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Next challenge for Terps: Maintaining current level of play

Maryland has won three of its last four games and played pretty well in each contest. The one loss came in overtime at Wake Forest, and even then, the Terrapins had opportunities to come away victorious.

And so the challenge now becomes: How does the team keep it up? That was a question Coach Gary Williams pondered Saturday in the moments following his team's 16-point victory over Boston College.

The Terrapins' victory was thorough, evident in the fact they never trailed, led by as many as 25 points and out-performed the Eagles in nearly every facet of the game. Up next is a date Tuesday with Longwood before resuming ACC play on Saturday against N.C. State at Comcast Center.

"The hardest thing is to maintain a level of play like that where you’re seeing everything," Williams said. "You see teams do that all the time. You see them one week and they look like the best team in the country and then two weeks later it’s, ‘What happened?’ It’s hard to keep that and that’s what we’re going to try to do. We’ve played three league games, we have 13 more and somehow we have to play like that. I think we’re developing confidence that if we do play like that then we have a chance against anybody. That’s the key thing, to believe in yourself that you can do that."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 18, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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It will be hard to maintain focus this week with Longwood coming in Tuesday night. This seems like a "we scheduled this game because we needed to fill some space" kind of game. Longwood is the type of team that schools schedule because they need an easy W. This will not help our RPI, and I'm sure many will treat this game as a glorified scrimmage.

Which scares me. The Terps hopefully have learned their lesson from losing to William & Mary at home about looking too far ahead. Longwood is not of the same caliber as W&M, but they could be trouble if we treat this as a "sure" thing. The Terps need to send a message and put this team away, like they did against BC. Anything less will not give this team confidence against the rest of the ACC.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 18, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm hoping to see the Terps create a good rotation of players. Gary got that on Saturday against a pathetic BC team, so if all goes well and the starters can builda double digit lead early, the bench can come on and get some important minutes.

Cliff Tucker and Adrian Bowie logged some quality minutes on Saturday, and if Gary wants to be able to have confidence in his bench, he needs to give these guys regular playing time. James Padgett could also use some more minutes, and seems to be getting a little more comfortable when he is in for more than a minute at a time.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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