A glance back and a look forward
As disappointing as Wednesday's loss to William & Mary was for the Terrapins, the challenge now becomes getting over it and moving on. After all, it's not even ACC season yet. On Sunday, Maryland will play at UNC-Greensboro in its final game before the start of conference play. Earlier today, Coach Gary Williams spoke about translating lessons learned ...
"I looked at the tape, obviously, of the game, and we had great looks the whole game," Williams said. "We shot 4 for 25 from the three-point line. What were we shooting going in? I don’t know, 35-36 percent? So where does that come from? There’s nobody with a hand up on our guy, and we can’t make those shots. If you put five players in the paint like they did quite a bit of the time, if you can’t make that shot, then that team can beat you because that team shot it well. And they’re a good team.
"See, that’s the other thing. They’re a team that, come NCAA tournament time, if they’re in the NCAA tournament, nobody will want to play them because of the way they play, because of their ability to shoot the ball. And you have those seniors that have played that system. You know, it’s the old story of guys going to schools where they get the chance to play, and all of the sudden by the time they’re seniors they’re as good as a lot of guards in the country. That’s what we played against, so we move on. That’s what we learned last year: You get ready to play this next game. We’ll be ready."
... and how to integrate those lessons moving forward ...
"I thought 25 threes were a little too many for us to take," Williams said. "It looks that way if you only make four. But when you have open looks, you know, that’s part of the way we play is that you’re supposed to take, the guys that can make those shots, they’re supposed to take those shots. In other words, you can’t walk in and say, ‘You can’t shoot those shots anymore,’ because we have to take those shots.
"If you have open threes, that’s what a lot of teams’ offense is is to get open threes. Well, when we have open threes, we have to take them too, even though we’re supposedly more inside-out oriented. But you have to take them. If that’s all they give you, and William & Mary did a good job. They put everybody in the paint and they said, ‘Go ahead. Make your shot.’ So you have to take those shots. And I think we’ll make them."
In terms of hard news that came out of today's chat with Williams, here is the update he provided on sophomore forward Steve Goins, who was supposed to meet this past week with the doctor in Chicago who performed his offseason knee surgery:
"I haven’t heard if he went to the appointment," Williams said. "As soon as we find out, I’ll be there first to tell you."
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