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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 loss since 2000, back when he was the head coach at Kansas.

Though North Carolina edged close to the lead every now and then through the first 27 minutes of the game, Maryland exuded a confidence that made it seem as though its lead never was in serious jeapordy. The Terrapins shot 51.5 percent from the field and 52.2 poercent from three-point range. And despite brief focus lapses on defense, Maryland proved steady on that end of the court, as well.

It's been an interesting last couple of days for Maryland Coach Gary Williams. He hasn't left College Park since the team returned from its trip to Florida State on Friday afternoon. He's been sleeping at a local Marriott. And apparently the events of the past few days -- as road crews worked round the clock to clear the campus streets and parking lots, and as two teams prepared to play a conference game of mutual importance -- capped by a convincing victory, hit an emotional chord in Williams. He had to pause and compose himself at least twice in his postgame radio interview.

When asked in the postgame press conference about the atmosphere in Comcast Center for today's contest, Williams had to pause briefly once more.

"It was amazing because I didn't think, I mean, there were several things sent to our season ticket holders to make sure they understood about the parking lots and everything, and so many people here at Maryland worked to get the parking lots cleared, did all that so people could come in," Williams said. "I talked to some people just briefly, and they were coming. If they had to take a dog sled they were coming to the game, and that's a great feeling. It really is."

Three Up:

1) Quick surges. North Carolina played like a team in desperate need of a win -- which it is -- during the first three-quarters of Sunday's game. On several occassions the Tar Heels came close to catching up with the Terrapins, but each time Maryland was able to put together a quick run to re-establish a comfortable lead. Much of that ability stemmed from the Terrapins' defensive effort. Maryland tallied nine steals and 22 fast break points. The Terrapins recorded 16 points off of 14 North Carolina turnovers.

2) Three-point shooting. Another quick way to boost a lead? Start draining shots from beyond the arc. Maryland made 12 of 23 three-pointers (52.2 percent) against North Carolina. Eric Hayes made 4 of 5 shots from beyond the arc. Greivis Vasquez made 6 of 11. The Terrapins aren't a team reliant upon its three-point shooting, but it sure makes things smoother when those shots are falling. Maryland entered the game leading the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (43.9 percent) in conference play.

3) Milestones. Landon Milbourne tallied 15 points to become the 49th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Greivis Vasquez's six three-point makes pushed him into second place (205) on the career list in that category. He trails Juan Dixon, who made 239 three-pointers during his career. Also, the ninth of Vasquez's 11 assists Sunday was the 700th of his career.

Three Down:

1) Sean Mosley (kind of). I preface this by noting that in a game like today's, Maryland does not need Mosley to be firing on all cylinders. But at some point this season, the Terrapins likely will need more offense from Mosley than what they've been getting of late. Something just seems to be off with the offensive rhythm of the sophomore guard. He's still snagging rebounds and making smart passes and playing solid defense, so it's not as if he's not producing at all. However, the eight points Mosley scored Sunday all came in the final 10 minutes of the game when the game's outcome already was secure. Like I said, this is not meant as a wholesale criticism; just noting a recent struggle in one aspect of the game of a player that is important to Maryland's continued success.

2) Usage of James Padgett. It would be one thing if Maryland was winning close games and Gary Williams couldn't risk putting in an unproven freshman for large stints. But the Terrapins are crushing opponents at home, and still on Sunday, in what became a 21-point victory, Padgett logged just seven minutes. He was the lone active scholarship player to play less than 10 minutes. Williams keeps saying he needs to find more playing time for Padgett, and Padgett continues to ride the bench during games in which Maryland is torching its foes.

3) "NIT!" chant. Gary Williams seemed a little bothered with the fans who chanted "NIT!" at the Tar Heels on a few occassions during the second half. But only a little bothered.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 7, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

N-I-T! should have been in your three up.

Posted by: schoolboard | February 7, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

We still need more from Bowie or Tucker.

Bottom line great win.

Posted by: DMoney28 | February 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

N-I-T is better than something similar to what the FSU students were chanting on Thursday.

