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."
January 27, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
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