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.
January 17, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
Categories: Men's basketball
Save & Share: Previous: Maryland cruises to 73-57 win over Boston College
Next: For Vasquez, a performance worth celebrating
Posted by: HughGRection | January 17, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 17, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.