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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 the post.

Solomon Alabi, Tracy Smith, Dwayne Collins, Trevor Booker, Deon Thompson, Ed Davis -- they each may have gotten their fair share of points and rebounds, but they never got into a rhythm against the Terrapins, and therefore, they were less effective in helping their respective teams generate offensive momentum.

"It just bothers you if another guy is there and there’s space a lot of times," Coach Gary Williams said Friday. "You have to make him make a play. In other words, they might have somebody open, because what you’re doing with the other three guys when you double is zone up with the other three. So somebody’s probably a little bit open, but it might have to be a really good pass to find that open man. And a lot of big guys aren’t comfortable trying to make that pass. That’s when it works. But you can get torn up with it. I mean, it’s a gamble."

While Duke does not possess a frontcourt player the caliber of any of the aforementioned forwards -- we're counting Kyle Singler as a guard -- that strategy might still apply well to some of the Blue Devils' big men. Sophomore Miles Plumlee, a starter, does not appear to be a quality passer; he has tallied 29 turnovers to just nine assists. Reserve center Brian Zoubek, a senior, has recorded 28 turnovers and 19 assists. Back-up freshman forward Mason Plumlee has totalled 21 assists and 25 turnovers.

Senior forward Lance Thomas, who is doubtful to play Saturday due to a right knee injury, has tallied 22 assists and 38 turnovers.

Those numbers indicate a weakness that Maryland might try to exploit on Saturday. If they can double up on Duke's big men in the post and force some turnovers, that, obviously, would bode well for the Terrapins.

I keep thinking back to a sequence that occured midway through the first half of the North Carolina game last Sunday. Tar Heels forward Deon Thompson received a pass and immediately was pinned against the baseline by Jordan Williams and Greivis Vasquez. Thompson turned to his right and to his left but had nowhere to go, no clean pass to make, no shot attempt, no nothing.

Jordan Williams eventually poked the ball loose, starting a Maryland fast break that ended with a Cliff Tucker basket to put the Terrapins up 13.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 12, 2010; 2:27 PM ET
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Wow I could post Simpson's quotes all day long. I actually have to credit UMD to helping me ascend (or possibly descend) into Simpson's-nerddom.

When we were in the dorm, before UMD signed their deal with Comcast (which went into effect the year after we moved out) we had rabbit ears. One day we were bored with watching Louie Anderson on Family Feud and all the other junk on network tv, and we had watched Half-Baked and Friday wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too many times. So The Simpson's comes on and I decided to record it (with a vcr and tape) so we could watch Simpson's whenever we wanted. Started taping every episode and that is what started me on the path to knowing all things Simpsons.

For example did you know that Hans Moleman's real name is Ralph Mellish.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 12, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and here's this:

Well Mr. Burns had done it,
The power plant had won it,
With Roger Clemens clucking all the while,
Mike Scioscia's tragic illness made us smile,
While Wade Boggs lay unconscious on the barroom tile...

We're talkin' softball...
From Maine to San Diego.
Talkin' softball...
Mattingly and Canseco.
Ken Griffey's grotesquely swollen jaw.
Steve Sax and his run-in with the law.
We're talkin' Homer... Ozzie and the Straw.

We're talkin' softball...
From Maine to San Diego.
Talkin' softball...
Mattingly and Canseco.
Ken Griffey's grotesquely swollen jaw.
Steve Sax and his run-in with the law.
We're talkin' Homer... Ozzie and the Straw.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 12, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ah, before there were Simpsons season dvds, before on demand, before DVR, before TiVo...there were vcr taped recordings of the simpsons on fox 5 (and, if you had a decent antaenna, channel 45). You'd get your standard 2 episodes a day at the 6:00 hour, then another on ch 45 if you were lucky. Single handedly lowered my GPA at MD by at least a half point.

Plus back then, the episodes were so much better than they are today. The show has never been the same since Phil Hartman died.

Trivia: What fraternity was Dr. Nick Riveria in when he was in college?

Only the most hardcore simpsons nerds will get this.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 12, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully we can get back to basketball...

There is simply no reason to double up Duke in the post. Their backcourt, counting Singler, accounts for about 60 of their 80 points per game. What we need is for our guys to prevent the open 3, especially after a miss. Our guards, especially Vasquez and Mosley need to get position so that long rebounds on misses don't go over them and they also can prevent the open 3 on a pass outside after a miss or penetration.

