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 be interesting to gage how you all feel the different components of the team have performed thus far this season. So over the next two days, I'll be posting a series of polls that will examine how the fans feel about, say, the job the team's guards have done, or who's performed the best out of all the forwards.
In addition to voting in the polls, I encourage all of you to provide reasons for your thoughts in the comments section. If any of you would rather shoot me your thoughts in an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) that's perfectly fine, as well.
To get our feet wet, let's start off with the play of the team's bench so far this year. The reserve unit was expected to underline the team's depth at the guard positions and help plug some of the holes in the frontcourt. Since the start of ACC play, freshman guard Sean Mosley played his way into the starting lineup, so he no longer applies to this category. Junior Eric Hayes seems to have adapted just fine to his bench role over the past two games. Gary Williams said he made the switch "to give Eric a different look" and perhaps it has done just that. Hayes is averaging 9.2 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Cliff Tucker had a breakout performance Tuesday night at North Carolina, three days after not playing at all at home against Miami and then voicing his frustrations over his lack of court time to a few reporters. He is averaging 4.5 points per game and is shooting 43.5 percent from the field.
Sophomore forward Dino Gregory has established himself as a high-energy option off the bench for Maryland's frontcourt. He makes the Terps lineup more athletic when he enters games and gives the team a bit more of a traditional post presence. He is tied for the team lead with 24 blocks and is averaging 3.0 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Jin Soo Kim has developed into a fan favorite while averaging just 7.1 minutes per game. He hasn't shot the ball well (29.7 percent) or scored (1.8 ppg) or rebounded (1.4 rpg) with much proficiency, but it's obvious that the guy plays as hard as he possibly can whenever he's out on the court.
Sophomore forward Braxton Dupree is averaging 2.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Jerome Burney is still trying to work his way back into the rotation after missing over a month with a stress fracture in his foot. Freshman forward Steve Goins and sophomore forward David Pearman have played a combined 24 minutes this season.
Without further delay, let's get scientific ...
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