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Maryland makes effort to feed Jordan Williams in post

Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams is somewhat difficult to miss, seeing as he's 6 feet 10 and all, but the Terrapins left Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday feeling as though they had not tried to get the ball inside to him in the post often enough. Granted, the Blue Devils were shielding off Williams with Brian Zoubek (7-1), Lance Thomas (6-8), Miles Plumlee (6-10) and Mason Plumlee (6-10), so it wasn't as though Maryland was ignoring a wide-open target or anything.

On Monday night, though, against a Virginia squad that did not possess anywhere near the size Duke did, the Terrapins made a concerted effort to get Williams the ball inside and let him do the rest. Williams finished with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 11 rebounds, marking his fourth double-double of the season.

"A player like Jordan that plays in close, we have to get him the ball," Coach Gary Williams said. "I didn't think we did a great job Saturday of getting him the ball, and tonight he got the ball, which was good. He got the ball in positions where he scores. The thing with Jordan right now, what he does best is he's persistent, because he's going to miss some shots in there that I think he'll make as his career goes on, but he stays after it, and that way he gets a second shot, he gets a third shot sometimes. The players kid him about getting offensive rebounds that way, but whatever it takes to score it's okay."

Three of Jordan Williams's rebounds came on the offensive glass, and Maryland earned a 19-10 advantage in second chance points on the night. The Terrapins, in fact, controlled the rebounding battle on both ends of the ourt, tallying a 42-28 edge on the boards.

Jordan Williams, who continues to perform consistently well during his first ACC campaign, said he felt the Maryland post players had not performed up to their standard at Duke and that he took it upon himself to ensure that didn't happen a second straight game. Jordan Williams tallied six points and seven rebounds against the Blue Devils.

"Losing like we did at Duke, we haven't experienced that all year, so it was tough for us to experience that," Jordan Williams said. "My competitiveness came out of me. I was really upset at the play of the big men down at Duke. I took that personally. So tonight I wanted to come out and play strong and show my teammates that I could come back from a bad game and play good."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 16, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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First to say, he's the next Lonny Baxter..looks a bit like him too. Now if we can only get a dead-eye shooter like Dixon...

Posted by: Havemercyplz | February 16, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Good news to hear from a future leader at MD. He took the loss to Duke personally and did something productive about it. The experience that JW is getting this year will be paramount to his success in future years.

I still don't get why Gary has no faith in Padgett though. Give him some real game time expereince and see what he does with it. Don't just subsitute him in for foul purposes or when it is a blowout. We will need our entire bench to produce if we want to make a run in the tourney.

Mosley needs to find a way out of his scoring slump but at least it is not affecting the rest of his game. Tucker has finally grasped the confidence and swagger that eluded him early on this season. Let's see what happens Wed. GO TERPS!!

Posted by: terptilldeath | February 16, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The difference is, Duke has a lot of experienced big men who can move reasonably well. UVA does not. Duke played great defense in the paint against JW and deserves credit for that. It also seemed that passes to JW were not going to the normal spots (from where he scores from) and he was not catching them well. The whole team had a case of the butterfingers against Duke. Against UVA the passing was crisp and on target.

The FT% reared its ugly head with JW again. Granted, the game was never close from about 12 minutes in, but to have a big guy that hits FTs is a much better asset than to have one that doesn't. He seemed to be improving in that area. Also, it seems once GV hits afew shots from driving to the hoop, the help defense frees up JW for the close-in shots. Moreover, it allows him better positioning for rebounding. JW is likely the best recruit we have had since......GV.

Regards -
-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 16, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Terptildeath -

utilizing JP becomes more important as the season goes on. GW will need to replace scoring from GV, EH and LM next year. CT, AB and SM are more than adequate ACC guards and we have some serious recruits coming in, but JP seems to have a lot more talent than DG and should be contesting for minutes. Moreover, with JP productive, we have the bigs to compete with Duke or almost any other team. In the UVA game, I believe JP got 17 minutes but most were after the game was out of reach. He did play in the first half while it was still tight, though. Not seeing much offense run for him, he seems to get put-backs and fast break shots but no set shots at this point. Hopefully, they can get him in the flow of the NC State game tomorrow.

