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Maryland has work to do on defense

Following Saturday’s 11-point win over Eastern Kentucky, senior guard Eric Hayes was asked about which area the Terrapins most need to improve over the next couple of weeks before the start of ACC play.

“Defensively, just one-on-one defense, helping, pretty much the whole defensive end, we need to really kind of straighten out in practice, because we're going to score points,” Hayes said. “We're going to get our offense. If we can get better on the defensive end, it will lead to more offense for us.”

Eastern Kentucky shot 46.6 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from three-point range against Maryland. It marked the fourth time in the past five games that a Maryland opponent shot 40 percent or better from the field and the third time in the past five games that a Maryland opponent shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.

On the season, Maryland opponents are 37.8 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.

At times, the Terrapins’ defensive struggles have bled over and affected their potency on the offensive end of the court. Coach Gary Williams pointed out following Saturday’s win that when Eastern Kentucky was scoring efficiently, the Colonels were able to get back and set up in one of their various defensive alignments.

When Maryland forced errant shots and grabbed defensive rebounds, the Terrapins could push the tempo, leaving Eastern Kentucky with insufficient time to set up defensively.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 15, 2009; 8:41 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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