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Maryland tosses aside N.C. State, 88-64

This has been quite an impressive two-week stretch for the Maryland men's basketball team. First came a win over a physically imposing -- and ranked -- Florida State squad. Then the Terrapins took Wake Forest to overtime on the road. And that was before traveling to Boston College and beating the tar out of the Eagles. We'll toss in Tuesday's demolition of Longwood, though that wasn't really a fair fight.

And then there was tonight's thrashing of N.C. State. The Wolfpack were fresh off a convincing victory over No. 7 Duke on Wednesday and appeared to have turned some sort of corner. After Maryland's 24-point win Saturday, it appears N.C. State has turned yet another corner, which means it is now beginning to wander in circles.

The Terrapins, on the other hand, are heading in only one direction at the current moment: forward. And they are in prime position to continue on that path Tuesday when they host a faltering Miami squad at Comcast Center.

After tonight's game, Coach Gary Williams was asked whether it meant any more to him that his team had turned in such a complete effort on the night he coached his 1,000th game.

"You want to win every time you go out," Williams said. "Tonight was the 1,000th game I've coached, so it was great to get the win, but you know how it is -- I'd rather win than worry about a number. Winning's the greatest, and that's what keeps you in the business, the feeling after a win."

Three Up:

1) Sean Mosley. The sophomore guard shot just 2 for 8 from the field, but his value on this night was tied more to the effort Mosley made en route to his shots than to the actual shots themselves. Mosley drove relentlessly into the lane against N.C. State and ended up making 13 free throw attempts (he made eight of them). Mosley also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists. He finished with 13 points.

2) Jordan Williams. The freshman forward was not given an easy defensive assignment against the Wolfpack. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Williams was charged with containing N.C. State forward Tracy Smith, the Wolfpack's primary offensive target. In the first half, Williams played about as good of defense as he has all season, utilizing help from Maryland's perimeter defenders to fluster Smith and discombobulate N.C. State's offensive game plan. Williams fronted Smith to prevent entry passes, and when Smith did receive the ball in the post, guys like Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes swooped in to help pester Smith and prevent him from getting off a decent shot. Smith ended up with 18 points, but 12 of them came during the second half after Maryland already had established dominance over the game. Williams, by the way, finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

3) Defense. In N.C. State's previous three games -- each of which came against a ranked ACC opponent -- the Wolpack averaged 82.0 points per game. On Saturday, Maryland held N.C. State to 64 points. The Wolfpack shot 36.4 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from three-point range, and Maryland's defensive effort played a large role in N.C. State's continous struggle to find any offensive rhythm.

Three One Down:

1) First-half perimeter defense (I know, pretty picky, right?). One of the only reasons Maryland did not open up a commanding lead in the first half was because N.C. State found some early success from beyond the three-point line. The Terrapins' perimeter defenders were asked to help defend the post against guys like Tracy Smith and Dennis Horner, which left them vulnerable to open outside looks. N.C. State guard Javier Gonzalez shot 3 for 4 from beyond the arc in the first half. Without his offensive efforts, the Wolfpack would have trailed at halftime by far more than eight points.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 23, 2010; 9:31 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

What a dominating win from start to finish. The crowd was electric and our boys came to play tonight. This is a win which should send a message to the rest of the ACC. We should acknowledge our first place lead but keep on moving forward. Quality win . . . now let's defend our house against the struggling 'Canes.

Posted by: terptilldeath | January 24, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

The people I'm addressing probably aren't reading this comment, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, people, try to be in your seats before the game starts. It's bad enough that Comcast looks only 75% full at tip-off, but it really sucks when you walk in front of me on your way to your seat when I'm trying to watch the game.

And, Steve - Any idea why Padgett didn't get in until the final minutes? All this talk last week about him earning minutes, but it sure didn't seem like it. He doesn't seem the type to not practice well.

Posted by: ICBomber | January 24, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

83-68 Terps

Posted by: Russtinator | January 22, 2010 1:19 PM

Russ -

Nice call - I thought it would be closer. Great performance throughout until the last few minutes of the first half when Hayes showed yet again what a clutch performer he is. Shocked to see that we emptied the bench against the Wolfpack but happy anyway. 7 wins to go to waltz into the dance.

