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Terrapins Insider: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Catching Up With Georgia Tech

After falling to Maryland, 68-61, on Jan. 10, Georgia Tech lost its next four games before pulling off a shocking upset over Wake Forest on Jan. 31. The win was the Yellow Jackets' first in ACC play this season. Georgia...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 7, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Midseason Evals: Misc.

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By Steve Yanda  |  February 6, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Franklin Named Coach-In-Waiting

Maryland Offensive Coordinator James Franklin has been named Coach Ralph Friedgen's successor, the school just announced in a press release. Franklin, Friedgen and Athletic Director Debbie Yow will be available for comment later today, and we'll have more information as...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 6, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Midseason Evals: The Coaching

Based on the personnel he assembled for himself this season, Gary Williams knew this year would be a challenge. He had little size, depth or experience in the post. He had never used three point guards in a starting lineup...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 6, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Midseason Evals: The Backcourt

On a team with size and inexperience issues in the frontcourt, it was clear from the beginning that Maryland's guards would be heavily relied upon this season. They would need to create perimeter pressure on defense to limit an opposing...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 5, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Midseason Evals: The Frontcourt

Most Terps observers understood heading into the season that the team's frontcourt had the most potential to end up a crucial weakness. Experience and size were lacking. Traditional post presence had been downsized since the departures of Bambale Osby and...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 5, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Midseason Evaluations

The Terps have reached the midway point of ACC play, and right now they stand 3-5, good for ninth place. Since we've got a few extra days before Maryland travels to play at Georgia Tech on Sunday, I thought it'd...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 5, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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White Chooses Maryland

The following from Post high school reporter Jeff Nelson: St. John's (D.C.) offensive lineman Peter White signed a letter of intent with Maryland this morning, picking the Terrapins over Miami and Tennessee. "I'm trying to win a national championship with...

By Matthew Rennie  |  February 4, 2009; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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When No Defensive Scheme Will Do

There are some nights when no matter what a team does defensively, it simply won't matter. The opposing offense is too efficient, too deft, too strong, too quick, too accurate, too overwhelming. There also are some nights when a team's...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 4, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Terps Fall To Hot-Shooting North Carolina, 108-91

That's right, the Terps scored 91 points and lost. Five Maryland players scored in double figures -- which was one more than North Carolina -- and lost. The Terps shot 48.0 percent from the field -- 55.6 percent in the...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 3, 2009; 11:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Feeling The Squeeze

As we discussed in a post on Sunday, Gary Williams (just like most other coaches, he'll tell you) prefers an eight-man rotation. And Saturday night against Miami, Maryland fans got a look at what that rotation appears to consist of...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 3, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mosley The Energizer Bunny

With just more than 18 minutes remaining in Saturday night's win over Miami, Maryland freshman guard Sean Mosley fed forward Dino Gregory for a fast break dunk. On the Terps' next possession, Mosley attempted a similar pass to guard Adrian...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 3, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Adjusting To The Opposition

Yesterday during the ACC coaches' teleconference, Miami Coach Frank Haith talked about the difficulties that can arise when playing a team with a smaller lineup, such as Maryland. The Terrapins befuddled the Canes for much of the second half Saturday...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 3, 2009; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Comments From Yow And Williams

Earlier today, Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow made a joint appearance with Gary Williams. Below are the comments Yow and Williams gave pertaining to Williams's job status and the speculation that has existed in the past week. Debbie Yow: "Hey...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 2, 2009; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Yow: Williams in No Danger

There was rampant speculation in the hours leading up to today's Maryland basketball news conference, but much of the speculation appears to be off-base. Eric and Steve will have much more this afternoon, but for now, Eric reports that Athletic...

By Matthew Rennie  |  February 2, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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GW In Search Of Some Credit

Just got done listening to Gary Williams's segment on the weekly ACC coaches teleconference, and as usual, not a whole lot of hard news came out of it. Williams did say, however, that he thinks Maryland deserves some credit for...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 2, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps 'Can't Shoot Turnovers'

When asked for a few weak points in the North Carolina attack, one coach from an ACC team that has played the Tar Heels this season had bad news for Terps fans. "I don't have a lot of weaknesses to...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 2, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Scouting North Carolina

Since falling at Wake Forest by three on Jan. 11, North Carolina has won five straight and will enter tomorrow night's matchup against the Terps with a 19-2 overall record, 5-2 in ACC play. The Tar Heels, widely regarded as...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 2, 2009; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps Judicious With The Press

Miami guard Lance Hurdle had a bad night against the Terps. A really bad night, in fact. I don't follow the Canes closely enough to proclaim it was his worst performance of the season, but I can't imagine he'd still...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 1, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Condensing The Bench

Only three Terps -- junior guard Eric Hayes, sophomore forward Dino Gregory and freshman forward Jin Soo Kim -- came off the bench last night against Miami. They combined for 17 points, five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers. A...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 1, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Goal Out Of Vasquez's Hands

For a long, long time now, junior guard Greivis Vasquez has proclaimed his desire to compile a triple-double during a game in his collegiate career. His fascination with the achievement is beyond fervent. He's come close several times in the...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 1, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Benefits Of The Zone 'D'

For most of the second half against Miami last night, Maryland operated in zone defensive schemes. For the first 15 minutes after the intermission, the Terps utilized a 3-2 scheme that has proven quite effective during the rare times it...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 1, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Lineup Switch

The big news at the start of the game last night was that freshman guard Sean Mosley would be starting in place of junior Eric Hayes. It's been no secret Hayes has struggled mightily of late, and Gary Williams frequently...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 1, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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