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Three things to watch

In just less than three hours, Maryland will square off against Wisconsin in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational. The Terrapins and Badgers both are coming off their first losses of the season and will look to depart Hawaii with at least a little bit of momentum. Here are a few things worth keeping track of during this afternoon's contest:

1) Maryland's dribble penetration. During the first half against Cincinnati on Tuesday, Maryland did not attack the basket with much authority. Rather, the Terrapins settled for -- and missed -- a lot of outside shots. But during the second half, Maryland began driving into the lane with more vigor and positive results came forth. The Terrapins took more close-range shots, drew fouls and made frequent trips to the free throw line. If Maryland is as assertive against Wisconsin, that will bode well for its chances of victory. The Badgers' struggled to keep Gonzaga's guards out of the lane Tuesday, and their help-side defense on the penetration was deficient.

2) Foul trouble. Senior forward Landon Milbourne and freshman forward Jordan Williams each picked up two quick fouls Tuesday and were limited the rest of the night. Wisconsin's forwards are big, but not nearly as physical nor as athletic as Cincinnati's. If Milbourne and Williams can avoid foul trouble and stay on the court, Maryland will have a better chance of keeping the rebounding margin close.

3) Sean Mosley. The sophomore guard had his first rough outing of the season on Tuesday. He shot 2 of 8 from the field and finished with nine points, four rebounds, one assist and three turnovers. Maryland needs Mosley to recover, especially since it appears Greivis Vasquez is beginning to pull himself out of his early-season shooting slump. If the Terrapins can get Vasquez and Mosley going offensively at the same time, Maryland's attack will be quite potent.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 25, 2009; 1:39 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

I would not call GV 5-17 shooting pulling himself out of his slump. 29% shooting is hardly torching the nets.

Posted by: tmcherv | November 25, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

In an effort to get GV on track, maybe they should move him to the 2 and start Bowie at point. This would allow GV to roam around instead of creating his own offense or setting up others. It would mean bringing Hayes off the bench, but I feel Eric would be just as effective. Switch things up a bit, even if just for a game or two, to see what shapes up.

Posted by: fushezzi | November 25, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else feeling Choi is gonna go down as a wasted scholarship?

Posted by: Bucky_Badger | November 25, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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