Terps Outwork Wake For 75-64 Victory
From the opening tip, it was very clear Maryland had something to play for tonight and Wake Forest did not. The Terps outhustled the Demon Deacons to loose balls. They outworked the Demon Deacons in pursuit of rebounds. And, frankly, they outsmarted the Demon Deacons in terms of execution on both ends of the floor.
This was a huge win for the Terps in regards to their NCAA tournament hopes. It gives them three wins this season over top 10 opponents and more confidence heading into Selection Sunday.
"We were just more hungry than them," Cliff Tucker said. "We knew what was on the line. We knew that if we lost this one, we were probably headed back to the NIT, so we had more on the line today. Everybody was more hungry and more focused."
1) Landon Milbourne. Maryland outrebounded Wake Forest, 44-40, and Milbourne played a large role in that accomplishment. Milbourne tallied 11 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive end to provide the Terps with second chance opportunities.
2) 3-2 zone defense. The Terps used it again tonight and it was just as effective against Wake as it was Thursday against N.C. State. The Demon Deacons shot 29.7 percent from the field and 12.0 percent from three-point range.
"They’ve only got, like, three shooters so our goal was to pack it in and get them to shoot the wrong shots from the wrong people and get the rebounds and go with it," Dino Gregory said. "And that’s what we did tonight."
3) Effort. Maryland had boatloads of it. Wake, well, let's just say Wake was lacking in that particular department.
"They played with a lot of heart," Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague said. "I can tell they really want to get to the NCAAs. The whole team played well."
Leading the way for Maryland was Greivis Vasquez, who tallied 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
1) Turnovers. The Terps tallied 17 turnovers tonight, though Wake's offensive inefficiency helped negate most of them. Vasquez and Adrian Bowie recorded four, while Hayes had three.
2) Guarding James Johnson. The Wake Forest forward tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds. Here was Gary Williams's observation.
"A couple times Johnson was just scary out there," Williams said. "I was going to yell at Dave (Neal) but then I thought, 'Eh, what the hell?' That’s what happens. You just have to stay after it. You’re not going to get ‘em all."
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