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Clemson to enter Maryland game 2-3 after loss to North Carolina

Clemson, Maryland's next opponent, suffered a 21-16 loss to North Carolina on Saturday.

From the Associated Press:

Johnny White rushed for two touchdowns and gained 179 total yards, and North Carolina held on to beat Clemson 21-16 on Saturday for its third straight victory.

White caught six passes for 90 yards, finished with 89 yards rushing and scored on runs of 4 and 26 yards.

T.J. Yates was 18-for-34 for 164 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jheranie Boyd for the Tar Heels (3-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They coaxed just enough production out of the offense to beat the Tigers for the first time since 2001.

Kyle Parker's 74-yard TD pass to Jaron Brown with 5:31 left pulled the Tigers (2-3, 0-2) within five, but they couldn't convert the two-point attempt and didn't get the ball back until only 13 seconds remained. Parker then threw three deep passes, all incompletions.

He finished 21-for-38 for 214 yards for the Tigers, who were held to a season-low 305 total yards and lost their third straight.

The Tar Heels - who finished with 255 total yards and were held to 15 total yards in the third quarter - certainly needed both of White's scoring runs. Two plays after his 12-yard catch from Yates on fourth-and-4, White bounced off a series of tacklers on his way to the end zone. That 26-yarder came with 6:53 to play, when he bounced off a series of tacklers and scored from 26 yards out to extend North Carolina's lead to 21-10.

Jamie Harper pulled the Tigers to 14-10 with a 10-yard touchdown run with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third. Clemson drove into North Carolina territory on its next possession, but the drive stalled at the 24 and Chandler Catanzaro's 42-yard field goal was wide right.

Brown finished with 107 yards receiving on four catches for the Tigers.

On a day safety Deunta Williams returned to the Tar Heels following a four-game suspension, the school also announced a few hours before kickoff that reserve fullback Devon Ramsay - who had played in the previous four games - would sit out after additional information turned up in the ongoing NCAA investigation of the program. The school also said safety Jonathan Smith - who had been held out - would not play this season, but didn't specify why.

That had the potential to create yet another distraction in a season full of them for the Tar Heels, but they certainly came out looking focused. White powered in from 4 yards out to cap their opening drive - a 12-play, 48-yard march during which Yates was 6 of 7 for 35 yards.

North Carolina's offense was stuck in neutral for much of the rest of the half, with Yates misfiring on 7 of 9 attempts during a rough stretch that preceded his pretty 51-yard strike to a streaking White down the left sideline. That kept alive an 80-yard drive that the senior quarterback capped with his scoring pass to Boyd with 54 seconds before the half, putting the Tar Heels up 14-3.

Clemson had pulled to 7-3 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the half on Catanzaro's 48-yard field goal.

By Matt Bonesteel  | October 9, 2010; 7:23 PM ET
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Comments

They're reeling but going into Death Valley after they lost, I'm sure Clemson will be extra motivated especially since we've had their number recently.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | October 9, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree DHT. However, one thing is for sure, Clemson is beatable. A week off to nurse injuries and get healthy can be a good or bad thing. I fully expected more intensity out of the gates vs. Duke and was disappointed with that aspect of the win. But this team HAS to have confidence that they CAN beat Clemson. They'll need to execute a good game plan TO beat Clemson. have not been a fan of the OC or DC this season (and will yet again state how much I despise the HC in waiting) although the C has been slightly less detestable to this point. If MD wins, it by no means points to a successful season...yet (8+ wins), but the probability of having one shoots up dramatically. I hope RF is taking this week to coach them up so they come out of the gates ready to play and MAINTAIN the level of intensity and focus to play to their capabilities. And I hope DOB has a huge game; it still seems like we have not come close to fully utilizing the wealth of talent we have at WR.

At least CJ Spiller is gone.

Weren't we picked to finish dead last in our division on all of the pre-season polls (and 11th in the overall conference)? I guess it could still happen, but it seems highly unlikely even at this early point of the season due to the overall suckage of the ACC.

