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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 point guards are on the floor for the opening tip.

While that affords Williams the luxury to have each of them run the offense during different situations, it also leads to some juggling when bringing players off the bench. Bowie can play point and shooting guard, as can Eric Hayes. Greivis Vasquez can play point and shooting guard, as well as small forward. So in more ways than one, Williams operates a rotation when using these three in the starting lineup.

If Sean Mosley (who can play shooting guard or small forward) comes into the game, say, for Hayes, then perhaps Vasquez takes over the point and Bowie moves to the shooting guard. Or vice versa. Or maybe Bowie takes the point, Mosley comes in at shooting guard and Vasquez slides out to the wing.

The point is, Williams likes the fact he seemingly has numerous options with three capable ball-handlers in his starting five. And so far, it's worked out just fine.

"I was a little concerned with him out there with Greivis and Eric cause they're our three point guards, so I was a little bit reluctant to do that," Williams said. "But the ability of Eric or Greivis to switch to that position quickly can do it. Plus, Adrian plays a lot of two when he's in there; we get Eric up on the point. And Greivis, we've got a few things we'd like to run with Greivis at the point, too. The good thing with that is, if any of those guys gets a rebound, they can just take it. We don't have to worry about an outlet pass. We've got three guys out there that can basically run our transition. And that's been one of our strengths this season."

What do you all think of the Terps' three-point-guard starting lineup? Does anyone think at least one of those guys would be more effective providing Maryland with a spark off the bench?

By Steve Yanda  |  December 12, 2008; 10:41 AM ET
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Bowie obviously needs to start.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 12, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It's working stick with it. What is the deal with Cliff tucker starting at the beginning of the season and playing well and now he's lucky if he gets 5 minutes. I thought he should have got more PT last year and think he should play more this year as well especially when hayes/mosley aren't hitting there shots. Are the other guys just working harder than tucker or is he in Gary's doghouse? What happened?

Posted by: beas13 | December 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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