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 in his career before. He had one senior and nine underclassmen.
As should have been expected, the Terps have been inconsistent throughout the season thus far. The offense and the defense come and go, rarely in sync with one another. The team's collective focus and intensity seem to surge and wane, as well.
Maryland started off better than most likely expected with wins over Michigan State and Michigan, and it cruised through December unscathed, which was a marked improvement from the previous season. Then came January. A loss to Morgan State, a team that appeared to have better overall talent than the Terps. A two-point loss at Miami in which the Terps blew a 17-point second half lead. An overtime loss at Florida State. A 41-point defeat at Duke, the worst losing margin in Williams's career. A come-from-ahead home loss to Boston College. A 17-point loss at North Carolina in which Maryland gave up 108 points, fifth-most in program history.
And that was just the on-court happenings. Williams also had to deal with a public squabble he ignited with members of the Maryland athletic department, not to mention the temporary academic ineligibility of freshman Jin Soo Kim and public complaints about a lack of playing time from sophomore Cliff Tucker.
Through it all, Williams has done what he seems to do best -- compartmentalize. He had his team prepared and focused in the week following the public spat with his own administration. The Terps defeated Miami at home with a vigor that had been missing for quite some time.
With all that said, I'll be very interested to see how you all vote in the following polls ...
Posted by: Phillip258 | February 7, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse
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