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Three things to watch

Maryland tips off against Chaminade in the first round of the Maui Invitational later today, and while the Terrapins should not struggle against this Division II program, here are a few developments of which to keep track:

1) Half-court offense execution. Maryland certainly showed some improvement in this area Friday against New Hampshire, but there are adjustments that still need to be made. For instance, sophomore guard Sean Mosley said one of the things the Terrapins have been able to do in practice but unable to execute so far in games are lob passes into the players making their cuts in the flex sets. Maryland might not need to be able to carry out such actions to beat Chaminade, but it might in order to take down some of the teams it could face in the next two days.

2) Greivis Vasquez. The question isn't whether he'll be able to break out of the shooting slump in which he's begun his senior season. Rather, the question is when he'll have his first breakout offensive performance of the 2009-10 campaign. Chaminade would seem to be an opponent against which Vasquez could find his mojo.

3) Frontcourt depth. Chaminade Coach Matt Mahar says his team doesn't have it, and prior to this point, Maryland didn't really have it either. But Maryland Coach Gary Williams said Friday following the win over New Hampshire that sophomore forwards Steve Goins (knee) and Jin Soo Choi (ankle) could return to the court as soon as today against Chaminade. Neither Goins nor Choi are critical components, but they should provide the Terrapins interior depth behind Landon Milbourne, Jordan Williams and James Padgett.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 23, 2009; 11:16 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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