obnoxious person in the bar
  • With the pod being canceled the guys air their grievances with each other
  • They put off talking about the loss to West Virginia
  • The first half was relatively good, they shot the ball well, beat the press
  • Felt positive going into halftime
  • Dan was forever waiting for Dez Wells to find himself
  • The second half was the complete opposite, there was an impending sense of doom from the beginning
  • Once Melo Trimble was out, it was a “slow drip of death”
  • Dan feels bad for himself
  • Terps had a chance to cut down West Virginia’s lead half way through the second, but couldn’t hit any shots — After that West Virginia were relentless and Maryland was marred at every turn
  • What’s the deal with Layman? Where does he go from here?
  • Matt gives credit to West Virginia, says they wanted it more
  • Who do you want to win, West Virginia or Kentucky?
  • Dan has a bitter taste in his mouth with this loss, the loss to Michigan State and the loss to Rutgers in football
  • The Terps take a pretty big step forward, defy preseason expectations 
  • It’s not easy to make the Sweet 16
  • Bob Huggins’ daughters tweet about Dez Wells, causes an uproar
  • Where are the Terps ranked in the 2015-16 preseason poll? This is a dumb conversation
  • Matt is happy he never has to watch Varun Ram again


Direct download: NCAA_Postmortem__Maryland_Bows_Out_to_WVU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

Today on Red Shell Radio, CT, Dan, Eric and Matt convene immediately following Maryland’s NCAA tournament victory over Valparaiso in the first round to discuss everything that went down in another tight Terrapin contest. Later, they get into the second round match-up against border rival West Virginia. 

Topics discussed inclue:

  • Maryland grinds out another win
  • Dan and Matt’s disjointed attempts to watch the entire game
  • Terps come out sharp, always about how they respond when the other team starts making shot
  • Dez Wells sits with two early fouls
  • Eric says this game went as he expected, sloppy and choppy
  • Jared Nickens on fire in the first half
  • Terps found success when Valparaiso wasn’t able to set up its defense
  • Terps can’t build a bigger cushion going into halftime
  • Damonte Dodd has a good game, gets a bullshit technical foul, fouls out on a bad call too
  • The second half was a seesaw
  • The Terps adjusted on offense as the game went along, able to attack the zone defense
  • Evan Smotrycz has a good game
  • Jake Layman disappears again, will catch up to Maryland if he can’t get going in the next game
  • Eric was relieved when Layman fouled out, Matt says he’s worried about Layman’s psyche 
  • Valpo hit a ton of tough shots, are a good team, well coached by Bryce Drew
  • Varun Ram is the defensive substitution of the evening, steals the ball as Valpo attempted to send it into overtime
  • Ram was a trending Twitter topic
  • He probably should’ve gotten called for a foul
  • West Virginia is Maryland’s second round match-up, presents some serious problems from the Terps
  • Eric feels better after beating Valpo, thinks the Terps can edge it out
  • CT rooting for Maryland, despite his Mountaineer roots
  • Dan thinks West Virginia is a bunch of chuckers
  • Matt doesn’t like the West Virginia match-up at all
  • Dez and Melo Trimble should be able to handle the press 


Direct download: RSR-Terps_Top_Valpo_Set_Up_2nd_Round_with_WVU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

Today in the SVP Lounge, CT, Dan and Eric convene to discuss the disappointing draw the Terps received in the NCAA tournament, picking up a #4 seed, a first round match-up with Valparaiso, a potential second round game against Buffalo or West Virginia and Kentucky looming in the Sweet 16.

Later, the guys welcome Sports Junkies producer and Maryland alum Matt Valdez down to the Lounge to reflect on the season, where the Terrapins landed in the bracket, talk about KenPom and the Terps’ “luck,” comparing Maryland to a recent Orioles team, what to expect from Valparaiso, his March Madness trip to Las Vegas, and his tailgating tactics. 

The guys wrap up the show agreeing that between the loss to Michigan State and Selection Sunday, a little bit of the excitement has been drained out of them. Also, they detail what they did on Saturday night to cope with the loss to the Spartans. 


Direct download: RSR-Terps_Land_4_Seed_Matt_Valdez_from_The_Sports_Junkies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54pm EDT

RSR-Terps Lose to Sparty, the Pod Meltdowns, Readies for NCAAs

Today in the SVP Lounge, CT, Dan and Eric convene following the semi-final loss to Michigan State to sort through the wreckage and look ahead to the NCAA tournament. Red Shell Radio reflects on a great first half, but they didn’t think it would last. The guys then look at the flatness of the second half and how the Terps eventually lost. CT melts down on people patting themselves on the back for “calling” this loss. The guys agree Terp fans need to move on and hope for good things in the NCAA tournament. Expectations have adjusted for this team and the second weekend of the tournament is the new goal. 

We’ll be back on Tuesday morning to discuss where Maryland is going in the first weekend and preview who they will face. 


