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Familiar Occurence Hurts Terps

For an instant, it appeared Maryland would get off to a promising start to the second half last night. Landon Milbourne made up for a Dave Neal turnover by blocking the shot attempt of Wake Forest guard L.D. Williams. The Terps had ended the first half with a dramatic three-pointer by Neal as time expired, and with Milbourne's swat, it appeared the momentum had carried over.

But Maryland could not corral the ball. Instead, Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed it and scored shortly thereafter. It was just one example of a multitude of second chance opportunities the Terps afforded the Demon Deacons, which began to flaunt its superior height advantage as the night progressed.

"We were undersized and we knew that," Neal said. "Coach (Gary) Williams said at the beginning of the game, 'It’s going to be a rebounding battle. It’s going to have to be a team effort on the rebounding end.' They did an extremely good job exploiting our weakness. They were relentless on the boards. That’s what they do. They take some tough shots, but they know they’ve got three huge guys coming down the middle of the lane, trying to funnel the ball back into the rim."

Wake Forest outrebounded Maryland, 50-32, and outscored the Terps in second chance points, 20-6.

Allowing its opponents abundant second chance scoring opportunities has afflicted Maryland for most of the season. It's a subject Williams frequently has brought up as a point of consternation.

Williams was asked after the game how his team was affected by making defensive stops on first and second attempts, only to see its effort be nullified by an inability to secure the ball.

"Well, we're used to it," Williams said. "You fight through it and you hope that you can play defense on that third attempt. You know, they have some outstanding big players, not just because they're 6-9, but because they have tremendous agility with that size.You don't run into many people that can move like that at that size."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 4, 2009; 1:08 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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They relied too heavily on jump shots again. They can get away with that against NC State, but not against Wake Forest and other top-tier teams. I realize Dave Neal was electric shooting last night, but they really should be running the offense last night.

And man, Greivis missed a ton of shots.

Posted by: pipkin42 | March 4, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The second chance points were a killer. If we missed a shot, we were one and done. They miss a shot and somebody like Williams or Aminu or somebody else was grabbing the offensive board. That and the refs not giving us a chance at the line until the second half. A couple of those "blocks" were more like muggings.

All those problems and we still made them nervous. If we are left out of the dance (barring a CF in Charlottesville and the ACC Tourney) and some hack team like Michigan or Georgetown gets in ahead of us, then we know that the NCAA has it in for GW. Georgetown? Some analysts are still saying they have a shot. After losing 10 games in their own conference? More than 4 teams from the SEC? From the Pac-10? The ACC is by far the toughest conference and for the Terps to go 8-8 would be more respectable than anything G'Town ever accomplished this year in the Big Least.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 4, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

1) GV is unpredictable...but let's hope he maintains his current form.

2) It would help if they at least hold their own on their defensive boards. Multiple possessions by WF may lead to foul trouble for the Terps.

3) 9:00 starts are rough on Barno. The Koolaid wears off by halftime and he has to feed the monkeys at the zoo early in the morning...

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 5:00 PM

Well, I was guilty of wishful thinking on the on the first point, and right on on the second and third.

Can't do anything about Barno's idiocy and the failure of the Terps on the defensive boards is an all to familiar story.

Back against the wall, must win games at UVA and in at least the first round in Atlanta. An all too familiar story of a mediocre program.

Posted by: petecard | March 4, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Petecard referring to someone else's idiocy is the clearest example of pot calling the kettle black I've ever seen.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Cheering for Gary when he walks out is great.

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 3:35 PM

Right now we have a mediocre program.

The FOG's think Gary should be able to write his own ticket.

Posted by: petecard | March 1, 2009 10:22AM

C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are still going to get to 8-8 and then win one or two in the ACC.

Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.


Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM

Cheering for Gary when he walks out is great.

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 3:35 PM

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.


Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM

Cheering for Gary when he walks out is great.

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 3:35 PM

If the Terps win any two of their last three and at least one in the ACC Tournament that MAY be enough.

Posted by: petecard | February 27, 2009 8:53 AM

making the NCAA is not a worthy goal in and of itself

Posted by: petecard | February 28, 2009 12:17 PM

Cheering for Gary when he walks out is great.

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 3:35 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 4, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Second chance points really killed Maryland against Duke. Continuing to shoot and miss 3's with the lead with so much time left on the shot clock is what cost them last night. I know Gary does not like to do it, but there are times I think it is appropriate to take a time out and tell the guys on the floor "No more 3 point shots! Work the clock and get a foul or a basket."

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 4, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse


Great to see how hard you work only make my point for me.

Keep up the good work, but don't let the monkeys starve....

Posted by: petecard | March 4, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope this season has taught Gary an important lesson that it only takes a few yrs of poor recruiting and your program can become "an average program quickly" if it was not for being such a great coach and his players giving their all and playing above their talents we would be at the bottom of the ACC. It is a tribute to Gary his best coaching job probably in his career. But with that said it is pretty sad that we now have become the "Rudy" of the ACC -undermanned and less talented but we compete and if we almost win it is considered a moral victory. I hope help is on the way because it sucks watching Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest play one half of basketball and still beat us!!!
when was the last time we had a player All-ACC as a freshman it seems like ages. I see Lynette Kizer was voted ACC Rookie OF the YR-Congrats!!

Posted by: Terptime | March 4, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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