Thoughts On The Colonials
I'm at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta getting ready to cover the SEC championship game in a few hours, which means I wasn't able to attend today's media availability in College Park. Fortunately, the tireless Eric Prisbell was able to cover for me. He shot me an email a short while ago with some quotes from Gary Williams and junior guard Greivis Vasquez, some of which pertained to tomorrow night's matchup against George Washington.
"These guys love to penetrate and get a lot of layups," Vasquez said. "Besides that, I think our offense will kill them. They are all over the place on defense. The way we pass the ball, I think we have a pretty good chance to beat these guys pretty bad."
Suffice to say, confidence is riding high at the moment, at least for one Terrapin. Though George Washington does have some holes defensively, the Colonials do offer a capable shot-blocker in Rob Diggs (6-foot-8), as well as Xavier Alexander, a 6-foot-6 guard with a penchant for compiling steals. Maryland might not necessarily dominate on offense, but the Terps should at least hold the edge.
Williams noted that sophomore forward Braxton Dupree will eligible to play tomorrow night and will have no restrictions as far as playing time goes.
"We had a lot of time to prepare for Michigan State, and we executed that game plan pretty well," Williams said. "Then the problem becomes you don’t have time, you have 20 hours to get ready for the fifth-ranked team in the country. Then you have a day off to get ready for a good Georgetown team. We didn’t do a very good job there. Then we came back and did a very good job to get ready. Now the test is to see if we can remain as hungry as we were against Michigan against George Washington. That is the next test for this team."
Williams called the Colonials "very big and athletic" and singled out senior guard Noel Wilmore for his long-range shooting ability in reserve.
As for Vasquez's proclamation, Williams carried a slightly more modest tune.
"We’re not the type of team that when we walk out on the court we look overwhelming to the other team," Williams said. "You have to play well. The pressure is on to play well every game. It doesn’t matter who you play."
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