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Terrapins Insider: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Terps Fall to Duke In ACC Semis, 67-61

The Terps weren't about to make excuses for today's loss, but several players did acknowledge the mental and physical strain of playing three games in three days took a bit of a toll on them against Duke. Gary Williams cited...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2009; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Final: Duke 67, Maryland 61

Maryland stuck around until the very end, resilent as the Terps have been all season long. But Maryland could not do enough to catch up with Duke and eventually fell, 67-61. The Terps now will head home after an extended...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Terps' Gamble Pays Off

Once again last night, the Terps heavily employed a 3-2 zone defense, and once again, it was quite effective. Maryland's top defensive priority was containing Wake Forest's gigantic frontline, and it planned to do so by using all three of...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Nolan Smith and Maryland

This is Zach Berman, providing a glimpse from Duke’s locker room on Friday as they awaited Saturday’s game against Maryland. The business-like Blue Devils made sure to offer kind words about the Terrapins. They were aware that Maryland has been...

By Zach Berman  |  March 14, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Milbourne Earns Some Respect, Sort Of

There was no question Gary Williams was proud of his team, and specifically Dave Neal and Landon Milbourne, as he sat down at the dais for his postgame press conference last night. Milbourne's name might still remain relatively unknown in...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Saturday's ACC Tournament Viewing Guide

This is Zach Berman, providing a quick glimpse of what to watch while you count down toward Sunday’s unveiling of the NCAA tournament bracket… No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Florida State, 1:30 – Neither the Tar Heels nor...

By Zach Berman  |  March 14, 2009; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Terps Outwork Wake For 75-64 Victory

From the opening tip, it was very clear Maryland had something to play for tonight and Wake Forest did not. The Terps outhustled the Demon Deacons to loose balls. They outworked the Demon Deacons in pursuit of rebounds. And, frankly,...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 13, 2009; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Maryland Almost a Lock for NCAAs

Hello, everyone. This is Eric. Just left Maryland’s locker room. Gary Williams told the players not to talk about the NCAA tournament. But you could tell they feel confident about their position. And they should. They deserve it. A masterful...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 13, 2009; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Maryland Takes Five-Point Lead Into Halftime

Both of today's early games came down to the final minute (North Carolina-Virginia Tech and Florida State-Georgia Tech), and this Maryland-Wake Forest game might make it a third. Maryland leads, 36-31, at halftime. With Virginia Tech likely on the outside...

By Zach Berman  |  March 13, 2009; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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More on Hayes's Emotional Game

Post reporter Matthew Stanmyre got in touch with Kendall Hayes, father of Maryland guard Eric Hayes, to talk about the passing of Chip Lozinak, Kendall Hayes's best friend and "one of Eric's biggest fans." "In a way, Eric was kind...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 13, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Wake to Give Terps Another Zone to Break

Last night, Maryland proved it could handle a 2-3 zone defense, especially with several hot hands from three-point range. Tonight against Wake Forest, the Terrapins are likely to see a different type of zone defense, one that might prove a...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 13, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UNC's Lawson In Uniform...and in Walking Boot

An update from courtside at the Georgia Dome... North Carolina guard Ty Lawson is standing during his team's warm-up in uniform, but his right foot has a walking boot and not a sneaker. That means the ACC player of the...

By Zach Berman  |  March 13, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaking Away In The Closing Minutes

Maryland and N.C. State each made its own extended runs in the first half of last night's game. The Wolfpack built a 13-point lead. The Terrapins brought the score back to a tie by the intermission. But the second half...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 13, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Friday's ACC Tournament Viewing Guide

Here is what to watch in Friday's ACC tournament as you await another six-overtime game... No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 8 Virginia Tech, noon: The Hokies still need a win to feel secure about the NCAA tournament, and beating...