With their depth inside, they will probably play very tight and not worry to much about fouling Williams and Milbourne and anyone else who gets the ball down low. Let's hope that GW uses Padgett in addition to Gregory to keep our guys fresh and counter their depth. Padgett is averaging under 6 minutes per game in the conference.

Posted by: petecard | February 12, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

But Mr.Hutz, your card says "Works on commission No money down"? What? that's a typo: "Works on commission? No, money down!"

Posted by: Realness1 | February 12, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez and the rest of the team were not allowed to talk to the media today. Thank you Gary.

(and good call Jfpterps)

Posted by: Barno1 | February 12, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh c'mon now pete. There's only so many ways we can rehash, over and over, what MD needs to do to win at Duke.

Who knows maybe Coach K and his team will be distracted by the new rumor of the Nets wanting Coach K.

As for The Simpsons, they definitely lost something when Hartman was killed (he did more voices than just Hutz and McClure). They've tried to replace him with Gil but it just isn't the same.

And Barno, eventually my Simpsons Taping really snowballed where I was recording every episode every day. Than I'd go back and dub it onto another tape, to edit out the commercials. Than I'd make a card-catalog so to speak so I knew which episode was on which tape and what episodes came before and after.

Of course all the dvd's coming out changed that. I still record the new episodes and there's a box of all the old tapes down in the basement somewhere. One day I'd love to have 'em all converted to dvd.

As for Dr. Nick, we all know he went to Hollywood Upstairs Medical College but I actually did have to look up his fraternity (no I won't post it to ruin it for others).

For not knowing that I'll go beat my self, ala that guy in The Da Vinci Code.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 12, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Also, and don't take this as an attack, but Barno I hope you see (after today's good times) why I didn't even bother to address what I thought was a juvenile and asinine "let's not address each other" proposal.

Had those terms actually been agreed to, today's Simpson's fun wouldn't have happened, as you 1st Simpson's post would've directly violated the terms of agreement since I had made the initial Simpson's reference.

As another person said, The Simpson's does really bring the world together.

Talk about having a great breakthrough day in group therapy.

As for Simpson's hardcore nerdery, what does the cash register say when Maggie is scanned? And no, don't bother saying "NRA4EVER" because that ain't right.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 12, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

On the eve of our first encounter with Duke tomorrow it's really fun again to be a Terp.

For the first time in a long time we have a very good chance to be the best team in the ACC. After dusting UNC and seeing their season in disarray, we are tied for the fewest losses in the conference and we can control our own destiny.

To put it in perspective, consider the following records of UNC, Duke and the Terps in the last 6 years.

UNC has the best record in the country: Made all 6 Tournaments, played in 4 Sweet 16's, 2 Elite Eights, 2 Final Fours and 2 Championships.

Duke has the 12th best record in the country: Made all 6 Tournaments, played in 4 Sweet 16's, 1 Elite Eight and 1 Final Four.

The Terps have the 43rd best record in the country: 3 Tournaments, 0 anything else.

But this is a new decade (not really technically but in popular opinion) and we have a chance to raise our status back to where it belongs. After a rather rough start we have shown steady and substantial improvement. I think we will continue to get better. Who doesn't think we can win the ACC, get a 4 or 5 seed (dare I suggest 3?), reach the Sweet 16... and then who knows.

That's perhaps a lot to wish for. Isn't it fun to feel that it isn't unreasonable?

Let's enjoy this.


Posted by: petecard | February 12, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Top 10 simpsons episodes (this is not easy), there's really no way for me to rank them...but my favorite has always been the Australia episode:

Stone Cutters
King Size Homer
Treehouse of Horror V (the one with the Shinning)
Brother from the same planet
Hank Scorpio
Frank Grimes
Homer the union boss
Simpson go to Australia

Posted by: Barno1 | February 12, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

On the eve of the Duke game we have turned this into a Simpson's site????

Posted by: petecard | February 12, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Freud would probably argue that turning the Insider into a Simpson's site is a coping mechanism to deal with the "day before" gitters that go on, on the eve of the proverbial big game vs. Duke.

Of course, at the same time, ain't nothing wrong with Simpson's banter.

My top-10 will come soon enough.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 12, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

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