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Small lineups in store for Terps against Fairfield

Look for Maryland to operate with "some interesting" power forwards, as Coach Gary Williams put it, against Fairfield at Comcast Center on Tuesday night. With three frontcourt members likely to miss tomorrow night's game, the Terrapins likely will spend some time operating with a four-guard lineup.

At last check, sophomore forward Steve Goins remains out with a lingering knee injury, junior forward Dino Gregory's status remains unsettled ("It is what it is," Williams said Monday when asked about Gregory.) and sophomore forward Jin Soo Choi likely will sit out against Fairfield with an ankle injury he suffered Friday night against Charleston Southern.

"Kind of, sort of," sophomore guard Sean Mosley said when asked if he was concerned about the team's frontcourt depth. "Jin Soo twisted his ankle a little bit and will probably be out for tomorrow's game. Now it's an opportunity for guys to step up and show Coach what they can do while Jin Soo's down. It definitely hurts the team a little bit because we don't have that many big men. It definitely hurts us a little bit."

Williams said Choi's right ankle is being treated daily. "We'll see," Williams said. "I've seen ankles last two weeks. I've seen guys come back from ankles in three days. A lot depends on the severity of the sprain. There's nothing I can do. I can just wait until he decides to play and (team trainer) J.J. (Bush) feels he can go."

Without Goins, Gregory or Choi, Maryland's frontcourt options are down to senior forward Landon Milbourne, freshman forward James Padgett and freshman center Jordan Williams, each of whom played well in the regular season opener. Still, with only three big men available, Williams knows he'll have to take advantage of his bevy of talented guards.

"It gets thin pretty quick, so we're going to have to be able to adjust if you get in foul trouble or whatever," Williams said.

We'll discuss Maryland's options in more detail tomorrow, but it's safe to assume Mosley will be seeing some time at power forward against Fairfield.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 16, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Just saw this from Wilbon's chat today. Yikes!

Washington, DC: I understand the coach-in-waiting idea for schools like Texas and Oklahoma. But Maryland? Shouldn't a school that (according to Mike Wise's recent column) is frequently out-recruited in its own backyard, is not a destination for the top out-of-state players, plays in a weak conference, and has not consistently been among the college football elite, try to find the best candidate wherever he may be when the time comes?

Michael Wilbon: Hmmmmmm, let's see....Aaaaaahhhhh, YES. Yes, I'm with you, on every point you made. Yes. Absolutely yes. Maryland football, outside the state, is completely irrelevent. That's not good.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 16, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention our coach-in-waiting was given the promotion "because he is a minority," according to the head of our athletic department. The one area of our society that affirmative action hasn't infiltrated had always been sports--that was until the Rooney Rule came around, and that changed everything. Now, we have a state university that accepts state funds admitting to using race as a consideration in its employment decisions (which is both illegal, and unconstitutional).

Wilbon is such a big racial preferences proponent though that there is no doubt if he knew about how Franklin got the gig, he'd have given a different answer to the question above.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to Barno1 to miss the point and go off on some race-based rant.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 16, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Maryland athletic support is weak and that has led, over the years, to some comparatively weak football teams. State financial support for the university is perennially inadequate and annually declines further. Coastal, piedmont, and mountain regions of Maryland have greatly divided loyalties to Maryland's 'flagship' university. In Western Maryland, for example, Pitt and WVA are closer. More locally, a large proportion of Maryland undergraduates are commuters and there's competition from professional sports in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. There are a plethora of colleges and universities in the region. This too encourages divided loyalties. Athletically, Maryland has done very well indeed over the years considering its competition and support. Even a reincarnated Jim Tatum wouldn't be able to resurrect Maryland football anytime soon. A new AD and coaching staff would not materially change the odds. There's too big a mountain to climb. Expectations of a perennial football powerhouse by some participants on this blog are unreasonable.

Posted by: AncientTerp | November 17, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to Barno1 to miss the point and go off on some race-based rant.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 16, 2009 10:03 PM

I know this is a little over your head Poopy, but I was going on an ANTI- raced-based rant. But keep trying little day, that ever-elusive rational thought will come out of you.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 17, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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