Quick hits from Comcast Center
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."
February 19, 2010; 3:52 PM ET
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