Hate the coach in waiting concept. Have not qualms with retaining JF if the play-calling improves, but to date it has been questionable.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 11, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Maryland Blue Ribbon Bball Preview from ESPN Insider
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COACH AND PROGRAM
Don't count Gary Williams among those who think Maryland basketball made a huge comeback the last two years. Williams never thought his prestigious program went away.
Three 19-win seasons in four years kept the Terrapins, once an NCAA Tournament fixture, out of the Big Dance those seasons, but now Maryland is working on a streak of three NCAA appearances in four years, all of which included a first-round win.
Last year's crushing loss at the buzzer to Michigan State in the second round seemed particularly tough, knocking off Greivis Vasquez and an over-achieving bunch that won their last seven regular season games to claim a share of the ACC regular season title.
The volatile Vasquez was ACC Player of the Year for leading that charge, and his graduation -- yes, and that would be 11 graduates the last four years for the alleged academically-challenged Terrapins -- and that of fellow senior starters Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes would appear another reason to write the Terrapins off this season.
Just don't say that to Williams.
"I liked last year's team a lot, the way they worked and what they were able to achieve, but I like this team, too," he said. "We can do some things."
Through three NIT appearances and even 2008-09's surprising 21-win team, the Terrapins achieved a lot with a smaller lineup, recently relying on Vasquez's diverse game and the undersized Milbourne at power forward. While Vasquez is irreplaceable and Milbourne and Hayes will be missed, truth is that Williams has more of a team in the mold of squads he was successful with earlier in his 21-year tenure with the Terrapins.
PLAYERS
Maryland is bigger -- and now more experienced -- around the basket than in recent editions, and if the upward arc from the team's veterans continues, the Terps are good enough and certainly deep enough on the wings to come at foes in waves.
Maryland Terrapins
Last Season 24-9 (.727)
Conference Record 13-3 (t-1st)
Starters Lost/Returning 3/2
Coach Gary Williams (Maryland '68)
Record At School 442-238
Career Record 649-366
RPI Last 5 years 60-16-74-50-23

