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Terrapins Insider: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Terps Exhale In 73-68 Win Over Miami

The air seemed significantly lighter in Maryland's locker room after the game tonight, and with good reason. The past week had been downright brutal to the confidence and morale of this team. Simply put, the Terps needed this win, and...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Mosley Enters Starting Lineup

There's been a change to Maryland's starting lineup for tonight's game. Freshman guard Sean Mosley will start in place of junior guard Eric Hayes. Hayes has struggled of late, and Gary Williams often has praised Mosley's physicality on both ends...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lance Stephenson At Comcast Center

Highly-sought high school senior Lance Stephenson (6-foot-5, 200 lbs.) will be in attendance tonight at Comcast Center when Maryland takes on Miami. Stephenson attends Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. and plays on the same team as Class of...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GW: Patience Is Key To Offense

Maryland wasn't shooting the ball all that great entering ACC play, but the Terps' accuracy has suffered even further since the beginning of the conference season. Maryland ranks dead last in the ACC in field goal percentage in conference games,...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miami Looking To Get Back On Track, Too

As we discussed yesterday, Maryland will not be the lone team in tonight's matchup searching for some much-needed momentum. After dropping three of its last four games, Miami has forced itself into somewhat of a must-win situation. The Hurricanes, mind...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For Hayes, Words Are Not Enough

Junior guard Eric Hayes scored 10 points and dished out 11 assists (with no turnovers) in a Jan. 20 win over Virginia. Since then, however, things have not gone as smoothly, for Hayes or the Terps. In the past two...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Williams's Thoughts On Miami, Round Two

Gary Williams, like most coaches, is an avid film-watcher. And we're not talking Gone With The Wind or Casablanca-type films. We're talking game films. He watches film before games (typically two or three times per game day) and after games,...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GW's Press Conference

Gary Williams opened his chat with local reporters this afternoon by making a few announcements. For a change, good news spread throughout the bowels of Comcast Center when Williams confirmed that freshman forward Jin Soo Kim had been given a...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 30, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jin Soo Kim Reinstated

Steve is in the car and will have more on this later, but he asked me to share that freshman forward Jin Soo Kim has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and his eligbility has been restored, effective immediately....

By Matthew Rennie  |  January 30, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Spotlight On Asbury

Miami's Brian Asbury (6-foot-7, 221 lbs.) didn't exactly light up the Terps when the two teams played in Coral Gables a few weeks back, but the senior forward certainly is proving his worth to the Hurricanes this season. He seemingly...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 30, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Catching Up With Miami

We've already scouted these Hurricanes once before*, so in the interest of avoiding repetition, let's stick to looking at how Miami has fared since the last time we took notice. After defeating Maryland, 62-60, on Jan. 14, the Hurricanes dropped...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 30, 2009; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Five Football Players Enroll

Let me drop this football tidbit here amid all the basketball back-and-forth: COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland football team has added five newcomers to its roster, head coach Ralph Friedgen announced Thursday. DL DeOnte Arnett, DL...

By Eric Prisbell  |  January 29, 2009; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Halftime Inspiration

Ok, here's the situation: You're the head coach of the Maryland men's basketball team. Your team is up by, say, 11 points. You're coming off a horrific defeat on the road to a program that used to consider you one...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 29, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Defensive Relapse

Remember back when Maryland's defense used to be, you know, effective? Back when, if nothing else, you could expect Maryland to play solid -- even borderline stifling -- defense? That was during a time when hopes for this season remained...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 29, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kim Ineligibility Details

Maryland is conducting an internal review of the decision to declare freshman forward Jin Soo Kim academically ineligible, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source, who wished to remain anonymous because the appeal process is ongoing, said...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2009; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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More Attention For Milbourne

How unfair, most Maryland observers thought during the season's early stages, that a talent such as Landon Milbourne had to be relegated to a position for which he seemed ill suited. At 6-foot-7, 207 lbs., Milbourne does not appear built...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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An Up And Down Night For Vasquez

Unlike the "quiet" performances junior guard Greivis Vasquez said he had been turning in previously, his showing Tuesday night looked like a more familiar version of the bombastic shooter Maryland followers have become accustomed to seeing. He scored 18 points,...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Gary Williams Transcript

Hey, Eric here. I have gotten a few requests for the transcript of the Gary Williams locker room interview, so here it is. Jeff Barker and I talked to Gary in the locker room. Mike Wise joined midway through. Q:...

