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Terrapins Insider: December 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009

Terps Prevail Over Charlotte, 85-75

Two teams that struggled to shoot the ball entered Comcast Center on Saturday afternoon and proceeded to catch each other off guard. Charlotte, which shot a robust 32.5 percent from three-point range entering the contest, hit 47.8 percent from beyond...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 3, 2009; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Tidying Up The Half-court Offense

Gary Williams said yesterday that Charlotte certainly will have his team's attention, which is probably true for a number of reasons: 1) Every coach of every major program in the country lauds each of their nonconference opponents, regardless of whether...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 3, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thoughts From Charlotte's Coach

Last night, I spoke briefly over the phone with Charlotte Coach Bobby Lutz about his team and its match-up Saturday against Maryland in College Park. While Lutz was realistic in his evaluation of his team's chances for victory against the...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 3, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Charlotte

Much like last year's squad, Charlotte does not shoot the ball very well, yet it remains competitive in most games by way of a balanced attack and a stingy defense. The 49ers, led by 11th-year Coach Bobby Lutz, have won...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 2, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Gary Williams: Not A Fan Of Boots

Not too much hard news came out of today's presser with Gary Williams. He did note that he made no New Year's resolutions, in part because a basketball coach's year goes from September to September. He also said forwards Steve...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 2, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Maryland-Charlotte Rewind

On Saturday, Maryland will take on Charlotte at Comcast Center, and an extensive scouting report on the 49ers will be posted later today. For now, let's take a look back to last year's meeting between these two programs, a 76-72...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 2, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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To Shoot, Or To Defend The Shot?

Which is more important -- having a high field goal percentage or holding an opponent to a low field goal percentage? Ideally, a team would like to be able to do both, but only the country's elite programs are so...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 2, 2009; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Staying Afloat On The Boards

With two non-conference games remaining on its schedule, Maryland ranks 11th in rebounding margin in the ACC. The Terps hold a +2.4, which is good in the sense that they are at least, on average, out-rebounding their opponents. However, that...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 1, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Terps Have Handle On Situation

Many questions remained unaswered about this year's Maryland squad, but at least one area in which the Terps appear to be sound is ball control. While Maryland ranks ninth in the ACC in assists (14.8 per game) and seventh in...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 1, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tidbits On Vasquez

The Sporting News recently ran a brief profile-type piece on junior guard Greivis Vasquez. Nothing earth-shattering, but still informative in a soft news sense. This was published last week and I meant to post it then, but it got lost...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 1, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Shhh! Terps Are Making Their Free Throws

Gary Williams probably wishes I wouldn't publish this particular blog post. (Okay, to be honest, Gary Williams probably wishes I wouldn't publish a lot of my blog posts, but that's a separate issue.) You see, the Terps are shooting fairly...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 31, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A Needed Respite

Landon Milbourne was not off to the best start last night. In the first five minutes, Milbourne scored a bucket and tallied a steal. But he also gave up a turnover and got beat repeatedly on defense. Milbourne got caught...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 31, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Passing Situations

At least one thing appeared certain last night -- the Terps were dedicating a great deal of effort, especially in the first half, to improving their half-court execution on offense. That's not to say they always were successful, but there...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 31, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Maryland Football, 2008: The Exit Interview

Happy New Year, everyone. Prisbell is going to be in the air for most of the day today, so he asked me to stoke the football fires a bit. Yesterday's Humanitarian Bowl was a crazy way to end a crazy...

By Matthew Rennie  |  December 31, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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What To Make Of These Games?

Maryland has won four out of its last five games by at least 21 points, and it won the other game by 16. Still, something seems off-kilter. The mood in the postgame locker room was somewhat muted. It feels odd...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 31, 2008; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Terps Win Big Again, 76-50

It's not without caution that I type this given the fact Maryland just beat another opponent by a wide margin, but does any other team make winning by 26 points look as ugly as these Terps? For most of the...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 30, 2008; 11:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Final Poll on the Season

One reporter asked Da'Rel Scott how he could miss curfew in a sleepy town like Boise. That's a good point, because it has almost been like a ghost town except for the weekend nights. Anyway, Maryland finishes 8-5. The team...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scott's Day

Maybe Da'Rel Scott should get suspended more often. He just accounted for all 66 yards on Maryland's five-yard scoring drive that put the Terrapins up two touchdowns. He probably locked up game MVP honors. What does everyone think of Scott's...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Poll: What Has Impressed You the Most?

