Emotion Evident In Terps Win
With little more than five minutes remaining last night and the Terps up by two, Greivis Vasquez set a screen for Dave Neal on the wing, and the senior forward drilled a three pointer. The basket elicited a huge fist pump and a primal scream from Neal, who acknowledged afterward he knew exactly how much was at stake against N.C. State.
In fact, all of the Terps seemed to realize as much. Maryland entered the night with little margin for error and could not afford a loss against a bottom-tier ACC opponent. The win put the Terps back to .500 in ACC play and provided them some momentum heading into tomorrow night's contest against No. 13 Wake Forest.
Coming off back-to-back games against top 10 opponents, Gary Williams was pleased to see the emotion with which his players competed.
"We're more mature," Williams said. "In other words, we gave everything we had in two home games against Duke and (North) Carolina. That doesn't happen very often. You know, to find a way to play with emotion down the stretch is very gratifying to me because I've had teams -- good teams -- that just couldn't do that. They're kids and you understand why. You don't like it when it happens, but you understand why they couldn't do it. But tonight we were able to do it."
As far as the NCAA tournament goes, Williams said he preferred not to get into a discussion of magic numbers and the like. But he did acknowledge that the selection's committee's job will not be easy. He's hoping that with another win or two, his Terps (18-10, 7-7 ACC) might make the committee's job a little tougher.
"I don't like to play those numbers," he said. "We've had 19 (wins) a couple years, and I thought we were good enough, and last year we had 19 wins -- well, we didn't have 19, but we were 8-8 in the league. I don't think there's any gurantees with anything anymore. There's so many good teams now that say they belong in the NCAA tournament, it's a very difficult selection process. I think it's a lot more difficult now than it's ever been."
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