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Vasquez's Struggles Continue

Junior guard Greivis Vasquez sat out much of the second half during yesterday's loss, leaving all his friends in the Duke student section to mockingly chant: "Where is Greivis?"

Maryland fans might be wondering the same thing. The Vasquez they have come to know has not been present on the court for the Terps in recent weeks. The excitable guard who plays with boundless passion and energy and who often times carried this team offensively has become almost a non-factor.

Against Duke, Vasquez scored just four points on 2 of 10 shooting. He missed both of his three-point attempts (one of which was aimed so poorly it bounced off the side of the backboard without ever touching the rim) and tallied four turnovers.

Vasquez's rough stretch began against Morgan State on Jan. 7, when he shot 5 for 21 from the field. He has shot 29.2 percent (19 for 65) from the field since then.

But it was not until late in the Miami game on Jan. 14, Vasquez said, when he began playing without the emotion Maryland followers have come to expect from him. He knows both his shooting woes and his mojo issues are hurting his team, but he simply has not yet been able to find a cure for either.

He scored 15 points against Miami and 16 against Virginia last Tuesday but descibed his performance in both of those contests "quiet." Say what you want about Vasquez's outsized personality, but the Terps are at their best when Vasquez is yapping and grinning and wiggling and doing all those other things that rub some people the wrong way. His "quiet" nights typically don't end well for the Terps.

"I think the big thing for Greivis right now is he's got to really concentrate on his game," Gary Williams said yesterday. "We need him to play well. He needs to step it up now."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2009; 12:22 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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That's the thing about players who rely on emotion. Every so often they get depressed.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Good job MD fans. You tossed a couple racial epithets and ruthless boos at the teams best player. He told you what you could do to yourself. The coach neutered him. and now the team is terrible. Well played geniuses!

Posted by: Lee26 | January 26, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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