Direct download: RSR-Terps_Lose_to_Sparty_the_Pod_Meltdowns_Readies_for_NCAAs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

RSR-Maryland Downs Indiana in Big Ten Quarters

This evening in the SVP Lounge, CT, Dan, Matt and Eric convene following Maryland’s thrilling victory over Indiana in the Big Ten quarter finals. The guys immediately salt any “this team is lucky” talk by examining how the Terps keep winning close games. They heap praise on the team, come to terms with its shortcomings and how they overcome them. Later, they discuss who they’d rather play, Ohio State or Michigan State (This episode was recorded during that quarter final game), and agree that at this stage it’s a matter of picking your poison. Plus: Should the guys all wear the same shirts they wore for the Indiana game during tomorrow’s semifinals?

Direct download: RSR-Maryland_Downs_Indiana_in_Big_Ten_Quarters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

Today in the SVP Lounge, CT gets you prepped for Maryland's first ever Big Ten tournament game against Indiana by welcoming Kyle Swick from Crimson Quarry to the pod. Kyle brings us up to speed on the Hoosiers who beat Northwestern last night and may or may not still be on the bubble. They also get into Tom Crean's job status, what this third game between Indiana and the Terrapins will look like, Alex Olaf flopping around and why CT can't eat ribs when Maryland is playing.

We'll be back in the pod after tonight's game to recap the action.


Direct download: RSR-Maryland-Indiana_3_Preview_w__Kyle_Swick.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Today in the SVP Lounge, CT, Matt, Dan and Eric wrap up the regular season and look ahead to post-season play, which they’ve been waiting on for a week. The guys get into Mark Turgeon getting the media Big Ten Coach of the Year Award, who’s more deserving: Turgeon or Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, if Maryland is really the #8 team in the country, the ugliness of the Nebraska and Rutgers games, potential Big Ten tournament match-ups and much more #RollTerps

Topics discussed include:

  • Matt gets a new car, invents the Miller Index
    Mark Turgeon wins media-voted Big Ten Coach of the Year, Bo Ryan gets the award from the coaches
  • Who really deserves it? Eric thinks Turgeon deserves it, Dan thinks it’s unfair to to discount Bo Ryan because of his team’s talent and the fulfillment of expectations
  • The Miller Index ranks Turgeon as a better looking coach than Ryan
  • "For an older gentleman, he doesn’t look bad”
  • The podcast gets interrupted by Matt’s roommate, the guys discuss the best podcast interruptions of the season
  • It would have been laughable to think this was the #8 team in the country in the fall
  • Is Maryland really the eighth best team in the country? Where do they actually fall?
  • CT thinks the effort the team put forth this year is what put them over the edge, especially in tight contests. Big difference between this year’s team and last
  • The guys have the “lucky, damn good or somewhere in between” conversation as it pertains to close games
  • The Nebraska game was an ugly foul-fest
  • It’s not lucky that the Terps are money at drawing and making free throws
  • Rutgers game also wasn’t great
  • Dez Wells has a big game, been going bananas lately
  • BBQ Ben pours Dan a huge glass of wine
  • Tons of Maryland fans in Piscataway, N.J. — Rutgers is a disaster
  • The RAC looks like an old Soviet bunker
  • Terps have the #2 seed in the Big Ten tournament
  • The guys would, obviously, prefer to play Northwestern
  • Northwestern is playing well, Indiana swooning
  • Matt says it doesn’t matter who the Terps play, CT is having a hard time being comfortable that Maryland can beat anyone in the conference
  • Dan tells CT not to make ribs for the games, last time the Terps got blown out to Indiana
  • Selection Sunday should be exciting 
Direct download: RSR-The_Miller_Index.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

RSR-Uncoordinated, Spontaneous Havoc and Rap Music

Today in the SVP Lounge, CT, Dan and Eric convene to reflect on a big week in Maryland basketball. They talk about what it’s like for the Terps to be relevant nationally, as this is normally the time of the season the team and podcast fall off the radar. They get into the exciting upset over Wisconsin, closing out conference play undefeated at home against Michigan, Terrell Stoglin balling and brawling in Lebanon, legal marijuana in the District, and much more.

Topics discussed include:

  • Dan and CT hang out with a bunch of fellow Terps over the weekend, party hop around Baltimore
  • How does it feel for Maryland to be relevant nationally once again?
  • This is the time of the year the podcast normally falls off as well
  • Wisconsin game
  • The strong defensive effort in the first half
  • Michal Cekovsky’s play on the Badgers’ Frank Kaminsky
  • People who whine about court storming are dumb
  • Dez Wells adds another memorable game to his resume, Melo Trimble impressive as always
  • Thoughts on the flash mob — They should stop calling it a flash mob
  • Tuesday and Saturday’s broadcasts fawning over the crowd at Xfinity Center
  • Michigan game
  • CT argues the Terps best lineup is with Evan Smotrycz playing the five
  • The guys give love to Jared Nickens, whose impact has been slightly overlooked due to Trimble’s play
  • Final two games are on the road against Rutgers and Nebraska — Let’s see which team shows up
  • Terrell Stoglin get in an on-court altercation while playing basketball in Lebanon
  • Dan wants to know if life in the District is different with legal marijuana 
Direct download: RSR-Uncoordinated_Spontaneous_Havoc_and_Rap_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50am EDT