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Terrapins Insider: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Duke discards Maryland, 77-56

Everyone take a deep breath ... ... and exhale. As Coach Gary Williams noted after Saturday's 21-point loss at Duke, it was just one game. Maryland still sits among the conference leaders in the ACC, and it remains in good...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 13, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Juan Dixon tests positive for steroids in Europe, is suspended

From the Associated Press: MALAGA, Spain — Former NBA player Juan Dixon has tested positive for the steroid nandrolone, his Spanish team Unicaja announced. The player gave the drug test in Greece in November, before he joined the Malaga-based team,...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  February 13, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Burney is dressed and eligible

Maryland redshirt junior forward Jerome Burney is dressed and participating in warm-ups out on the floor at Cameron Indoor. According to a team spokesman, Burney is eligible to play. The 6-foot-9, 222-lb. forward's playing days were thought to have come...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 13, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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No more cheer sheets at Cameron Indoor

As was explained to me last season when Maryland played at Duke, one of the challenges traditionally faced by out-of-town reporters visiting Cameron Indoor Stadium is to obtain, confiscate, barter for or permanently borrow one of the cheer sheets passed...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 13, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Three things to watch: Vasquez, Plumlee(s) and three-point shooting

Later today, Maryland will take on Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It's Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski's birthday and this game will mark his 1,000th in charge of the Blue Devils. The Duke Varsity Club is hosting a considerably large program...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 13, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gary Williams: Doubling up in the post 'a gamble'

You may have noticed that one of the reasons Maryland has been fairly successful this season when facing talented opposing big men is that the Terrapins effectively have doubled up on said big men whenever they receive the ball in...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 12, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Gary Williams's thoughts on the Blue Devils

Coach Gary Williams began his session with reporters Friday by pointing to the disparity between Duke's performances at home and on the road this season before delving into his assessment of the Blue Devils, who are ranked No. 7 in...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 12, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Unique week for Terps nears a close

By now, the Maryland men's basketball team was supposed to have played nine ACC games and be in somewhat of a rhythm heading into Saturday's contest at Duke. As Coach Gary Williams pointed out Friday, had Wednesday night's game against...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 12, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Scouting Duke

After a longer hiatus than expected (thanks, Mother Nature), the Maryland men's basketball team will travel to Durham, N.C., to take on No. 8 Duke on Saturday. The Blue Devils earned a 10-point win at North Carolina on Wednesday night...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 12, 2010; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Maryland-UVA game Monday to start at 8 p.m.

The Maryland men's basketball game against Virginia, which originally was scheduled to take place tonight, will be played at 8 p.m. on Monday at Comcast Center, the school announced Wednesday in a press release. The game was postponed due to...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 10, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Why Terps-Cavs moved to Feb. 15 as opposed to another date

Mother nature and preset conference scheduling didn't leave Maryland and Virginia with too many options when it came to rescheduling Wednesday night's game, which was postponed because of the expected arrival of another severe snowstorm over the next few days....

By Steve Yanda  |  February 9, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Maryland-Virginia men's basketball game postponed until Feb. 15

The men's basketball game between Maryland and Virginia, originally scheduled to take place Wednesday night, has been postponed until Monday, Feb. 15 due to the severe snowstorm that is expected to hit the D.C. region over the next few days,...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 9, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Maryland-Virginia postponed

UPDATED 11:33 with official word: The University of Maryland has confirmed that Wednesday night's Maryland-Virginia game has been postponed. More on rescheduling as it becomes available....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  February 9, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Sylven Landesberg: Cavs headed back to Charlottesville

Zach Berman, The Post's Virginia beat writer, reports that Cavaliers guard Sylven Landesberg says the team is headed back to Charlottesville in advance of yet another round of snow. From his Facebook status update: "on the way back to cville...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  February 9, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A closer look at Virginia's pack-line defense

Dick Bennett, who formerly coached at Wisconsin and Washington State, designed the pack-line defense in the 1990s. Bennett's son, Tony, now coaches the Virginia men's basketball team, which will play Maryland tomorrow at Comcast Center. Predictably, Tony Bennett employs the...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 9, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Scouting Virginia

In his first season at the helm of the Virginia men's basketball team, Tony Bennett has found a way to get players he didn't recruit to buy into his system and, therefore, implement said system rather effectively. The Cavaliers (14-7)...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 9, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Virginia alters travel plans in light of expected snowstorm

The Virginia men's basketball team will depart Charlottesville at some point this afternoon, rather than following a Tuesday practice, in light of the expected snowstorm expected to hit the D.C. region tomorrow. Read more about the Cavaliers' altered travel plans...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 8, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Vasquez earns ACC player of week honors

Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez was named ACC player of the week, the conference announced Monday. This is the second time this season -- and the sixth time in his career -- that Vasquez has earned such a distinction. In...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 8, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Quick substitution does wonders for the Terrapins

Maryland senior guard Eric Hayes picked up his first foul just more than two minutes into Sunday's 21-point win over North Carolina and immediately was subbed out of the game. Coach Gary Williams said the Terrapins had been trying to...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 8, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terrapins finding considerable success beyond three-point arc

There's a certain in-bounds play that Maryland runs under its opponent's basket that involves senior guard Eric Hayes finding his way to the corner. This play has been particularly successful of late for two reasons: 1) For some unknown reason,...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 8, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Maryland defense enables lead surge

North Carolina drew to within three points of the lead twice early in the second half Sunday, but the Tar Heels never got any close to overtaking Maryland. For as smooth as most of the game went for the Terrapins,...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 8, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland basketball: How good can this team be?

Midway through the ACC season, Maryland sits at 6-2 and just shy of the top of the conference standings. The Terrapins have proven that they can score out of half-court sets and in transition. They've shown that they can rebound...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 8, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Maryland pummels North Carolina with 92-71 win

With several thousand extra students helping to fill the seats at Comcast Center on Sunday, Maryland provided North Carolina Coach Roy Williams with the worst loss of his tenure with the Tar Heels. In fact, it was Ol' Roy's worst...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 7, 2010; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Three things to watch: Big men, pressure D and Tucker

Maryland is suggesting that people not drive to this afternoon's game (please see the previous blog post). The game will be televised, so please be judicious when deciding whether or not to trek to Comcast Center today. As for the...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 7, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Maryland urges fans to "use extreme travel caution" in regards to Sunday's game

For everyone who has tickets to Sunday's game, please be advised of the following press released issued by the Maryland media relations department earlier this evening: Maryland-North Carolina Game Will Be Played As Scheduled On Sunday Fans encouraged to use...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 7, 2010; 12:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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