Paulsen's Thoughts On Facing The Terps
Bucknell Coach Dave Paulsen didn't sound to encouraged at the thought of matching up against Maryland on Friday night. When asked what advantages he thought his squad might have over the Terps, Paulsen responded bluntly.
"I don’t know if anything suits our personnel (facing Maryland)," Paulsen said. "There will be a lot of challenges. I think one of the things I think we have a difficulty replicating Maryland’s size and athleticism and fast-paced attack if we had all our bodies healthy. But we’ve been practicing against walk-ons and coaches."
Mark this down, folks. An opposing coach who actually thinks Maryland will have a size advantage in the post. It might not happen again this season.
Ok, maybe that's a bit extreme, but still, enjoy it while it lasts. After the non-conference slate is through, you likely won't be hearing quotes of that nature the rest of the way.
More than Maryland's big men, what impressed Paulsen was the Terps' ability to run the fast break.
"They just really get out and throw the ball ahead and attack," he said. "I was watching film (Wednesday) and I said if we didn’t have to play them, they’d be a fun team to watch. (Greivis) Vasquez really throws the ball ahead and all their wing guys get out and run. I think their transition game and their rebounding, you know, they just really attack the offensive glass and really do a good job of limiting you to one shot on the other end."
However, Paulsen did note that if, by chance, his Bison can slow the tempo just a tad, their chances for success may increase. The coach implied that Maryland's half-court offense is not nearly as daunting as its transition attack.
"When they can get their running game going and when they can get on the offensive glass, they have the ability to really manufacture a lot of points where they don’t have to rely on their half-court sets," Paulsen said.
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