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Dealing With 'An NBA Frontline'

Together, Tyler Hansbrough (6-foot-9, 250 lbs.) and Deon Thompson (6-foot-8, 245 lbs.) form a pretty formidable frontcourt tandem for North Carolina -- one that typically draws some extra attention from opposing defenses.

But according to Gary Williams, Maryland's plan yesterday was not necessarily to double down on either UNC big man, but rather merely to give that impression.

"We didn't double as much," Williams said. "We tried to get a lot of people around him and sometimes faking double teams. If you can make a player feel uncomfortable, you know, with a great player like that you try anything.

"You really worry about double teaming them because of (Danny) Green, (Wayne) Ellington and (Ty) Lawson. Lawson's become a big-time three-point shooter. You can't make a mistake. We did down the stretch there and he just nailed it. So what's your choice? You can double team and leave one of those three open or try to get some help in there, hope he doesn't have a great shooting night, you know, that type of thing."

Indeed, the Terps learned the hard way on Feb. 3 what can happen if Green, Ellington and Lawson are capable of if given open looks from beyond the arc. North Carolina shot 64.0 percent from three-point range against the Terps at Chapel Hill. Maryland could not afford to allow them the same opportunities this time around.

For the most part, Maryland's plan was successful in both regards. The Tar Heels shot just 26.3 percent from three-point range, and Lawson was the only North Carolina player to make more than one shot from from beyond the arc (he was 3 for 6).

As for Hansbrough and Thompson, neither was overly effective. Thompson scored 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Hansbrough tallied 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting and snatched 11 rebounds. It was a fairly quiet double-double.

North Carolina did outrebound the Terps, 51-40, but that did not take away from Williams' pride in his team's effort down low.

"That's all we could do," Williams said. "We maxed out what we could do. Rebounding-wise, they're pretty good. That's an NBA front line, and we weren't going to get every second shot, third shot. But we jumped, we tried, and that's this team. You just, you do what you can. What can you do? You jump. If you don't get it, you jump again. And then if they get it again you've got to play defense again. We're going to do what we can do."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 22, 2009; 1:12 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE TERRAPIN INSIDER HALL OF SHAME "FANS." THEY AREN'T ACTUALLY FANS OF THE TERPS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY SAY. THEY NEVER HAVE BEEN FANS AND NEVER WILL BE FANS. THESE ARE THE GUYS WHO CLAIM THEY ARE "FANS", BUT QUIT ON THIS TEAM LONG AGO...AND HAVE BEEN TRASHING THE TEAM AND THE COACH EVER SINCE.

THEY OF COURSE NOW WANT TO COME BACK ON THE BANGWAGON, AFTER YESTERDAY'S WIN. BUT BARNO IS MOTIONING TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING MORONS BANNED FROM THIS BLOG ALTOGETHER:

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We are so bad. how anyone thinks we have a chance to make the ncaa tourney is beyond me. I felt like i used to feel watching md play some joke at the beginning of the season. It was a complete mismatch, and just because we stayed in it for the first doesnt mean anything. All you had to do was watch the frontcourt play. we are terrible. 5-11, 6-10 best case scenario

Posted by: tonytroese | February 18, 2009 10:24 AM

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

it's laughable to think that anyone who watches terps games thinks that this team is of the same caliber as the rest of the league.They don't have the pieces (players) to compete in the acc right now. they lost to morgan state at home, and i'f i'm not a fan i don't know why i watched the entire debacle. Gary's time is up, the program seems stale, they need new energy.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2009 12:52 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | February 22, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

PART II OF THE TERRAPIN INSIDER'S HALL OF SHAME:

We are not making the tournament this year. Keeping checking ESPN every day to see if we ever make it off the "bubble". So that will be 4 out of 5 years FOGs. Please tell me what program that considers itself even a top 50 program that went 4 out of 5 years missing the dance without a coaching change.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 18, 2009 2:24 PM

This is an ugly season and no amount of posturing from Gary will change that. We're NIT bound -- but I will bet my season tickets that Gary is already thinking a 7-9 season will get him in and he will start making comments about how tough the league is this year and how a 7-9 record should qualify for the NCAA's.

