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Catching Up With The Blue Devils

Duke freshman guard Elliot Williams (6-foot-4, 180 lbs.) played all of three minutes in the Blue Devils' 78-75 overtime win over Miami on Feb. 7. In Duke's next two games -- losses to North Carolina and at Boston College -- Williams did not play a single minute.

Then on Feb. 19, Williams was thrust into the starting lineup at St. John's. He played 31 minutes, shot 5 for 6 from the field and scored 11 points while helping to lead Duke (22-5, 8-4) to a 76-69 win. On Sunday, Williams started again. He tallied 11 points on 5 for 8 shooting and four steals in 32 minutes against Wake Forest. The Blue Devils won, 101-91.

Without question, the move to start Williams has been the biggest change Duke has endured since the Blue Devils thrashed Maryland by 41 points on Jan. 24. Neither senior Greg Paulus nor sophomore Nolan Smith was performing well enough, in the eyes of Coach K, which led to Williams getting his grand opportunity.

Williams makes his biggest mark on defense, specifically along the perimeter. He's quicker than Paulus and he's more focussed than Smith. Duke's defense is reliant upon intense ball pressure, and that is something Williams has helped revitalize in the past two games.

On the offensive end, Willliams is bigger than either Smith (6-foot-2, 185 lbs.) or Paulus (6-foot-1, 185 lbs.), which has made life a little easier on newly-appointed point guard Jon Scheyer. With Williams in the lineup at the two-spot, Scheyer draws a smaller opposing guard. Prior to Duke's last two games, Scheyer was shooting 28.3 percent from the floor in ACC play. He had scored more than 14 points in a game twice.

Against St. John's, Scheyer scored 18 points. Against Wake Forest, Scheyer tallied 30 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He also shot 5 for 10 from three-point range against the Demon Deacons.

Also against Wake Forest, Duke started the more agile Lance Thomas (6-foot-8, 220 lbs.) instead of Brian Zoubek (7-foot-1, 280 lbs.), which enabled the Blue Devils to operate at a more up-tempo pace.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 24, 2009; 7:21 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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We have a lot of points to make up on them from last time. The darnedest thing of it all is that I don't think Duke's talent is that superior to Maryland; they just have a knack for exploiting opposing teams that don't execute properly. If the Greivis from the NC game comes to play tomorrow (or even 75 percent of him), and the other Terps continue to play hard and smart, we'll be right in it. If we get sloppy or lackadaisical in the wake of the NC victory, we'll be staring at a 20-point deficit before halftime cometh.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | February 24, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

It may not be ALL important as there are three other games that can help lift the Terps into the NCAA Tournament, but the Duke game may serve as an important barometer for the selection committee.

A win would almost surely push the Terps over the top and should set them up well for a really great final 3 games.

A close or reasonable loss may not look so bad either.

Let's just hope they can avoid another blowout, not because they can't come back after blowouts, they have, but because the selection committee will certainly not overlook it.

Now I know there are quite a few fans who hate people who even mention these scenarios. Too bad. The Terps need to step up again tomorrow night.

Let's hope they do.

Posted by: petecard | February 24, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

40 minutes of intense pressure D should baptise Scheyer and the freshman Williams by fire into ball handling duties. Then K will be forced to throw Paulus and Smith back in the game who will inevtiably try to do too much to get their minutes back. More bad shots and more turnovers and the Terps should be able to pull off the "moving on up, Paybacks a Terp!" win. Can't wait for tomorrow night. Terps have a quarter of house money right now, they win tomorrow and it's a C note looking to lock things up on Sunday.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 24, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The win over UNC should give the Terps a great deal of confidence. However, Duke plays more disciplined defense than UNC. You're not likely to see nearly as many open looks.

Beating Duke would likely cement their hopes to get an NCAA bid. But, I actually think the NC State game on the road may prove to be a tougher contest than UNC.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 24, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Be interesting to see how they do against the Devils' guards the second time around. The first was, well, not a memorable moment. But Maryland is definitely better at home.

Whoever said the biggest games would probably be the away contests... you may be right.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 24, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The Terps need to improve their RPI in order to ensure they make the tournament. Right now they are sitting at #52.

I'm not a big fan of the RPI but the selection committee gives the rating substantial weight.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Where's Barno? is he going thru all his awesome stats and getting ready to list them along with all his cutting and pasting of everyone's comments? He is probably to busy cleaning Gary Williams shoes right now!!!

Posted by: Terptime | February 24, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are still going to get to 8-8 and then win one or two in the ACC.

Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Gary is a joke. He needs to take his watch, let us name the floor after him and go drink beer and eat chicken wings with the co-eds in Ocean City and let someone else take over the program.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 12, 2009 3:20 PM

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM

Gary's recruiting style turns off a lot of local players, parents, and coaches, particularly those that have an NBA-type future. Part of this may involve appearing to have little or no interest in actual personal contact with the above players, parents, and coaches.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2009 2:59 PM

I guess Barno and Lee are convinced Maryland is going to the Last Waltz this year?

