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Terps basketball: rendezvous with the Redhawks

By Ryan Broadwater

I’m not going to talk about this weekend’s football game because I don’t want to bring back the feeling in my stomach like I had just been pulled over by the police. We had the game in our hands and let it slip away, but win the next three games and we are in the ACC Championship game. End of story.

Now onto greener pastures, The Maryland men’s basketball season opens tonight against Seattle University. Last week's exhibition game against Florida Southern was a nice warm up, but the games are for real now, and Seattle is no slouch. Last year was the Seattle Redhawks’ first year playing D-1 basketball and they fared pretty well. Their record was 17-14, with a solid win over Oregon State and a near shocker against Washington. They were also ninth nationally in points per game.

Like Maryland though, the Redhawks lost three starters from last year's squad, including their top performer Charles Garcia (18 points, 8 rebounds per game). Seattle also likes to play an up-tempo style game, just as Maryland does. This game could easily turn into an indoor track meet with the edge going to the Terps because of a higher talent level. Another big edge for Maryland is size. The biggest player on Seattle’s roster checks in at 6-foot-8. So look for 6-10 center Jordan Williams to have a big game.

Starting lineup:

1 – Adrian Bowie
2 – Cliff Tucker
3 – Sean Mosely
4 – Dino Gregory
5 – Jordan Williams
From what I’ve heard is James Padgett will be the 6th man off the bench. Look for Gary Williams to mix up the lineups a little bit to figure out what his best combinations will be. The other thing to be aware of is the back-up guard battle between Terrell Stoglin and Pe’shon Howard. Whoever begins to emerge as the best option will steadily gain more playing time to spell Adrian Bowie.

Finally, a new fan favorite could emerge in Haukur “Hawk” Palsson, the 6-6 wing from Iceland. In the exhibition game and scrimmage he had a few nice 3-pointers. He seems to be that prototypical European player who can spot up and hit jumpers. That could be valuable down the road to add a spark, if some of the starters are struggling to score.

By Ryan Broadwater  | November 8, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
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