Which Terp Will It Be Tonight?
In a couple of hours, Maryland will take on N.C. State in what appears to be pretty close to a must-win for the Terps. In recent games -- all of which were equally crucial as Maryland has attempted to reposition itself on the NCAA tournament bubble -- several different players have stepped up for the Terps at different times.
Cliff Tucker has emerged once again as an athletic scoring option off the bench. Eric Hayes has provided steady minutes in reserve as a long-range shooter and ball-handler. Landon Milbourne has demonstrated a vastly improved understanding of how to utilize his strengths to navigate the post. Dave Neal is good for a three-point bomb -- or perhaps a bone-chilling pick -- every now and then. Oh, and Greivis Vasquez even threw in a triple-double.
Yesterday, Gary Williams was asked if he gets a sense in the days or hours leading up to a game of which players are primed to have breakout nights. He said he figured Tucker might have a good game against North Carolina (which he did) based on his performance earlier in the season down at Chapel Hill. Outside of things like that, he said he just goes by how things shake out during the games.
"You hope everyone plays well, but that doesn't usually happen, and so you have to be ready to play the people that are playing well," Williams said. "I think the players understand that, as well as coaches. This time of year, statistics don’t matter; individual statistics don’t matter. It’s just who can win the game for us? And players, if they’re good team players, they accept that. In other words, if somebody’s playing better than they are, then they want that guy to help win the game for us."
Who do you think will have a breakout game for the Terps against the Wolfpack?
Who do you think the Terps need to have a big game from tonight?
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