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Maryland's ACC start gives team 'optimism'

One quarter of the way through the ACC schedule, Maryland is tied with Virginia atop the conference standings with a 3-1 league record. Among ACC teams, the Terrapins rank No. 3 in scoring offense (81.5 ppg), No. 2 in scoring margin (+16.5) and three-point shooting percentage (39.0 percent), and No. 1 in field goal shooting percentage (48.6 percent).

The Terrapins have proven they can rebound consistently well despite owning a relatively undersized frontcourt, and they have proven that staples of season past (press defense, transition offense) are just as potent this year.

Overall, it's been a good start to the ACC slate for Maryland, which played about as well over the past two weeks as it had in any other two-week stretch in recent years. That said, Coach Gary Williams was asked Saturday for his thoughts on his team's standing in the conference at the current moment.

"It gives us optimism," Williams said. "We're pretty level-headed this year. We know we've played four; we have 12 to play. And so we just look at Miami, and we'll prepare like we did for N.C. State. We have two days to get ready, and that's not much time. But we can do it. We've done it before with quick turnarounds. So we'll be ready to go when we play on Tuesday, and we'll take it from there."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Gary hates optimism and so do I. No way that is an actual quote from Gary. I am calling you out Steve ;)

Posted by: lavar609 | January 26, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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