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So Much For GW's Scouting Report

Last season, Miami had a 6-foot-9, 242-lb. senior center named Anthony King on the roster. King was quite a load to handle in the post, but the theory was that if he ventured away from the basket, it was safe to let him fire away. At least, that was the scouting report Gary Williams provided to his players.

But during a Feb. 22 loss at Miami, King surprised the Terps from the start and ended up finishing with a team-high 14 points.

"He comes out – this is how basketball goes – we scout him and we tell our players, 'Make King shoot from the outside,'" Williams said. "He comes out and buries two jumpers from 18 feet. And (Maryland's players) look at me like, 'Nice scouting report.' But that can happen in a game, and you have to make adjustments."

Though King has since graduated, Miami offers two other sizable challenges for the Terps this season -- 6-foot-8, 238-lb. junior Dwayne Collins and 6-foot-9, 239-lb. junior Cyrus McGowan.

This, obviously, will put a lot of strain on Dave Neal (who will be assigned to cover Collins) and Landon Milbourne (who will draw McGowan). But it also will prove problematic, defensively, for Maryland's perimeter players. They will have to strike a balance between paying close attention to Miami's talented long-range shooters and occassionally sagging off their man to provide help defense down low.

"Collins is a tough guy to defend one-on-one," Williams said. "He's a veteran player, and he really knows how to get position in there. It's a challenge, but that's why they're good. They have a lot of ways to score."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 14, 2009; 1:34 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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