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Terrapins Insider: March 14, 2010 - March 20, 2010

NCAA tournament 2010: Injury update on Kalin Lucas, Chris Allen

Here are some news and notes items from today's media sessions with Maryland and Michigan State in advance of Sunday's NCAA tournament second round contest ... 1) Kalin Lucas almost certainly will play; Chris Allen's status is far more questionable....

By Steve Yanda  |  March 20, 2010; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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NCAA tournament 2010: Scouting Michigan State

The Maryland men's basketball team will take on Michigan State on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Spartans play a physical style that starkly contrasts from the one Maryland faced Friday night in its 12-point win...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 20, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Maryland advances to second round with 89-77 win over Houston

Thanks in part to a huge night from freshman forward Jordan Williams, the Maryland men's basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 12-point win over Houston on Friday night. The Terrapins will square off...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 20, 2010; 2:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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NCAA tournament: Maryland-Houston Live Chat

Chat with The Post's Eric Prisbell during the game. Maryland-Houston In-Game Live Chat...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 19, 2010; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Three things to watch: Perimeter defense, rebounding, turnovers

Later tonight the Maryland men's basketball team will take on Houston in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Cougars are riding a four-game winning streak and possess the nation's leading scorer. The Terrapins won a share of the...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 19, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NCAA tournament 2010: Penders offers praise to Vasquez

One of the more obvious story lines of tonight's contest between fourth-seeded Maryland and thirteenth-seeded Houston is the matchup between the two squads' prolific scorers. The Cougars offer senior guard Aubrey Coleman, who leads the nation in scoring (25.6 points...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 19, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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NCAA tournament 2010: Williams, Penders to break tie in career coaching wins Friday

Maryland Coach Gary Williams and Houston Coach Tom Penders will enter Friday night's first round NCAA tournament match-up with the same number of career wins, 648, which ranks fifth on the list of active winningest Division I coaches. "The tie...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 19, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NCAA tournament 2010: Terps mindful of not becoming overconfident

Maryland owns the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and later tonight will take on Houston, the No. 13 seed, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Given the two teams' respective seedings, it would seem to be...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 19, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NCAA tournament 2010: Md. forwards prepare to defend Houston guards

Houston, as you may have heard, is not afraid to shoot from the perimeter. And that goes for nearly all the Cougars. Seven members of their nine-man rotation have attempted more than 50 three-pointers this season. While preparing for Houston's...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 19, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NCAA tournament 2010: Rating Spokane

During the Maryland men's basketball team's media availability last night, an informal poll was conducted in order to determine which of the Terrapins' past two NCAA tournament sites -- Kansas City or Spokane -- was more appealing. The results were...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 19, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Houston's Wade to start out guarding Vasquez

Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez said he expects to guard Houston guard Aubrey Coleman, the nation's leading scorer, on Friday, and that matchup makes a fair amount of sense. Vasquez, at 6-foot-6, has long arms that will come in handy when...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2010; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Maryland's Vasquez expects to guard Houston's Coleman in first round NCAA game

Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez expects to guard Houston's Aubrey Coleman, who leads the nation with a 25.6 points per game scoring average. When asked who will guard Coleman on Friday, Vasquez said, "I will." "He can flat out score," Vasquez...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 18, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update on Moses Abraham

I've gotten a lot of feedback on Sunday's story on Maryland recruit Moses Abraham, so I thought I would provide an update for all those who are interested. For a couple of reasons, Abraham decided not to make his decision...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2010; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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NCAA tournament video: Highlights of Maryland's season so far

To whet your appetite for tomorrow night's game, here's a look at the top plays from the Terrapins' season....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 18, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland basketball legends chime in on Vasquez: Lucas

John Lucas played at Maryland from 1973-76 and during that span he scored 2,015, which ranks him sixth on the all-time Terrapins scoring list. Lucas also is tied with Albert King for first in field goals made (862). These days,...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland basketball legends chime in on Vasquez: Driesell

Lefty Driesell led the Maryland men's basketball program from 1969 to 1986, and during that span he coached such players as Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, Buck Williams, Albert King, John Lucas and Adrian Branch. But perhaps the best player Driesell...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Maryland basketball legends chime in on Vasquez: Branch

Adrian Branch registered 2,017 career points while playing at Maryland from 1982-85. He currently ranks fifth on the program's all-time scoring list. He played with another all-time Maryland great, Len Bias, during the last three seasons of his collegiate career....

