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Maryland Coach Gary Williams and a few players just got done meeting with reporters at Comcast Center in advance of tomorrow's contest against Georgia Tech. In light of the Terrapins' recent three-games-in-five-days stretch, Williams joking pointed to the relatively immense amount of time his squad has had to prepare for the Yellow Jackets.

"So, we had a lot of time to get ready for this game," Williams said. "We had two days, so, you know, hopefully we can take advantage of it, get a little more rested than we were going into N.C. State and use the momentum from that game to play well tomorrow."

Williams talked about Georgia Tech's frontcourt size and its depth. The Yellow Jackets offer a three-man frontcourt rotation that includes 6-foot-9 Gani Lawal, 6-foot-10 Derrick Favors and 6-foot-8 Zach Peacock. But by now, the Terrapins are well acustomed to facing sizeable opposing frontcourts.

As for Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert, Williams said he thinks the sophomore guard has developed into a better decision-maker this season. Last year, it seemed as though Shumpert's first, second and third option was to look for his own shot. This year, that's not the case nearly as often. Shumpert (6-foot-5, 209 lbs.) is averaging 3.8 assists per game and owns a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference play.

"Most guards, as they go through their career, they make better decisions, and I think he's making better decisions this year in terms of where the ball should go, when he should shoot, things like that," Williams said. "He's big. He's a very strong guard that can get you off of him and still have his balance to make the shot. I would necessarily call him a point guard or a two guard; he's just a guard that has the ball quite a bit for them."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 19, 2010; 3:52 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Here is where we are in the conference on the eve of the GTech game:

Team W-L Our Result Vs.

Duke 10-2 Lost
VTech 8-3 @VT
Terps 8-3
Wake 8-4 Lost
FSU 7-5 Won Two
Clemson 6-5 Lost
GTech 6-6
UVA 5-6 Won
UNC 3-6 Won
BC 3-8 Won
Miami 3-9 Won
NCSU 2-10 Won Two

What does this say?

We have not faired well against the tougher teams with the exception of FSU. The toughest part of our schedule is ahead of us.

With the exception of UVA, every game will represent the chance to beat better teams than we have beaten throughout the season.

We can win the ACC Championship. We can slip into a bubble team. We can set ourselves up with a decent seed and a chance to get to a Regional. We can find ourselves in another bad tournament position struggling to win a game.

For all the other BS, the next five games mean so much.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse


it's not your fault.

Posted by: epdaly | February 19, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, epdaly but your link doesn't work...

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Interesting chart Petecard. Another thing to note is that all the losses have been on the road. With the exception of VT, all our remaining tough games are at Comcast. I like our chances. Go Terps!!!

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | February 19, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Great take on the team's current situation and potential outcomes for the season. I do believe playing at Blacksburg could be very difficult (y'know when visiting third world countries folks have to brush their teeth with bottled water and such to prevent illness) due to the hostile environment and the fact that they might be playing for a high ACC seed. I like their chances as well based on their recent level of play.

I do feel that a deep ACC tournament run (ok two wins) would be necessary to get a top six seed come the dance.

Would really hate to see them lose at Charlottesville again. Beat GaTech.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | February 19, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

More proof positive that epdaly is not Poopy. Poopy's links always work.



Posted by: HughGRection | February 19, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

The link worked fine for me.

Posted by: booger1 | February 20, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

From Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams telling Matt Damon, "It's not your fault."

Posted by: booger1 | February 20, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

epdaly.... that was great! Thanks.

I'm NOT crying...

Posted by: petecard | February 20, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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