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Terrapins Insider: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Tucker to play Sunday

Maryland Coach Gary Williams said during a gathering with reporters earlier today that junior guard Cliff Tucker will play tomorrow night against No. 3 Villanova in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center. Tucker sat out Tuesday's win at Indiana with...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 5, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Scouting Villanova

Villanova Coach Jay Wright knows his team can be a little two-faced at times, and he's not all that worried about it. Yet. The Wildcats return a starting lineup mostly full of experienced players. Last season, Villanova went 30-8 and...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 5, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Coming up next ...

Next up, Maryland will face No. 3 Villanova on Sunday in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center. The Wildcats will pose a significant challenge, no doubt. But in the hour after the Terrapins' 80-68 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night,...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 2, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Maryland's 2010 PR campaign underway

Maryland is wasting no time in its attempt to generate some buzz heading into the 2010 football season. The concern, as I have reported 67 times, is season ticket sales, which have declined the past five years. The 2009 season...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 2, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Vasquez finding way back on track

You get the sense watching senior guard Greivis Vasquez that he's getting closer to the form in which Maryland needs him to operate in order for the Terrapins to be most successful this season. After a slow start, Vasquez put...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 2, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Choi provides helping hand

As you may have gathered, the Terrapins did not get off to the smoothest of starts Tuesday night against Indiana. Among the recurring themes that resurfaced during the first half was foul trouble for Maryland's post players. With 2 1/2...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 2, 2009; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Saved by the zone

At one point during the middle of the first half of Maryland's 80-68 win Tuesday night, Indiana made five straight shots while going on a 14-3 run that turned a four-point Maryland lead into a seven-point Maryland deficit. And while...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 2, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Yow's baseline expectation: a 7-5 record in 2010

Check out the story Steve Yanda and I wrote for today's paper. When I asked Athletic Director Debbie Yow whether there was a bar she wanted Coach Ralph Friedgen to meet next season, she said: "I would anticipate that in...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 2, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Maryland prevails over Indiana, 80-68

With a little more than four minutes remaining in the first half Tuesday night, Maryland held possession, down by seven. Senior guard Greivis Vasquez dribbled the ball toward the top of the key and looked toward the opposite end of...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 1, 2009; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Three things to watch

In just a few hours, Maryland will take on Indiana at Assembly Hall as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. This is a fairly important game for the Terrapins considering their 1-2 showing last week in the Maui Invitational. The...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 1, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freshmen forwards progress report

There's no question that freshman forward Jordan Williams's performance thus far after being thrust into the starting lineup has been encouraging. Through six games, Williams leads the Terrapins in rebounding and has proven to be a capable defender ... at...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 1, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friedgen to return for 10th season (Updated)

After two days of meetings with Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow, Terrapins Coach Ralph Friedgen received a phone call at 9 a.m. Tuesday from Yow, who ended weeks of uncertainty by informing Friedgen of his return for a 10th season...

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 1, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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Bowie looking for a spark

After becoming a fixture in the starting lineup last year, junior guard Adrian Bowie has struggled thus far this season to find an offensive rhythm in a reserve role. Bowie, who was highly effective when aggressively driving to the basket...

By Steve Yanda  |  December 1, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Back from Maui, issues addressed for men's basketball team

Senior forward Landon Milbourne said Monday afternoon that the players called a team meeting yesterday to address several of the deficiencies that led to Maryland departing Hawaii late last week with a 1-2 showing in the Maui Invitational. The Terrapins...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 30, 2009; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Barnes, Williams show support for Friedgen

From Rick Maese at Redskins Park: Just a couple of days after suffering a school-record 10th loss of the season, Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen received a couple votes of support from another football locker room not far away. Kevin Barnes...

By Rick Maese  |  November 30, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Crean: 'Tell the Fire Marshal to stay home' Tuesday

Assembly Hall, the site of tomorrow night's ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-up between Maryland (4-2) and Indiana (3-3), seats 17,456 patrons at capacity. Second-year Indiana Coach Tom Crean knows all those seats will be full when Kentucky comes to Bloomington on...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 30, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Online chat today at 11 a.m.

Virginia beat writer Zach Berman and I will take part in an online chat today at 11 a.m.. I encourage everyone to ask a lot of questions about the coaching situation....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 30, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Indiana

To say that Indiana owns a storied men's basketball program is a bit of an understatement. The Hoosiers have made 35 NCAA tournament appearances, including eight trips to the Final Four, and have won five national titles. But Indiana's past...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 30, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen-Yow talks began Sunday

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen began his series of talks with Athletic Director Debbie Yow on Sunday. The discussions are expected to continue for a few days. Friedgen will need to articulate his vision for putting the program back on course....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2009; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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