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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, some of which helped prolong Maryland's lead in the second half.

But Vasquez shot 7-for-20 from the field, and because very few of his teammates had any better luck getting their shots to fall, Maryland's lead never stabilized.

Gary Williams thought he recognized the guy in the No. 21 Terps jersey, too. Vasquez had shot below 30 percent from the field since ACC play began, and Williams was encouraged that his marquee player appeared to be competing with more energy than he had in recent outings.

Vasquez also tallied six assists, five rebounds and three turnovers against Boston College.

"I thought he moved better tonight," Williams said. "I think a lot of times, the shooter, especially one that has a little bit of a rep like Greivis does off of last year, you have to move. You have to get open. I thought he was a little stale, in terms of his movement, prior to tonight. But I thought he moved well. I thought he got some looks that, you know, he makes. You know, he missed a couple, but I think that was a better offensive night for Greivis in terms of his emotion and him going after it. I thought he did a pretty good job with that."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2009; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Grevis is inconsistent and overrated. He is just like Caner-Medley, he has good skills but is so inconsistent and can't handle being the go to guy when things are going well for him. He forces way too much and tries to take over at the wrong times. Maryland plays much better when gets everyone involved first and then get his points second. I think over the last two years, if you look at wins versus losses, you would see that when Grevis is in the 18 pt. 7 ast. range, UMD usually wins. The problem is there is really no one else for the team to go to. Absolutely no post presence at all and a no other consistent scoring options. Unfortunately, due to poor recruiting, as much as I hate to say it, it looks like the beginning of the end of Garyland and it might be the best for all.

Posted by: jayandcat | January 28, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

jayandcat wrote: "Grevis is inconsistent and overrated. He is just like Caner-Medley, he has good skills but is so inconsistent and can't handle being the go to guy when things are going well for him."

He may be over-rated, but Caner-Medley he's not. Nick was a basically shy role-player type who had to be pushed to assert himself in a game. Vasquez is an aggressive star-wannabe who gets visibly depressed when his shot isn't falling.

Juan Dixon had the same problem as Vasquez. It's endemic to the scorer breed.

But Vasquez isn't the problem with this team, any more than Butler and Jamison are what's wrong with the Wizards. The problem's inside. The Terps are too small. Taller teams quickly realize they don't have to protect the basket, and focus on perimeter defense, which means more difficult shots for people like Greivis.

All it takes it to make him shoot from an unfavorable angle, or six inches farther out than he likes, and with nobody to pass to inside, he struggles.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 28, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

You clearly never watched Juan Dixon play. Dixon's greatness as a MD Terrapin was a direct result of his ability to succeed/score within the offense. Greivis forces the ball to the basket, forces passes that aren't there and forces up shots he has no chance of hitting. He dribbles the ball at the top of the key for what seems like entire wasted possessions instead of moving the ball, cutting towards the basket and working within the flex offense. Juan scored off the curl with great consistency, was a consistent 3 point shooter and also didn't feel the need to engage in ridiculous posturing after every play he made.

If you want to compare Vasquez to a former Terp, compare him to John Gilchrist. You'll find much greater similarity. Gilchrist actually won an ACC tournament, though... Greivis has won nothing.

Posted by: flipper5000 | January 28, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"He may be over-rated, but Caner-Medley he's not. Nick was a basically shy role-player type who had to be pushed to assert himself in a game." This is lunacy. Caner-Medly was not shy at all, was always forcing shots/drives to the basket. At least Greivas looks to pass half the time whne he goes to the hoop. If guys could A) catch perfect passes and then B) make an uncontested layup he would've had an easy 10 assists last night. Greivas was not the problem last night..

Posted by: Lee26 | January 28, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Did I just read that someone is comparing Vasquez to Juan Dixon?

Holy Crap.

Posted by: Section505203 | January 28, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"Dixon's greatness as a MD Terrapin was a direct result of his ability to succeed/score within the offense. Greivis forces the ball to the basket, forces passes that aren't there and forces up shots he has no chance of hitting. He dribbles the ball at the top of the key for what seems like entire wasted possessions instead of moving the ball, cutting towards the basket and working within the flex offense. Juan scored off the curl with great consistency, was a consistent 3 point shooter and also didn't feel the need to engage in ridiculous posturing after every play he made."

But then, that wasn't my point. Dixon was a better player, clearly. But they were both scorers, jacking up a lot of shots. Dixon just made more of them.

Caner-Medley took a lot of bad shots, too. But he wasn't a scorer by nature. In fact, he probably never did figure out his game. Just wound up as a muscled small forward.

Be interesting to see if Vasquez makes it in the NBA. That's a different game entirely. Carlos Boozer made the point that college is about team, the League is about individual matchups.

Maybe he'll end up on the Wiz and he and DeShawn Stevenson can do their 'ridiculous posturing' together.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 28, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"f guys could A) catch perfect passes and then B) make an uncontested layup he would've had an easy 10 assists last night. Greivas was not the problem last night.."

Probably true. But he seems to attract blame.

It's just a weak year for the Terps.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 28, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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