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Terrapins Insider: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Terps Fall To Noles In OT, 76-73

Another tough loss for Maryland today at the Tucker Center. This time, it was the Terps causing their opponent to fumble a double-digit lead in the second half, rather than the other way around. In the end, the efforts of...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Teams On Intersecting Paths?

I'm here at the Civic Center, where there the seats are multi-colored and the upper decks are dimly lit. It's somewhat of a cavernous place. Not all that aesthetically pleasing. Anyways, here's a story that ran in the Orlando Sentinel...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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For Tucker, 'It's Time'

Sophomore guard Cliff Tucker's state line Wednesday night against Miami: six minutes, three points, one rebound, one steal. Tucker's season stats to date: 11.4 minutes, 4.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game to go along with 11 steals. Remember back...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Explaining Terps' Inconsistencies

Those of you who have followed the Terps closely this season know how inconsistent they tend to be. Take Wednesday night's game at Miami, for example. Maryland played about as well in that first half as they have in any...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Don't Expect High-Scoring Affair When Terps, Noles Meet

Saturday's match-up between Maryland and Florida State likely won't feature a whole lot of points for several reasons. First of all, both squads play defense pretty darn well*. Secondly, neither squad plays offense with any particular efficiency. * For the...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 16, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Seminoles Big Men Like To Run, Too

Back before Maryland played Georgia Tech, we discovered (with the help of coaches who previously had played the Yellow Jackets) that Tech's big men were able and willing to run the floor. Well, it appears as though the same can...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 16, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Florida State

Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton calls his team a unit in transition. He also realizes how unique it is for a coach to be able to say such a thing more than halfway through the regular season. But the tag...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 16, 2009; 6:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Bowie and Vasquez Show

Sure, Greivis Vasquez missed two three-pointers in the final seconds of last night's game. And yes, Adrian Bowie had to be subbed in and out judiciously as the clock wound down because he was playing with four fouls. But after...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Key To Hot First Half

The impression Miami forward Dwayne Collins left in Dave Neal's chest erased any lingering doubt 53 seconds into last night's contest -- the Terps were not going to remain competitive by matching the Hurricanes' physicality. Collins caught the ball in...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How To Describe The Miami Loss

One got the sense, peering aroung Maryland's locker room after last night's defeat that few players saw this particular conclusion coming, especially with the way the team had controlled the first half. But after a 17-point lead dissolved into a...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Dreadful 10 Minutes Dooms Terps

Things were going well for Maryland last night. Surprisingly well, actually. The Terps had sprinted out to a double-digit lead and were holding it. But that, as it turned out, was the problem. The Terps were more concerned with maintaining...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Terps Falter Late In 62-60 Loss To Miami

There was no second-half run to bail out Maryland this time. In fact, what seemed to hurt the Terps the most was that there was no need for a late flurry of points. Maryland established control in the first half...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2009; 12:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Long Wait For First Road Test

As was mentioned in this morning's print edition story, Maryland will become the final Division 1 team in the country to play a true road game when the Terps take on Miami in a few hours. Every other ACC team...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 14, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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So Much For GW's Scouting Report

Last season, Miami had a 6-foot-9, 242-lb. senior center named Anthony King on the roster. King was quite a load to handle in the post, but the theory was that if he ventured away from the basket, it was safe...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 14, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Aggression Equals Production For Hayes

Yeah, yeah, junior guard Eric Hayes scored a season-high 17 points and hit several crucial three-pointers down the stretch Saturday against Georgia Tech, but what encouraged Gary Williams the most about Hayes's performance was the assertiveness he displayed, specifically in...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 14, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning News On The Canes

Miami will be without backup point guard Eddie Rios, who was suspended indefinitely late Monday afternoon for violating team protocol and lack of communication with coaches. Rios also missed the Dec. 6 game against Ohio State for an undisclosed violation...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 14, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps Wanna Get Away

No, Maryland isn't flying Southwest to Miami (the team is en route to BWI at the moment, where it will board a charter jet), but the Terps sure have embraced the airline's old motto. Remember those commercials? Something embarrassing would...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gag Order For Vasquez

Some of you may recall the flavorful exchange between junior guard Greivis Vasquez and members of the Maryland student section during Saturday's game against Georgia Tech. Well, at Gary Williams's media availability a little while ago, he said Vasquez won't...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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'It's All About Jack McClinton'

Ohio State assistant coach Archie Miller doesn't expect Maryland to have much trouble putting up points against Miami on Wednesday night. The question, Miller said, would be whether the Terps can keep the Hurricanes and top-threat Jack McClinton from lighting...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Scouting Miami

Traditionally, Frank Haith's teams tend to be fast-paced, guard-oriented units dependent upon the deftness of its long-range shooters. This season, however, the Hurricanes' personnel has mandated a different approach, one that focuses more on an inside-out game that takes advantage...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2009; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Strickland Out for Duke Game

DURHAM, N.C.—Greetings from Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the 12th-ranked Maryland women are getting ready to face No. 4 Duke. Unfortunately for the Terrapins, sophomore guard Marah Strickland did not make the trip due to illness; a Maryland spokesman said that...

By Camille Powell  |  January 12, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mosley's Subtle Gift

Freshman guard Sean Mosley had another solid showing Saturday night against Georgia Tech. After appearing to have hit a figurative wall during December, Mosley has played well of late and continues to draw praise from Gary Williams for his adaptability...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Williams's Cliche Might Be Wise Approach

In what was the final question of Gary Williams's postgame press conference Saturday night, he was asked if he felt good about his team's prospects for the rest of the season. "I feel good today, right now," Williams said. "I...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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No Inaugural Balls For GW

The Terps have a pair of road ACC games coming up this week, but during today's ACC coaches teleconference, Gary Williams was asked about his team's next home game, which happens to fall on the night of the presidential inauguration....

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps Buy Time For Offense

The true indictment could not be found on the final stat sheet, the one that revealed Maryland shot 31.5 percent from the field and 19.2 percent from three-point range Saturday against Georgia Tech. Those numbers were horrid, sure. They led...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2009; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Burney Injury Update

Sophomore forward Jerome Burney won't be wearing a protective boot on his right foot much longer. In fact, he said after the game yesterday that he would already be out of it if UPS delivered on the weekends. Burney has...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Confusion Reigned On Late Mosley Foul

With less than a minute remaining yesterday at Comcast Center, Adrian Bowie made consecutive free throws to provide the Terps a two-point lead. Following the second make, Sean Mosley subbed in for Eric Hayes for defensive purposes. With 33.9 seconds...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Terps Altered Game Plan Down Low

Typically, Georgia Tech's starting lineup includes 6-foot-8, 240-lb. junior forward Zachery Peacock, who is averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets. Yesterday, though, Peacock came down with a stomach virus and missed the game. As...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Williams Eases Off The Throttle In Final Minutes

In his postgame press conference yesterday afternoon, Gary Williams revealed his strategy in regards to implementing a full-court press for all but the game's final minutes. Early in the game, Georgia Tech was able to break Maryland's press at times...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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