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Terps Looking To Improve Offensive Showing

Gary Williams did not spend a whole lot of time showing his players film from their 41-point beating earlier this season at Duke.

"If we're any good, we remember what happened without looking at the video," he said. "As far as the Xs and Os, it wasn't about that. It's just us being a better team now and being able to handle situations better. I think we've gotten better since that game."

Senior forward Dave Neal said he did notice one Xs and Os related matter that could use some adjusting.

"The biggest thing I remember is how Duke just took us completely out of our offense," Neal said. "We didn't run any offense that entire game. We watched maybe two or three minutes (Monday) at practice. We did an extremely poor job of not executing our offense. We let Duke overplay us and we didn't stay composed."

Maryland shot 28.1 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from three-point range Jan. 24 during its 85-44 loss at Duke.

"For the most part, we're going to try to put that game behind us as much as possible," Neal said. "They beat us by 41 and that's the fact, but we just want to put that behind. Now they've got to come back here and this is our chance for revenge ... I mean, they're extremely beatable. They've shown it. They've been struggling the past couple of games. They finally got a big win against Wake Forest."

Neal said the team has not watched too much film on Duke, but it did view the Blue Devils' 101-91 win Sunday over Wake Forest.

"Wake Forest I think shot 61 percent from the field," Neal said. "Duke's supposed to be able to play great defense, but when a team shoots 61 percent from the field, that's extremely good. Unfortunately, they didn't win the game.

"They had a great game from Jon Scheyer and Gerald Henderson. They've got three good scorers -- Scheyer, Henderson and Singler -- who take a majority of their shots for a majority of their points, so it's kind of like Virginia Tech. If we shut down their three scorers and make them rely on their other guys to win the game, I think we have a great chance of winning."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 25, 2009; 11:01 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Does anyone know what jerseys we're wearing tonight? hopefully they stick with the gold ones...

Posted by: gandorfdapirate | February 25, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Dave Neal is a smart guy. I recall Bobby Knight comparing Duke to an orchestra -- they play together so well. I guess the key to beating them lies in disrupting that rhythm they like to find -- where they're passing the ball around to get open jumpers.

I think I recall from past games that Zoubek gave them quite a bit of trouble, simply because of his size and ability to put the ball up inside. They've been starting a smaller player recently, trying to get quicker, but you wonder if we don't see Brian early in this coming contest.

Good luck, Terps.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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