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Williams Pines For Respect

The final question of Saturday's postgame press conference was centered on the breakout performance of freshman guard Sean Mosley (more on him in a post later today), and Gary Williams initially obliged by praising Mosley's toughness, his work ethic and the fact that most of the Terps don't particularly enjoy facing him every day in practice.

Then Williams took an abrupt detour.

"You have to reward guys like (Mosley), and you want them to really play well cause they're really helping the team by what they do in practice," Williams said. "So hopefully that will continue and hopefully at 11-2 we'll get some national recognition. If you look at the polls, I think we have as good of wins as a lot of those teams that are in the lower part of the polls, and hopefully somebody will take notice of that."

Unnatural transition concluded, the press conference came to a close.

Later today, the new top 25 polls will be released, and I'm curious to see where you all would place the Terps given their collective performance to date.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 5, 2009; 7:12 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I confess I don't get this. Gary wants higher expectations for his team? That doesn't sound like a basketball coach. They're the poor-mouthers extraordinaire. When you want recognition is in March, not now.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 5, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

They are worthy of votes, but are not quite there yet in terms of being in the polls. Two more wins this week might get them in at the back end of the top 25.

Posted by: FeartheNoodle | January 5, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I love the Terps but they are not quite ready for any votes IMO. If they had played a little more respectable againt G Town it would be different. A couple of ACC wins can certainly change that.

Posted by: Trippey | January 5, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Why worry about rankings before conference play begins?

The season just started.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 5, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I agree. This isn't like the BCS where the polls matter. It's better for our team to keep working hard to try to get that ranking than to take it for granted.

Posted by: Joran | January 5, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

You guys clearly haven't followed college basketball for a while. Preseason polls and especially where things sit entering conference play matter big time. Lets say both MD and Michigan go 8-8 9-7 in conference play. Odds are that would leave Michigan (who is currently ranked for some reason while MD isnt even though MD beat them head to head and posts the same record) ranked and MD not and Michigan bubble in and maybe MD bubble out.

Posted by: Lee26 | January 5, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the "Let's see how they do vs. the ACC" mode right now. I agree that they should get some consideration for beating Michigan and Michigan St. But the real season begins on Saturday in ACC play. That's what's going to determine whether they will get a bid or not. 9-7 should be enough this year to get in.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 5, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

well see 8-8 really should be enough but isnt because the ACC doesnt lobby for votes 24/7 365 like the big ten and big east. how the big ten keeps sending more teams than the acc with the same conference records as the passed over acc teams when the acc has beat the big ten in the acc/big ten massacre each and every year is beyond me...

Posted by: Lee26 | January 5, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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