CT was efficient and hustling throughout the game which was refreshing. Low point total, but he really did not take many shots. Very encouraging to see the bounce back. Remember last season? What a difference a year and a real center makes for a team.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 16, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I need to take surfing lessons to ride these waves...

Posted by: SirPelleas | February 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

hgr and ttd,

I saw the game live last night. JP logged more than 10 minutes and looked good however, slightly inexperieced at times. The current 3 games in 6 days schedule is forcing GW to go 9 deep which will definitely help in the future. JP would have gotten crushed against Duke's front court. I expect JP to log more than 10 minutes Wednesday against NC St for two reasons: State doesn't have Duke-like front court players and the starters need more rest.

DG looked really solid last night and filled in seamlessly for LM and JW. Padge looked good, but he performed a notch below DG, LM and JW.

Regardless, it is good to see Padge get some real minutes. It will only help us down the road this season and beyond.

Posted by: larry31 | February 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else catch Vazquez racxing down the court and high-fiving a front row Stevie Francis after a 3-pointer. Great stuff.

Posted by: dovelevine | February 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

padge sucks, that's why he isnt playing.

barno was sitting next to stevie franchise. the legend continues....

Posted by: jpfterps | February 16, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Franchise had an usher with him and thought we were in his seats at first...I say to my buddy that sure looks like Steve Francis, but he says it's not him. 2 seconds later cameras spotted him and he's on the jumbotron.

He switched seats at halftime and sat on the other side of the court where the high five with Greivis happened.

Always will be one of my favorite all time Terps. Oh what we could have done in 99/2000 had he stayed for his senior year. Would have been 3 straight trips to the final four instead of 2.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Highlight of the game was GV sinking his last 3-pt, giving his trademark pause, and turing around to high-five francis.... classic sequence.

Posted by: JoeMama11 | February 16, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah,

One thing that has not been addressed by the TI blogger faithful:

Tucker looked damn good subbing for Mosley when Mosley got two quick fouls. I love Mosley's attitude, effort and work ethic, but I think that Tucker was more effective and should be considered for the fifth starter's spot if Mosley's offensive slump continues. Tucker was on par defensively with Mosley and that, alone, will earn him minutes even if he diesn't start.

Posted by: larry31 | February 16, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

larry i brought that up two posts ago

Posted by: jpfterps | February 16, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

jpf,

Sorry, dude. Yanda is posting a lot a blogs today. Hard to keep track.

Tucker's lack of PT has always been due to defense. Because he is quicker than Mosley, he could be a real asset the rest of the season. If you recall, we have been burned all year by quick cards that can dribble penetrate...think Derwin Kitchen from FSU. Mosley and Tucker together make for nice perimeter defense this year and next.

Posted by: larry31 | February 16, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Havemercy-

At the game last night I said the same thing to my buddy about Williams looking like Baxter. He made one move in the first half where he took a dribble or two and went under the basket just like Baxter used to.

Gary is getting Padgett some minutes but as others have said, he's nowhere close to where JW or Dino are. Dino looked good last night - of course pretty much everyone looked good except for Mosely and Bowie. I think SM will break out of his slump before the season ends, but I like Tucker coming off the bench for some quick points. I'm not so sure I'd bench SM and move CTuck to starter and lose the bench production. As for AB, he looks completely lost at times when he's on the court, like he has no idea where he's supposed to be. And that's scary considering he sometimes runs the point.

Great game from the Terps, let's keep it rolling tomorrow night.

Posted by: CYork1 | February 16, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Vasquez played one hell of a game. He's matured quite a bit since the beginning of this season. If he continues to progress at this pace, he might have NBA teams looking at him in the first round.

Posted by: CYork1 | February 16, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

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