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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 ACC tournament run that vastly improved its NCAA tournament stock. A close loss to Duke should do little to take away from the positive impressions Maryland made in the eyes of the selection committee over the past three days.

Eric Hayes tallied 20 points to lead the Terps. Greivis Vasquez chipped in 14 points and six rebounds.

Duke extended its lead to 13 points following a 12-2 run midway through the second half. The Blue Devils spurt began once the Terps switched into the 3-2 zone that had treated them so well over the past few days. Duke swingman Gerald Henderson drained a three-pointer from the corner. Then Jon Scheyer followed with a three-pointer near the top of the arc. By the time Maryland went back to its man defense, the Terps trailed by double digits.

Neither team shot particularly well from inside the arc, but Duke hit several timely three-pointers that help the Blue Devils maintain the lead. Maryland shot 39.7 from the field and 26.7 from beyond the arc. Duke, on the other hand, shot 36.4 from the field but 40.9 from three-point range.

I'll post more on the game in a little bit.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2009; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Decent but not great effort.

Duke just killed us on their offensive boards and they shot better.

We had to be a little drained after two big and hard fought wins.

We may or may not get in to the dance, but as I say often, that should NOT define a successful season.

This team does not have the talent we should have at Maryland. That is not the players' fault. They may have over-acheived this year and that also is a credit to GW.

But, looking at talent, we are well down the ACC list. We have been well down the list for awhile.

This must be addressed. It's that simple.

Posted by: petecard | March 14, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

With every loss the children cry. Some children cannot bear to be frustrated. Those Terp supporters who demand a change have got to put up big bucks to buy out current contracts and pay for new ones. Continued crying and making impossible demands is a waste of time.

Posted by: AncientTerp | March 14, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This team played played way over its head. Gary Williams is a great coach to do what he did with the talent level he had this year. Why would top talent go to College Park and play for Md? They won't and don't.

Posted by: tiger10 | March 14, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Maryland played great in this tournament and are definitly going to the NCAAs. Gary Williams has done a tremendous job this season and this season is not over yet. I would put money on Maryland winning the first round game if they are a 10 seed or 11 seed and I don't think any top team wants to face Maryland in a second round matchup.

As far as next year goes, with the two highly rated recruits, and Milbourne, Hayes, and Vasquez being seniors, Maryland should be a top 25 team for most of the year. If they get also get Stephenson, they will once again be an elite team.

Even if Vasquez goes pro and they don't get Stephenson, they should still be solid next year.

I really can't stand to see all of the Gary haters that call themselves Maryland fans. Anyone who can't appreciate what Gary has done at Maryland over the past 20 years just has zero perspective. Anyone who can't appreciate what Gary and his players have done this season is not a fan, period.

Posted by: JBT123 | March 14, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Why shouldn't a player want to go to College Park. It is a great university with magnificent diversity and teachers. Go to Duke if you want, but UMCP gives you way more bang for the buck.

Posted by: bufnet2 | March 14, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Ummmmmmm there is no upside for UMD basketball they have no recruits in the top 100 and lance stephenson is def not coming here for what to be good player on an mediocre team its no hope until yall say bye to gary. In the top 15 Georgia Tech has 1, UNC has 1, and Duke has two and the rest of the top 100 is dominated by the ACC but no Maryland. Cant even say maybe next year for yall

Posted by: william_westjr | March 14, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Maryland did well on the boards.
MD: 28, 12 on offense
Duke: 28, 14 on offense

Posted by: cprferry | March 14, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

tiger10, you just answered your question-Gary Williams because he is one of if not the best coach in the NCAA to get a player ready to play in the NBA.

Duke is a bad matchup for Terps this year they are terrible at defending the three and that is Duke's stength-having a big man next year will help-it seems like the players leave their man to help out which actually does not help-Bowie did this a few times and it left Scherer wide open to hit a three

JBt123-the recruits are not that highly rated and if Vasquez leaves and Stephenson does not come to MD- MD will be middle of pack in ACC and not a top 25 team next yr. Losing Vasquez is 50% or more of MD's team this yr without him they might only a win a game or two in ACC this yr.

Posted by: Terptime | March 14, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Twerps, NIT bound again!

HA HA

Posted by: ImpeachObama | March 14, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a dog in this fight but i don't understand the comment quoted below. a scholarship makes both educations (both, no doubt, excellent) free of cost.


"Why shouldn't a player want to go to College Park. It is a great university with magnificent diversity and teachers. Go to Duke if you want, but UMCP gives you way more bang for the buck.

Posted by: bufnet2 | March 14, 2009 7:46 PM "

Posted by: ajaxthewonderdog | March 14, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Twerps, NIT bound again!

HA HA

Posted by: ImpeachObama | March 14, 2009 8:33 PM

Are you really this stupid or did you just not follow college basketball this week?

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Decent but not great effort.

Duke just killed us on their offensive boards and they shot better.

We had to be a little drained after two big and hard fought wins.

We may or may not get in to the dance, but as I say often, that should NOT define a successful season.

This team does not have the talent we should have at Maryland. That is not the players' fault. They may have over-acheived this year and that also is a credit to GW.

But, looking at talent, we are well down the ACC list. We have been well down the list for awhile.

This must be addressed. It's that simple.

Posted by: petecard | March 14, 2009 6:43 PM

Um, what is Petecard still doing here?

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope to get a live shot of College Park during the selection show.

