Game Time Approaches
I'm back at the Milk House for day two of the Old Spice Classic. Tennessee just put away Georgetown, 90-78, to advance to the tournament championship game on Sunday night. Next up, Maryland will take on No. 9 Gonzaga to decide the Vols' opponent.
Here are some pregame notes to wet your appetite for the upcoming matinee affair:
1) Despite coming off the bench and averaging just 22.3 minutes per game, sophomore guard Adrian Bowie is second on the team in scoring (11.3 points per game). Bowie is shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from three-point range. Were it not for his size (6-foot-2) he may already have supplanted fellow sophomore Cliff Tucker (6-foot-6) in the starting lineup. If Bowie keeps up his currently level of play, he may wedge his way in there anyway.
2) Gonzaga is 2-1 all-time against Maryland. The Bulldogs have won the past two meetings, beating the Terps in the 2003 BB&T Classic (82-68) and in the 2005 Maui Invitational (88-76). Maryland and Gonzaga first met in the first round of the 1995 NCAA tournament, the Bulldogs' first ever appearance in the Big Dance. The Terps won that meeting, 87-63, despite getting only nine points and four rebounds out of Joe Smith.
3)Gonzaga Coach Mark Few, in his 10th season at the Bulldogs, will coach his 300th game Friday against Maryland. Few, who is 2-0 against the Terps, has tallied a 239-60 career mark.
4) Maryland has defeated 16 top 10 opponents in the past seven seasons, including last night's victory over No. 5 Michigan State. In fact, the Terps have knocked off at least one top 10 opponent in each of the past 13 seasons.
5) Junior guard Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points last night against the Spartans and remains five points from the 1,000-point career plateau. He likely will get over the hump tonight against Gonzaga, seeing as he is averaging 21.0 points per game so far this season. He will become the 47th player in Maryland history to acheive such an achievement.
Posted by: Lee26 | November 28, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse
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