Any chance we get some poll votes this week?

Ok - I still find GV's shimmy annoying (my wife asked - "is he ok? Looks like he's having a seizure.") however, if is first half performance is being classified as mature, I applaud the maturity. Fun, fun, fun game to watch.

On an earlier post I saw some back and forth on whether he should have been kicked out of school. I knew two people who were caught cheating on a Calc exam (Math 140 for engineers as opposed to Math 220 for everyone else) who served suspensions on probation and were allowed to graduate with no lasting mark on their transcripts. Since I did not like either of them, I thought they should have been tossed completely. Semesters were served at MC and all credits transferred. Don't think Dino was treated unfairly. That said, still disappointed that he did whatever it was he did.

It is funny that the posts are back tho the usual back and forth and not on attacking the team or coach (like it was during the football season). Am a bit dsiappointed that W&M lost this weekend to ODU and hope that does not hurt our chances by turning into a "bad" loss. Moreover, I liked W&M's style of play and thought they would cruise through their conference.

Russ - give us your prediction for Miami.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 24, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and the cheaters were not even kicked out of the engineering school which at the time was extremely hard to get accepted into. Still ticks me off.

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 24, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"The focus here needs to be on defense and defensive rebounding. Unlike Duke, we need to help out on Smith and we need to box out.

We should run and score in transition all we can. With their good frontcourt and shot blocking, I like GV looking tp penetrate and get the ball back out, similar to the approach against FSU."

Not that is was rocket science but my game plan was pretty much what the Terps did.

Mosely was a little more active in penetrating and doing what a suggested that GV do. Nice showing by him. Williams is growing up before our eyes.

Can't take anything away from this win...a very good performance. Just don't read the press clipping boys because the real challenges lie ahead, starting with Clemson next weekend. We can't take Miami lightly. Let's not do as Texas has done....wrok our way into the limelight and then lose two straight.

Posted by: petecard | January 24, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

You gotta give Petecard credit. Of all those that trashed Gary and this team over and over last year (and earlier this season) he is pretty much the only one still around here posting comments (restonhoops occasionally). The rest of those fools are gone. But there's no shame in Petecard's game...He can trash Gary and call for his head all he wants when times aren't so good, but when times are great and the team is winning--he's one of the first ones on here patting himself on the back for coming up with the right game-plan for success (nevermind his original game plan for success was getting rid of players and ousting Gary and replacing him with our womens coach).

Oh that Petecard, what a card. Welcome back on the bandwagon my friend.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 24, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The thought of an honors dorm at UMCP is an oxymoron. If you were so bright to begin with - you would not have attended there - but at a real academic institution.
Honors at Maryland is like winning a beauty contest for bald headed fat women.

Posted by: rickywarner49 | January 24, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Re-posted from earlier thread. Listen people, don't make fun of Ricky... he's been in a coma the last 20 years and is a little bit confused at the changes in today's world.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 24, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to 2010 Ricky, we are so glad you have awakened from your coma. It's like when Stephen Segal awakens in Hard to Kill. Some things have changed in the last 20 years or so. Some never thought they'd see the day but a black man was elected president of the United States in an electoral landslide. The Berlin Wall came down. Oh, and, Maryland is now a top notch university.

Times of London:

A ranking of the World's Top 200 Universities.
o The Times ranked UM No. 79 among world universities. Within these rankings, UM's place among U.S. schools:
+ No. 30 among all universities
+ No. 7 among flagship institutions
+ No. 11 among U.S. public universities

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 50 Entrepreneurial Colleges Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

* UM is No. 14 among undergraduate programs and No. 18 among graduate programs.
* It is among only 12 schools to make the Top 25 in both classifications.

Fortune's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs

Fortune Small Business Magazine ranks UM as one of the 'America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs.'
o MBA Rankings:
UM is one of (26) grad schools that 'blend real-world small-business know-how with top academics.'
o Undergrad Rankings:
At UM, 'even freshmen have visions of startups at these top spots (25 schools).

