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Bowie's 'Second Gear'

Sophomore guard Adrian Bowie's improvement this season -- and even more so in recent weeks -- has been no secret. Bowie attributes his development to hard work put in during the offseason, and while that certainly has a lot to do with it, Gary Williams believes it is a by-product of Bowie's diligent offseason work that is allowing Bowie to come into his own.

"It's confidence," Williams said. "He's seen those opportunities before but been a little hesitant to go after them. But Adrian's one of those players that has a second gear. In other words, you think you have him pinned and all of the sudden he has a shoulder by you. And he's a good finisher. That's when his athetlic ability comes into play, when he finishes around the rim. You might think you have a shot to block his shot, but it doesn't happen all the time, and he's not afraid to go inside now. He'll take the ball at the big guys."

One of the Terps' most significant struggles during its recent two-game road trip through Florida was that one of the best free throw shooting teams in the country didn't make it to the charity stripe enough times for their skill to matter.

Bowie helped revitalize the team in that regard by making repeated dashes into the lane and aggressively attacking the basket. Bowie's mentality has been somewhat contagious. Maryland took 24 shots from the free throw line during a win over Virginia on Tuesday, six of which were attempted by Bowie.

Duke has some height in its lineup, as well as a reputation for taking charges. Bowie will need to measure his aggressiveness somewhat when driving on the Blue Devils, but his is an approach worth emulating for the rest of the team's guards.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 23, 2009; 3:37 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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