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 Brian Zoubek backed down Dave Neal before sinking a turnaround jumper.
- Neal responded with a three-pointer that provided Maryland its only lead of the afternoon.
- Duke guard John Scheyer hit consecutive three-point attempts.
- Duke guard Gerald Henderson and Zoubek each hit jumpers to boost the Blue Devils' lead to 12-3.
- Maryland shot 1 for 7 from the field, was called for two fouls and gave up five turnovers. During one possession, Landon Milbourne went up for a lay-in, but was blocked by Zoubek and Kyle Singler. He tried again, only to meet the same result. Duke, meantime, shot 5 for 12 from the field, was called for zero fouls and gave up two turnovers.
And here were Gary's thoughts:
"I watched it for a couple reasons," he said. "One was to see how we played. And there were some other reasons I watched it also, which confirmed what I thought in the first five minutes of the game. So I watched that, without going into more detail because I’m not allowed to. And then, you know, we come in at halftime and we had shot no free throws in a pretty physical situation. I wanted to see how that looked, and I saw it.
"Then from there you’re looking for how they took you out of your offense, why you couldn’t run offense. Cause, I mean, let’s face it, you have to score down there. Whenever we’re successful down there we score points. And they did some things switching that bothered us and we didn’t react well to. But that’s where, when you play a team a second time, you need that information, so by looking at the tape, it’s a lot easier to remember it looking at it right away than if I’d waited until we played Duke again to look at the tape, so that’s the other reason you look at the tape. If you’re playing a team twice, it’s better to look at it right there than to wait until you get two days before you play them again because you’ll forget some things."
When pressed as to the things he noticed that he couldn't talk about because he's "not allowed to," Williams provided a brief response.
"Very physical," Williams said. "Very physical."
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