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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 Vasquez registered nine, senior guard Eric Hayes dished out four and sophomore guard Sean Mosley chipped in three.

Maryland's passing has been one of the many components of its game to surge in recent weeks, and after the win over Miami, Coach Gary Williams was asked what has contributed to his team's high assist rate.

"Sometimes it takes time to figure out how to do that," Williams said. "You might want to do it, but it's not just that you have to figure out how to do it, you have to be able to play off each other. Believe it or not, even though he doesn't score a lot of points, getting Dino Gregory back certainly helped that. He knows our offense. See, Jordan Williams is a freshman. He was learning on the fly all that time, and he had to play way too many minutes because of our situation, so with Dino back there it allows us to run good offense. If Jordan's struggling a little bit we can take him out and put Dino in and the offense will flow pretty well. That's where the assists come from."

Vasquez is averaging 6.2 assists per game, which ranks No. 2 in the ACC behind North Carolina's Larry Drew II (6.4 per game).

With just less than eight minutes to go in the game Tuesday night, Vasquez slung a bounce pass to Hayes, who was cutting across the lane. Well ahead of his man, Hayes smoothly scored a lay-in to put Maryland up by 32 -- its largest lead of the night.

"The assists, obviously the guy with the ball has to see the open man, but the player that catches the ball has to know how to get open," Williams said. "That's what the veteran players do, and we have a lot of people out there with experience. I expect them to do a good job in running our offense because we have certain basic things we do. We've got set plays off of that. But in terms of where we should be, we should know that by now."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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If we keep playing like this, especially with focus, energy and confidence, then we should be looking for 12 wins or more. Why shouldn't we be thinking about staying on top of the ACC throughout the season?

The mentality now needs to be "expect to win."

Am I asking for too much? I am only thinking the way they do at Duke and (even this year) UNC.

Posted by: petecard | January 27, 2010 9:54 AM

Nicely stated and I am in total agreement.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 27, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

We have yet to win against a "good" ACC team on the road. For that reason, the Clemson game is huge.

Not a criticism, we have only had 1 chance (against Wake) and that game was 48 hrs after our previous game and we took them to overtime before losing.

Posted by: larry31 | January 27, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

We're catching these teams at the right time. NCSt in a classis letdown game after they hammered duke, Miami not knowing what they're doing right now, and now we catch Clemson as they begin their annual slide into irrelevance.

Posted by: cao091402 | January 27, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Except for Barno's typical Koolaid induced comments about the Terps outlook for next year and Vasquez and the other stalwarts on the team, most of the comments are right on. The guy is trouble and over-rated.

Mediocrity reigns.

Posted by: petecard | July 2, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I hope we do very well next year. But I seriously doubt that we will.

Posted by: petecard | July 2, 2009 12:15 PM

Vasquez is a hot dog with a big mouth. He won't lead the Terps to anything next year.

If he finally gets to the NBA they will eat him up and spit him out.

See ya!

Posted by: petecard | April 26, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

No break for Gary. Why don't you take him with you to another place. How about Virginia or UMBC?

Posted by: petecard | March 8, 2009 3:09 PM

f we keep playing like this, especially with focus, energy and confidence, then we should be looking for 12 wins or more. Why shouldn't we be thinking about staying on top of the ACC throughout the season?

The mentality now needs to be "expect to win."

Posted by: petecard | January 27, 2010 9:54 AM

So Petecard, you still think Grievis and Gary are trash? You still think that won't lead us to anything this year? Hmmm...

Posted by: Barno1 | January 27, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Barno, as Reagan said to Carter..."there you go again!"

Why must you make this about personalities? I share my opinions, much to your chagrin, openly and often. Everyone knows what they are. My opinion of GV has not changed. My opinion about GW has not changed. I have issues with both. But I want them and the team to do well. There are plenty of times when it is appropriate to be critical. This is not one of them. But you just can't let it go. Pathetic...again.

Posted by: petecard | January 27, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Wrong Petecard. Pathetic is when someone just can't bring themselves to admit when they are wrong. Your "opinion has not changed"??? You amazingly still cling to the belief that this team would be better off without Gary Williams and Grievis Vasquez?? Really????

Wow, just wow. Someone's living in denial.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 27, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Wrong Barno. Wrong Petecard...blah, blah, blah.

Barno, why don't you drink a little cup of ST*U?

Posted by: petecard | January 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Petecard I can see how Vasquez might not have been your favorite player at one point or another, but I think most of us can agree we are glad he chose to come back. So if you really think we're bettr off without him please explain.

As for you thinkig Garyland is better off without Gary Williams, I've GOT to hear this. What more could this coach possibly do for this program for you to think he should go? Let's hear it.

Posted by: FLKeys_MD | January 27, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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