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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?

By Steve Yanda  |  March 1, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Actually, the better question is what it will be Monday. Another article by the Washington Post filled with innuendo but lacking fact?

Posted by: kozora | March 1, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

This morning's article about the dual recruiting of Stephenson seems worthy on a number of fronts.

First, the story further illuminates that murky world of the shoe/apparel industry that creates major challenges for the NCAA and its member institutions. The NBA minimum age issue actually complicates the problem because, now, the best prep players will go to college for one year, creating a very short window and some incentive to do under-the-table deals that only have to be covered up for one year. It's a lot easier for the player and family to wait only 12 months or so for a big payout.

Second, players, their parents and other advisors can easily create problems for universities that can't possibly track everything recruits do and may become innocent victims of illegal deals. If I were Maryland, I would actually be happy to have this particular case covered. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to compliance.

Third, the Under Armour relationship may be very good for the university, but the article underscores the importance for both Maryland and the company to be very careful about conflicts. For example, was the Under Armour visit by the Stephensons a stop-off on their way to Maryland. It would be pretty hard for the university to control what people do on their way to a visit, even if the university is paying for the trip. Now if the visit to UA had been coordinated by the university, that might be a diffferent issue. UConn got into some trouble for arranging a private tour of ESPN by one of its female basketball recruits.

I certainly don't think any unfair shots were taken by the reporters in this article. I would much rather have this subject vetted now, rather than after the NCAA were to start an inquiry.

Posted by: petecard | March 1, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Wait, so we should have an article written about a "possible" improper relationship so that we can "possible" solve a problem that is "possible" there?

That my friend is called innuendo, and when it is about 1 school, then it is unfair.

Posted by: kozora | March 1, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Suck a fat one Yanda, you clown.

Posted by: JTerp | March 1, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of a website where I can watch the game? ESPN360 isn't showing it, and I'm out of town. HELP!

Posted by: CYork1 | March 1, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

You and Prisbell are out of control. Neither of you has any sense of what a true news story is. Everyone knows Sonny Vaccarro is an cantankerous old bat who will open his mouth to anyone with a recorder but that his insights are worthless. That is why he is an "independent advisor" to many youngsters, yet hasnt had an actual reputable/paid position in basketball in years.Between Sonny and Curtis Malone all you have done is go after shady fringe figures with agendas and motives of their own and report them as fact. Pitiful, you guys should have your press passes revoked.

Posted by: mike201 | March 1, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Greivis has to step up big, and rebound from his performance against Duke.

Posted by: delrayAlex | March 1, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it was Vasquez' night! Great win guys!

Posted by: terpin | March 1, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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