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Expected Star Returns To Form

Greivis Vasquez filled up the stat sheet quite nicely last night. The junior guard tallied 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. He also was mainly responsible for holding Michigan's marquee player, Manny Harris, to just 5 of 15 shooting from the field. Vasquez might have been the most obvious factor in Maryland's win, though he was not alone in his standout effort.

Regardless, Vasquez responded quite nicely from a dismal performance Sunday against Georgetown. Against the Hoyas, Vasquez scored two points and did not seem to be in sync for most of the night.

After last night's game, Vasquez reflected on his three-day transformation.

"I thought I let Coach down on Sunday and that’s going to be the first and the last time," Vasquez said. "I’m going to be the best player, and I’m going to act like it. I’m going to prove it on the court like I did (Wednesday). I just have to do it consistently."

Ah yes, the key word that may define Maryland's season. Consistency. Vasquez typically is Maryland's rock, the player Gary Williams knows on most night's that he can count on for offensive production. But that vibe that emenates from Vasquez is critical for his teammates, as well.

I didn't follow the team last year, so I won't say this always has been the case, but it seems as though the rest of the Terps really feed off Vasquez's mood, for better and for worse. Vasquez struggled with his shot early last night, and his was visably upset about it. At the same time, Maryland's offense in general was slow to get going. Once Vasquez began finding his stroke, the Terps recovered as an offensive unit at about the same timie.

Coincidence? Maybe. But I think, at the very least, a weak correlation exists between Vasquez's mood and the efficiency of the Terps lineup.

What do you all think? Am I just seeing things? Or is there some truth to my theory?

By Steve Yanda  |  December 4, 2008; 7:04 AM ET
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I think you're on point but I think the correlation is a bit different than he hits shots -> he smiles -> they hits shots.

It's the way his all around game goes through the roof when he starts hitting shots. As soon as he hit that three he started going to the glass on the defensive end like Dennis Rodman. And Vasquez isn't pulling down boards slowing it up and setting the offense, he pulling boards and RUNNING. When he plays more energized the team gets easier and better shots. What he needs to find is a way to get that same energy off a block or a big assist to get going so he doesn't always need to hit a three to get going in his all around game.

And two post and no mention of Dino Gregory? Kid played well last night...

Posted by: Lee26 | December 4, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

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