GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Halftime thoughts from Georgia Tech 41, Maryland 25.
This is a total beatdown. And a stunning beatdown at that. Maryland is going to have to do something remarkable to get back into this game.
This has been the upside-down tournament, at least at halftime. Lower seeds have led or tied at intermission in six of the first seven games. The lone exception turned out to be an upset, when Miami went from down two to winning by five earlier today against Virginia Tech.
Tech coach Paul Hewitt wasted no time jumping all over his team. Down 4-2, he called a timeout and killed everyone in a gold jersey, screaming in their faces -- particularly big man Gani Lawal. By the 7-minute mark of the first half, when Maryland was calling a timeout down 11, Hewitt was meeting his players on the court with high-fives and congratulations. Give Hewitt an A-plus in motivational work.
This was the story of Maryland's half: ACC Player of the Year Greivis Vasquez got a breakaway layup that spun around and halfway down the rim, then curled out. Jordan Williams' tip of Vasquez's miss hung on the front of the rim, then fell off. It was that kind of start for the Terrapins. Vasquez has just four points on 2-for-8 shooting, and one of those was goaltended. Credit Tech's Maurice Miller for dogging Vasquez much of the half.
Tech's guards are on fire, shooting much better tonight than they did against North Carolina, hitting 6 of 8 3-pointers. Maryland, meanwhile, is 0-for-6 from 3-point range.