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Vasquez: Terps need to be more exciting

Maryland's half-court offense is operating pretty smoothly right now. Following Sunday's win over Florida Atlantic, senior forward Landon Milbourne said the players are trusting in the team's flex offense more and, thus, are executing it better than they have at any previous point this season. The Terrapins are shooting 48.3 percent from the field and are dishing out 17.2 assists per game.

Senior guard Greivis Vasquez, for one, isn't all that concerned with how efficiently his team's sets out of the flex offense are running. There are more pressing matters on which to focus, he said.

"That’s our best play," Vasquez said. "We’ve got the curl, we’ve got so many different options. It’s hard for other teams to stop us. So yeah, our flex is pretty good. But I’m more concerned about running our break. I mean, I think we’ve got so many guards that we should score easy buckets like we did last year. Especially this year, we just have to rebound. And we don’t get that enough.

"Last year, we used to have so many break downs and just go back and Landon gets a dunk. We’ve got to be more exciting to watch. I’m concerned about that. We’re running our plays better than last year. We’re scoring points. We’re averaging like 80 points a game*. I just want to have fun. Like last year, Landon was dunking and Sean, every time we get a rebound we always score like within seven seconds or less. We need to get more of those. We have to become a quicker team in that aspect, and that will help us defensively a lot. That will get us a lot of confidence."

* Maryland is averaging 78.7 points per game.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 30, 2009; 12:33 PM ET
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Just consistently make the easy plays General Greivis. Don't force it.

Posted by: Realness1 | December 30, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The Terps rank last in the ACC is 3 pt. defense and 11th in rebounding margin.

That's not a good recipe playing against a team like William and Mary.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Posted by: petecard | December 30, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

At least the Terps are winning the games they're supposed to win. I think, so far, that is a major difference between this year's and last year's squad. They should be able to win tonight.

I'm more concerned about the Caps vs. the Sharks tonight in San Jose after they were blindsided by the trade. Thankfully, Varly should be back with the team next week.

Posted by: SirPelleas | December 30, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone actually surprised to hear this from Greivis? Let's just win, buddy. There have been lots of teams to lose exciting games, but they are losses nonetheless.

As a side note, does anyone have a stream to the game tonight? I'm out of town and this game, shockingly, isn't being shown on national TV. HELP!

Posted by: CYork1 | December 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, I just ate my own words.

Posted by: SirPelleas | December 30, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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