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An Off Night For Vasquez

Regardless of whether he's operating within the flow of the offense or trying to take over the game all by himself, junior guard Greivis Vasquez likely has to be a big part of Maryland's offense on most nights for them to have a chance to be successful. Take him out of the lineup and what are you left with? Last night against Georgetown, the Terps got a taste.

Vasquez was in the lineup (he played 25 minutes) but was largely ineffective. He scored just two points on 1 for 7 shooting. He missed all four of his three-point attempts. He tallied four assists, but also recorded four turnovers.

"You know, Greivis has played against good defenses before," Coach Gary Williams said. "We play against quite a few good teams in our league. We weren’t able to get him shots, get him scoring. It just didn’t happen tonight, so I’d have to really look at the tape before I knew why he struggled so much, especially early in the game. But he just didn’t seem to have his usual quickness. He’s not a real fast player, but he’s quick. He’s pretty quick with the ball, and it wasn’t there tonight."

It is completely unfair for one player to shoulder so much of a team's offensive burden, but that seems to be Vasquez's plight. He is a very passionate player, and when he's in a groove and feeling good, that vibe rubs off on his teammates. The Terps don't just need Vasquez's scoring talents, they also need the confidence that radiates from him when he's playing well.

So while last night's embarrassing loss certainly is not solely the fault of one 6-foot-6 guard, it definitely did not help matters.

"You don’t look at a season based on one night," Williams said. "If you see a trend with that, then that’s certainly a cause for concern, but until you see a trend, you know, we’ll be all right. Like I said, if we’re willing to work hard to prepare for Michigan and work on some things for ourselves, that will be the test for this team."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 1, 2008; 7:16 AM ET
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Analysis be damned - our lads have suffered two blowouts, back to back. Mich State was hugely overrated and the Terps' win a likely anomaly. This team seems to be much weaker than last year's ineffectual, unpredictable team - a team that lost to American U. We are in grave danger of now losing to American and GW. It would seem that Gary's boys are drinking the same water as Ralph's: or are their problems more simply inadequate talent levels? Sports fans, it looks much like the post-Tatum years that began in 1956. We're in for it for the forseeable future. And leadership changes ain't gonna reverse the downward trend.

Posted by: AncientTerp | December 1, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the bad shooting night was on account of the Hoya defense. Just a thought.

Posted by: andersot | December 1, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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