Wall Street Journal Best Business Schools

The Journal ranks the Smith School of Business No. 10 among the world's "Regional" schools. ("Regional" is a category of schools that traditionally attract business recruiters from their own region or nation.)
o Smith is ranked No. 8 among all the world's business schools in "Information Technology."

The Institute of Higher Education ranks the world's top universities, based on research.

* UM ranks No. 37 in the world, up from No. 57 three years ago
* UM ranks No. 8 among U.S. Flagship universities
* UM ranks No. 28 among U.S. schools

U.S. News & World Report

* The university is 18th in the ranking of national public universities.
* With the release of these rankings, Maryland has 29 programs overall in the magazine's Top 10 rankings (undergraduate and graduate), and 90 programs in Top 25 rankings.

# The Smith School of Business is ranked No. 21.

* Entrepreneurship specialty ranked 11th
* Management Information Services specialty ranked 7th
* Supply Chain Mgt/Logistics specialty ranked 7th
* Production/Operation Mgt. specialty ranked 16th>
* Finance specialty ranked 18th
* Management specialty ranked 18th
* Quantitative Analysis specialty ranked 12th
* Marketing specialty ranked 18th

(source: http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu)

Posted by: Barno1 | January 24, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What has been remarkable over the last two weeks is the relentless attack by the Terps in almost all their games, with the exception of the Wake game, which if they made two or more shots would've put them at 4-0 in the ACC. Unlike some Terp teams in the recent past, there has been no let-up on the intensity. Usually, they relax on a lead only to allow the other team to claw back. The last three games, the Terps have been stepping on the opponents necks. Even against Longwood, they were still shooting threes in the second half, when most teams would have had some mercy. BC and NC State were never in their contests. And with UNC and Duke struggling this year, the Terps could wind up as one the top seeds in the ACC tournament. Demolish Miami and clobber Clemson this week, boys.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 24, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice game by the Terps. Suprised by how much they dominated NC State by. But if you shoot over 50% from the field and around the same from behind the arc you'll find yourself on the positive outcome of games more often than not.

If they can play like that night in and night out they won't be too darn bad.

I would've liked to not see NC State get as many offensive rebounds as they did though, giving up 2nd chances on the defensive side isn't a good thing.

But, 3-1 in the ACC, (in my best fellow-alum Larry David's voice) pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 24, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I am curious as to who it is that Barno thinks was trashing the Terps before and now aren't around?

But hey petecard congratulations, the one who can decide what is and isn't proper fandom has let YOU back on "the bandwagon."

Let's all give a 'round of applause for petecard because someone is letting him back on "the bandwagon."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 24, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Poopy at his best. Barno just can't stand Maryland fans that want more.

We delight in success and always root for the best. We want Gary to succeed.

But we know the program has slipped and talent is not where we would like it to be. How many times have we faulted GW for his poor recruiting while giving him full credit as a coach?

We are NOT and elite program but we can and should be. We have doubts that GW will get us back there.

In the meantime, we cheer for our team and, yes, we criticize what we don't like.

Drink up and live with it!

Posted by: petecard | January 24, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

By the way Barno, your diatribe about Maryland academics is a perfect reflection of the way you view our athletics (especially BB).

Our numbers are pretty good an have gotten better, but we are NOT among the elite. And being among the elite academically may not be that easy for a big state institution. But we are pretty good.

That's the probelm , Barno, we should really be among the elite in basketball, but people like you are settling for less...

Posted by: petecard | January 24, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, Re: the W&M ODU loss. ODU's RPI is currently 36 and W&M 43. Given that a "bad loss" is generally considered to be to a team with a RPI >100, the Terps are not close to having any so far. Cincinnati's RPI is currently 44.

Others: Villanova 4, Wisconsin 10, Wake Forest 20

Posted by: jake177 | January 24, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Impressive run by the Terps. Gary is outcoaching people right now and they are one bad foul on the road at Wake away from being 4-0 right now. Good work guys.

Posted by: lavar609 | January 25, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

I wonder when Prisbell & Yanda are going to release the in-depth look at AAU recruiting they promised last year after the attack piece on Gary?