At least the sofa's will be safe.

Posted by: ImpeachObama | March 14, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I am hoping for a live shot of College Park during the show as well. Will be nice to see the look on the boys' faces when they find out their amazing effort this season has earned them an NCAA berth. I'm hoping we get matched up against a 5 seed from the big east.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Gary did a nice job with the guys he has. They played this tournament with a lot of heart, guts and determination.

Remember - Gary's said that he really likes this team - they respond. They've shown a lot of grit winning the two games in the tourney to try to send their coach to the NCAAs this year.

Say what you will - but when Gary and the guys won the Natty he won with a team he liked, with a team that worked well together, with a team that was absent a prima donna. That's due to some integrity in recruiting and coaching. The recent Washington Post articles regarding recruiting at UMD have given me a different view of Gary, and in my eyes it is improved. Of course your program will hurt if you lose your assistants; it will also hurt if you refuse to deal with talent brokers, which Gary has done. It is a shame that to get decent recruits you have to deal with middlemen who essentially market players. What ever happened to high school, and the idea that a sports scholarship was a key to an education?

Posted by: jandrews1 | March 14, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

ImpeachObama = hclark on meds

Posted by: island1 | March 14, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I have been reading these comments for quite awhile and have enjoyed seeing different points of view. It is amusing at times, entertaining at times, frustrating at times...much like the recent Terps teams. I totally understand some being frustrated at MD/GW not bringing in the talent that they should have. There are so many reasons for all of this - some Gary's fault, some the AD, some just the reality of dealing with teenagers and the many influences on them. But this team is one to be proud of - anyone who is true Terps fan would have to agree. They have played over their heads and despite some unfortunate stumbles have positioned themselves for a berth in the tourney. I love Gary and don't think he is or should be going anywhere, realize he could probably hit the recruiting trail a little harder, realize he actually had the "missing pieces" here and they left, and realize he got more than most everyone expected out of this group. I hope to have the opportunity to weigh in more during the Terps extended season.

Posted by: terpinNC | March 14, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

A couple of things: still have to applaud the effort the Terps gave this tournament. I was especially proud of Eric Hayes for carrying the team the last 5 minutes and getting us close. Despite the fact that we were tired, and it showed, we still gave the Dookies a run for their money. Go Noles.

Second, after all the talk about who we're recruiting or not, this team will move on. Regardless of who's here or not, we will still win. This program has won at least 19 games a season, which is something most programs haven't matched. To do it in a season when most pronosticators picked us to finish last or next to last in the ACC is stupendous. When guys like petecard play this down, they don't realize the big picture. Yes, we've not gone to the Dance 3 of the last 4 years, but there are more ways to measure success than just by how many bids we've received. After going to the tournament so many times under GW and eventually winning the National Championship has made some people think that it should be automatic by now. They don't realize that winning never comes easy. Most programs would give their soul to have 19 wins a season every year. Let's stop beating up the team for what they can't do and cheer them for what they can do.

Finally, why in the world would I think that anyone who calls herself "ImpeachObama" would have anything even remotely intelligent to say?

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 14, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

With every loss the children cry. Some children cannot bear to be frustrated. Those Terp supporters who demand a change have got to put up big bucks to buy out current contracts and pay for new ones. Continued crying and making impossible demands is a waste of time.

Posted by: AncientTerp | March 14, 2009 6:55 PM

AncientTerp,

Not crying about the loss, not suggesting that GW be fired or bought out.

Simply commenting that our program is not where it should be and we should take a heard look when Gary's contract is up.

Posted by: petecard | March 15, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hard look

Posted by: petecard | March 15, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Barno, you are a crazy guy!

You have a little stalker in you. Hide the women and children...or is it the men and boys...or is it GW?

Posted by: petecard | March 15, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

If the Terps got rid of Gary, who could they possibly get that would be better? The guy can flat out coach.

Posted by: terpin | March 15, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

not suggesting that GW be fired or bought out.

Simply commenting that our program is not where it should be and we should take a heard look when Gary's contract is up.

Posted by: petecard | March 15, 2009 11:22 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.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

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

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 10:22 AM

Gary's contract will be up in 2-3 years. That's where the focus should be.

Posted by: petecard | March 13, 2009 10:33 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 15, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it. We are toast.

Another disappointing season with a team that just doesn't measure up.

We aren't even a factor in the ACC, much less nationally.

Missing the tournament for the 4th time in 5 years is simply unacceptable.

Gary must do a better job recruiting. Making the tournament next year will NOT be enough. We need to be there almost every year.

Our program is a real disappointment and I am disgusted.

Let's hear it Koolaid drinkers.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 6:30 PM

Gary should use the game against NC State to get ready for the NIT.

Maryland plays in the NIT so often it should consider becoming the title sponsor.

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Barno,

We ARE toast. You think beating NC State means anything?

C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are going to 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.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

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

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 10:22 AM

Gary's contract will be up in 2-3 years. That's where the focus should be.

Posted by: petecard | March 13, 2009 10:33 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.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

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

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

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

Even if we make it, that is NOT the benchmark we should have for our program

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 2:18 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 15, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we start a movement to get GW and Brenda Frese to switch jobs.

The men's program would take off and it would mean huge national PR.

The problem: The women's program would tank. Guess that is just not fair....

I'll bet Debbie Yow had thought about it!

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 6:36 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 15, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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