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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 the court at Coach Gary Williams, who was signaling in the play call from the Terrapins' bench.

Vasquez looked back down to find that the ball had bounced off his foot and was rolling toward the sideline. He corralled it just before it went out of bounds and ended up draining a three-pointer to pull Maryland to within four.

Much like that sequence, Maryland pulled out a victory over Indiana only after nearly losing control and watching things fall apart. The Terrapins' play was disjointed for much of the first half, but they recovered thanks to a familiar defensive adjustment and a little patience on offense.

"In the first half, we would kind of make one pass and then try to go one-on-one or try and get to the basket," senior guard Eric Hayes said. "He told us at halftime that if we were going to win the game we had to be patient on offense and move the ball and if we run a couple cutters, we’ll get open. That’s what we did in the second half."

Three Up:

1) Zone defense. Indiana does not possess what you would call a proficient offense, and yet, the Hoosiers were able to break Maryland's press with relative easy and found ways to break down Maryland's man-to-man defense in the first half. But late in the opening period, the Terrapins switched to a 3-2 zone defense, which upset the Hoosiers' rhythm for the rest of the night.

"It’s always nice to have if you’re struggling covering guys man-to-man," Hayes said. "We can go zone like we did today and slow them down. It was just one of those things that was great for us last year and we’re trying to get it better this year because it hadn’t really worked that great at the beginning of this year. But today it worked great for us."

2) Landon Milbourne. The bad news was that Milbourne's night once again was disrupted by foul trouble. The good news was that the senior forward seemed better equipped to handle such a circumstance against Indiana than he was last week in the Maui Invitational. Rather than remain disengaged after earning two quick fouls, Milbourne stuck with it. He finished with 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting. He also tallied seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

3) Sean Mosley. Could have put Greivis Vasquez here. His 23 points, eight assists and five rebounds certainly were valuable to the Terrapins. But he shot 4 for 14 from the field. Mosley, on the other hand, scored (13 points) and shot the ball well (5 for 9 from the field). Mosley also tallied nine rebounds, which were crucial considering Maryland struggled on the boards once again.

Three Down:

1) First 15 minutes. They weren't pretty. For a squad that had to call a team meeting Sunday to address focus and intensity issues, the start to tonight's game nearly looked like a step back. There were a slew of missed close shots, there were sloppy defensive rotations and there was foul trouble. If that sounds familiar, it was the formula for Maryland's two losses last week in Maui. It didn't help that the Terrapins were even more short-handed than usual Tuesday night. Junior guard Cliff Tucker did not play due to what Gary Williams called a "coach's decision."

2) Turnovers. Again, this was primarily an issue in the first half alone. The Terrapins commited 12 of their 18 turnovers before the intermission, a mark that helps explain why Indiana was able to keep up with -- and in fact, lead -- Maryland more than midway through, even though the Hoosiers were not shooting well at all from the field. For a squad that prides itself on discipline, 18 turnovers is a bit much. But in continuing with Maryland's trend of transforming itself at halftime, the Terrapins tallied just six turnovers in the second half.

3) Rebounding. The battle of the boards was won by Indiana, 43-41. Sure, that's a slight margin. But this was a team that Maryland should have been able to handle in the rebounding department. The Terrapins are not the tallest or the biggest bunch, but neither is Indiana. The Hoosiers entered the night with a negative rebounding margin. Freshman forward Jordan Williams pulled down 11 boards, a commendable effort to be sure. But fellow freshman forward James Padgett had just three rebounds. Sophomore forward Jin Soo Choi had two. Maryland has one game left until junior forward Dino Gregory returns from suspension. Judging by the rebounding results of the past few weeks, his services will be much appreciated.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 1, 2009; 10:58 PM ET
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Comments

I was also a bit impressed by Jin Soo Choi, who got about as much run on the court tonight as he's ever gotten. At this point, I've assumed he'd be a total liability. But Gary leaned pretty heavily on an offensive/defensive substitution pattern with Milbourne and Choi and JSC didn't get particularly abused on the defensive end, which let Coach Williams stick with it.

That may well have preserved Milbourne's minutes, and helped the team considering how effective Milbourne was offensively.

Posted by: dlgood | December 2, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Any reason Cliff Tucker player 0 minutes last night?

Posted by: jrraley | December 2, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, where was Cliff Tucker? He must be in Gary's doghouse. He would have been a welcome lift. Poor guy should have transferred last year.

Posted by: estockton | December 2, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

So DG will NOT be back in time for the Nova game? that sucks. I actually liked Choi's play. Seems to be more effective than the likes of Grinnon (who I was a fan of and delivered huge in the Duke ACC title win), quite a few of the guys Gary has chased off the program (Dupree). Given four years, the guy might end up like Sarunas. His lack of rebounds probably had more to do with his playing hard and effective defense and thus being out of position to get a rebound. I did not see him out-fought under the glass last night.

