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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), but his stat line balanced out nonetheless. He finished with seven points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes. Not bad for a guy who began the year expecting to be a spark plug-type player coming off the bench.

Much has been made of the work Bowie put into honing his shot in the offseason, and for the most part this season, he has demonstrated a much improved stroke. Last year, Bowie shot 58.1 percent from the field, but he attempted only 86 shots all season long. He averaged 3.7 points per game during his freshman campaign.

This year, Bowie already has attempted 78 shots and is converting at a 44.9 percent clip. He is averaging 9.8 points per game.

"I think his confidence has improved as an overall player," Gary Williams said. "I think that has a lot to do with how well you shoot it."

The real difference, though, between the freshman and sophomore versions of Bowie can be seen in the way he impacts the game even when his shot isn't falling.

"He’s finding guys a lot better this year than he was last year," junior guard Eric Hayes. "Last year, he was kind of, once he put it on the floor, he was just looking to score. This year, he’s seeing that people are dropping off the other guys and he’s hitting other guys for assists. He had a pretty good stat line last game, even though he didn’t shoot the ball that well. I think he’s getting me and Greivis (Vasquez) more shots because of his penetration and also guys like Dave (Neal) and Landon (Milbourne) getting more shots just because he’s getting to the basket and making (opposing defenders) help and he’s finding" open teammates.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 30, 2008; 7:03 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Prediction:

Nevada 745
Maryland 3

I have not seen such a dumb prediction since hclark last posted.

Seriously, defense steps up today, and Maryland coasts 34-23. I don't doubt Nevada's a good team, but why does the press make them sound like Texas Tech?

Posted by: island1 | December 30, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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