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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."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

What no mention on TERRAPIN INSIDER, of the Lady Terp's big win at VA on Monday?

Of course not.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 13, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Terps should have learned from last year that rebounding is not always about height. It's a shame that they were taking their height advantages for granted against smaller teams and were getting outrebounded.

Hopefully the efforts they have produced so far in conference will show how they can be competitive with bigger teams and outrebound them.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 13, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Can't remember the last time we got two game recap articles by two different reporters in the Post for a regular season Terp game not against another local team. Please keep this up.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 13, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez would probably be surprised by any stat that didn't involve him.

Instead of worrying about the development of the young guys, he should be focused on his problems: shooting too much, shot selection, turnovers, rushing the offense, not finding ways to get Hayes more looks, primping for the cameras with that sophomoric shimmy...just to name a few.

Posted by: petecard | January 13, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, watching the Lady Terps win was harder to sit through than watching GW's Terps lose. Not sure why I have such a hard time watching the women's game. Women's tennis, women's soccer and women's lax are all as watchable as the men's game.

The emphasis on rebounding will pay dividends this season if they can keep it up. Agree with the logic of playing to win on the road, for the tie at home. Disappointing, albeit not a bad showing by our guys at all. GV improves shot selection marginally, and we win a ton of these games. Maybe that is a GW issue, GV seems to immediately improve his shot selection when he re-enters a game. If GW pulls him a few possessions earlier, perhaps his shooting % improves and we win. That said, I like what he is doing with this year's team thus far.

Thought you'd like the Canes story, Poopy. It was a terrible time for MD athletics post Brian Williams (we actually made the sweet 16 with Bob Wade after the Bias tragedy). The Canes were badass and were winning big. I miss the major independents - they provided a huge impact on keeping the poll system a bit more honest than the absolute fiasco it is today.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 13, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It's not all GV, petecard. If you watched the Wake game closely, you would see that the other players weren't working hard enough to get open. That includes Hayes, who could often be seen heading away from the ball. Many times, GV didn't have anybody to pass to, and when he did, they often passed it back. Really, GV got the ball to Hayes when he was open, he was just rarely open. When Hayes had the ball with coverage, he was unproductive.

Posted by: booger1 | January 13, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The pick and roll was non-existent compared to the FSU game. Disjointed O. Keep improving Terps.

Posted by: Realness1 | January 13, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Fair comment booger1. Hayes, as I have mentioned, needs to work to get more shots. Here's a question though: Is it Hayes, GV, Gary's offensive scheme or all three?

Posted by: petecard | January 13, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Petecard - I think its mainly GV - he took shots too quickly at times and did not let the offense come to him. Then Gary took him out for a few minutes rest and he seemed to return re-focused and more efficient. That faded somewhat and seemed to disappear during OT.

To be fair, a lot is being asked and expected of GV. I'm thinking that GW needs to not pull him for longer periods during a game, but perhaps pull him earlier in a game to coach him up a little. He seems to benefit substantially from returning to the floor.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 14, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

HughG,

Good comments. You are really saying that both GV and GW are part of the problem. I agree that it is mainly GV, but let's also not forget Hayes himself. Wish someone could get him to find a way to get more good looks.

Posted by: petecard | January 14, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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