Posted by: Terp77 | February 18, 2009 2:37 PM

Gary screws up more coaching/lineup items and gets lauded for being a great "in-game" coach. That is total crap coming from his supporters. He's not that great of a coach and while he's done well at MD - he IS NOT an elite coach at all. Good coach who did a great job rebuilding the program.. No more and no less

Posted by: leed1911 | February 18, 2009 12:15 AM

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

Poor Gary Williams and his two million plus a year contract, at least until 2012 or so. If people are still willing to pay 50+ dollars to watch NIT basketball, I guess he has earned it.

Posted by: lkfkd876 | February 11, 2009 9:42 PM

I suppose people are now happy to see the Terps in the NIT. Get ready cause that's where the team is headed this year if we're lucky.

Posted by: boe691 | February 11, 2009 10:26 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | February 22, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

An NBA front line? Both Hansborough and Green will be riding the pine at the next level.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 22, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

That's it, Barno1, give 'em holy hell! They're frustrated children who want to pull down the temple if their wants are not fully met. I've had such types in my classes - they whine for their grades and expect 'A's for 'F' papers.

ACC basketball teams aren't all that far apart in talent levels such that any team can beat any other. It's a magnificent conference, the most competitive of all, from top to bottom.

Posted by: AncientTerp | February 22, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

It's a little sad that you can't just enjoy the win and that you must take shots at Terp fans who are critical but do care.

My postings have been very positive today and I am not going to get negative when we should all be feel good about yesterday.

But you really ought to realize that there are very legitimate reasons to be sceptical about this team and frustrated with where the program has been for 5 years.

We are all hoping that the Terps find a way to make the NCAA Tournamment and not the NIT. But there is a lot of basketball to play and we will have to see what happens.

But your "Hall of Shame" is itself shameful.

Posted by: petecard | February 22, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: Barno1 | February 22, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

petecard,
You kind of remind me of rock and roll part two, mainly the 'you suck' part. Barno has owned you, take it like a man. I know I personally thought I was enjoying the win as much as humanly possible until I saw Barno call all you haters out. Now I am enjoying it even more. The great thing about being a FOG as you call it is you are rooting for a team coached by a man that has defeated 36 top 10 and 20 top five teams in 22 years. Each and every year you put your faith in a program that will give you a win or two like this. A win that you believe can happen while other naysayers do not. You should try having a little faith in the greatest coach in the history of the University of Maryland, it's pretty fun.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 22, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Lee26 says, yes, I would certainly place Gary Williams above John Wooden for all-time best NCAA coach ever.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 22, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm fine with Barno enjoying a little schadenfreude --- let's hope he gets more chances to gloat before the season's over. Because that will mean Maryland does a lot better than I fear they will.

And if the doubters are right, then Barno will have a whole off-season to forget it...

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

It's a little sad that you can't just enjoy the win and that you must take shots at Terp fans who are critical but do care.

My postings have been very positive today and I am not going to get negative when we should all be feel good about yesterday.

But you really ought to realize that there are very legitimate reasons to be sceptical about this team and frustrated with where the program has been for 5 years.

We are all hoping that the Terps find a way to make the NCAA Tournamment and not the NIT. But there is a lot of basketball to play and we will have to see what happens.

But your "Hall of Shame" is itself shameful.

Posted by: petecard | February 22, 2009 4:50 PM


You are such a f@#$ing turd you should just go root for Duke. It's losers like you that cry for Gary to get fired and then come off of your armchair and cry "It wasn't me" when Maryland wins a big game. You say "I shouldn't get called out" because you "think" you know everything. I can't wait for Gary and Ralph to hold up ACC Championship trophEys and see losers like you who claim they can't coach or recruit explain yourselves. GET LOST!

Posted by: virtueandvice | February 22, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I love lamp.......

Posted by: iamasofaking | February 23, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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