'It's Business Time'
Let's be honest, Elon has no business hanging with, much less beating, Maryland. The Terps know it. The Phoenix know it. Any rationale college basketball observer knows it. And yet, the possibility for an upset still exists.
This is why junior guard Greivis Vasquez said yesterday that, as hard as it might be to sustain focus and discipline during this portion of the team's schedule, the Terps must do everything they can to pretend Elon is just as dangerous as any other foe.
"It’s business time," he said. "It’s time for us to be mature."
For the most part this season, Maryland has done an acceptable job of smothering inferior opponents. But for portions of varying lengths during each game, the Terps tend to drift off, to coast, to assume that the visiting team simply will fold and head for home.
"We’ve got to be a 40-minute team," Vasquez said. "We play good 20, 30, 32 minutes. We get the lead and we kind of lay back, and we just can’t have that. We just can’t have that. If we’re winning by 20, let’s win by 40. We’ve got to have that killer instinct, and we’re working on it. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re playing those types of teams. It’s hard. But the great players always go hard. The great players have that killer instinct. Whoever’s in front of you, you have to destroy their confidence. We’ve got to get that. You know, we’re right there. I think we’re really close."
And in case Vasquez or any of his teammates needed a reminder of the unpredictability of the sport they play, they needed only to turn on the Virginia-Georgia Tech game Sunday night. The visiting Cavaliers, widely expected to be an ACC bottom-dweller this season, defeated the Yellow Jackets, 88-84, in overtime.
"We can’t underestimate any opponent," Vasquez said. "I mean, I thought Virginia was the worst team in the ACC. Then they just beat Georgia Tech."
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