Not a lot to get excited about. Clearly this team has not yet gelled...yet. gary has plenty to work on before the meat of the ACC schedule commences. That said, a mediocre year in the ACC (8-8, maybe even 9-7) might not cut it if there are not quality wins outside of the conference....and this was not a quality opponent last night.

Liked all the references to March 2002 though. We should play them more often...

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 2, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Nice win. An opponent of average talent (below average in ACC and Big Ten), but the Terps were coming off two bad losses and playing in a storied building.

But let's not kid ourselves. It is going to be a very tough road, and standing right in front of us is Nova. Look out!

One only needed to watch the Carolina/MSU game later last night to see the difference in the athletic talent from the Maryland/Indiana game. I know, I know, we beat UNC last year. But give me a break, the talent gap over a season is huge.

Don't deny it...accept it...this year will be another struggle just to make the dance. We already have posters who are suggesting that we root for Cincy and Wisconsin the rest of the year to help our RPI...

Good Grief!

Posted by: petecard | December 2, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Look, repeat after me.. Gary must go. When was the last player we put in the NBA? This team is junior and senior heavy. This should be our year to shine and we look like ragamuffins. We are just not a major program and won't be until we get a young and aggressive coach on the sidelines. For all you Gary lovers that like to make excuses like the teams that do well cheat like UGotConned how does Syracuse reload like they do? Boheim and Gary are supposed to be tight can't he learn anything from him on the golf course? Syracuse lost 3 players early to the NBA last year and they are right back in the Top 10. That is what I expect from MD. Maybe my expectations are too high and I should accept fighting to get to the dance every year and an occasional win or two in the NCAAs.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 2, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

When was the last player we put in the NBA?
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2008 - All players (besides Neal returned)
2007 - DJ Strawberry
2006 - Chris McCray
2003 - Steve Blake
2002 - Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, Chris Wilcox
2000 - Terrene Morris

Keep Going????

Posted by: fushezzi | December 2, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the Gary-Must-Go morons are back already, and it's only a month into the season.

"When was the last player we put in the NBA?"

A few months ago, Vasquez was told by most pro scouts he was a 2nd round pick, but decided to come back for his senior year. A year earlier, James Gist was drafted by San Antonio. The year before that, DJ Strawberry was drafted by Phoenix. Gary never puts anyone in the NBA...well except Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith, Laron Profit, Steve Francis, Terrence Morris, Obinna Ekezie, Chris McCray, Walt Williams, Jerrod Mustaf, Sarunas Jasikevicus, Tony Massenburg, Evers Burns, Keith Booth, Lonnie Baxter, etc..etc..etc

I don't know about the rest of the people on this blog, but I know I am just SHOCKED that the guy above calling for Gary's head doesn't know about all the former Terps in the NBA. Because usually it's the most "knowledgeable" Terps fans that want Gary gone. LMFAO

Posted by: Barno1 | December 2, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

how does Syracuse reload like they do? Boheim and Gary are supposed to be tight can't he learn anything from him on the golf course?
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Last 9 years

Syracuse 3 NITs, 6 NCAA's, 1 Nat. Champ

Maryland 3 NITs, 6 NCAA's, 1 Nat. Champ

Difference????

Posted by: fushezzi | December 2, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

fushezzi,

You forgot that loss Syracuse had a few weeks ago to Div II Lemoyne College.

Fortunatley for Boeheim that was an exhibition and didn't count for the regular season record.


Restonhoops,

You're a little early in calls for Gary's head, aren't you, I mean even for you?

Posted by: Section505203 | December 2, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Re: the original post -
I wouldn't call rebounding a "down" in this game. Maryland had the advantage in this category (albeit a small one) for most of the game, until the last two minutes when Indiana got 5 of their 20 offensive rebounds after the game was already decided.

Also, when will people learn that 23 points on 14 shots is an efficient performance? FG percentage is only part of the story, especially for guys like GV, Delaney, and Scheyer who thrive off free throw opportunities. Mosley and Milbourne played well (as did Hayes and JWill), but Greivis was even better IMO.

Posted by: Jeremy76 | December 2, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Also, when will people learn that 23 points on 14 shots is an efficient performance?

Posted by: Jeremy76 | December 2, 2009 2:16 PM

Amen. He went 4 for 14 but was fouled 7 other times and converted 13 of 14 FTs. It's almost the equivalent of going 11 for 21 from the field.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 2, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

are you kidding me?

