ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt joins The Kevin Sheehan Show to help us preview Maryland at Michigan State tomorrow night.
“This is a Michigan State team that started number one,” Scott tells Kevin, “something has just felt off with them all year. They haven’t felt like a vintage Michigan State team.”
Van Pelt, a Maryland alum is hoping to see more fight from this Terps team than he did last year when they played at Michigan state.
“I just want Maryland to compete. They got bullied there last year,” Van Pelt remembers. “They got absolutely bullied, and it stuck with them all year. It was the game that (Mark) Turgeon pointed to, ‘You gotta be tough, you gotta be tougher than this.”
The No. 9 Terps are a hot tram right now riding a seven game winning streak. So how does Scott Van Pelt feel about the Terps fans not believing what they’re seeing with this team, and think they’ll have an early exit in March?
“I hate you, because you’re impossible,” Van Pelt says. “If being ranked in the top 10 and being first in the Big Ten with a potential lottery pick in Stix (Jalen Smith), with a four-year local player in (Anthony) Cowan who’s climbing the ranks of all time Maryland scorers and winners…if this still isn’t enough for you, if you’re still looking in the rear view of the past and complaining about it now, then you’re hopeless, you’re hopeless, and I don’t care how you feel.”
Maryland faces Michigan State on the road Saturday, the first of two games between the teams over a two-week span, 6:00p tip right here on The Team 980 95.9 FM
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