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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 squad. Then he acknowledged that, yes, in the back of his mind -- and likely the minds of everyone of his teammates -- he will remain cognizant of the fact the Terps likely have to win at least two games at the ACC tournament in Atlanta.

Maryland plays N.C. State in the first round Thursday night. If the Terps win, they would face Wake Forest in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Sure, Neal mixed in some thoughts about the team's need to improve its zone offense, why zone defense are sometimes difficult to crack, how tough the Virginia loss was and how formidable an opponent Wake Forest would be if the Terps were afforded the opportunity to face the Demon Deacons again.

But he would always return to the same phrase. "We just have to take it one game at a time," he said.

When Neal stood to leave, he had enunciated the sentiment 11 times.

A few minutes later, Gary Williams entered the media room and took his turn in front of the assembled cameras, microphones, recorders and notepads.

"Well, obviously you have to beat N.C. State, and that's our only focus," Williams said. "You don't get two wins if you don't beat N.C. State. I mean, realistically, where everything is right now, I'd say two wins would put us in good shape. But we're going down there to win the tournament just like we did in 2004. That's the goal. But talking about the NCAA tournament and whatever, probably two wins would put us in good shape."

How, though, do you keep the players focused on Thursday night's game against N.C. State when the whole team knows it will take at least two wins to re-enter NCAA tournament discussion?

"If all you people never talked about it, it would help," Williams said with a grin. "With the Internet now, you can't keep it away from them. So you approach it. You don't act like it's not there. You talk about it a little bit. But they understand it. They're college students; they understand that you have to win against N.C. State. That's the whole key to everything."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 10, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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First off....let's STOP talking about how many wins it will take to get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. We need to concentrate on beating NC State Thursday night simply because we have NOT won an ACC Tournament game since we won the Tournament FIVE years ago. One game at a time, and hopefully this team can put itself in the surprising position of grabbing the automatic bid to the NCAA. Anything short is the NIT.

Posted by: ejharrisjr40 | March 10, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

if you cant beat UVA in a must win, you dont deserve to go to the tournament, simple as that.

Posted by: tony28 | March 10, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse


First off....let's STOP talking about how many wins it will take to get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. We need to concentrate on beating NC State Thursday night simply because we have NOT won an ACC Tournament game since we won the Tournament FIVE years ago. One game at a time, and hopefully this team can put itself in the surprising position of grabbing the automatic bid to the NCAA. Anything short is the NIT.

Posted by: ejharrisjr40 | March 10, 2009 3:33 PM


While I agree with your "one game at a time" sentiment:

1) We beat GT in the ACCT in '06, before getting waxed by BC

2) It's silly to think that anything short of the automatic bid means NIT. 2 wins should do it, and 3 would certainly be a lock.

That being said, I'd put our chances of actually getting 2 wins at about 10%.

Posted by: Mkterp | March 10, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

if you cant beat UVA in a must win, you dont deserve to go to the tournament, simple as that.

Posted by: tony28 | March 10, 2009 3:55 PM

Still better than Georgetown, who will get an NIT bid on name alone.

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 10, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Nice title. Very snarky. What, did the team not give you sufficient enough answers for your liking?

Posted by: kozora | March 10, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't even see them getting past NC State so why BOTHER speculating about playing Wake when it ain't GONNA happen? I'm starting to agree, loosing to UVa = NIT.

Posted by: iamasofaking | March 10, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know when Lance Stephenson is supposed to announce his choice? I've heard that he has scheduled no more recruiting trips and plans to announce his school within the next two weeks.

From what I can discern, it's between Kansas and Maryland. Right now, Maryland is considered the favorite.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 10, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

no clue who Stephenson is leaning towards. I do know he said sometime by mid April. The recent success of Kansas has surprised a lot. They already have a top 25 class going into next season, so its scary to imagine what they can do with him. Maybe he's gonna wait and see how they do. I also think if he comes, Vasquez is for sure to return for his senior year, which is a must if Maryland is to improve next year. As it stands, he's only a second rounder in most mock drafts, so chances are he'd be back anyways.

Posted by: doh1 | March 10, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Stephenson will announce his decision on April 15th and is still considering more schools than UMD and Kansas. While he stated earlier it was down to those schools he has backtracked and included UCLA once again. Kansas is seen as the favorite.

Posted by: fushezzi | March 11, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

March 21 actually.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high_school/2009/03/07/2009-03-07_lance_stephenson_rules_at_carnesecca_are.html

Posted by: Lee26 | March 11, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I don't think he's scheduled any additional official visits to other schools. But, I'm relying on information provided by recruiting web sites.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 11, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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