10 Things I Learned Vs. Maryland

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I make no secret about it – every year, Maryland is right up there at the top of the list when it comes to teams I want to beat. It has been that way for several years now. And to do it in comeback fashion, on the road, at night, to go 7-1 … needless to say, I am in a fairly good mood right now.

Breaking down this game is not a chore, it is a pleasure. What did we learn against the Terps?

Clint Sintim and Byron Glaspy celebrate the win.

1. Now do you believe? The bandwagon still has room. Plenty of room.

In deciding whether it is time to jump on the bandwagon, we now have a pretty good sample size to evaluate the team. This team is two-thirds of the way through the season, having played eight games, half of those on the road. The team has faced all kinds of adversity, from preseason injuries to skeptical press coverage, from a confidence-crushing opening game loss to a boatload of injuries to key players during the season, from missed opportunities to late game deficits. And yet, the team has battled through. Here we are, sitting at 7-1, sitting atop the Coastal Division, and controlling our own destiny down the stretch.

Anyone else want to jump on the bandwagon?

I know that this has been a tough UVa team for some Hoo fans to embrace. A lot of that no doubt is tied to the fact that our head coach is not exactly the cuddly type. Fair enough. But folks, this has been a fun ride. For seven straight weeks, the team has done enough to post a win. Sometimes just enough, but always enough. Both the offense and the defense are starting to display distinct personalities. Players are stepping up left and right, sometimes with a star player giving a star effort when it is most needed, sometimes with someone rising from the depths of the depth chart to be the “next man up” and contribute to a win in a meaningful way.

I think that is a bandwagon worth riding.

2. A big challenge for a coach. When you are calling plays, either on offense or defense, there are