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For Vasquez, A Month (Hopefully) To Remember

December typically serves as a final month for tune-ups, a chance to pad a team's record with a few more victories and an opportunity to build confidence and momentum heading into the season's conference slate.

Last year, though, December refused to cooperate with Maryland's plans. The Terps went 2-4 in the final month of the year, which ended up being a sign of things to come for a squad that finished 19-15 (8-8). Virginia Commonwealth, Boston College, Ohio and American all contributed to Maryland's December to misremember a season ago.

This time around, junior guard Greivis Vasquez said, the Terps are hoping for a dramatic change in mood this holiday season.

"We can make this month one of the greatest month ever," Vasquez said yesterday. "Last December was the worst."

After ending November with consecutive losses, the Terps started December off on a positive note with a win over Michigan (a team that, as I'm sure Gary Williams will bring up at some point in the near future, defeated Duke on Saturday). And tonight, Maryland has a chance to keep the train rolling against a George Washington squad that doesn't possess the overall talent it did while earning three straight NCAA tournament bids from 2005-07.

Following tonight's BB&T contest, the Terps will have four more December dates remaining, including matchups against Delaware State, American, Bryant and Elon. All are winnable. Then again, wasn't that the same thing people said last year?

"I looked at this stretch as a real important part of the season," Williams said. "Coming back and winning that game (Michigan) was good because strength of schedule is pretty good here right now. It was important. And it was important for me to see this team fight back from the Georgetown game. You look for how tough your team is and that was a real good display for how tough we are, because we were really tired, three games in four days and getting back late, and Michigan is really different the way they run their offense. This will be another test, to see if we can win a game against Michigan and see if we can win another game."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 7, 2008; 8:06 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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