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Fueling the fast break

As has already been mentioned several times, Maryland owned a serious advantage in fast break points (20-4) during Saturday's win over Boston College, and this came despite the fact that the Terrapins were out-rebounded, 40-28*. While the Eagles' sluggish effort played a role in Maryland being able to run the court and score in transition with relative ease, the Terrapins took advantage of the opportunities afforded them and did not lose focus in executing in transition as the game progressed and their lead swelled.

* A couple of things to note about the rebounding margin. First, 17 of Boston College's rebounds come on the offensive glass, and that was a product of the Eagles shooting 36.8 percent from the field. Maryland, on the other hand, shot 49.1 percent from the field and therefore had fewer opportunities to grab offensive rebounds. The Terrapins finished with seven offensive rebounds. Secondly, Maryland turned its 21 defensive rebounds into 20 fast break points. Boston College, conversely, could produce only four transition points out of its 23 defensive rebounds. So while the Eagles were more prolific on the boards, the Terrapins did more with what they got.

Maryland Coach Gary Williams and his players knew, however, that they will not frequently find themselves with the luxury of facing an opponent that clearly would rather be somewhere else. While the Terrapins remain first among ACC teams in turnover margin (+4.4), they also remain last in rebounding margin (+0.8).

"If we can rebound – and we were out-rebounded by six at halftime – but if we can get enough rebounds, we’re a pretty good transition team because we usually have three guys out there that can handle it pretty well," Williams said. "So it’s not just Greivis with the ball or Eric with the ball. Cliff Tucker, Adrian are good enough in transition where they can make plays. So that’s part of our game, but we have to rebound to be able to get to that part of our game."

Senior forward Landon Milbourne, freshman forward Jordan Williams and sophomore guard Sean Mosley each grabbed six rebounds Saturday to pace the Terrapins. Senior guard Greivis Vasquez added four and senior guard Eric Hayes chipped in three.

That means the starting lineup was responsible for 25 of the team's 28 rebounds, which is good in one sense and not so good in another. On most nights in the ACC, Maryland will need more from reserve junior forward Dino Gregory than the one rebound he grabbed in 27 minutes Saturday. Reserve freshman forward James Padgett played four minutes and did not record any rebounds. But those are concerns for another day.

With 3:27 to play against Boston College, Milbourne snagged a defensive rebound off a missed three-pointer and fed the ball to Vasquez, who launched a pass upcourt to Bowie. A few dribbles later, Bowie scored a lay-up and drew a foul in the process. He sank the free throw to put Maryland up by 25 -- its largest lead of the night.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2010; 3:33 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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The rebounding advantage of BC was further fueled by the number of very short underneath shots the Terps just couldn't convert.

Posted by: petecard | January 17, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The rebounding advantage of BC was further fueled by the number of very short underneath shots the Terps just couldn't convert.

Posted by: petecard | January 17, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the rebounding edge went to BC. But the Terps also dominated the paint, outscoring the Eagles by a 3-1 ratio. many of those shots not coming from pounding the ball inside, but off the dribble and beating them off the shot. The Terps also shot 49% from the floor.

Yes, we do need to up the rebounding edge. But making our shots count will put the pressure off the need to make the rebounds.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 18, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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