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Terps prove resiliency against N.C. State

A week ago today, the Maryland men's basketball team was switching gears and preparing for a road game at Duke after its game against Virginia -- originally scheduled for Feb. 10 -- was postponed because of severe winter weather. On Saturday, the Blue Devils dealt the Terrapins their most crushing loss of the season to date, a 21-point pounding, and kicked off Maryland's three-games-in-five-days stretch in one of the worst possible ways.

Last night, the Terrapins wrapped up that stint with a nine-point comeback win at N.C. State and feeling pretty good about themselves after having gone 2-1 in the past week. The two wins were nice, of course, but it was the way in which they were acheived that stood out. Maryland rebounded quickly from the Duke loss with a 19-point win over Virginia in the make-up game two days later.

And then against the Wolfpack, Maryland battled back from a 12-point second half deficit to claim victory. The Terrapins shot 33.3 percent and tallied six turnovers in the first half. After the break, they shot 56 percent and recorded just one turnover.

"They're resilient," Coach Gary Williams said of his team. "It takes something out of you, but I think a lot of it is mental. You have to be willing to accept that things aren't always going to be the way you'd like them to be, schedule-wise or whatever, but with seniors that really helps, you know, because they've been through whatever the situation is, and they responded well" Wednesday.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 18, 2010; 8:16 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

This may be be blaspheme, but at the end of the day, Vazquez will be on the short list for greatest players in Maryland history. No one in Maryland's historic program has had the overall game of Greivas.

He will be sorely missed.

Posted by: ARickey | February 18, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

ARickey -

His stats will bear you out. He is likely to pass Albert King and John Lucas against GaTech. Second only to Blake in assists. I have complained about GV forever and have changed my opinion. He is definitely on the short list. In terms of greatest ever...I think most would point to Juan Dixon. GV is still good for at least one inexplicable shot or pass in crunch time, but overall the positives outweigh the negatives. In a few years, our irritations with his persona will diminish and we'll remember him as a great one.

That said, to be truly great, he'll need a deep tournament run this year. The NCAA is where stars are made and imposters exposed and where most of us get our lasting impressions of players.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

What HGR said...

Posted by: CYork1 | February 18, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

You have to compare GV with guys who did stay four years like Dixon and Blake. Most of the other phenoms like Albert King, Buck (did he stay 4 years?), would have had the stats if they stayed 4 years.

But taking nothing away from GV, he is a guy who gets points, rebounds, and assists. And he also has to control the ball. Other players do not have to take on so much responsibilities.

Go Terps.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | February 18, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

HughG,

Always have seen you as one of the more balanced people commenting on this site. We don't always agree, but you are a decent guy and it's fun to exchange views with you. You aren't someone I refer to as a koolaid drinker.

As for GV, that's one for me that is a real wait and see. He has had some great games and some real stinkers. His numbers are helped by several factors, two of which are that he has been the main ball-handler for four full seasons and is relied on to score. He has some skills and should be given credit for that. Not at all sure they will translate to the NBA, but that shouldn't matter in evaluating his college career.

But he tends to play best against weaker competition, especially when he is not pressured by a guard with similar size. Two of his worst games were against Clemson and Duke, both having put significant pressure on him at the point of attack.

Our wins thus far in the conference have come mostly against the worst teams, with FSU being the exception. We have a chance for redemption against Clemson and Duke at home, but also have potentially tough games against VTech and GTech.

Let's see how Vasquez and the team do down the stretch with the ACC Championship on the line.

We can only hope for the best.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: OG_Barno | February 18, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: OG_Barno | February 18, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

As far as GV goes, I think I have seen more good games than stinkers this year, and I don't think that I could have said that last year. I said to a friend at the beginning of this season that, usually, at least three times a game, Greivis will leave his feet without knowing what to do with the ball. I think he has improved in that area though this year--there are now only one or two of those moments in each game. Still a lot of warts in his game, but so far he remains the only player capable of putting the team on his back. I can't speak to the question of where he ranks amongst the great Terps of all time. My familarity with the team only goes back to the late 90s. He is still second to Dixon in my book--there was something about Dixon's coldhearted intensity and consistency that Greivis can't match--but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be added to the pantheon of Maryland greats.

Posted by: stjerome03 | February 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

OG-Barno makes an appearance. Let's see what Barno1 thinks of this

Posted by: jpfterps | February 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Who cares. We all know who it is. There is ZERO chance I have more than 1 stalker on here. Sure he's been okay lately under his usual name, but we knew that wouldn't last and he would try to antagonize me some other way. He was doing the same thing on other blogs last week.

But like i said, who cares.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 18, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Also, barno (again not trying to pick fights) but I'd love to see all of my Vasquez quotes.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 16, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

HERE GOES...


So now Vasquez can take his fine art of stupid turnovers, unneccessary trash talking and not backing it up, to the NBA.

Good luck pal.