Posted by: NaptownTerrapin | February 7, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't know how I feel about Greivis breaking Juan's 3 Point record...but I guess we'll need him to smash that record for a chance at a deep Tournament run. Just shows the kind of stellar 4 year career he's really had!

Posted by: jrraley | February 7, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Bowie was great... he hounded their guards all day on the defensive end.

And Tucker had some huge buckets in the 1st half.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | February 7, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Great win and even greater atmosphere. I haven't heard Comcast that loud in years. Good to see that some season ticket holders didn't let a little snow get in thier way to the game. The trek to the stadium was cause for concern but well worth being surrounded by some passionate fans and intes=nse student section. GO TERPS!!

Posted by: terptilldeath | February 7, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice game. Its over. Do not fall into the trap vs. the Wahoos. Do not look ahead to Duke. The Wahoos must be defeated, preferably humiliated this week. Then worry about Duke. 4 ACC wins to go. Glad to see comcast full of students. Complete buttkicking by our guys.

In terms of GV potentially breaking Juan's 3 pt record.....so be it. its not sacred. Love the fact that GV played a monster game when a ton of folks (the eastern seaboard) were snowed in and watching. The shimmy still irks and now my kids are doing it. JW continues to impress.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 7, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

How did JW impress? Defensive rebound, flies back to the offensive end, gets the feed and patiently waits for two tar heels to go airborne before going strong to the hole and laying it in (terps 81, unc 61).

Not a lot of points, not a huge amount of rebounds, great defense, patience and maturity. Not to mention great speed moving up and down the court.

For the GW can't recruit crowd, it would be interesting to see how the UNC classes were rated coming in to this game. Granted, they lost a few early exits in the wake of last years NC, but don't they have consistent top 5 recruiting classes? Great all around effort by our guys. Predict a low level of sniping on the board tomorrow.

4 ACC wins to go. Beat the Wahoos. Oh yeah, nice win by Georgetown on Saturday as well. Even better snowball fight in Dupont Circle - the clips of it are great. Hasn't Roy Williams won 2 NCs at UNC since arriving? And hasn't he been to 4 FFs (not really sure of the number) with UNC? And they are seriously calling for his head in Chapel Hill? crazy, crazy, crazy.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 8, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Was glad to see that both LM's and GV's post game quotes had comments stating that they need to put this game behind them and focus on UVA. Was glad to hear the announcers today refer to GV's maturity and overall improved decision making.

And Russ Grimm got into the HOF. And the Irsays did not get another Vince Lombardi Trophy. If they are really upset, maybe they should get a f*ing toy Mayflower truck to commemorate the definitive hour of that families history. Good weekend for sports all around. I heard that the hockey team is doing ok as well (not that I follow that sport). What a difference from the fall.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 8, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

The thing that struck me the most, besides the extra special atmosphere, was the number of great looks from downtown the Terps created both in transition and with ball movement.

And regarding Roy Williams, I don't think many people down there are actually calling for his head. That web site pokes fun at his speech mannerisms but that's it from what I could tell. Like someone reserved that domain name and used it for some mild lampooning but certainly not calling for his head. I have a pretty strong disdain for UNC based on my experiences with their arrogant fans in Cole back in the day, so I'm definitely not going soft. I just found that site quite funny. I admit I am also a sucker for humorous usage of original Star Trek dialogue audio snippets they mixed into it. What can I say.

That said, it was highly enjoyable to see him outcoached again. I think we can all agree on that.

Posted by: jake177 | February 8, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Was UNC able to fly home yet??

Posted by: jcaruana | February 8, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

HughG, Besides your boring commentary about DC sports (I know it was after midnight that you posted it)... can't we get beyond counting down to 10 ACC victories? If we go 4-4 in the remainder of the ACC regular season will that feel good or will it just put us back into the same old bubble-watching mentality that has consumed us for several years?

I understand some room for concern, as 4 of our 6 wins have come against the bottom four teams in the conference. We need to make hay against Duke, Virginia and Georgia Tech and we need to beat Clemson when they visit CP. But it is time to be thinking ACC Championship. That is what Duke is thinking. That is what we should be thinking. Elite program actually expect it. We may not be ready for that, but we should be looking for it.

