Rebounding the key to future Maryland success this season
If you haven't already, please check out Eric Prisbell's sidebar on last night's game. The topic? Maryland's surprising success on the boards so far in ACC play. That the Terrapins have outrebounded both of their first two conference opponents is even more impressive considering who those opponents were -- Florida State and Wake Forest, squads with two of the tallest, deepest front courts in the ACC.
When informed that his team had, indeed, won the rebounding battle, 43-41, Tuesday night against the Demon Deacons, senior guard Greivis Vasquez responded thusly: "We did?"
Yes, Greivis, you really did.
Vasquez then proceeded to talk about how proud he was of the development of freshman forward Jordan Williams, who only pulled down three rebounds against Wake Forest but otherwise has been Maryland's most consistent glass-cleaner this season.
"I mean, Jordan, I give him a lot of credit, and the last two games in the ACC he's been playing like he's been here for three years, so you've got to give him credit," Vasquez said.
Coach Gary Williams said he was encouraged by his team's rebounding effort the past two games, especially because that component was considered one of Maryland's primary weaknesses entering the season.
Florida State and Wake Forest "are two really big teams with veteran front-court players, and we were able to hold our own," Gary Williams said.
Indeed they were. And the Terrapins have been able to do so because they've gotten contributions on the boards from their perimeter players. Sophomore guard Sean Mosley tallied a career-high 13 rebounds Tuesday night.
As important as it is for Maryland's guards to share the rebounding load, the continued development of Jordan Williams and fellow freshman forward James Padgett would seem nearly as critical as the Terrapins move forth in ACC play. Should Jordan Williams and Padgett continue to progress, Vasquez said he believes that would bode very well for the rest of the team.
"I think we can win 10 games in the league," Vasquez said. "I believe we're not losing. We're going to learn. We've got one of the best coaches, and I'm ready to keep fighting."
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