Posted by: fushezzi | October 12, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Part 2
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Saying that this team can "do some things" is Garyspeak for he's got a versatile roster that can run and press like he's always loved to do. With a young, emerging big man in Jordan Williams, he's also got a literal centerpiece in the patented flex offense that will make everyone better.
And then there's Williams, himself. His fire hasn't diminished a bit in 32 years yelling and cajoling and sweating and X'ing an O'ing on the sidelines. The youthful 65-year-old Williams would have reason to relax this year if he let himself. Nemesis athletic director Debbie Yow departed, but not before nominating Williams for the Basketball Hall of Fame and setting in motion plans to name the Comcast Center floor in his honor. Williams recently went into Baltimore's Hall of Legends as a charter member, and 44 victories in the last two years and a share of an ACC crown, plus that impeccable graduation rate the last four years, has again quieted his critics.
Okay, those critics and others are forecasting a second-division finish for Williams' team this season -- "We're used to that," he said -- and just giving the veteran coach more fuel for that never-ending fire.
While folks are focused on what the Terps lost, they may not be looking enough at what Maryland has back: two starters and six of the 24-win team's top nine players.
Sophomore center Jordan Williams (9.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg) shot 51.2 percent from the field and showed natural instincts and ability in the pivot like the Terrapins haven't had since the days of Lonny Baxter and then Jamar Smith.
That Williams worked into such a big role as a freshman may even signal he'll be on a short list of the top post players ever in the program's history, particularly if he can improve last year's 52.9 shooting from the free throw line.
"Jordan can do things that not many people his size [6-10, 260 pounds] can do," Williams said. "He did a great job last year making the adjustment from high school to college play, and he works hard at his game."
Williams is big enough to create space offensively and close down openings defensively, though he's still mastering nuances of the game. He has a chance to put up some monster numbers over his career, accelerating this season as the focal point of the offense. He will be one of the top big men in the ACC.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 12, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Part 3
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And for the first time since earlier this decade when the Terrapins won a national championship and were in the hunt most other years, there's depth up front, too. Senior Dino Gregory (4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg) may be as good a defender pound-for-pound as any player in the country. The 6-7 blue-collar Gregory averaged 20 minutes a game and even showed enough offensive ability to keep opponents honest.
Jordan Williams and emerging 6-8 sophomore James Padgett (3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg) both credit Gregory with showing them the ropes, and Padgett looks ready for a larger role. A jumping jack on the glass, he runs the floor well and has a knack for stick-backs and the kind of hustle plays that make a team better. Like Milbourne, who scored just 15 points as a freshman before morphing into a career 1,000-point man, Padgett, who scored 85, is primed for takeoff.
The Terrapins' other returning starter, hybrid guard/forward Sean Mosley (10.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) has value beyond his numbers. He channels the impeccable work ethic of Milbourne and the unflappable steadiness of Hayes, all in a 6-4, tough-as-nails package of determination.
He has mostly played small forward during his career, where that toughness serves him well, but he's capable as a guard, too. Mosley is one of the most efficient players in the ACC, last season producing 84 assists, 45 steals and just 55 turnovers, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent at the line.
"He's one of those guys that really doesn't have a traditional position, he's just a basketball player and you put him out there," Williams said.
Mosley and fellow senior Adrian Bowie (4.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg) should emerge as team leaders, both disciples of the work ethic that turned the Terrapins from NIT level to Top 25. The 6-2 Bowie backed up Vasquez at point the last two years and had nearly twice as many assists as turnovers (49-26). He's a great on-the-ball defender that will strengthen the defense.
Maryland's X-factor is another senior, 6-6 Cliff Tucker (5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg), a gifted scorer who will finally be a focal point offensively. He's strong off the dribble, deadly when left open, and he's tailor-made to score bushels off Maryland's flex cuts. He beat Georgia Tech with a buzzer-beater last year, and the Terps need a lot more offensive highlights from him, beginning with adding more consistency to his performances.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 12, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Part 3
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And for the first time since earlier this decade when the Terrapins won a national championship and were in the hunt most other years, there's depth up front, too. Senior Dino Gregory (4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg) may be as good a defender pound-for-pound as any player in the country. The 6-7 blue-collar Gregory averaged 20 minutes a game and even showed enough offensive ability to keep opponents honest.
Jordan Williams and emerging 6-8 sophomore James Padgett (3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg) both credit Gregory with showing them the ropes, and Padgett looks ready for a larger role. A jumping jack on the glass, he runs the floor well and has a knack for stick-backs and the kind of hustle plays that make a team better. Like Milbourne, who scored just 15 points as a freshman before morphing into a career 1,000-point man, Padgett, who scored 85, is primed for takeoff.
The Terrapins' other returning starter, hybrid guard/forward Sean Mosley (10.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) has value beyond his numbers. He channels the impeccable work ethic of Milbourne and the unflappable steadiness of Hayes, all in a 6-4, tough-as-nails package of determination.
He has mostly played small forward during his career, where that toughness serves him well, but he's capable as a guard, too. Mosley is one of the most efficient players in the ACC, last season producing 84 assists, 45 steals and just 55 turnovers, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent at the line.
"He's one of those guys that really doesn't have a traditional position, he's just a basketball player and you put him out there," Williams said.
Mosley and fellow senior Adrian Bowie (4.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg) should emerge as team leaders, both disciples of the work ethic that turned the Terrapins from NIT level to Top 25. The 6-2 Bowie backed up Vasquez at point the last two years and had nearly twice as many assists as turnovers (49-26). He's a great on-the-ball defender that will strengthen the defense.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 12, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Part 4
