Terps Among Tournament Hopefuls In Crowded ACC

Daniel GarayContributor ISeptember 15, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 21:  Greivis Vasquez #21 of the Maryland Terrapins dribbles the ball upcourt during their second round game against the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 21, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Terrapins 89-70.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After getting blown out by the Memphis Tigers 89-70, Greivis Vasquez was fuming. So was Gary Williams. And why shouldn't they? After all, weren't all the Terrapin faithful disappointed? 

But this is a new season, and a new chance for the Terrapins to prove themselves. The Terrapins return all but one of their starters, Dave Neal, and are poised to make a run for the ACC crown. But it seems that the Terrapins aren't getting the proper respect they deserve.

Despite reaching the NCAA Tournament last year and getting to the second round, the Terps aren't in the most recent ESPN/USA Today Top 25. And then you see teams like Duke 11th on the list, who have lost standout guard Gerald Henderson, and not gained any extremely high-end recruits.

The Terrapins don't get the respect they deserve, and they're going into the season with a chip on their shoulder. Look out for the Terps to be playing with a hunger that supercedes great teams like North Carolina and the other beasts of the ACC. The experts may not see it on their radar, but the Terrapins are poised for a run for the National Championship.