By Zach Berman  |  March 13, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Big Shots Loosen Team's Collar

As he prepared to speak to his team during the media timeout with 3:38 remaining in the first half, Gary Williams yanked on his collar to loosen his tie just a tad, a literal conclusion to the figurative act his...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 13, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Terps Advance In ACC Tourney With 74-69 Win Over Wolfpack

N.C. State hit seven of its first 10 shots and led by 13 points with nine minutes left in the first half. Then Eric Hayes sank a three-pointer from the wing (it became a bit of a trend) and sparked...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 12, 2009; 11:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Vasquez: My Focus is Maryland

Hey, everyone. This is Eric. I talked with Greivis Vasquez a little bit after Maryland’s win against North Carolina State. He asked me to make clear one more time, as I did in today’s short story, that Vasquez has his...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 12, 2009; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Clemson's Slide Concerns Oglesby, Hurts Hokies

On Feb. 17, Clemson beat Maryland by 29 points. Since that game, the Tigers have lost four of six games, including Thursday’s 86-81 loss to 12th-seeded Georgia Tech. “It's been kind of a journey since we played Maryland,” guard Terrence...

By Zach Berman  |  March 12, 2009; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Georgia Tech Tallies Upset Over Clemson

Georgia Tech Coach Paul Hewitt sat down at the dais with the confidence of a man whose team was fresh off an outstanding season and headed toward a sure-fire NCAA berth. Sure, in reality the twelfth-seeded Yellow Jackets entered Thursday...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 12, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miami's Loss Hard to Grasp

Miami forward Jimmy Graham sat at his locker stall holding a personal pan pizza with both hands. He stared at the closed box for a few moments before noticing the small group of reporters who had assembled around him. The...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 12, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Bird's-Eye View

Earl Bowles steadied himself as he stepped over the first row of seats in Section U33, way up above the court at the Georgia Dome. His black orthopedic shoes wobbled slightly as he stepped from the orange folding seat onto...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 12, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fells Effect

There are some observers who believe the health of N.C. State guard Courtney Fells will play a large role in determining who wins tonight's matchup between the Wolfpack and the Terrapins. Fells missed his team's regular season finale because of...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 12, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Empty Seats, New Tattoos at the ACC Tournament

Some early notes from Zach Berman in Atlanta: >> The game begins in 30 minutes, and the cavernous dome is empty. That’s not entirely surprising for the Virginia Tech-Miami game, but both teams spoke yesterday about shooting and playing in...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  March 12, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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While the Men Play, the Women Wait

Kristi Toliver looked wiped out as she sat in the locker room following the fourth-ranked Maryland women's 92-89 overtime victory over Duke in the ACC tournament final on Sunday afternoon. "It's been a long week," she said. "I'm definitely ready...

By Camille Powell  |  March 12, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps To Look For Same Openings In Wolfpack 'D'

Maryland had few problems driving into the lane on March 1 when the Terps took on N.C. State in Raleigh. Greivis Vasquez made several daring jaunts to the hole before finding an open teammate on the perimeter once the defense...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 12, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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ACC Tournament Central: Right Here

Terps Insider readers: Just wanted to post a quick note letting you know that we (well, Steve Yanda and Zach Berman) will be posting here live from the ACC tournament in Atlanta starting with today's first game at noon. Didn't...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  March 12, 2009; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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As Expected, Wolfpack To Run More Zone

N.C. State Coach Sidney Lowe stood outside his team's locker room at the Georgia Dome yesterday following the Wolfpack's afternoon workout and smiled wide. He tried first to avoid the question entirely. Then he tried to be politically correct. Finally,...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 12, 2009; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Keeping N.C. State Off The Glass

It's not as though N.C. State flat-out owned Maryland on the boards when the two teams met in Raleigh on March 1. Sure, it might have appeared that way at times, but the final rebounding tally (32-24 in favor of...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 11, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vasquez Plans to Test NBA Draft Waters

Greetings from Atlanta. This is Eric. Just finished with Maryland's open locker room session. Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez said he plans to declare for the NBA draft after the season and compete in pre-draft camps before he decides whether he...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 11, 2009; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Neal To Keep Tabs On Mid-Major Tourneys