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 23, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse


With Vasquez back there's no stoping Gary-the-God and the Terps this year.

Terps will win the NCAA Title this upcoming year, right fellow Terp fans?


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | June 16, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse


I'm sure all you guys are pitching major wood in your shorts right now but we'll see how you all are feeling come late Feb '10 when .500-Gary and the Terps are struggling to stay a .500 in the ACC.


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | June 15, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse


Vasquez is overrated.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 13, 2009 2:20 PM


It just shows the fans are getting fed up with Gary's .500-teams he's been running out there year-in and year-out.

Time for boozehound to step up the recruiting or hit the bricks.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 13, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse


come late Feb '10 when .500-Gary and the Terps are struggling to stay a .500 in the ACC.


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | June 15, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | February 18, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

He has had some great games and some real stinkers.

But he tends to play best against weaker competition.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Once again petecard I'm going to have to refute your claims. What stinkers are you referring to? The one legitamite one is Clemson and I'll give you that but not Duke. Duke he was 7-12 shooting 17 points and only 3 turnovers yet you convieniently disregard the "stinkers" by all other teamates who shot about 1-16 at one point in the second half.

Also, the whole "he only plays best against weaker competition" is the most crazy/irrefutably wrong argument ever and can only be said if you are a hater. Vasquez was awful to start the year against the easy schools while his ACC stats completely eclipse them and by a lot. Look:

ACC STATS

Points- 21.5 (2nd)
Rebounds- 4.5
Assists- 6.4 (2nd)
Steals- 1.1
FG%- .470 (5th)
3ptFG%- .446 (1st)
A/T Ratio- 1.7 (6th)

Overall

PTS 18.8
REB 4.8
AST 6.1
TO 3.4
A/T 1.82
STL 1.4
FG% .448
3P% .402

I understand you don't like the "antics," but don't let that get in the way of facts.

Posted by: elowe2 | February 18, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, some people have some deep animus towards Vasquez. As we've seen in other arenas, bigotry has clearly played a role. I would hate to think some of our own Terps fans are blinded by bigotry to see how much of an asset Vasquez has been to this program.

Before anyone goes and attacks this post, I am not saying there aren't any legitimate criticisms of Vasquez. You're not a bigot because you don't like his shimmy, you're not a bigot because you don't like his occasional out of control play. You're not a bigot if you don't like his hair, his goatee, or his unnecessary taunting of the other team. Now, all of that should go without saying, but you'd be surprised at some of the counterarguments I've seen whenever racism is brought up in any argument.

However, when I see the same fan of this team bashing Vasquez over and over and over again, never giving him the credit he deserves, well... it just makes you wonder. Is it really just his game you take issue with? If he were playing for another team, would you be one of the ones out there yelling racial epithets, with one of those "Deport Vasquez" signs, chanting "USA! USA!" when he's at the free throw line?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"As for GV, that's one for me that is a real wait and see."

Wait for what?

"His numbers are helped by several factors, two of which are that he has been the main ball-handler for four full seasons and is relied on to score. He has some skills"

He'll end the season as the only player in ACC history to record 2,000
points, 700 assissts and 600 rebounds in his career. Yeah, he might have some skills.

"But he tends to play best against weaker competition"

That's right- he didnt score 35 in a triple-double performance against the eventual national champs last year.

For someone who accusses others of drinking koolaid, petecard seems to be drinking plenty of hateraid.

Posted by: JoeMama11 | February 18, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Agree with brano1. I don't really see any other explanation for hoping GV went pro this past summer. He was/is our best player. By far. Who wishes their best player will go pro early?

Maybe "Prof Petecard" was too busy attending KKK meetings to see that triple double against UNC last year. Yeah, I said it.

Posted by: 4stover | February 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Nah, Petecard saw the UNC game last year. Remember this classic post:
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Crow never tasted so good!

I gave the Terps no chance...

Posted by: petecard | February 22, 2009 10:19 AM

The first, last, and only time Petecard has ever offered something remotely resembling an admission that he was wrong. Yet he still clings to the belief that this team is better off without Vasquez and Gary and refuses to admit he's insanely wrong about this.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 18, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This should get the conversation moving. Over/under 100 comments by end of day. I'm going over.

Posted by: JoeMama11 | February 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Petecard is the Joe Biden of Terps Insider. Everytime he opens his mouth he says something stupid.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 18, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, some people have some deep animus towards Vasquez. As we've seen in other arenas, bigotry has clearly played a role. I would hate to think some of our own Terps fans are blinded by bigotry to see how much of an asset Vasquez has been to this program.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 18, 2010 12:38 PM
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An all time low. So here it is. A thoughtful opinion in response the HughG's post and a racial attack that I and others(?) are bigots?

Nothing else need be said about the bottom dredging, self-appointed thought police on this site. Straight off of the Huffington Post. You guys are sick... Barno at the head of the line.

Proud to be a fellow Terp...?

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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