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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."

Three Up:

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.

Three Down:

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."

3) n/a

By Steve Yanda  |  March 13, 2009; 11:24 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

I'm going to keep asking for it--when do I get my 3-part series on Gary getting 20 wins out of this team? Apparently, that's not an interesting story--maybe we can dive into a 17-year old kid's (and his momma's) like/dislikes about shoes. That seems like riveting journalism.

Where are the haters tonight? Where are the guys begging for Jay "what has he EVER won?" Wright?

Cut the nets down in 40 hours!

Posted by: PeteinAZ | March 14, 2009 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Let me steal from Feinstein:

"From start to finish, Maryland was the better team, the tougher team, the smarter team, the team that wanted to win more."

Maybe the better coached team??? Let's put a net around Dave Neal's neck in 40 hours!

Posted by: PeteinAZ | March 14, 2009 2:29 AM | 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

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Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys, all jokes aside, Petecard wanted to finally reveal himself to the blog.

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Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 4:05 AM | Report abuse

It must be killing you that Gary has been coaching this team well in the ACC tourney?

What will your next attack piece be?

Posted by: jt082005 | March 14, 2009 4:23 AM | Report abuse

It was a great win and an impressive team performance.

Wake Forest was out-hustled and out-coached.

Barno is out of his head and may well think he is in heaven.

When we do well I mam as happy as anyone. And I won't use this space and time to offer my unchanged assessment of a program that needs major improvement.

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 14, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

petecard: Did my eyes just deceive me or did you just say that Wake was out-coached? You mean in that Grinch's heart that is two sizes too small that you actually would be willing to admit in this alternate universe that GW was, excuse me, IS the better coach? No tart responses about how bad the team is, about how we won't even make it to the NIT, not even a remark about how we have no chance against Duke?

The power of prayer does work...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 14, 2009 10:22 AM | 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

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Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:37 AM | 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

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Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

It's sad that, on this most joyous occasion, the Terrapin Insider comments are filled with petty squabbles.

Let us rejoice at our unexpected, hard-fought victory and look forward to another shot at Duke.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 14, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Gary definitely coached a great game last topnight a deserves a lot of credit.

I have never said that he can't coach. My squabble is that we don't have the talent.

He does do good things with talent that doesn't measure up.

We should have top talent and be an elite program. Can you grasp that???

Posted by: petecard | March 14, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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