The Terps will have some time to kill during the day tomorrow. Their first round game doesn't start until 7 p.m., which leaves a little extra time to do any assortment of things. For Dave Neal, there's a good chance...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 11, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps' Wish List: Good Looks And Free Throws

Maryland knocked off N.C. State on March 1 by shooting 48.2 percent (27 for 56) from the field. The Terps were less efficient Saturday when they shot 40.9 percent (27 for 66) from the field in a crushing defeat at...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 11, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Format Refreshes Terps

After a while, the conference slate can become a bit of a grind for any team. Especially near the end, the repetition and seemingly constant turnaround has a tendency to create a somewhat stale atmosphere. Maryland, for example, played three...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 11, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Trip Down Memory Lane

The last time Gary Williams led a Maryland squad into the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, he left with a national championship trophy in tow. In 2002, the Final Four was held at the Georgia Dome, where Williams and a squad...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 11, 2009; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Everyone Together Now: 'One Game At A Time'

Dave Neal looked absolutely exhausted at the conclusion of his 15-minute session with the media earlier this afternoon at Comcast Center. And for good reason. Neal began by talking about how important the N.C. State game was for this Maryland...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 10, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Vasquez Earns All-ACC Honors Again

Yesterday afternoon, the ACC announced the All-ACC selections, as picked my an assortment of regional media members, and Maryland junior guard Greivis Vasquez was picked to the second team for the second year in a row. Vasquez was Maryland's only...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 10, 2009; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Who Will Be the No. 1 Seeds in the Women's Tournament?

After winning the ACC tournament title, Maryland women are "definitely" a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament along with Connecticut and Oklahoma, according to Charlie Creme, ESPN's women's basketball bracketologist. The Terrapins (28-4), who will host first and second-round...

By Camille Powell  |  March 9, 2009; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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N.C. State Has Vengeance On Its Mind

What likely was an inconsequential side note to most Maryland followers at the end of the Terps' March 1 win at N.C. State apparently remained stuck in the craw of Wolfpack fans. Greivis Vasquez took an ill-advised three-pointer at the...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 9, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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How Far Will Terps Advance In Atlanta?

Yesterday's poll question centered more on the Terps' NCAA tournament chances, but now that the ACC tournament bracket is set, I'd like to know more specifically how you all think Maryland will do this week in Atlanta. The Terps earned...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 9, 2009; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Defensive Switch Fools Terps

After Virginia's Mamadi Diane drilled a three-pointer to put the Cavs up by three with 38.5 seconds to go Saturday evening, mass confusion ensued on Maryland's part. This much is clear. The main reason was that Virginia opted to go...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 9, 2009; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps Draw No. 7 Seed, N.C. State

Earlier today Florida State knocked off Virginia Tech, which ensured that Maryland will hold the No. 7 seed in this week's ACC tournament. That means the Terps will square off against No. 10 seed N.C. State at 7 p.m. on...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 8, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Maryland Women Win ACC Tournament

By Camille Powell Washington Post Staff Writer GREENSBORO, N.C., March 8—The third-seeded Duke women had one final chance to match top-seeded Maryland in the finals of the ACC Tournament on Sunday afternoon, and their senior sharpshooter launched a long three-pointer...

By Camille Powell  |  March 8, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The Power Of Senior Night

Dave Neal knows full well the kind of emotional impact senior night can have on a player performing in front of his home crowd for the final time. On Tuesday, Neal tallied 19 points and hit crucial three after crucial...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 8, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Neal: Zone Offense 'Could Use A Little Work'

Late in the first half of yesterday's loss at Virginia, the Cavaliers switched from man-to-man to zone defense. The adjustment ended up being a crucial turning point in the game. To that point, Maryland hadn't necessarily been lighting up the...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 8, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How Do You Like The Terps Chances?

Maryland capped off its regular season yesterday with a 68-63 loss at Virginia that may have done considerable damage to the Terps NCAA tournament hopes. Players said after the game that they feel they likely have to win two games...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 8, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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