Three things to watch
In a few hours, Maryland will host William & Mary at Comcast Center in the Terrapins' penultimate game before conference play begins. This, however, likely will be far from a mere tune-up for the home squad. The Tribe, as senior guard Greivis Vasquez said Tuesday, is playing like "a legit tournament team." With that in mind, here are a few things to keep track of:
1) Rebounding. Shocking that this would top the list, right? Maryland coaches and players have stated their displeasure over the team's production on the boards in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Coach Gary Williams said the team's rebounding struggles have bled into another of Maryland's issues -- perimeter defense. Regardless, the Terrapins are in desperate search for a way to become more effective on the boards before ACC play begins Jan. 10.
"As you play, teams get more aggressive as they get into conference play, no matter what the conference is," Williams said Tuesday. "The games are just more aggressive. When you get into conference play, rebounding becomes more important. We’re working on it. I think we have the capability of being a good rebounding team. We’ll have to be tomorrow night. That’s the thing, it’s not just for the future; it’s here. We have to be a good rebounding team tomorrow night."
2) Sean Mosley. The sophomore guard is expected to play Wednesday night after sitting out Sunday's win over Florida Atlantic with a sprained left ankle. Mosley has proven to be one of Maryland's most consistent overall producers this season, and his presence will be needed if this game ends up being closely contested. Mosley is averaging 14.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He also has tallied 15 steals, which ranks hjm second on the team to senior forward Landon Milbourne (18).
3) Bench play. Assuming Mosley returns to action, Maryland will have its full compliment of regular reserves: Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie, Dino Gregory and James Padgett. That quartet has the potential to provide pretty effective and well-rounded relief for the Terrapins this season. That is, provided they keep one thing in mind.
"We have to find, you know, guys that understand that if you’re coming off the bench you have to do your best regardless" of how much they play, Vasquez said.
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