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Terrapins Insider: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

The Break Begins

Over the next 10 days, the Terps will be out of action as they prepare for and take their final exams. The next game is Monday, Dec. 22 against American. That being the case, my (and every other beat reporter's)...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 13, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps Crush Delaware State, 86-58

It was a bad omen for the visiting Hornets when on their first inbound play, the player receiving the ball slipped, had the ball bounce off his hands and then watched it roll out of bounds for his team's first...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 12, 2008; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where Does This Leave Portis?

So when I asked Ralph Friedgen about Jordan Steffy's career the other day, Friedgen once again said he wouldn't be surprised if Steffy came in an won a game for the Terps, and that it might be the Nevada game...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 12, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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When Good Enough Isn't The Point

In the print edition today, we featured Dino Gregory's recent rise in the Terps pecking order. The sophomore forward is playing more frequently and thus, with more confidence than ever before during his time in College Park. Most everyone --...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 12, 2008; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Combo Guards

With Adrian Bowie's spot in the starting lineup growing more secure by the day, Gary Williams has another issue to consider when determining how to alternate his players in and out of the games -- all three of his team's...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 12, 2008; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Frontcourt Plans

As a byproduct of Braxton Dupree playing all of one minute in the past two games, Jerome Burney had been seeing some increased playing time. But after Gary Williams revealed yesterday that Burney will miss the next 3-6 weeks with...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 12, 2008; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Friedgen: R. Costa Will Not Return

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said linebacker Rick Costa has decided not to return to the team following his suspension for his arrest in early November. Costa was given the option of returning because his first-degree assault charge was reduced to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 11, 2008; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Burney Out 3-6 Weeks

Gary Williams just announced sophomore forward Jerome Burney will miss the next 3-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot. Burney complained of soreness in the foot after practice Tuesday and underwent an MRI exam this morning. Burney...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 11, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: Which Bowl Game Would You Cancel?

I have been a fan of the Western Athletic Conference and all of its teams since I covered the league before I arrived at The Post. I am a fan of Boise, Idaho, as I have mentioned here time and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 11, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Tough Road For Hornets

Gary Williams has implied in the past few weeks that few -- if any -- college basketball teams have played as tough of an early season schedule as his Terrapins. And while he may very well be right, his team's...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 11, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Scouting Delaware State

Tomorrow night at Comcast Center, the Terps will take on Delaware State, a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference squad that already has played 12 games this season -- and has lost 10 of them. In the Hornets' defense, they have played a...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 11, 2008; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It's That Time Of Year Again

Most Maryland basketball followers are well aware of the destruction that occured to the Terps record (and NCAA tourney hopes) last December -- a loss to loss to VCU, followed later by three consecutive losses to Boston College, Ohio and...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 10, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Hello, Boise and Humanitarian Bowl fans

I am calling on all residents of Boise, Idaho, to let Maryland fans and a few reporters know about all the top spots to visit in Boise, Idaho, while we are there to watch Maryland play Nevada in the Humanitarian...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 10, 2008; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Eighth Man

For the sake of discussion, we're going to assume that Gary Williams sticks with his current starting lineup (Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, Adrian Bowie, Landon Milbourne and Dave Neal) for the near future. Williams typically seeks out an eight-man rotation,...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 10, 2008; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A Time For Rediscovery

There were several positives to come from the Terps win over George Washington. Among the more surprising developments was the stellar play of Dino Gregory. But when it comes to Maryland's bench, Gary Williams said he needed to see improvement...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 9, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Seamonson Will Interim D-Coordinator

Prisbell is doing an online chat right now, but he wanted to pass along that Maryland has said that Al Seamonson will be the interim defensive coordinator and will handle the duties in the bowl game unless Coach Ralph Friedgen...

By Matthew Rennie  |  December 9, 2008; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Studying Up On The Competition

Maryland followers should cheer for John Beilein's Michigan squad as if it was their own for the remainder of the season, because with each Wolverine victory, Maryland's triumph on Dec. 3 looks all the more impressive. Michigan already had beaten...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 9, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland Basketball: Not Little League

Sophomore foward Braxton Dupree played the final minute of Sunday night's win over George Washington. It was his only minute of action that night at Verizon Center. His stat line consisted of a bunch of zeroes, save for the one...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 9, 2008; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Strength In Numbers

You can look at Maryland's scoring composition from last night's win over George Washington two different ways: On the one hand, four Terps (Landon Milbourne, Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie and Eric Hayes) scored 88.1 percent of Maryland's points, which is...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 9, 2008; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Applause Needed

With just more than four minutes remaining in Sunday night's win over George Washington, freshman guard Sean Mosley was fouled and headed to the free throw line to shoot a one-and-one. But before he could take his shot, the Colonials...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 8, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Vasquez Earns Top ACC Weekly Honor Again

For the second time in three weeks, Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez was named ACC player of the week. In two games last week Vasquez averaged 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and shot 51.9 percent from the field....

By Steve Yanda  |  December 8, 2008; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clamping Down On 'D'

After watching Maryland manhandle a team as offensively deficient as George Washington, it is hard to discern whether it was the Terps defense that imposed its will on the Colonials or the Colonials own ineptness that contributed to their paltry...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 8, 2008; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vasquez The Decoy

Junior guard Eric Hayes got off to quite a start last night, connecting on each of his first four shots and scoring nearly as much as the entire George Washington lineup through eight minutes of play. By the 12:20 mark...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 8, 2008; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gregory With The Assist

Technically, sophomore forward Dino Gregory has recorded just one assist in eight games for the Terps this season. At least, that's what the stat sheet says. But last night against George Washington, Gregory provided Maryland with a huge assist on...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 8, 2008; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps Win Big Over GW, 76-53

Pretty easy work for Maryland tonight. Gary Williams credited the Colonials for continuing to push his squad throughout the game, but the score was so out of hand by the start of the second half that the effort was all...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 7, 2008; 10:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll: Will You Watch the Humanitarian Bowl?

I'm excited about going to Boise. I enjoy the city and the people are very kind. But I put the over/under on print reporters in the press box at 10. The matchup between Maryland and Nevada does not have much...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 7, 2008; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Talking Boise with The Fridge

Just got off the teleconference with Ralph Friedgen and Debbie Yow. Regarding the Humanitarian Bowl, Friedgen said, “We’re excited to be going and we will do our best to get our eighth win. Losing our last two games, we’re lucky...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 7, 2008; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Young And The Restless

With just one senior and nine underclassmen, experience is not on Maryland's side. As with most everything else, that can be a good and bad thing. The obvious advantages of experience reveal themselves in ready-made leaders knowledgable in what works...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 7, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Final Bowl Projections

Stay tuned to terrapins insider all day. I think we will have four or five people, including myself, down at Verizon later on. And we also have the bowl announcements. My final ACC-related bowl projections: Orange: Virginia Tech-Cincinnati Peach: Georgia...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 7, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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For Vasquez, A Month (Hopefully) To Remember

December typically serves as a final month for tune-ups, a chance to pad a team's record with a few more victories and an opportunity to build confidence and momentum heading into the season's conference slate. Last year, though, December refused...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 7, 2008; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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