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Terrapins Insider: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Maryland cruises to 73-57 win over Boston College

Laughter could be heard pouring out of the visiting locker room during Maryland Coach Gary Williams's postgame press conference Saturday afternoon. And there was good reason for all the merriment. The Terrapins had just dominated their opponent from start to...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 16, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Three things to watch

Later today, Maryland will take on Boston College at Conte Forum in what would seem to be a grand opportunity for the Terrapins. The Eagles are not in a good place right now. They don't seem to know who they...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 16, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A quick note on Goins

Coach Gary Williams said earlier today that sophomore forward Steve Goins has not been present on the bench at either of Maryland's past two games because Goins has been rehabilitating his injured knee. Goins has played just four minutes in...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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G. Williams: Vasquez draws criticism because he's 'not a cookie cutter-type player'

Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez is somewhat of a lightning rod -- nationally, regionally, even around campus. While it's likely that most Maryland fans hope that Vasquez performs well -- because ostensibly, that means the team has a better chance...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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A coach's view on the Eagles

The clearest indicator that Boston College still is mired in an identity crisis is the Eagles' use of 6-foot-10 junior center Josh Southern, according to a coach whose team already has faced Boston College this season. Southern began the season...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Scouting Boston College

Boston College held the lead at one point during the first half Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium and trailed Duke by only three points at halftime. Then the Blue Devils scored eight straight baskets in the second half and...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2010; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Predicting the future ... in real time

As the college basketball progresses and March draws ever closer, "RPI" no doubt will be a commonly used acronym among fans discussing their team's chances* of earning an NCAA tournament invitation. * Jerry Palm, who operates CollegeRPI.com, recently released his...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 14, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Vetter talks about Ross, early commitments

Montrose Christian Coach Stu Vetter made an appearance Wednesday on Verbally Committed -- A DMV Prepcast on 106.7 The Fan HD-2 -- and spoke with hosts B.J. Koubaroulis and Stephen Ball about a number of issues. One topic Vetter touched...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 14, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Rebounding the key to future Maryland success this season

If you haven't already, please check out Eric Prisbell's sidebar on last night's game. The topic? Maryland's surprising success on the boards so far in ACC play. That the Terrapins have outrebounded both of their first two conference opponents is...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Late first-half run provided momentum for Wake

When the officials stopped play for a television timeout with 7:53 remaining in the first half of the Maryland-Wake Forest game on Tuesday night, the Terrapins possessed their largest lead of the night -- eight points -- and to that...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Bittersweet milestone for Hayes

With 1:32 remaining in regulation of a back-and-forth contest Tuesday night against Wake Forest, Maryland senior guard Eric Hayes fired his third attempt of the night from three-point range and it fell through the net. The basket provided Maryland a...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Good looks at the end don't fall for the Terps

With 10 seconds left in overtime Tuesday night and Maryland trailing Wake Forest by two, senior guard Greivis Vasquez missed a three-point attempt. The ball was batted around before ending up in the hands of sophomore guard Sean Mosley. He...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2010; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Maryland falls in overtime at Wake, 85-83

The Terrapins had it, and then they didn't. And then they had it again, and then they didn't. In the end, Maryland couldn't pull out a win on the road in its second game in three nights, but that did...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 11:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Greetings from Joel Coliseum

Hello, everyone. In about an hour, the Terps will take on Wake Forest on the back end of their two-games-in-three-days stint. A quick personnel note: Sophomore forward Steve Goins did not make the trip to Winston-Salem with the team. Goins...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Three things to watch

In a few hours, Maryland will take on Wake Forest in the Terrapins' first ACC road game of the season. The Demon Deacons are coming off a close loss at Miami on Saturday, while Maryland defeated Florida State by nine...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A link and a comparison

The point guard matchup in tonight's Maryland-Wake Forest game will be one to watch. Maryland, as you all know, will offer senior Greivis Vasquez, who is talented and will tell you as much, writes Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal....

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A coach's view on the Demon Deacons

There are two primary keys to defeating Wake Forest, according to a coach whose team already has faced the Demon Deacons this season: make it a half-court game and keep them off the offensive glass. Based on their performance Sunday...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland takes group approach to the boards

Holding on to a six-point lead with just more than three minutes remaining Sunday against Florida State, Maryland embarked on an offensive possession that lasted 49 seconds and helped demonstrate exactly how the Terrapins ended up winning the rebounding battle,...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The upside to passing up a first look

In the days leading up to Sunday's nine-point win over Florida State in Maryland's ACC opener, Coach Gary Williams talked about how necessary it would be for his players to have the discipline not always to take the first shot...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Terrapins' NCAA tournament chances

Over at The 65, The Post's new bracketology blog, Eric Prisbell takes a look at Maryland's NCAA tournament chances. Check it out here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 11, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Scouting Wake Forest

Wake Forest (11-3, 1-1 ACC) has played a string of close contests of late. After claiming back-to-back overtime wins against Richmond and Xavier, the Demon Deacons fell at Miami on Saturday by one point. While some of the trends that...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Terps turn in a 'mature' performance

Florida State forward Chris Singleton's would-be dunk midway through the first half of Sunday's nine-point Maryland win left an impression on his coach, Leonard Hamilton. Mainly, watching one of his players soar toward the basket and ram the ball off...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The shots that draw prayers, angst and cheers

With just more than 11 minutes remaining in Maryland's ACC opener on Sunday, Florida State center Solomon Alabi scored a lay-up to pull the Seminoles to within four points of the lead. Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez answered with a...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland opens ACC play with 77-68 win over Florida State

The Terrapins won't get much time to enjoy this afternoon's win over No. 18 Florida State, given they'll travel to play at Wake Forest on Tuesday night. Still, a victory over a Seminoles squad that entered the day owning the...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 10, 2010; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Three things to watch

Finally, ACC season has arrived for the Terrapins. In a few hours they'll host Florida State in their conference opener. Should be an interesting contest, given the Seminoles' size advantage and Maryland's ability to apply defensive pressure. Here are a...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 10, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Look out for the big guy in the middle

Florida State offers a slew of big men that will clog up the lane later this evening when Maryland hosts the Seminoles at Comcast Center, but the most daunting is 7-foot-1 sophomore center Solomon Alabi. Sure, Alabi is Florida State's...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 10, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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