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Williams's Thoughts On Miami, Round Two

Gary Williams, like most coaches, is an avid film-watcher. And we're not talking Gone With The Wind or Casablanca-type films. We're talking game films. He watches film before games (typically two or three times per game day) and after games, taking down notes and observations so as to keep his thoughts from the game as fresh as possible.

During a season, those notes become even more valuable on the occassions when Maryland plays the same team twice. Tonight, the Terps will face Miami for the second time in less than three weeks, and you can be sure Williams referred back to the insight he jotted down after Maryland fell to the Canes, 62-60, on Jan. 14.

One of the key reasons Miami was able to erase a 17-point, second-half deficit and defeat the Terps was the deft three-point shooting of senior guard Jack McClinton, who shot 4 for 7 from beyond the arc (often WAY beyond the arc).

"It's not like he had the ball to start with," Williams said. "In other words, they run him off of screens, so if you can double team him coming off of screens, you can switch the screen. You can put some pressure on the ball so it's not as easy a pass to get it to McClinton to start with."

As for Maryland's collapse in general, Williams had this to say:

"You have to take care of business yourself, and if we would have scored in a timely fashion, it wouldn't have mattered what they did. But we didn't score."

Just don't ask him for specific reasons why the Terps couldn't score late in that or any other game. Apparently, that line of questioning doesn't deal with his team, which is about the only topic Williams is discussing these days.

As for Miami's inside presence, Williams also spoke about the development of Hurricanes forward Dwayne Collins, who tallied six points and nine rebounds against Maryland on Jan. 14.

"When you're a player, if you have two or three moves that you do really well, I think that's all you need, and Collins has really improved his two or three moves, and that added a lot to his game," Williams said. "He's really effective close to the basket. He's probably one of the best post-up players in the league this year. Well, he is one of the best post up players in the league because of his ability to score quick. In other words, if he gets the ball, he's to the rim. There's not a lot of this back and forth, dribble, dribble. Somehow, he gets there quicker than a lot of other players in the league."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 31, 2009; 8:11 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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