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Maryland's X-factor is another senior, 6-6 Cliff Tucker (5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg), a gifted scorer who will finally be a focal point offensively. He's strong off the dribble, deadly when left open, and he's tailor-made to score bushels off Maryland's flex cuts. He beat Georgia Tech with a buzzer-beater last year, and the Terps need a lot more offensive highlights from him, beginning with adding more consistency to his performances.
There's a lot of help coming for the backcourt, too, from 6-3 Pe'Shon Howard and 6-1 Terrell Stoglin. Last season Howard averaged 13 points and six assists for powerhouse Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, and he was rated the 39th-best shooting guard in the country by ESPN.com. He has already played and succeeded against top competition.
Stoglin took Santa Rita High School in Tucson, Ariz., to four straight state title games before cashing in with a championship last year. He averaged 29.2 points and 6.4 assists as a senior. He's a great shooter and was ranked the 19th-best point guard nationally by ESPN.com.
Mychal Parker is a fluid, 6-6 forward who averaged 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists at the Miller School in Virginia. Rivals.com had him rated a four-star prospect, and he's an athletic specimen that Williams said "can really fly."
"There's obviously playing time for them if they earn it," said Williams of the two incoming wings.
Another 6-6 prospect, Haukur Palsson (10.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg at Montverde Academy in Florida) is a skilled shooter who likes to bang. Williams compared the Icelander, who was all-tournament two year in a row at the Nordic Championships, to Nik Caner-Medley.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Part 4
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There's a lot of help coming for the backcourt, too, from 6-3 Pe'Shon Howard and 6-1 Terrell Stoglin. Last season Howard averaged 13 points and six assists for powerhouse Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, and he was rated the 39th-best shooting guard in the country by ESPN.com. He has already played and succeeded against top competition.
Stoglin took Santa Rita High School in Tucson, Ariz., to four straight state title games before cashing in with a championship last year. He averaged 29.2 points and 6.4 assists as a senior. He's a great shooter and was ranked the 19th-best point guard nationally by ESPN.com.
Mychal Parker is a fluid, 6-6 forward who averaged 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists at the Miller School in Virginia. Rivals.com had him rated a four-star prospect, and he's an athletic specimen that Williams said "can really fly."
"There's obviously playing time for them if they earn it," said Williams of the two incoming wings.
Another 6-6 prospect, Haukur Palsson (10.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg at Montverde Academy in Florida) is a skilled shooter who likes to bang. Williams compared the Icelander, who was all-tournament two year in a row at the Nordic Championships, to Nik Caner-Medley.
"He'll do whatever it takes to win -- rebound, defend -- that's all part of his game," said Williams.
The 6-9 Ashton Pankey of the Bronx, N.Y., is another strong candidate to earn some run. Pankey missed his senior season at St. Francis Academy, for famed coach Bob Hurley, with a stress fracture in his foot. He was just getting back on the court in the spring but should be ready. He averaged 10 points and three blocks as a junior, and his athleticism will be a great compliment to Jordan Williams' brawny, positioning style.
Junior Berend Weijs, a 6-10 power forward from Amsterdam, was a late addition to the class. He set a school record with 119 blocked shots in 27 games at Harcum (Pa.) College, where he also averaged 6.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.
"Weight training and conditioning is all new to him, so I think he has a chance to develop quickly," said Williams.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 12, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Part 5 (Sorry for some earlier double posts)
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BLUE RIBBON ANALYSIS
BACKCOURT: C+
BENCH/DEPTH: B+
FRONTCOURT: B+
INTANGIBLES: A
Everyone is so focused on what the Terrapins lost; they're not looking at what they actually have on the court this year -- two returning starters in one of the ACC's best big men and one of the league's scrappiest competitors, three senior reserves all moving into starting jobs and a coach with a proven track record for getting the most out of his teams, especially teams that buy into the work ethic Williams demands.
The upperclassmen have seen how that work translates to wins and postseason appearances, and in large part because of last year's seniors, there was a shift in the program back toward going above and beyond in conditioning and in the weight room.
That desire is still alive in leaders like Moseley, Gregory and Bowie, and they're passing it down to the next generation.
Physically, this is a larger, more athletic team than a year ago, one more able to compete in the paint against bigger opponents that have given Maryland so much trouble the last couple of years. Please refer to 2009-10 losses to Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Duke and Georgia Tech, and don't forget despite their furious rally to take the lead late, Maryland was down 16 points in the second half to rugged Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament.
The Terrapins have to take a step forward this year on the boards after finishing 10th in the ACC in rebounding margin (+0.5) and last in the league in defensive rebound percentage (.634) a year ago.
Jordan Williams will be stronger and better, and whether Gregory or Padgett emerges as power forward, the Terps will be bigger and better defensively and on the glass. If the freshmen wings can fill in reserve roles, the backcourt is deep and athletic, too. Maryland will run and press and wear opponents down.
If Tucker is ready to put his entire game together, watch out. Sure Vasquez' numbers and joie de vivre will be missed, but don't think the Terps are without weapons. And a dirty little secret is they'll be much stronger defensively on the perimeter, a trademark of Gary Williams' best teams.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 12, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Fushezzi, for posting all of it. I know it was a bit of a pin but I appreciate it. Entirely consistent with the thinking Russ, Barno and others have expressed. I'm really glad Pankey added an inch as well - 6'9" is more intimidating than 6'8" any day of the week.

Wondering if the ESPN writer is a FOG, certainly seems to be a KAD (for this year's team at least) much like myself.

The key is: GV did not do it alone. The guys remaining on the team are winners in their own right and the new additions are a perfect fit for the Terps.

I think they mis-listed Moseley as a Senior when he is actually a Junior though.

So the real questions are:

Who will start/finish and who will be coming off the bench? (expl: per GW, who is on court at the finish of the game is more important than who starts)

Will Moseley be more of a two than a hybrid this year?

I suspect CT may not be a starter but will be a finisher. I also suspect that we have to this point under-rated AB and by the end of the season will be praising him...not to the level of GV or Blake, but perhaps to the level of Terrell Stokes; certainly moreso than say Keith Gatlin or Rudy Archer.

Looking back on the lean years post NC, I gotta wonder - how the hell did we field teams without true PGs? Thank GW for getting us multiple options at PG and multiple bigs.

Thanks again to fushezzi for posting.

Regards -

-hgr


Posted by: HughGRection | October 12, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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