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Size Or Production?

Freshman forward Steve Goins played three minutes Saturday against Duke. He registered one point, one block, one turnover, one personal foul and two rebounds. Asked yesterday whether Goins might see some more playing time in the near future, Gary Williams said that wouldn't surprise him in the least.

"I would say he will, as his conditioning gets better and better, 'cause he was out (with an injury) for a while," Williams said. "He’s 6-9, 260. That’s a big player in the ACC this year. We could use that size cause we’re a little small inside. You know, you don’t have to get stats. It’s just that you’re out there. You know, you’re taking up room; you’re helping out on defense or whatever. Those things are important."

Goins has played in just four games this season, averaging three minutes, one rebound and 0.5 points per appearance. But according to Williams, the Terps could use Goins simply to fill space in the lane and serve as a defensive obstacle to opposing offenses.

"I thought Steve Goins came in (Saturday) in a time where it had nothing to do with whether we won the game or not, but I thought he did okay when he was out there, which was good to see," Williams said. "And you know, any minutes we can get from other people is always good, especially this time of year, for any team, not just us. It just makes you a little deeper, and hopefully that will work."

What are your thoughts on Goins? And for that matter, what are your thoughts on whether Maryland needs a space-filler or a post player who can at least partially fill out a stat line?

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2009; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I think Gary should have played his bench longer in the game against Duke. Goins and Kim should have been out there for much of the second half. Everyone in the world knew there was no chance this team was going to come back, so why not play his bench and give them some experience. Not 3 minutes worth.

Posted by: kenw1 | January 27, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Goins showed more in his garbage time, than Dupree has in his. Given his height and size, he can at least be a rebounder and presence for us.

Posted by: island1 | January 27, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Play Goins. Rotate him with Gregory and Dupree. That's 15 fouls to give.

It is ridiculous to expect Dave Neal to guard centers.

Posted by: Siamese1 | January 27, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Gary really screwed up in the non-conference games by not playing some of the bench, especially Goins. You had to see what you have there and get him game experience. To throw him out there 1/3 of the way into the ACC is not the right way to develop a player.

Posted by: seanbredbenner | January 27, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I've got a better idea. Keep Dupree's soft hind parts as far away from the court as possible. The best place for him is on the end of the bench with his warm-ups still on. That dude needs to transfer, immediately.

Posted by: Section505203 | January 27, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I agree - Dupree should never see the court. He might be the softest player I've ever seen wear the Maryland jersey... and remember, Terrence Morris used to play for this school!

Posted by: prodiggy3 | January 27, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

You people that hate on Dupree are downright moronic. The kid still has a lot to learn but to anyone who has watched 25 basketball games in their life can see he is A)tall B)has soft hands C) plays decent defense and D) has good footwork around the basket. I really don't get it.

Posted by: Lee26 | January 27, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse


You wouldn't know a basketball if it you in the butt. Dupree is soft and unsure of his post moves and he is constantly caught out of postition on defense in the post.

Just because you are "tall" does not make you good player. Jeez.

Posted by: Section505203 | January 28, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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