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Terps' Gamble Pays Off

Once again last night, the Terps heavily employed a 3-2 zone defense, and once again, it was quite effective. Maryland's top defensive priority was containing Wake Forest's gigantic frontline, and it planned to do so by using all three of its guards to help out down low.

Maryland also used the zone, in part, to try to deter drives to the basket by Wake Forest guards Jeff Teague and Ishmael Smith. Both tried anyways, but found the going difficult. Teague finished with 11 points, but he shot just 3 of 13 from the field. Smith shot 4 of 11 from the field and tallied nine points.

Despite the extra attention he was paid, Wake Forest forward James Johnson still managed to tally 20 points and 12 rebounds, but since no other Demon Deacon was particularly potent, his big game didn't do too much damage. Wake Forest shot 29.7 percent from the field and 12.0 percent (3 for 25) from beyond the arc.

"They have some guys who can make (three-pointers), but their style is to really go after you, get it on the rim and then really go after the offensive rebound," Gary Williams said. "So we just tried to stay in tight and get a hand up on the shooter. We gambled a little bit that they wouldn’t have a hot day from the three-point line, but you go with it as long as you can. It just seemed that we were able to do that for most of the game."

Though Duke's frontcourt is not nearly as imposing as Wake's, expect to see the Terps trot out that 3-2 zone again this afternoon. As long as it continues to be effective, why not use it?

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2009; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

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 14, 2009 2:18 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 14, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

No break for Gary or you. Why don't you take him with you to another place. How about Virginia or UMBC?

It is "fans" like you who drink the Koolaid and settle for what is at best mediocrity.

But we have a great field hockey team!

Posted by: petecard | March 8, 2009 3:09 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I think that petecard needs to go outside and play in his sandbox before the rain comes

Posted by: PGM17 | March 14, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why Gary went to that zone halfway through the second half. The man-to-man was working OK, and you simply can't play a zone against Duke and those shooters. Terps had down to three points, and I think going to that zone screwed them up. Just man up and play defense. Not one of Gary's better moments, I think.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen a MD team so afraid of Duke. This is awful.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Barno, the point of pasting all those other comments was what?

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

After Hayes took that awful shot (and missed it), I think MD should've fouled. You absolutely have to extend the game. And you can never count on this small team to grab a defensive rebound. Just my point of view.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Barno, the point of pasting all those other comments was what?

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2009 5:57 PM

Do you really need this explained to you?

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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