Terps To Look For Same Openings In Wolfpack 'D'
Maryland had few problems driving into the lane on March 1 when the Terps took on N.C. State in Raleigh. Greivis Vasquez made several daring jaunts to the hole before finding an open teammate on the perimeter once the defense had collapsed upon him.
For a team that aims to be more aggressive on offense, the game tape from the Terps' most recent victory could serve as a good tutorial. Maryland players said yesterday they plan to use the same method of attack against N.C. State tonight.
"They don’t really play hard on defense, and they try to sag in on other players, so we will be able to drive the ball," Adrian Bowie said. "We can definitely kick it out to open players so that’s what we did. We watched tape before that and we recognized that’s how they play, so every time we just try to drive the ball and look to kick because they’re usually coming in to help out."
Eric Hayes said that the size advantage N.C. State has over Maryland actually can work to the Terps' advantage at times, specifically when they are looking to attack the basket. The Wolfpack starts two forwards that are 6-foot-9 and one that is 6-foot-8.
"They start pretty big with (Brandon) Costner at the three, and he’s usually covering Sean (Mosley) or somebody like that, one of our smaller guards," Hayes said. "I think it’s pretty easy for us to recognize that and to get by him. They start one guy, (Javier) Gonzalez, who’s pretty quick but other than that they’re not very quick defensively."
Hayes said that there are times when, even if a Maryland player is open for a three-point attempt, it might be more prudent to drive the ball to the basket and attempt to draw a foul. The Terps are, after all, the top free-throw shooting team in the conference.
"I think, being a guard-oriented team, especially with our big guys that can step out and shoot the three, I think it’s definitely a mindset that we need to step out and look at ourselves to just say that we need to cut down on shooting threes more and try to get to the basket more," Hayes said.
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