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Staying Afloat On The Boards

With two non-conference games remaining on its schedule, Maryland ranks 11th in rebounding margin in the ACC. The Terps hold a +2.4, which is good in the sense that they are at least, on average, out-rebounding their opponents. However, that number is bad in the sense that these are the teams over which Maryland often held a size advantage -- not to mention significant advantages in natural athleticism and overall talent.

For the sake of comparison, here is how the ACC currently shapes up in regards to rebounding margin:

1) Wake Forest +10.4
2) Duke +9.9
3) North Carolina +8.5
4) North Carolina State +7.4
5) Miami +7.3
6) Georgia Tech +7.3
7) Virginia Tech +6.0
8) Boston College +5.9
9) Virginia +5.9
10) Clemson +3.7
11) Maryland +2.4
12) Boston College +2.2

As you can see, the Terps do not stack up well. Having said that, Maryland did out-rebound Elon by 10 after a horrid performance against Bryant, so perhaps some improvement is brewing.

Still, one would think it is not ideal for junior guard Greivis Vasquez to be leading the team in rebounding (6.3 per game), nor is it encouraging that only two other Terps (Landon Milbourne and Dave Neal) are averaging more than 3.5 rebounds per contest.

How confident are you all in the Terps' ability to rebound against other ACC foes? If Vasquez is still the team's leading rebounder at the end of the regular season, will that be a good thing or a bad thing for the team's fortunes? Or will it matter at all?

By Steve Yanda  |  January 1, 2009; 2:12 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Rebounds are going to be a problem all year - Dave Neal at center? yeesh.

The terps will have to play good defense and get the ball before the opponent has a chance to shoot. I think second and third chances are going to be a problem against the ACC.

Posted by: pipkin42 | January 1, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

If ever we needed the old saw, 'The college game is all about guards', to be true, it's this year.

Because the Terps are dwarves. We might as well play in the Mid-American, where we match up pretty well with Akron or UNC-Greensboro.

Is there a team rule that anybody over 6-7 is required to suffer a leg injury? Just asking.

Better shoot a lot of 3 pointers so the guards can get some rebounds.

We'll look like a club team from the Orphans Home against Wake Forest. Their mascot's a seven footer.

Somebody call Tonya Harding. We need Hansbrough to have an accident.

Could be a long season.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 1, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, just maybe, the biggest guy on the team will start seeing some floor time. By the third or fourth ACC game, Gary might be so desperate to try to find some kind of production from the bigs that he'll go for broke and insert Steve Goins. This might be a diamond in the rough. If he stays injury free that is.

Posted by: Trippey | January 2, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Maryland will finish with a 15-16 record and 4-12 in the ACC

No NCAA

No NIT

How can any parent let their son - play for a program with a 10 % graduation rate.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | January 2, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@hclark1

ACC Basketball:
MARYLAND 82 - unc 80 (Saturday, 1/19/08)

ACC Lacrosse:
MARYLAND 13 - unc 8 (Saturday, 3/22/08)

ACC Soccer:
MARYLAND 2 - unc 1 (Friday, 11/7/08)

ACC Football:
MARYLAND 17 - unc 15 (Saturday, 11/15/08)

ACC Soccer:
MARYLAND 1 - unc 0 (Wednesday, 11/12/08)

NCAA Men's Soccer Championship:
MARYLAND 1 - unc 0 (Sunday, 12/14/08)

Meineke Bowl
WEST VIRGINIA 31 – unc 30 (Saturday, 12/27/08)

Posted by: Terptwin | January 2, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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