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Strength In Numbers

You can look at Maryland's scoring composition from last night's win over George Washington two different ways: On the one hand, four Terps (Landon Milbourne, Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie and Eric Hayes) scored 88.1 percent of Maryland's points, which is not bad production at all out of four-fifths of a team's starting lineup.

On the other hand, four Terps scored 88.1 percent of Maryland's points, which means the other eight players (freshman Steve Goins was the only guy on the roster not to enter last night's contest) were borderline-nonexistent in terms of point production.

Like I said, depending on your viewpoint, you could see that as a good thing or as reason for possible concern. Since Maryland won the game, we can give them the benefit of the doubt and say, for now, that it's a good thing.

"It’s real important for us," junior guard Eric Hayes said of spreading the wealth on offense. "We need the other guys stepping up and scoring for us cause we have a lot of guys capable of that, and you know, it’s just something that we need."

The questions, now, are how many other guys do the Terps need scoring points besides the members of their starting lineup and how much of a contribution from those reserve players is necessary?

Certainly, any team's starting lineup, on most nights, will compile a majority of that squad's point total. But shouldn't the bench be responsible for tallying more than seven points, especially one that includes capable offensive players such as Cliff Tucker, Sean Mosley and Jin Soo Kim?

What do you all think?

By Steve Yanda  |  December 9, 2008; 7:01 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Obviously, you'd like to see other guys step up and score as well. But those 4 players played 78% of the 160 minutes they could have possibly played, so I don't think its that big of a deal that they scored the bulk of the team's points.

Posted by: FeartheNoodle | December 9, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I would imagine that's only 10-15% off the average for the top four scorers on any team in any game. 4 guys in double figures is a good thing. I woudl be more concerned if it was 2 guys scoring 60% of the points...

Posted by: Lee26 | December 9, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

i have the same concern...every time they show the bench points stats during the game i see how low our totals are relative to the team we are playing...adn relative to the number zero...

this could prove to be a big problem come acc time...

need more bench production...

especially since we cant expect to shoot as well as we did in the MSU and GDub games most nights...

Posted by: deadskin | December 9, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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