G. Williams's three keys to winning on the road
One item of particular note after one week of ACC play is that two of Maryland's three conference games were played on the road and the Terrapins performed well in both away contests. Maryland took Wake Forest to overtime in Winston-Salem before falling, and then the Terrapins smashed Boston College in Chesnut Hill on Saturday.
That starts stands in stark contrast to last season, when Maryland also played two of its first three ACC games on the road. The Terrapins held a 17-point second-half lead before losing at Miami and then fell at Florida State in overtime a few days later.
Earlier today on the ACC coaches' teleconference, Coach Gary Williams was asked what he felt are the keys to success when playing on the road. He mentioned three points:
1) Consistency. It's often easier for teams to play well at home than it is on the road (familiarity, friendly environment, chance to sleep in own bed, etc.), but Williams said being able to perform at the same level in both situations is the mark of a quality team.
"We've played consistently like we did at home, so that's a good sign for us," Williams said. "There hasn't been a change in the way we've played when we've gone on the road."
2) Mental toughness. Maryland possesses three starting seniors who have gained plenty of experience during their careers in College Park. Williams said that can have a trickle-down effect.
"I think to help the younger players understand that in terms of preparation and things like that, that what really counts is when you step on the court, no matter if the bus was late or if the plane's been delayed or whatever the situation, the game starts," Williams said. "None of those things matter. Nobody feels sorry for you. That's the way it goes, and you have to walk out there with that mind-set."
"Not being cocky," Williams said, "but the idea that knowing that if you play well, then you have a chance to win that particular game."
January 18, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
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