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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 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."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2009; 7:17 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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This sounds an awful lot like Gary is blaming the officiating (at least to some degree) for his team's performance. This was a 40 point loss and could have been worse had Duke not backed off...please Gary. Your team (what's left of it) just didn't show up. Duke played hard, clean more physical than your teams of the past have played...and this maryland team wasn't up to the challenge.

Posted by: srb9005 | January 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The Duke Basketball Report thinks "Tony" Garrison and Tahj Holden were physical players? Is this a joke. Srb stay with your sweet buddies and help them collect money for their site. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | January 27, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

That's what I like about Gary. He's classy enough to take responsibility for good times and bad. Well... the good times, anyway.

Posted by: killerleft | January 27, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Duke steals another one, thanks to the refs.

Not only did the refs favor Duke with ALL of the calls, I think I saw them grab a few offensive rebounds and kick them out to Scheyer for second-chance threes. And did you see that one play where Gerald Henderson threw an alley-oop to one of the refs? It was a nasty play, and it just goes to show you are always playing 5-on-8 when you go down to Durham. Still, I don't think the ref should have hung on the rim, up 40 points. That was just low class.

Posted by: bugmenotplease | January 27, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Gary, Gary, Gary. Next thing you know our Terps will have to donate blood during halftime, and you can use that as an excuse for losing, too. You got taken to the woodshed by a team that played a great game, and its just too bad that your team didn't bother to play perimeter defense, or any other defense for that matter. Please don't cheapen yourself by blaming this on the refs. That is absurd. Try having your team get on the bus to make the game trip next time, and get a muzzle for Vasquez.

Posted by: rba1953 | January 27, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't explain a 40 point loss but if you watched the game and didn't think Zoubeck had at least 2 fouls if not 4 in the first five minutes you drank too much at the pre game.

Posted by: Lee26 | January 27, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Pretty amazing that Gary is blaming the ref's on this one. Sometimes that is legit., but when you get whipped by 40, you should just say you got whipped and be quiet. No cause is advanced after this type of a loss by being whiny and trying to pass the buck by claiming bad officiating (other than, perhaps, the "cause" of ruining any remaining credibility you might have).

Posted by: monarch34 | January 28, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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