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 trying to deny Coleman the ball.
It was a little more surprising, though, to learn that Houston guard Desmond Wade drew the defensive assignment on Vasquez, at least at the start of the game. Wade stands 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, which does not necessarily prohibit him from being a capable defender. It just means he'll face a tall task tomorrow night.
"He's a big guard," Wade said when asked for his game plan against Vasquez. "Just staying in him at all times. Making him turn and twist. Making him think about other things. While he's playing offense, he's going to be thinking about me pressuring him instead of looking more for his shot."
Wade, Houston's point guard, ranks third on his team in steals with 53. Should Wade falter against Vasquez, the Cougars could give Kelvin Lewis (6-foot-4) or Coleman (6-foot-4) a shot at defending the ACC player of the year.
"I know he's a good player, so I'm gonna have to keep an eye on him at all times," Wade said. "That's all, just keeping him out of the lane and making him feel uncomfortable is what I think I need to do for us to be successful."
March 18, 2010; 9:01 PM ET
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