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Maryland, B.C. polar opposites in terms of effort

Saturday's game already was well out of hand by the time Boston College forward Tyler Roche drove to the basket with just less than five minutes remaining. Maryland led by 19, and Roche went in search of an easy bucket that would make the score slightly more respectable.

What transpired over the following few moments served as a microcosm for how the entire game proceeded. Roche tossed up a lazy lay-up attempt, and junior forward Dino Gregory leaped up and pinned the ball against the glass. Senior guard Greivis Vasquez grabbed the rebound and soon the ball was on the other end of court, Boston College players scrambling to get back on defense.

It wasn't just that Maryland was the better team on Saturday (though that certainly was true as well); it was that Boston College exacerbated the talent differential by seemingly refusing to fully engage at either end of the court. The Terrapins, on the other hand, turned in their most complete performance of the season. It was the type of effort output Maryland will need from its entire rotation in order to succeed on many nights in the ACC this season.

"I’ve always asked my teams to work hard, and when we do, we’re successful," Coach Gary Williams said. "But it’s not something that’s easy. You know, everybody doesn’t always want to work hard every day. So that’s my job to try to get them to do it. And I’ve always felt with a team like ours this year that if we work hard, it really generates a lot of points for us on offense because we’re a lot quicker because we’re working so hard on defense. It just seems like it flows right to the offensive end of the court."

Indeed, Maryland tallied 12 steals and seven blocks and forced Boston College to commit 18 turnovers on Saturday. The Terrapins outscored the Eagles, 20-4, in fast break points.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Two down, eight ACC victories to go. Hope for no let up against Longwood and NC State this week. And before someone slams me on the number of ACC wins needed - at least a few against the upper echelon of the conference, although with 10 or 11 wins we would be in that upper echelon.

Good game overall. Surprised about the shooting % because of all the missed lay-ups. This could have easily been a 30 point win but so what. Nice to see the last few minutes of a game with our team just playing out the clock. Nice also to see GV return to form. Seemed to be making better decisions all game. Even nicer to see AB and CT deliver big - AB looked great yesterday.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | January 17, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

In watching the game, I couldn't figure if it was Maryland was so good, or that BC was so bad. Even the crowd couldn't muster any enthusiasm for this contest. The end of the first half was the only time there seemed to be any life in that place. Skinner and the Eagles are in a really bad place right now. Talent lacking otherwise, if they don't play with some spark, it's going to be a long season.

For the Terps, meantime, things are looking up. Being 2-1 in the ACC is good; could have easily been 3-0 if some of those shots fell through. The best thing is seeing them put away their opponent. Too many times we play "not to lose" instead of playing to win. Except for 3 minutes, they didn't relent at all. The overall performance is looking great going into the heart of the conference schedule.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 17, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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