Maryland just took a two-touchdown lead (28-14). Chris Turner completed a 14-yard pass to Ronnie Tyler for a touchdown. On the two-point conversion, Turner fired a pass to an open Davin Meggett. It has been an eventful first half. We...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Strange Game on a Blue Field

Well, just in the last few minutes, we have had an accidental onside kick that backfired. Obi kicked the ball as the ball was falling off the tee. Then Kenny Tate intercepts in the end zone. Nevada's Vai Taua just...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Smith's 99-yard Return

Torrey Smith just went 99 yards on a kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Terps the lead again. Smith just set the ACC's single-season kick return record for yards....

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Nevada Answers

Nevada answers Maryland's big play with a big play of its own, a 68-yard reception by receiver Marko Mitchell, who was caught at the ankles by Anthony Wiseman at the 3. Colin Kaepernick hit Chris Wellington for a one-yard touchdown...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cannon 59-yard TD Reception

Chris Turner just hooked up with wide receiver Adrian Cannon for a 59-yard score. Maryland forced Nevada to punt. And, believe it, Morgan Green just got two carries for the Terps. Looks like 20,000 fans showed up for this one....

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Seven Terps Not Starting

Seven Maryland players will not start today's game because of a curfew violation in Boise. RB Da'Rel Scott WR Danny Oquendo LB Antwine Perez DB Jamari McCollough LB Moise Fokou LB Derek Drummond LB Trey Covington All are expected to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Live From the Press Box

You are looking LIVE at a blue field. I’m sitting in the Bronco Stadium press box, high atop the field where Maryland will face Nevada in one hour. From this vantage point, I can see gorgeous snow-covered mountains in the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'It's Business Time'

Let's be honest, Elon has no business hanging with, much less beating, Maryland. The Terps know it. The Phoenix know it. Any rationale college basketball observer knows it. And yet, the possibility for an upset still exists. This is why...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 30, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Problem With A 20-Point Win

You couldn't really tell by Gary Williams's body language or the look on his face that the Terps had won Saturday night by a considerable margin. Should Maryland defeat Elon tonight by a similar margin but in the same, frequently-sloppy...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 30, 2008; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Boise Scene

I have not posted too many entries from Boise for one reason: I don’t believe in being cruel. I’m a fan of Boise, Idaho, as I have said before. I have found good restaurants, bars --- and the snow-covered mountains...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Report: Terps Get Notre Dame Transfer

Here is an ESPNU report that says former Notre Dame tight end Will Yeatman will transfer to Maryland....

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Official Prediction Thread

Good morning, Boise. The hype has finally subsided and it’s time to play the game. The bottom line is that no one – not even the head coach – knows which Maryland team will show up on a given day....

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Well-Rounded Performance

Lost in the shuffle of Saturday night's 21-point win over Bryant was a solid showing by sophomore guard Adrian Bowie. No, Bowie didn't shoot the ball particularly well (2 for 8 from the field; 0 for 4 from three-point range),...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 30, 2008; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Injury Updates

Freshman forward Steve Goins, who missed Saturday's game against Bryant while awaiting the results of a second MRI exam on his lower left leg, returned to practice today. Coach Gary Williams seemed surprised to see Goins participating in a shoot...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 29, 2008; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Clock Is Winding Down

In just a few days, 2008 will end and 2009 will begin, which means ACC season is just around the corner. For those of you tired of watching Maryland beat up on inferior opponents and eager to see your team...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 29, 2008; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Elon

The Humanitarian Bowl should be over or at least in its final stages by the time tip-off roles around tomorrow night, so after you're done being transfixed by a blue football field, come join me at Comcast Center to watch...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 29, 2008; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps' Press: Not Surprising; Still Effective

Bryant Coach Tim O'Shea knew full well what his team was getting itself into when it marched into Comcast Center on Saturday afternoon. He played for Gary Williams at Boston College for two seasons and was a graduate assistant under...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 29, 2008; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fundamentals, Anyone?

Remember when you were a little kid and your dad or a coach or whoever taught you to play baseball was instructing you on the basics of catching a pop fly? How they would stress that you watch the ball...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 29, 2008; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hello, Boise

You are reading this blog as my plane touches down in Boise, Idaho. I love this town. I enjoyed the stop-over in Vegas as well. I will grab my luggage, hop into a rental car, check into my Courtyard Marriott...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 28, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lethargic Fury

For the most part during yesterday's game, the Maryland student section (the portion of it that was filled, at least) was as boisterous as usual. But there was one slightly comical moment near the end of the first half that...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 28, 2008; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Injuries And Depth

The Terps learned Friday that for the second time this month they had lost a post player to a foot injury. Freshman forward Steve Goins missed Saturday's game with what he described as pain on the outside of his left...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 28, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Still Trying To Get The Message

For Maryland fans -- not to mention for the team itself -- there were more than a few distressing developments that came out of yesterday's Terps win. The focus was suspect at times. The rebounding was suspect at times. Heck,...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 28, 2008; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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