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland basketball legends chime in on Vasquez: King

Albert King tallied 2,058 career points while playing at Maryland from 1978-81. He currently sits fourth on the all-time Maryland scoring list and tied for first with John Lucas in field goals made (862). These days, King owns several Wendy's...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland basketball legends chime in on Vasquez: Dixon

Maryland doesn't practice until later today, so in the meantime I'm going to publish a series of posts this morning with thoughts from some former Terrapins on senior guard Greivis Vasquez, who has been discussed in recent weeks as possibly...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Politics and basketball don't mix

Over on 44, The Post's politics and policy blog, Ben Pershing has the details about a spat that arose when House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D), who represents Prince George's Country, offered a resolution congratulating the Maryland men's basketball team...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 17, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Video: Gary Williams assesses the Terps' NCAA tournament chances

Gary Williams sat down to discuss the 2010 NCAA tournament:...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 17, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NCAA Tournament 2010: Starters could see increased playing time

Four of Maryland's five starters averaged more than 28 minutes per game during the regular season*, and those averages likely will go up once the Terrapins begin NCAA tournament play Friday night against Houston. Maryland Coach Gary Williams said Tuesday...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 17, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NCAA Tournament 2010: Milbourne passing along words of wisdom

While talking with reporters Tuesday at Comcast Center before the Maryland men's basketball team left to fly to Spokane, Wash., senior forward Landon Milbourne revealed some of the advice he has been imparting on the Terrapins' two freshmen forwards, Jordan...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 17, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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NCAA tournament 2010: Some thoughts from College Park on the Cougars

The Maryland men's basketball team will depart later this afternoon and head west to Spokane, Wash., where the Terrapins will continue preparations for Friday night's NCAA tournament first round game against Houston. Senior guard Eric Hayes today compared Houston to...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 16, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video: Gary Williams discusses his March memories

Maryland Coach Gary Williams sat down to discuss his memories of the 2002 national championship....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 16, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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A few good minutes with Houston's Aubrey Coleman

The nation's leading scorer grew up right across the street from the university where he one day would gain a decent measure of notoriety. Aubrey Coleman said he played street ball on courts not too far from the University of...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 16, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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A few good minutes with 'Tournament Tom'

When Houston upset Texas-El Paso on Saturday in the Conference USA tournament title game to claim its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1992, Coach Tom Penders became the eighth coach to lead four different programs to the Big Dance. In...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 16, 2010; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vasquez on final Wooden Award ballot

The final ballot for the Wood Award, presented annually to the nation's top college basketball player, was released Monday, and Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez was one of 26 names to make the list. Voters have until 3 p.m. on...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 15, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A coach's view on the Cougars

Houston brought in eight new players this season, which is one reason why one Conference USA coach believes it took the Cougars until the very end of the season to round into form. After winning four straight games to claim...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 15, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Scouting Houston

After going nearly three months without winning more than two games in a row, Houston reeled off four straight wins in the Conference USA tournament last weekend in Tulsa, Okla. and ultimately defeated Texas-El Paso in the title game to...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 15, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video: Terps' subdued reaction in College Park

Steve Yanda talks about Maryland's reaction to drawing a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 15, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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College basketball, NCAA tournament online chat today at noon

Hello, all. Get your questions in early and often. I'll be conducting a college basketball online chat at noon today. Ask about anything you want. Click here. I will also be on Washington Post Live on Comcast SportsNet at 5...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Houston's Coleman an accurate shooter, stomper

Houston senior guard Aubrey Coleman led the nation in scoring (25.6 points per game) this season while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. Coleman took 31.4 percent of Houston's shot attempts. In fact, he shot the ball 269 more times...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 15, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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A more relaxed scene at Comcast Center this time around

A short while before the NCAA tournament selection show, senior forward Landon Milbourne and senior guard Eric Hayes discussed possible first round sites to which Maryland might get sent. The Terrapins already knew they were a lock to make the...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2010; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Maryland to play the late game Friday night

The Maryland men's basketball team will play Houston on Friday in Spokane, Wash. The Terrapins' game will begin at the conclusion of the first round match-up between Michigan State and New Mexico State, which is scheduled to tip-off at 7:20...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2010; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The 65 Bracket Challenge: Make your picks now

Terps Insider readers: If you haven't seen it yet, check out The 65 Bracket Challenge and enter for a chance to win prizes and prove your college hoops acumen. The Challenge really is two contests -- a traditional bracket...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  March 14, 2010; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Selection Sunday polls: What do you think of the Terps' draw?

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By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 14, 2010; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Maryland earns No. 4 seed in Midwest Region, to play Houston

The Maryland men's basketball team earned the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and will play Houston, the No. 13 seed, on Friday in Spokane, Wash. Should they win, the Terrapins will play the winner of No. 5 Michigan...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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What Maryland can take out of Ga. Tech loss moving forward

Obviously, the outcome of Maryland's five-point loss Friday night to Georgia Tech in the ACC tournament quarterfinals was not what the Terrapins were hoping for. A lackluster first half effort could not be overcome by a furious, defense-oriented second half...

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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