I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: jpfterps | January 25, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

By the way Barno, your diatribe about Maryland academics is a perfect reflection of the way you view our athletics (especially BB).

Posted by: petecard | January 24, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Petecard, your taking exception with my defending UMD from claims that we are a joke of an institution is a perfect example of your lack of support for the school. Why you get off on dumping on Maryland time and time again is beyond me. Oh wait, it's because you are such a good fan that just want more than the rest of us...yeah that's the ticket! And you won't settle for mediocrity like the rest of us (since MD is such a mediocre school and since our basketball program is so mediocre and Gary Williams is such a mediocre coach, right?)

I just love how quickly you jumped back on the bandwagon after a few quality wins. Simply hilarious. It's as if you think everyone on here forgot about how you relentless attacked Gary Williams, the players, and the team. You tone has changed drastically the last couple weeks... instead of calling for Gary being booted from the school, you're now "giving him full credit as a coach" and "want him to succeed." Wow, just wow. That's quite a far cry from your attitude towards him last year.

So Petey, is your disloyalty reserved just for your alma mater, or do you turn your back on your family and friends when times are tough for them as well? Do you tell your kids how mediocre they are when they occasionally bring home a B or a C, and how you want to replace them with new kids? And then pretend you never said those things when they ace their next test?

The fact is, if you had your way Gary Williams wouldn't be coaching MD right now, Grievis Vasquez wouldn't be playing for MD right now, and in all likelihood we wouldn't be near 1st place in the ACC.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Barno, this latest post by you attacking me personally and even bringing my family values into the discussion is a new low.

It simply shows all of the readers, many who agree with me about Maryland basketball, the kind of hate you are capable of.

I am not going to go back over it again and again, Barno, because you simply don't/can't get it.

We are all happy that the Terps are doing well and we are hopeful that they will continue to win. The fact is they have 1 win against a top 50 team. Their recent wins, very well played, have come against poor competition. Right now they are...once again...a bubble team. Hopefully that will improve.

None of this changes my/our desire for our program to be better than it is.

Now, Barno, stop the creepy attacks with your obnoxious speculation about how I treat my family.

Posted by: petecard | January 25, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Good lord, settle down Beaviscard. I didn't attack your family values, I made a joke. Replacing your kids when they get Cs??? If you really think this was a serious question than you have more issues than I thought. Reminds me of the time I posted the Billy Madison line about all of us being "dumber for having listened to you, U award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul." Your response was almost identical. My god you must be just a load of fun to hang out with there Peteboy.

I do find it just a bit ironic that you would complain about others spewing hate considering all the hatred you spewed at Gary Williams and the players on this team.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

No break for Gary. Why don't you take him with you to another place. How about Virginia or UMBC?

Posted by: petecard | March 8, 2009 3:09 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we start a movement to get GW and Brenda Frese to switch jobs.

The men's program would take off and it would mean huge national PR.

The problem: The women's program would tank. Guess that is just not fair....

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 6:36 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

C'mon all of you FOG's (Fans of Gary) let's hear about how the Terps are going to win one or two in the ACC.

Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Our program is a real disappointment and I am disgusted.

Let's hear it Koolaid drinkers.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 6:30 PM

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM


Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez is a hot dog with a big mouth. He won't lead the Terps to anything next year.

If he finally gets to the NBA they will eat him up and spit him out.

See ya!

Posted by: petecard | April 26, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Like I said, if you had your way this team wouldn't have Gary Williams coaching nor would it have Grievis Vasquez playing. But yeah, you're the super fan who just wants more from the Terps than the rest of us, right? Hah!

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!! Petecard what an *ss clown you are. You want Gary and Vasquez gone?!? What team have you been watching???Go root for Duke you fake *ss loser fan!!!

Posted by: Steve1992 | January 25, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

No Steve, you don't understand. As Petecard will tell you, getting rid of Gary Williams and Grievis Vasquez is the game plan for success. It's what this program really needs right now to get back to that elite status. You see, Petecard's just a better fan than you and me...he just wants more from the team than the rest of us FOGs.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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