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Doing Well Without Doing Well

Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes are the rocks of this team. You know what you're going to get from them on most nights, which typically is steady play that paces the Terps one way or another.

Last night, Vasquez and Hayes had milder outings compared to recent games, and yet, Maryland did just fine. Vasquez finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Hayes tallid five points, six rebounds and three steals. Solid performances, to be sure. But just a little below what observers have come to expect from them.

Gary Williams didn't seem too concerned.

"Eric and Greivis will have better days," Williams said. "They've done it in a lot of games already this year, and they just didn't get it going offensively, but that's a good sign if we can still play pretty well with them not having their top night offensively."

What were your thoughts on how Vasquez and Hayes performed? The off night didn't seem to matter much against American, but do you think the Terps will get away with performances like that from their top two contributors come January?

By Steve Yanda  |  December 23, 2008; 7:55 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I suspect there was no real sense that Vasquez and Hayes had to have great games last night. American has a few nice players but seemed very small. The January schedule will be different and yes GV & EH will have to step it up.

Posted by: erniegogo | December 23, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Vasquez was happy to dish the ball the first 25-30 minutes of the game. I'm not sure he took more than 2 shots until the last 10 minutes when he started to force things a bit. Vasquez is a rhythm player and when he doesnt get going early it's hard for him to turn it on late.

Hayes played alright and wasn't really looking for his shots either (is he ever?).

I was most impressed with the way Cliff Tucker played again and the way Neal was getting after it. And I think the shot at Moseley was undeserved. He sparked the team ont he defensive end and offensive end crashing the boards and keeping plays alive both when he came in the first half and again in the second half. His stat line might not have been the greatest but I bet his +/- was close to +10.

Posted by: Lee26 | December 23, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

that mosley block from behind on that breakaway layup followed by the vasques behind the back fake pass and lay in was sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!

Posted by: deadskin | December 23, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Maryland will finish with a 15-16 record and 4-12 in the ACC



Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | December 24, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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