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How the Terps plan to approach Longwood game

One of the primary challenges for Maryland posed by tonight's match-up against Longwood will be maintaining focus. This is not to say that the Terrapins are an unfocussed bunch. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Maryland -- and most other teams in its position -- are so focussed on conference play that it would be only human of the Terrapins to feel some level of apathy entering a non-conference contest stuck in the middle of ACC play. Further complicating matters is that their non-conference foe happens to be a Longwood squad that is 4-14 and short on imposing components.

On Monday, sophomore guard Sean Mosley was asked how the team plans to approach tonight's game, considering the circumstances under which it will be played.

"We’re definitely focused on just staying consistent, basically," Mosley said. "We come out and play like it’s an ACC team, even though they not; it’s a non-conference game. It’s just one of those games you’ve got to get better at some things you need to work on, like running your plays right and pressure sets."

Is preparing as if Longwood is an ACC team one of those things that is easier said than done?

"Well, kind of, sort of," Mosley said. "But, you know, we always, no matter who we play, we lost to William & Mary early during the season in a non-conference game, and you know, we learned from there."

Ah yes, the cautionary tale of William & Mary. Maryland fell at home to the Tribe by six on Dec. 30, a game the Terrapins have said they should have won. While William & Mary (a team likely to earn an NCAA tournament bid) and Longwood are not of the same talent level, the comparison remains apt nonetheless, especially for a team searching for ways to keep its awareness level on high.

Maryland has won three of four games since the loss to William & Mary and have played well in all four contests. And that's exactly why the Terrapins hope to be able to keep their momentum heading in a forward direction. Also, tonight's game prevents Maryland from essentially having a second bye week in a three-week period.

"This is a game that’s good that we’re playing it," Coach Gary Williams said Monday. "You always worry about these games. We haven’t always played well in these situations, so hopefully we will play well tomorrow night ... I’m pleased with how we’ve handled the first three league games. Now we play a game that’s not a league game, obviously, but we have to approach it in a very team-like fashion, in that we know we can’t just walk out there and play. That does us no good. That allows the team we’re playing confidence that they can play with us. It’ll be interesting to see, for me, how ready we are to play tomorrow night."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 19, 2010; 8:16 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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...and how do they expect to keep fans interested when scheduling the likes of Longwood? Not a game I plan on watching.

That said, they better win by 25+ points and it should never be close or we will all be disappointed.

Look forward for the bench assesments from this board. Hope that the playing time is focused on Padgett, Tucker, Bowie, and other underclassmen. Would have said Choi but he is gone.

Will Goins ever play this year?

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | January 19, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

...and I hope JW gets to the FT line a lot to help break him out of his current slump there. A kid with his size and skills that can hit FTs is a 1st round draft pick.


Posted by: HughGRection | January 19, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The W&M loss hurt and yes, they'd better win. I expect they will.

I'll be watching the Caps vs. Red Wings tonight...

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 19, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I'll be there, just like every other game they play at home. Maybe that's a little of why they've had a hard time with some low-major opponents in the past few years - fan apathy. Comcastle is empty. That wouldn't happen at Duke.

Posted by: NaptownTerrapin | January 19, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I could not agree with you more. Just because it is not a conference game does not mean the fans should desert the team for a night. We can actually learn a lot about our team if they dod not play down to the competition. A true fan watches every game, especially when televised.

Posted by: terptilldeath | January 19, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I'll be there, just like every other game they play at home. Maybe that's a little of why they've had a hard time with some low-major opponents in the past few years - fan apathy. Comcastle is empty. That wouldn't happen at Duke.

Posted by: NaptownTerrapin | January 19, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Ditto that, I'll be there. I have never understood how anyone can call themselves a fan of a team and but only be interested in watching them if the opponent is high level competition. Pretty lame if you ask me.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 19, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, more of "real fans do this and that" posts.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 19, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Real fans want their team to schedule more real games and avoid dozzies like this one after the ACC season has started.

Maybe we should scrimage the Lady Terps!

But, actually, Poopy is right...who thinks they have the right to define real fans?

Posted by: petecard | January 19, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Petecard, it's not a shocker to any regular on here that you think there's nothing wrong with fans only being interested in watching their team in the big games. Call yourself a real fan all you want if you feel this way, I couldn't care less bud. But we all know what kind of Terps fan you really are (don't make me quote you yet again).

Your m.o: dump on the Terps and Gary and relentlessly attack the team if they lose (remember last year???), and jump on the bandwagon if they win (last few games). But like Bobby Brown said--it's your prerogative. More power to you bud.

Anyhow, on to more important things the Terps took care of business in the first 5 minutes of this game tonight...running up a 20 point lead faster than I think i've ever seen a team (at any level). And by the end, everyone had played and everyone scored. A good night for all.

NC State game is crucial for this team..
If they want to be serious about contending in the ACC this year.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 19, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

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