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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 games (losses at Duke and against Boston College), Hayes has shot a combined 2-for-14 from the field (14.3 percent) and recorded a combined three assists and six turnovers. Consistency -- in aggressiveness, as well as effectiveness -- has been a struggle for Hayes this season, not that he is alone in that regard.

Nevertheless, Gary Williams said yesterday Hayes is not too far off and that he is confident the junior guard will return to form soon.

"It's a shame because that last game against Boston College, I saw three (shots) that, you coach a long time and you look at it from the bench and you see a guy shoot the ball and it looks like it's going in, and they just rattled, three three's I think they were," Williams said. "They were all good shots. They were all taken out of the offense. He was in good rhythm when he took them, and they didn't go in.

"I think it's one of those cases where if you make a couple in a row, you'll be fine. You look at the video and things like that, there's nothing wrong with his stroke. It's just that the ball's gotta go in and hopefully that will happen (Saturday) night.

"We've talked quite a bit, just about maintaining what he does and not thinking about it and things like that, but easy for me; I'm not the guy shooting the ball. Coaches always have the right things to say to break players out of the slump. The only thing is it's not the coach in the slump; it's the player. So just the mental part of that is tough on anybody in any sport."

On the season, Hayes is shooting 37.8 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three-point range. He is averaging 9.2 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 11:08 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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It does seem at times that Lady Fortune has abandoned Eric Hayes. The lad's been 'snakebit', but then, so's the team. Is it divine punishment that allows opponents to drain three-pointers from half court as games wind down? Maybe tonight's the night that the Terps regain their confidence and Lady Luck works for not against them. Miami deserves a a thorough beating and we can hope that Eric administers a good part of it.

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 31, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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