Posted by: petecard | February 8, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Hell has frozen over...Petecard and Barno are in agreement. Hugh, the countdown to 10 wins has got to go (I'm only half serious).

Great win by the Terps...total domination against a talented and desperate opponent. Not often you see that by any team. We'll be ranked by the end of today. Oh and Tony the Heckler did not come through with his promises to start anti-Vasquez chants at the game.

Side note: (I'm know I'm going to catch some heat for this, at least from my stalker, but can't resist) When I started a We Want Duke chant with a minute and a half left, along with about a dozen students, Gary turned around got my attention and lectured me about UVA being our next opponent not duke. Awesome.

Told Fushezzi about this and he showed me the dvr recording of the game, and sure enough, you can see the exchange on tv.

Sorry Gary! You were right, We Want UVA!

Posted by: Barno1 | February 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

It must be those mustard yellow unis, because this team is just demolishing teams when they don the yellow. UNC did help the cause by playing pathetic defense, but for the most part, the Terps looked like a top 25 team.

Vasquez made his share of bad decisions, but for the most part, he played a solid game. Hitting that first 3 really made a difference, and he was clearly the best player on the floor.

Jordan is a FORCE, and his enthusiasm to run the floor was clearly discouraging to UNC. Has had turned a bubble team into a conference championship contender, and I can't believe how much he continues to improve.

Bowie was a defensive beast, and maybe finding his role on this team. Tucker had a great 30 second stretch where he tallied 5 points, but didn't do much beyond that. His defense is a real liability, and something he needs to improve.

An incredible win, and who would have thought this week's game against UVA would be so pivotal for the conference crown.

Posted by: Russtinator | February 8, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Don't you love how the announcers always have to say "well NC lost a lot of guys to the Pros". But then they also get a bunch of the high school "all americas" that Gary NEVER gets.

So great to see the Terps crush the Heels.

The biggie is having two senior guards who can control the game. And now we have another Lonnie Baxter. Plus the subs are contributing.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | February 8, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Great win yesterday, despite all the great sports the whooping in CP was my favorite of the day. Now on to UVA, I am worried about who will guard landesberg. I think Bowie will actually cover him for a good stretch, he is way to fast for GV or certainly Hayes.

petecard why do you have to put down Hugh? I'm cool with his commentary, no reason to dismiss it as boring. Seems like you are looking for reasons to be negative, since the Terps play doesn't give you that opportunity.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Good points jfpterps. Petecard, Hugh is just about the nicest, most courteous, commenter you'll ever come across on a blog. No reason to attack him just bc you can't attack Gary and the Terps right now.

Oh, and...Fire Gary! He must go! We're headed for the NIT for the 5th time in 6 years! The program is a real disappointment and I am disgusted.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 8, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I love how Yanda writes about how much playing time Padjett should get and how Mosley needs to score more? He must be at all of the practices and in the locker room to figure out he is a better coach than Gary Williams?

Any fan who has watched Maryland play Carolina knows a 20 point lead can disaper quickly. Carolina has the talent to beat anybody. It's fortunate they are young and need a little chemistry. Clemson came back and beat us when we were up 18 with a few minutes left not that far back. I'm also sure Gary remembers Duke coming back from large deficites in a short time more than once.

So Yanda; please stick to what you know. Find some good dispariging news on the program and make sure it's on the front page.

Posted by: sbf845 | February 8, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Garo1,

So the scene you describe is one where you are talking to yourself during the game, reminding yourself that Virginia is next, not Duke...

And as for HughG, the guy is great, but a little tweak about the DC sports blather is hardly an attack. You of all people know what an attack is... since it is your normal behavior.

Posted by: petecard | February 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Petecard, I was hardly the first to point out your negativity...but glad we are in agreement that Hugh is great.

And again, I know it's hard for you comprehend a Terp fan being--of all things--a fan of Gary Williams! But let me reassure you again: I am not Gary.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 8, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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