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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 of the NCAA tournament after today's loss, Maryland might be the ACC's final home for a bubble team reaching the tournament.

Here are three quick first-half observations as you prepare for a pivotal 20 minutes in Maryland's season...

- Wake Forest forward James Johnson has three fouls. With Johnson on the bench, the rebounding problems that concerned the Terrapins entering the game will not be as significant. If Johnson picks up his fourth foul early in the half, it might be a boon for Maryland.

- Eric Hayes was the standout performer on Thursday with five three-pointers, but he has not attempted a three-pointer in the first half on Friday. Wake Forest has not allowed the junior to find open space on the outside. All of Hayes's six points came from the free-throw line.

- On the other side, Maryland has played great defense on Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague. The Demons Deacons star has missed all six of his field goal attempts and is scoreless through the first half. Teague is the type of player who can quickly catch fire, so the second half might be a battle between Gary Williams's gameplan and Dino Gaudio's adjustments.

By Zach Berman  |  March 13, 2009; 7:25 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

When should I expect my 3-part series on how Gary coached this team to 20 wins? It might be tough to put together this weekend, but I figure it could run Mon-Wed. I hope it will address how the "experts" picked MD to finish last in the league.

I hope this ends the crusade against Gary--there are guys who are better in the living room kissing the a$$es of 17 year olds, but there's nobody I'd rather have coaching my team on Game Day. He'll leave when he wants to leave and we'll name the court after him when he does.

Let's go BC! Let's cut the nets down in 40 hours!

Posted by: PeteinAZ | March 13, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

What seed is Georgetown? I want a 3 part series about their seeding. Hey Steve Yanda, eat a D--k

Posted by: skins1110 | March 13, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bmdugan | March 13, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Where is the apology to Barno!!!! Where is that message center post, huh? You want somebody else coaching this team...you're on your own. Gary is our coach. Period. Mother Fing Period!

Posted by: jrraley | March 13, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, someone's gonna get it from Barno!

GO TERPS!

Posted by: island1 | March 13, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

What the "expert" and the media don't understand is that many of the fans have grown up with Gary over the past 20 years. He is MARYLAND basketball and when you mess with Gary, you mess with the fan base. These comments are 100% on target--we want a 3 part apology!!!! Keys to the post season---Mosely being a finisher, GV being under control as he is under the microscope of the NBA scouts, Landon averaging in double figures (my mvps, neal and hayes just need to keep playing)

Posted by: stgarner | March 13, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE TERRAPIN INSIDER HALL OF SHAME "FANS." THEY AREN'T ACTUALLY FANS OF THE TERPS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY SAY. THEY NEVER HAVE BEEN FANS AND NEVER WILL BE FANS. THESE ARE THE GUYS WHO CLAIM THEY ARE "FANS", BUT QUIT ON THIS TEAM LONG AGO...AND HAVE BEEN TRASHING THE TEAM AND THE COACH EVER SINCE.

THEY OF COURSE NOW WANT TO COME BACK ON THE BANGWAGON, AFTER YESTERDAY'S WIN. BUT BARNO IS MOTIONING TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING MORONS BANNED FROM THIS BLOG ALTOGETHER:

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We are so bad. how anyone thinks we have a chance to make the ncaa tourney is beyond me. I felt like i used to feel watching md play some joke at the beginning of the season. It was a complete mismatch, and just because we stayed in it for the first doesnt mean anything. All you had to do was watch the frontcourt play. we are terrible. 5-11, 6-10 best case scenario

Posted by: tonytroese | February 18, 2009 10:24 AM

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

it's laughable to think that anyone who watches terps games thinks that this team is of the same caliber as the rest of the league.They don't have the pieces (players) to compete in the acc right now. they lost to morgan state at home, and i'f i'm not a fan i don't know why i watched the entire debacle. Gary's time is up, the program seems stale, they need new energy.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2009 12:52 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 3:45 AM | Report abuse


We are not making the tournament this year. Keeping checking ESPN every day to see if we ever make it off the "bubble". So that will be 4 out of 5 years FOGs. Please tell me what program that considers itself even a top 50 program that went 4 out of 5 years missing the dance without a coaching change.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 18, 2009 2:24 PM

This is an ugly season and no amount of posturing from Gary will change that. We're NIT bound -- but I will bet my season tickets that Gary is already thinking a 7-9 season will get him in and he will start making comments about how tough the league is this year and how a 7-9 record should qualify for the NCAA's.

Posted by: Terp77 | February 18, 2009 2:37 PM

Gary screws up more coaching/lineup items and gets lauded for being a great "in-game" coach. That is total crap coming from his supporters. He's not that great of a coach and while he's done well at MD - he IS NOT an elite coach at all. Good coach who did a great job rebuilding the program.. No more and no less

Posted by: leed1911 | February 18, 2009 12:15 AM

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

Gary is a joke. He needs to take his watch, let us name the floor after him and go drink beer and eat chicken wings with the co-eds in Ocean City and let someone else take over the program.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 12, 2009 3:20 PM

Poor Gary Williams and his two million plus a year contract, at least until 2012 or so. If people are still willing to pay 50+ dollars to watch NIT basketball, I guess he has earned it.

Posted by: lkfkd876 | February 11, 2009 9:42 PM

I suppose people are now happy to see the Terps in the NIT. Get ready cause that's where the team is headed this year if we're lucky.

Posted by: boe691 | February 11, 2009 10:26 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 3:46 AM | Report abuse

As I said in earlier post on this blog Gary Williams ask no quarter and gives none, yes he is old school but he ain't kissin no azz as far as aau coach's or recruits are concerned and he gets the most out of his player's if you watch the sidelines he's always teaching, always encouraging, getting great effort from of a group of players who should be watching instead of still competeing in the ACC tournament, that what makes Gary different from other coach's GO TERPS!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 14, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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