2008 - All players (besides Neal returned)
2007 - DJ Strawberry
2006 - Chris McCray
2003 - Steve Blake
2002 - Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, Chris Wilcox
2000 - Terrene Morris

Only Stevie who you left out and Blake and Dixon have gotten more than a cup of coffee in 10 YEARS. You think that is a major program? That is a JOKE.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 2, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

are you kidding me?

2008 - All players (besides Neal returned)
2007 - DJ Strawberry
2006 - Chris McCray
2003 - Steve Blake
2002 - Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, Chris Wilcox
2000 - Terrene Morris

Only Stevie who you left out and Blake and Dixon have gotten more than a cup of coffee in 10 YEARS. You think that is a major program? That is a JOKE.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 2, 2009 6:52 PM
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Yet you cite Syracuse:

2009 - Johnny Flynn
2008 - Donte Greene
2007 - Daryl Watkins, Demetrius Nichols
2006 - None
2005 - None
2004 - None
2003 - Carmelo Anthony
2002 - None
2001 - Etan Thomas
2000 - Jason Hart

Only Thomas, Melo and currently Flynn have gotten more than a cup of coffee in 10 YEARS. You think THAT is a major program? That is a JOKE.

7 players in the NBA each. 3 getting more than a cup of coffee, for each. Again, where's the difference?

Posted by: fushezzi | December 3, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

You are so clueless its funny. I don't follow Syracuse, but I know you left Hakim Warrick off the list who had a nice game against the Wizards last night and if I went through things closely I bet I can find more. Greene was a young lottery pick last year and their freshman is already looked at as a lottery pick for THIS year. If that happens that would be 4 lottery pick players since 2003 and Warrick was close while MD would have ZERO over that time. Guess what they are in the Top 10 and Maryland's already out of the top 25 in "our" year. Next year the talk will be "we're young, we lost a lot of seniors from last year, wait another year for this group to grow up. Gary is a JOKE. If you don't even know what you're talking about you probably shouldn't comment.
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Yet you cite Syracuse:

2009 - Johnny Flynn
2008 - Donte Greene
2007 - Daryl Watkins, Demetrius Nichols
2006 - None
2005 - None
2004 - None
2003 - Carmelo Anthony
2002 - None
2001 - Etan Thomas
2000 - Jason Hart

Only Thomas, Melo and currently Flynn have gotten more than a cup of coffee in 10 YEARS. You think THAT is a major program? That is a JOKE.

7 players in the NBA each. 3 getting more than a cup of coffee, for each. Again, where's the difference?

Posted by: restonhoops | December 3, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that the apologizers...(Koolaide drinkers) are all caught up in justifying the program.

Not one responded to my commentary about the kind of season we are in for....AGAIN!!!

Let's ignore the obvious and get caught up in the trivial comparisons of Maryland vs. Syracuse draft picks.

What a joke!!!

Posted by: petecard | December 3, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

you did forget hakeen warrick, that was a major omission.

year is early fellas. gary coaches for march, not november. plenty of hoops left

that said, terps dont go after lottery picks, never really have. joe smith was under everyones radar and Stevie came out of the backyard. i wouldnt mind if it changed but Gary gets to stay as long as he wants, and gets to continue to recruit who he wants

Posted by: jpfterps | December 3, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

are you kidding me?

2008 - All players (besides Neal returned)
2007 - DJ Strawberry
2006 - Chris McCray
2003 - Steve Blake
2002 - Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, Chris Wilcox
2000 - Terrene Morris

Only Stevie who you left out and Blake and Dixon have gotten more than a cup of coffee in 10 YEARS. You think that is a major program? That is a JOKE.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 2, 2009 6:52 PM

PUUUUUUUUULease shut the hell up. "Gary Williams Never Puts Anyone In The NBA" Haaa! That was a good one.

- Strawberry: 2 year, $427K in career earnings
- Profit: 4 years, $2.9M in career earnings
- Ekezie: 4 years, $3.0M in career earnings
- Morris: 3 years, $1.8M in career earnings
- Mustaf: 4 years, $5M in career earnings
- Massenburg: 15 years, $11M in career earnings
- Dixon: 7 years, $11.1M in career earnings
- Baxter: 4 years, $3.3M in career earnings
- Wilcox: 7+ years, $25M in career earnings
- Williams: 13 years, $35M in career earnings
- Lewis: 1 year, $200K in career earnings
- Burns: 1 year, $1.6M in career earnings
- Smith: 14+ years, $59M in career earnings
- Booth: 2 years, $2.1M in career earnings
- Jasikevicious: 2 years, $8M in career earnings
- Francis: 9+ years, $80M in career earnings
- Blake: 6+ years, $7.6M in career earnings
- McCray: 1 year, $161K in career earnings

Posted by: Barno1 | December 3, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually Blake's earnings do not account for this season...my mistake.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 3, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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