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The Clock Is Winding Down

In just a few days, 2008 will end and 2009 will begin, which means ACC season is just around the corner. For those of you tired of watching Maryland beat up on inferior opponents and eager to see your team challenged by foes on a more equal talent level, you won't have to be anxious much longer.

For those of you concerned that in just 13 days your Terps, indeed, will be challenged by a foe (Georgia Tech) on a more equal talent level, well, join the club.

"I mean, I don't want to say we have time cause, you know, everything is getting tighter," junior guard Greivis Vasquez said after Saturday's win over Bryant, "so we've got to work on that tomorrow and go from there."

Vasquez was referring to what he called "that killer mentality," an ability to sense when an opponent in vulnerable and pounce swiftly and viciously. Against Bryant, the Terps wasted an opportunity to hone that skill.

Though Maryland held a double-digit lead for nearly the entire game, a sense of comfort never developed. The team's reserve unit struggled on both ends of the court, which meant the starters had to play more minutes than perhaps Gary Williams would have liked.

Afterward, Vasquez spoke of how the Terps need bench players such as Dino Gregory, Cliff Tucker, Sean Mosley and Braxton Dupree to raise their level of play going forward. Those four reserves totalled a combined eight points, six rebounds and one assist against Bryant. They also were responsible for five of the team's 11 turnovers.

"Me, as a leader, I've got to be tough on them," Vasquez said. "I just can't tell them, you know, this is beautiful cause you guys are playing like that. I've got to get on their butt and try to make them play hard cause we don't have time to fool around."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 29, 2008; 3:59 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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