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Terrapins Insider: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Will Stitt play? Will he sit? Does it matter?

Reports out of Clemson are saying Clemson junior point guard Demontez Stitt (6-foot-2, 175 lbs.) will be ready to play Sunday against Maryland. Stitt sat out Clemson's loss Tuesday at Boston College and had been limited in the Tigers' two...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 30, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Gary Williams pushes for tournament expansion

On Thursday, Maryland Coach Gary Williams was on "The Mike Wise Show" on WJFK. The topic that dominated the conversation between Wise (MW), co-host Bill Rohland (BR) and Williams (GW) was proposed expansion of the NCAA tournament, which Williams favors....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 29, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Tracee Hamilton: Next four games will be key for the Terps

Post columnist Tracee Hamilton takes a look in her crystal ball and says the streaking Terrapins will be in excellent shape if they can get through the next four games....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 29, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Scouting Clemson

The immense value of Clemson junior point guard Demontez Stitt (6 feet 2, 175 pounds) to his team has become blatantly evident over the past two weeks. No, Stitt is not an all-conference caliber player, but he makes the Tigers...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 29, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Millikan fostered enduring legacy as Maryland basketball coach

Former Maryland men’s basketball coach Bud Millikan passed away Thursday morning at the age of 89. Millikan, who coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons from 1950-67, infused life into a once moribund program, according to those who knew him, and...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Former U-Md. coach Bud Millikan passes away

Bud Millikan, who coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons from 1950 to 1967, has passed away, according to a release from the school. Millikan coached Gary Williams during the current Maryland coach's playing tenure in College Park....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 28, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Terps cite improved chemistry for quick ACC start

The mood surrounding the Maryland men's basketball team is drastically different today than it was, say, on Dec. 30 after the Terrapins lost at home to William & Mary. Since then, Maryland has won six of seven games (and played...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Skinner at Senior Bowl, preparing for NFL draft

The Post's Rick Maese was down in Mobile, Ala. this week, where a collection of college football's out-going talent convened to prepare to play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. While there, Maese caught up with former Maryland safety Terrell...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Landon Milbourne a.k.a. Mr. Consistent

Maryland senior forward Landon Milbourne sat down in the Comcast Center media work room after Tuesday night's 22-point win over Miami, folded his arms on the top of a table and stared straight ahead, his postgame demeanor as predictable as...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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'Too early' to tell how good Maryland can be

Maryland currently sits alone atop the ACC standings with a 4-1 conference record. The Terrapins own the top field goal shooting percentage (48.7 percent), turnover margin (plus-4.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) in the conference. They rank second in assists (16.7...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Adjusted mind-set helps Terps close games convincingly

After Maryland's 16-point win at Boston College on Jan. 16, Coach Gary Williams and players talked about how last season's loss to the Eagles -- during which the Terrapins blew a double-digit second-half lead -- had weighed on them. After...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Experience helps Maryland spread the wealth

Maryland ranks No. 2 in the ACC in assists, averaging 16.7 per game (only North Carolina averages more, at 17.8 per game). En route to a 22-point win Tuesday night over Miami, the Terrapins tallied 19 assists. Senior guard Greivis...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Terps' defense is 'contagious'

With just less than eight minutes remaining in the first half Tuesday night, Miami guard Durand Scott attempted a pass to guard DeQuan Jones that was tipped away by Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez. Scott got the ball back, but...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Len Bias's nephew quietly carrying on his uncle's legacy

The Post's Josh Barr has the story on Surrattsville High forward Richard Harris, the nephew of Terrapins great Len Bias. It's worth a read....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 27, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Turnovers key early Maryland lead

It might be hard to believe considering Miami trailed by 17 at halftime Tuesday night, but the Hurricanes shot 50.0 percent from the field in the first half. Their issue was that Maryland's defensive pressure kept forcing them into committing...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland keeps on rollin' with an 81-59 win over Miami

If you were in search of the hottest team in the ACC, you're best served focussing your attention on the squad based in College Park. With a 22-point win over Miami on Tuesday night, Maryland has now defeated three straight...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 26, 2010; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Negotiations underway for Maryland-Notre Dame at FedEx in 2011

An interesting football tidbit: Maryland is in negotations to play Notre Dame at FedEx Field in 2011, a source familiar with the discussions said Tuesday. No deal has been finalized. When reached Tuesday night, Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow said,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  January 26, 2010; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Booth honored by ACC

Earlier today the ACC announced its 2010 Basketball Tournament Legends Class, which included Marland assistant Keith Booth, who played for the Terrapins from 1994-97. Booth, who helped lead Maryland to four straight NCAA tournament appearances during his time as a...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 26, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Three things to watch

Later tonight, Maryland will host Miami at Comcast Center in a game the Terrapins should be able to claim given A) their stellar performance of late, and B) the Hurricanes' struggles in recent weeks. Additionally, Maryland would do well to...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 26, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Because you can't get enough ... another Goins update

As we do before each media session with Coach Gary Williams, the reporters who regularly cover the Terrapins drew straws to see which one got to ask Williams about sophomore forward Steve Goins, who might still be on the team...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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A coach's view on the Hurricanes

Maryland's starting lineup has been fairly consistent this season, and it's easy to take such a fact for granted. Continuity affords stability, which is one reason why the Terrapins have been able to rise to top form as quickly as...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Scouting Miami

Miami (15-4, 1-4) will enter tomorrow night's game at Comcast Center riding a three-game losing streak. The Hurricanes fell at Virginia Tech by 15 and at Virginia by 18 before falling at home to Boston College by four last Tuesday....

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Maryland's ACC start gives team 'optimism'

One quarter of the way through the ACC schedule, Maryland is tied with Virginia atop the conference standings with a 3-1 league record. Among ACC teams, the Terrapins rank No. 3 in scoring offense (81.5 ppg), No. 2 in scoring...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Bench's job is to not halt the flow

There are many ways to evaluate how effective a given team's bench is. You can look at whether the reserve unit outscores its team's opposing reserve unit during a game. You can look at each back-up individually and monitor whether...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Free throw line excursions pay off for Terps

Maryland made numerous trips to the free throw line Saturday en route to a 24-point win over N.C. State -- 33 to be exact. The Terrapins made a concerted effort to get the ball into the paint (either by drive...

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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