Hoyas Crush Terps, 75-48
That, folks, was not pretty. It would be one thing if the Terps had come out and been straight-up beaten by a better team (which they were). But to make things worse, Maryland came out flat in what should have been a very emotionally-charged matchup.
"There’s things above plays you run and the things you do on the court," Gary Williams said. "You have to be ready to play, and you know, I’ll take responsibility. We weren’t ready to play. When we walked out on the court tonight, I thought we were slow. We weren’t aggressive. We weren’t talking. When you play a good team, you pay the price for being that way."
For the second game in a row, Maryland's locker room was not open to the media after the contest concluded, which means I have no way of relaying to you how the Terps took this loss. One would imagine they weren't too pleased with the effort. Their coach certainly was not.
More reaction from Williams and more analysis from what was easily Maryland's worst performance of this still-young season to come throughout the day tomorrow. For now, here are the high's and low's:
1. Adrian Bowie. No Maryland player played with more energy. Bowie made an instant impact upon entering the game, continuing his stretch of solid performances. He shot 4 for 11 from the field, which wasn't great, but certainly wasn't the worst showing by a Terp on this night. He finished with 11 points, which tied with Eric Hayes for the team high.
2. Jin Soo Kim. Another player who came off the bench and played with more assertiveness than any of the team's starters. As CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg told me after the game, Kim "is a guy that looks like he knows what he's doing out there." Kim was one of a very few number of Terrapins about whom that claim could have been made Sunday night. He tallied five points in 10 minutes against the Hoyas.
3. No injuries. With what happened tonight, that might have been the biggest plus of them all.
1. Defense. The Terps' effort on D has been their calling card -- and likely will continue to be their calling card -- all season. When the offense was in a rut, the defense held down the fort until things came around on the other end. But tonight, Georgetown scored at will against a lifeless and ineffective Maryland defense. Georgetown shot 53.1 percent from the field. It outscored Maryland in the paint, 38-26. It shot 35.0 percent from three-point range, which doesn't seem impressive unless you remember the Hoyas entered the contest shooting 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Hoyas scored on give-and-gos, on backdoor cuts, on drive-and-kicks and on simply feeding the ball to Greg Monroe and watching him plow over however many Terps tried in vain to get in his way.
2. Energy deficiency. Please refer to the above Williams quote. I know Williams claimed this game did not carry any extra significance simply because Georgetown was the opponent and the two programs "happen to be located close to each other," but to see the Terps come out of the gate that lifeless was shocking.
3. Offensive execution. Greivis Vasquez was not having a good night, to say the least. But that ocassionally is going to happen this season, and Maryland simply must find a way to cope when their top scorer is struggling to find his way. Tonight, the Terps did not do so. The Terps shot 31.6 percent from the field and were out-rebounded, 39-26. They also made just 3 of 18 three-point attempts. Aside from all the numbers, Maryland struggled for much of the game simply to get the ball into the post, either by driving or by passing. Many times, the Terps would pass the ball around the perimeter and then force up an ill-advised shot.
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