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Three Questions

Big game for the Terps tonight. A win could go a long way toward locking up an NCAA tournament bid. A loss puts Maryland behind the eight ball once again.

Here are three questions I think will be key to how well the Terps perform tonight against No. 10 Wake Forest:

1) Can Greivis Vasquez keep it up? He seems to have returned to form in the past three games. Against a middle-of-the-pack Demon Deacons defense, it will be interesting to see how involved Vasquez becomes in each phase of the Terps' offensive attack.

2) Can Maryland's post players hold their own on the boards? Wake Forest offers a pair of 6-foot-9 forwards and a 7-foot-0 center in its starting lineup. The Demon Deacons are one of the top rebounding squads in the ACC. The Terps don't necessarily need to win the rebounding battle, but they likely can't afford to get blown away in that category, either.

3) Can the Terps maintain their vaunted defensive pressure for close to 40 minutes? Maryland's ball pressure Sunday night against N.C. State was superb, and that was in addition to its intense execution of its half- and full-court presses. A similar performance tonight against Wake Forest, which has averaged the third-most turnovers per game in the ACC during conference play, would bode well for Maryland.

Any other important questions you all think will be key for the Terps tonight?

And just out of curiosity, what do you all think of 9 p.m. starts? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Don't really care? Let me know.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 3, 2009; 3:52 PM ET
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1) Yes
2) No
3) Yes

Which defense will they play?
Will Mosley be assigned to shut down Teague?
Which Hayes will show up?
Milbourne pts+reb (Over/Under): 25

While I'm not a huge fan of these 9pm starts I'm even less of a fan of Sunday/Tuesday games. Just one night off? Seriously?

Posted by: fushezzi | March 3, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I deeply dislike 9 pm starts, as they force me either to rearrange my schedule to watch or to skip the game entirely. But I'm sure there are plenty of folks who keep later hours than I do and don't mind at all.

The key question for me is the Milbourne question - will he be able to play at least adequate defense without fouling overmuch and also get going offensively? If so, and if Greivis gets rolling, it could be a long night for Wake.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 3, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

9 p.m. starts are great on Saturdays, when a crowd is rowdier due to intoxication from Bentleys pre game. 9 p.m. starts are not so great on Tuesdays when Barno has work the next morning. Also, some "fans" have a tendency to leave a little sooner if the Terps are down when it's approaching 11:00 p.m. (see Duke game last Wednesday).

Posted by: Barno1 | March 3, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

1) GV is unpredictable...but let's hope he maintains his current form.

2) It would help if they at least hold their own on their defensive boards. Multiple possessions by WF may lead to foul trouble for the Terps.

3) 9:00 starts are rough on Barno. The Koolaid wears off by halftime and he has to feed the monkeys at the zoo early in the morning...

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse


The game isn't being televised nationally, so no luck in BHAM.

I presume WMUC-Sports are covering it? Anybody know one of those fancy 'watch TV from the internet' things that'll have the Comcast Sports Net feed?

Posted by: Colm1 | March 3, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Hate the 9pm starts. Grevis will be Grevis, good and bad. The terps will get severely out rebounded and forced to shoot jump shots. Nit necessarily a bad thing if each player is getting the ball where he can make the shot from. IE Milbourn from the wing about 14 ft out, Neal from the arc about 15 ft to the side of straight away, Hayes from the side and straight away, and Vasquez is going to shoot from all over. The rest of the guys ar egoing to be foul fodder. If we can get 15 points from Tucker, Bowie, and Mosely combined, we win this. If not, I don't think the starters can do it alone.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | March 3, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, can Mosely break his habit of missing the layup and then fouling the rebounder at least twice a game?

Posted by: dbrine1261 | March 3, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

One more Steve Yanda mistake in today's article:

He misquotes Dave Neal as saying he's "6'6" on a good day." The Washington Times runs the same quote as "6'7" on a good day." Neal is listed as 6'7", so one would assume the Times got it right and the Steve Yanda botched it, just as he botched Neal's three-point percentage and where he ranks on threes on the team.

Steve Yanda = sloppy sloppy

Posted by: Barno1 | March 3, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't like the 9 PM starts either although I heard Coach Williams once say the players liked them.

Does anyone know what "Comcast Sports Network -Plus" is? I can't find it on my Comcast.


Posted by: erniegogo | March 3, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Direct TV, people! Get it. Just about every Maryland game is televised somewhere.

Posted by: terpin | March 3, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Gus Gilchrist helping the terps with a big 3 to help try and knock Cinci of Lunardi's Bubble!!

Posted by: bmdugan | March 3, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

CSN+ is channel 1 on verizon and I think comcast

Posted by: bmdugan | March 3, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Channel 646, Fox Sports South

Posted by: terpin | March 3, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

9pm start is way too late during the work and academic week. not bad for a friday or saturday night.

Posted by: mjmathias11 | March 3, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

No TV up here in Phila, but listening to Johnny Holliday on the PC with my 14 year old. Kinda old school and great for father-son bonding. As Keith Gatlin once said, "thank you Mr. Holiday". Dave Neal just hit a 3 right before halftime.


Posted by: Redman2 | March 3, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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