I'm not seeing it.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 7:04 PM

MD is a not a top 50 program and has limited talent right now and it is because of recruiting! Those are the facts! You can put out all your crappy facts and irrelevant stats but the results are on the court!!

Posted by: Terptime | February 19, 2009 10:17 AM

Maryland is a mid-major program right now -Morgan State even beat them-they have Morgan State talent-!!!

Posted by: Terptime | February 18, 2009 10:14 PM

The issue is whether Gary could do something to improve the team -- which is his job, right? -- and for some reason, he isn't doing it.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2009 5:49 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | February 24, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Steve Yanda,

Do you really feel that Barno's behavior is acceptable on this blog?

Are you happy with the style that he employs that makes it look like it is coming from the WP?

Do you think that repeating postings out of context from others is encouraging your readers?

Just wondering?

Posted by: petecard | February 24, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what was taken out of context? The part where you said:

"Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT" -petecard

Or was it when you said:

"C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are still going to get to 8-8 and then win one or two in the ACC."-Petecard

Or was it:

"Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT" -Petecard

Exactly which comment did I take out of context, and in what way was it taken out of context?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 24, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, actually, you do take things out of context, Barn.

For instance, you quote yours truly:
"Gary's recruiting style turns off a lot of local players, parents, and coaches, particularly those that have an NBA-type future. Part of this may involve appearing to have little or no interest in actual personal contact with the above players, parents, and coaches."

without bothering to note that the above was offered simply as one of three alternative explanations for Maryland's failure to attract top-tier local athletes.

The other two alternatives were 1) a conspiracy of corrupt AAU and summer league coaches, and 2)utter rejection of the idea that Gary has any problem whatsoever in attracting local stars, despite all the evidence the Washington Post had just published to the contrary.

That by the way is known as "Barno's Confindibulum."

Then I offered the reader his choice among the three.

Didn't banish anyone who disagreed with me from the blog.

Didn't enroll them in a 'Hall of Shame'.

Just expressed a degree of skepticism.
Which is deserved, by the way.

This free speech thing troubles you, doesn't it?

Maybe you should start your own blog. You could require a loyalty oath. To You, to your version of reality, and of course, to Gary Williams.

Who I suspect will be avoiding you at all costs.



Posted by: Samson151 | February 24, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Samson claims his comments were taken out of context. Here is the entire comment:

Theory One -- Unscrupulous AAU types lure recruits away from their home area to exotic climes such as Storrs, Conn., and Syracuse, NY.

Theory Two -- Gary Williams has actually been incredibly successful at bringing the best local players to College Park (followed by a long list of local players and their respective achievements.) These successes more than cancel out the few recruits who went elsewhere.

Theory Three -- Gary's recruiting style turns off a lot of local players, parents, and coaches, particularly those that have an NBA-type future. Part of this may involve appearing to have little or no interest in actual personal contact with the above players, parents, and coaches.

Hmmm -- which do YOU find most persuasive?"

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2009 2:59 PM

As you can see, nothing was taken out of context whatsoever. Samson clearly implied that Theory Three was what he found "most persuasive."

Theory 1 he dismissed by mocking the "exotic clims in Storrs, Conn., and Syracuse, NY."

Theory 2 he dismissed by mocking the "utter rejection of the idea that Gary has any problem whatsoever in attracting local stars, despite all the evidence"

Theory 3 was clearly what he found most persuasive, and thus it stays in the Hall of Shame.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 25, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Gary's recruiting style turns off a lot of local players, parents, and coaches, particularly those that have an NBA-type future. Part of this may involve appearing to have little or no interest in actual personal contact with the above players, parents, and coaches.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2009 2:59 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | February 25, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Barno, but you do in fact take other poster's remarks out of context.

That's what you do when you reprint a portion of a post to prove your point, and leave out the context in which it appeared.

Happens all the time in print. And you just illustrated it.

I don't imagine it can be classified as anything but a 'minor sin', but nonetheless, you're guilty of it.

The thing that bothers me is not that you suppress dissent -- lots of people try to suppress dissent -- but that you don't seem to know you're doing it.

You seem to think of yourself as a 'true fan', leaving others of varied opinion to a lesser status.

That can't be more than a minor sin, either, but still, it goes against the grain.

We're all 'true fans'. my friend. All those who post here, on all sides of any issue. We disagree, that's all. A protected to express it -- the Constitution and all that.

I'm sure you annoy many of your fellow posters, Barno. And you're aware of it, and in fact pleased to do so. You're just exercising your right to free speech, aren't you?

Yes, you are. And you may notice I'm not attempting to suppress that.

I'm just disagreeing with you. In a polite way, even. And you, with out-of-context quotes, and your confusion of opinion with fact, and your 'invitations' to leave, are trying to suppress it.

There's a Hall of Shame for that sort of behavior.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2009 3:19 AM | Report abuse

You still have not showed us how, specifically, I took any comments out of context. The reason being, of course, is that I haven't taken a single quote out of context.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 28, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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