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Terrapins Insider: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Terps Knock Off No. 3 UNC, 88-85, in OT

Another big home win for the Terps. One week after bringing their conference record back to .500 and revitalizing their NCAA tournament hopes with a win over Virginia Tech, the Terps do the same against North Carolina. This one, obviously,...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 21, 2009; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Terps Look To Make Defensive Adjustments Against Heels

After Tuesday night's loss to Clemson -- one in which forward Trevor Booker and the Tigers' frontcourt had their way with the Terps when it came to scoring in the paint -- Landon Milbourne said he couldn't immediately put a...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 21, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Lethal Lawson

Later this afternoon, Maryland will take on No. 3 North Carolina in the first of a pair of home games that likely will determine the Terps' postseason plans. Win one (or both) of the next two games, and Maryland's hopes...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 21, 2009; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Quick Update

Sorry for the late post, folks. Had to churn out an advance for tomorrow's print edition right after this afternoon's media availability. In any event, here are a few comments from Gary Williams, Dave Neal and Landon Milbourne, who each...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 20, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Poll: Stephenson or Malone?

Hello, everyone. A former Maryland player told me that a variety of AAU folks are interested in getting in touch with Steve Yanda and me. Steve and I have received a few hundred e-mails and messages over the past week...

By Eric Prisbell  |  February 20, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Links To Chapel Hill

As was mentioned in today's earlier post, North Carolina freshman forward Tyler Zeller (7-foot-0, 220 lbs.) is healthy and playing again for the Tar Heels after missing an extended period of time with a broken left wrist. He played eight...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 20, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Catching Up With North Carolina

Here's what the Tar Heels have accomplished in the two and a half weeks since their last meeting with Maryland: They've won four games, two of which were on the road. They've gotten over the fact Marcus Ginyard, Will Graves...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 20, 2009; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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One Big Man Returns, Another Remains Absent

Sophomore forward Jerome Burney returned to action Tuesday night against Clemson after missing the previous 16 games while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. Burney played eight minutes, tallying two points, three rebounds, two assists and a block....

By Steve Yanda  |  February 19, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Milbourne's Postgame Comments

The cold stare and distant look on junior forward Landon Milbourne's face after a loss always makes it seem as though he takes it harder than some of his teammates. I'm not saying that's actually the case; it just appears...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 19, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Terps Break Press, Own Momentum

Clemson is known as having one of the stingier defenses in the ACC and its press is vaunted as well. But last night Maryland had little trouble breaking it down and moving the ball past midcourt. The problems began for...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 19, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Gary Williams Meets With Curtis Malone

Well, this is an interesting twist. Curtis Malone, the co-founder of the talent-rich summer-league program D.C. Assault, told me he met with Gary Williams for an hour last week in an attempt to repair their relationship. The unlikely meeting also...

By Eric Prisbell  |  February 18, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Solid First Half For Neal

Clemson’s frontcourt was no bigger or taller than any other that Maryland had faced this season. But unlike previous opponents, the Tigers were intent on feeding the ball into the post from the game’s outset and leaving the Terrapins to...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 18, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ignition Point Hurts Terps

There were several points last night when it seemed Maryland was poised to attack, to finally close the narrow gap Clemson had created early on and assume at least a small measure of control over the game. It was astonishing,...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 18, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dealing With 'The Gretzky'

Clemson Coach Oliver Purnell admitted he was worried about the precarious position in which his team entered last night's game. The Tigers had just come off a disappointing overtime loss at Virginia, while their opponent, Maryland, had won three of...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 18, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Making The Terps 'Scramble'

Maryland entered halftime last night in good shape, trailing by just six points despite shooting 38.3 percent from the field and making 1 of 6 three-point attempts. As has often been the case this season -- especially early in the...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 18, 2009; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Terps Fall At Clemson, 93-64

This game got away from Maryland in a hurry. Though the Terps weren't playing particularly well on offense in the first half, they were able to keep within striking distance of Clemson by matching the Tigers' intensity on defense. Eventually,...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 17, 2009; 11:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Williams & Neal: A Tag Team Effort

Following Saturday night's win over Virginia Tech, Gary Williams cited the leadership of Dave Neal -- the squad's lone senior -- as one reason why the Terps were able to prevail. Williams specifically pointed to Neal's efforts late in the...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 17, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Gary Williams Interview

Hello, everyone. This is Eric Prisbell. I am about to post a large portion of my Feb. 5 interview with Gary Williams. I carefully edited the actual interview transcript for a few reasons. A decent amount was off the record...

By Eric Prisbell  |  February 17, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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College Park's Joe Lunardi

Dave Neal doesn't claim to be a bracketology expert, but he's the closest to it that Maryland's got, so yesterday he was asked what he thought it will take for the Terps to garner an NCAA tournament bid. "I personally...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 17, 2009; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Hokies' Allen Suspended After Gesture At Comcast

Just heard from fellow Post reporter Zach Berman, who covers the Virginia Tech men's basketball team, that forward Jeff Allen has been suspended for Wednesday's game at Virginia for making an inappropriate gesture to the crowd after fouling out of...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 16, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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GW: 'Accused Of Mellowing'

Just got through with Gary Williams's segment on the weekly ACC coaches' teleconference, and as usual, the content did not produce much hard news. Williams was asked at one point, though, about his thoughts on which coaches he's noticed do...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 16, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mouton on Lance Stephenson

Good morning, everyone. This is Eric. There has been considerable buzz about the recruitment of Lincoln High’s Lance Stephenson, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2009, according to Hoop Scoop. If Stephenson plays for Maryland next season –...

By Eric Prisbell  |  February 16, 2009; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Scouting Clemson

The Terps' schedule the rest of the way appears daunting to say the least, but Maryland certainly appears to be catching its next opponent, Clemson (20-4, 6-4 ACC), at just the right time. Having won three of its last four...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 16, 2009; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Hair-raising Issues

As a symbol of team unity, each member of the Maryland men's basketball team was supposed to get the same haircut -- a mohawk -- before yesterday's game against Virginia Tech. Junior forward Landon Milbourne went first, though his was...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 15, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quick Hands And Sudden Shifts Lead Defensive Charge

Ninety-three seconds into yesterday's contest, A.D. Vassallo already was backed into a corner. Dribbling the ball just past mid-court, Vassallo could not retreat lest he draw a back-court violation. He could not dribble to his left, where Sean Mosley was...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 15, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Shutting Down Tech's 'Big Three'

The defensive challenge facing the Terps entering yesterday's contest against Virginia Tech was both apparent and daunting -- they had to try to find a way to limit the effectiveness of the Hokies' top-scoring trio (A.D. Vassallo, Malcolm Delaney and...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 15, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Terps Close Convincingly Despite Vasquez's Foul Trouble

With 8:32 remaining in yesterday's win over Virginia Tech, Greivis Vasquez committed his fourth foul of the afternoon and was subbed out of the game. After Hokies swingman A.D. Vassallo converted two free throws, Maryland's lead was trimmed to seven...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 15, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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