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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.

"He makes tough shots, he makes big plays, and he's in your ear the whole game," Wake Forest guard L.D. Williams told the Journal. "He's letting you know what he's doing every time he does something. You have to shut him up early, to be honest with you, get a couple of early stops and take away his passing lanes -- because when he's able to create for others, it opens up the lane for himself. If you take him out of the game, then you've won a big part of the game."

Wake Forest's offense is orchestrated by senior guard Ishmael Smith (6 feet, 175 pounds), who drew praise from Maryland Coach Gary Willliams yesterday for his elite quickness.

"There’s nobody quicker than Smith foul line to foul line with the ball," Gary Williams said.

Wake Forest shares a similarity to Florida State, the team Maryland defeated Sunday in its ACC opener. Both the Demon Deacons and the Seminoles possess considerable front-court size and depth, though Gary Williams pointed to one critical difference between the two squads.

"Wake has that guard that can go," Gary Williams said in reference to Smith. "Florida State had the big guards that were physical, could play good defense against you, but the threat of just one-on-five and still scoring like with Smith isn't there with Florida State."

It will be interesting to see whether Vasquez and Smith match up against each other tonight. Vasquez (6-6, 200 pounds) is much taller, and Smith is much quicker. You might see L.D.Williams guard Vasquez, especially if Vasquez were to get off to a hot start while be initially guarded by Smith or freshman guard C.J. Harris (6-2, 175 pounds). L.D. Williams is Wake Forest's best perimeter defender.

On defense, sophomore guard Sean Mosley (6-4, 210 pounds) would seem a good fit to guard L.D. Williams (6-4, 210 pounds) size-wise, but perhaps Mosley -- Maryland's top perimeter defender -- will be assigned to stick with Smith. Then Vasquez could guard L.D. Williams, who is not known as much of an offensive threat even though his shooting skills have improved this season.

Then again, Gary Williams has said in recent days he doesn't believe Vasquez gets the credit he deserves for his defensive abilities, so maybe Vasquez and Smith will end up directly facing off after all. We shall see in a few hours.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Mosley and Bowie on Smith tonight. Let's go boys!

Posted by: Realness1 | January 12, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Bowie needs to be on Smith a lot tonight.

Posted by: Hobes | January 12, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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