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Terps' Wish List: Good Looks And Free Throws

Maryland knocked off N.C. State on March 1 by shooting 48.2 percent (27 for 56) from the field. The Terps were less efficient Saturday when they shot 40.9 percent (27 for 66) from the field in a crushing defeat at Virginia.

The Cavaliers, as you may have heard, thwarted Maryland with a 3-2 zone defense. But Gary Williams said he wasn't too worried about any lingering effects from his team's offensive struggles in Charlottesville. Tomorrow night, the Terps will take on N.C. State once again, and they have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

"I'd be concerned if we weren't getting good looks, but we're getting good looks," Williams said. "That's what you try to do with any offense, whether it's man or zone. Obviously, N.C. State plays zone. We may see zone. But we have to make shots. We made some shots against N.C. State the first time. We didn't make them against Virginia on Saturday. So, you have to make shots."

It also wouldn't hurt, Williams acknowledged, to attempt a few more free throws tomorrow night than his team has been in recent outings. Maryland made it to the foul line just six times against Virginia and just eight times during its first meeting with N.C. State. And it wasn't just a result of being the visiting team. The Terps attempted just two foul shots March 3 against Wake Forest at Comcast Center.

Williams noted that the two manners in which fouls (and thus, free throw attempts) most often come are by driving the ball toward the basket and putting up second shots after offensive rebounds. Maryland shied away from taking the ball to the hole against Virginia's zone defense and didn't have much success collecting offensive rebounds (four) against N.C. State.

"You get free throws usually by taking the ball to the basket and offensive rebounding, putting the ball back up there," Williams said. "They're the two areas you get the most free throws. We haven't been good in those two areas in the second half of the Wake game and in the Virginia game. Hopefully we can adjust to that."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 11, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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