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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 finger on why Maryland struggled against Clemson's taller, bigger frontline when it had experienced some measure of success against other taller, bigger ACC frontlines.

Yesterday, having had a few days to digest what took place against Clemson, Milbourne provided a clearer picture.

"We broke down a couple of times on the interior they got a couple of dunks they weren't supposed to get," he said. "When the ball comes off the rim, we have to go get it. We can't let them get second chance shots, and usually when they get a second chance to shoot it, it goes in the second time. We got to take that away."

Clemson outscored Maryland on second chances points, 20-15, on Tuesday night.

But Milboure said the missteps the Terps suffered were not limited to the defensive end of the court.

"We have to execute our offense and trust in our offense and not break down when things don't go our way and just shoot a shot that's not really within the play," he said.

It appeared, based on yesterday's comments, that Maryland was more concerned with making defensive adjustments leading up to today's matchup against North Carolina. Last time these two teams met, the final score was 108-91 in favor of the Tar Heels. Scoring points, Dave Neal said, likely won't be an issue. The key, he said, will be for the Terps to find a way to slow down North Carolina's high-powered, multi-dimensional offense.

"If you're happy because you scored," Gary Williams said, "you won't be happy for more than about five or six seconds because the ball will be in the other basket."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 21, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I loved this result:

MD 88
Tar Holes 85

Hey, hclark, you suck, and to quote Vince Neal, "don't go away mad, just go away . . . ."

Posted by: island1 | February 21, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bmdugan | February 21, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

3 years in a row!!!!! Gary is the man! All the Gary haters need to apologize and go away.

The title of Steve Yanda and Eric Prisbell's next article should be I'm sorry Gary.

Posted by: beas13 | February 21, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap, fire Gary, fire Gary! He obviously can't coach or recruit. Maryland can't even compete in the ACC. Off with their heads, all of them. What a terrible team! For those of you with thick skulls -- cough, cough, sarcasm, cough, cough.

Posted by: CYork1 | February 21, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Actually, keep writing the negative articles.

Posted by: island1 | February 21, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: skins1110 | February 21, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Barno says you're never too old to rush the court...

Posted by: Barno1 | February 21, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

This was the greatest comeback in Maryland history. Not the biggest (remember being down 21 on the road against, who else, UNC in Chapel Hill back in January of 97??). But the greatest.

So reminiscent of the final minute 10-point collapse against Duke in 01, except this time it was our turn to deliver the heart break.

I seem to recall that collapse led to the Terps losing 5 of their next 6 games, culminating in the Valentines Day Massacre against FSU.

I seem to recall the loud "fans" who demanded Gary be fired.

I seem to remember finishing that year in the Final Four.

And I seem to remember cutting down the nets in Atlanta a year later.

Fire Gary? Anyone?? Anyone???

Posted by: Barno1 | February 21, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey,hey. "Beleaguered" Terps win! At least Wapo assigned us a handle, which is more than they do for Cavs or Hoyas. Thanks Wapo!

Posted by: fredhburke | February 21, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Barno1 | February 21, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The Terps got very lucky today. They shot out of this world in the second half from beyond the arc. Had it not been for their outside shooting, and the best games of their lives from Vasquez and Tucker, NC would have easily of won as they dominated the Terps inside the paint and I believe in rebounding too. Until the Terps get better in the front court, they are going to need lucky games like this to compete against top 25 teams.
That said, NC is lacking in its ability to adjust defensively to guard the quicker teams in the league. The Terps exploited this in fine fashion by driving to the basket which caused the Tar Heels to collapse on the ball handler who then promptly would kick it back out to the perimeter players waiting for the open shot. To execute this offensive strategy well, you do need good shooting which the Terps had today or else it will be a long day. Duke since they lost Boozer to the NBA has relied on this to a great extent. Nevertheless, to build a team that will go deep in the NCAA's you need balance which the Terps do not have.

Posted by: Thundershock | February 21, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Thundershock, you're an idiot. Gary Williams has more wins against top 5 teams than any coach in the country. "Luck" has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 21, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to say but you're the idiot. How often does a team win when it gets outrebounded as badly as the Terps did and when it's forced to shoot outside as much as they did. My point has nothing to do with Gary's coaching ability which I agree is quite good. I'm the biggest Terp basketball fan out there but I don't let my enthusiasm for the team go to my head and affect my analysis.

Posted by: Thundershock | February 21, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

No, Thundershock, you are the idiot here and this is really not up for debate.
Let me try to explain this to you as simply as I possibly can:

The very first comment in your post: "The Terps got very lucky today" is, by definition, an idiotic comment.

Which makes you an idiot.

Gary Williams has more wins against top 5 teams than any coach in college basketball.

This is not even Gary's first top 5 win THIS year; that would be Michigan St on a neutral court, by 18 points.

This is not luck, this is Gary Williams specialty.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 22, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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