By Eric Prisbell  |  January 28, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Crucial Misses

One shot -- make that, one missed shot -- does not lose a game. But there's one Maryland miss that is sticking with me more than all the others (and by game's end there were plenty from which to choose)....

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Who's To Blame?

It would seem some of you hold strong opinions on this subject, so let's try something scientific. I want to know who you all think is most to blame for the Terps struggles this season. And I stress this season....

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Terps Come From Ahead In 76-67 Loss To BC

What, exactly, happened tonight? That was the question of choice in the Terps postgame locker room. The problems that led to Maryland blowing a 16-point lead and dropping its fourth of the last five contests were apparent. Shooting, defense, desire...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2009; 11:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jin Soo Kim Academically Ineligible

Freshman forward Jin Soo Kim has been declared academically ineligible indefinitely, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source also said Maryland is appealing the decision to the NCAA. Kim will be able to practice with the team...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2009; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Size Or Production?

Freshman forward Steve Goins played three minutes Saturday against Duke. He registered one point, one block, one turnover, one personal foul and two rebounds. Asked yesterday whether Goins might see some more playing time in the near future, Gary Williams...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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A Review Of The First Five Minutes

Gary Williams said yesterday that he made sure to review the game film of the first five minutes of Saturday's loss at Duke. Before reading his comments, here's a quick overview of that particular segment of the game: Duke center...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2009; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Williams Talks About Losing Assistants, Recruits

During today's chat with local reporters, Gary Williams was asked whether he thought losing talented assistant coaches who were skilled recruiters, such as Billy Hahn, Dave Dickerson and Jimmy Patsos, has hurt his program in regards to recruiting in recent...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 26, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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No Apologies From GW

On our college basketball chat earlier today, Eric and I were asked if Gary Williams would apologize for his team's performance on Saturday against Duke. We didn't have an answer then, but we do now ... "We're 2-3 right now,...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 26, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Preparing As Though They'd Won

Earlier today during his segment of the ACC coaches teleconference, Gary Williams was asked how he elected to deal with Saturday's 41-point loss at Duke in regards to his players: focus on the errors made against the Blue Devils or...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 26, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rice The Assassin

Boston College may not rely as much on senior guard Tyrese Rice for point production as it did last season, but that doesn't mean Rice is any less of a threat to opposing defenses. One ACC assistant coach whose team...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 26, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Boston College

Boston College made national headlines when the Eagles knocked off then-No. 1 North Carolina earlier this month, but since then the path has not been very smooth. The Eagles dropped their next four games before requiring overtime to defeat Georgia...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 26, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Football Awards and Barbecue Banter

First, a word on barbecue before I get to Maryland’s football awards because Yanda and I are literally getting messaged from Germany about his post on the restaurant in N.C. (and we appreciate the thoughts) The Durham joint left a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  January 25, 2009; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Thoughts On Kay Yow

Both Maryland's Gary Williams and Duke's Mike Krzyzewksi offered their thoughts on yesterday's passing of longtime N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow, who died at age 66 after battling breast cancer for more than two decades. Kay's sister, Debbie,...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An Odd Ending To A Strange Game

It's safe to say not too many people saw yesterday's Maryland debacle coming. Sure, there were those who thought the Terps would lose. There also likely were those who thought the Terps would lose by a wide margin. But a...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vasquez's Struggles Continue

Junior guard Greivis Vasquez sat out much of the second half during yesterday's loss, leaving all his friends in the Duke student section to mockingly chant: "Where is Greivis?" Maryland fans might be wondering the same thing. The Vasquez they...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2009; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Flatter Than The Soda At Bullock's Bar B Cue

Before catching our flight home after yesterday's game, Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times joined Eric Prisbell and I for a quick meal at Bullock's Bar B Cue in Durham. To say we made the wrong dining choice would be...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Terps Discombobulated On Offense

On Friday, Gary Williams described Duke's defense as suffocating. On Saturday, he and his team discovered that "suffocating" does not do justice to the constant brand of in-your-face defense employed by the Blue Devils. Duke has yet to allow an...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2009; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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