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Posted at 8:51 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Maryland Hopes To Rebound against 13th-ranked Illinois

By Liz Clarke

The Maryland Terrapins get their second chance to knock off a ranked team Friday when they return to Madison Square Garden to face Illinois for the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

The 13th-ranked Illini (3-1) lost to Texas in overtime, 90-84, in Thursday’s late game. And like Maryland, which fell to fifth-ranked Pittsburgh, 79-70, Illinois was left to sort out the short-comings that led to the loss of a winnable game.

Illinois Coach Bruce Weber said afterward that his team depended too much on 3-point shooting (10 of 29). He also acknowledged the Longhorns’ toughness in key stretches, particularly the first five minutes of each half and in overtime.

The Illini were led by senior point guard Demetri McCamey, who had 22 points and six assists. Senior forward Mike Davis of Alexandria (6-9, 220) grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds.

“They took it to us, they out-toughed us, and fought us for balls,” Weber said. “To me, that--and playing smart--were the two differences in the game….After all is said and done, they bumped us, they probably outplayed us. And after all that, we still had our chances and could have easily won the game.”

Maryland was largely undone by its poor free-throw shooting (14 of 30) and a 49-28 disadvantage on the boards.

Said Coach Gary Williams: “We had a lot of guys this is their first big game. It happened to be at Madison Square Garden. I thought they did OK. We'll see where we go from there."

By Liz Clarke  | November 19, 2010; 8:51 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Bruce Weber, Gary Williams, Illinois basketball, Maryland basketball  
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Well, coach, we WILL "see where we go from there." Is there a chance for some free throw practice at the shoot-around today? Did you invite Booby Knight to provide some instruction?

The one thing that has to be a concern in this game is that the other team needs this win too. We need to come ready to play.

By the way, did I miss something? Where was Joe Harrington last night?

Posted by: petecard | November 19, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Hard to compete against Top 20 programs without quality Big men. We got one but there is no one else to compliment him. Hard for JordanW to make free throws as he is going all out against an opposing Big front court like Pitt. This is similar to our loss in last years NCAA tourney, getting out rebounded. GaryW and his staff need to recruit better, make for less intense ball games. Always seems like our team is playing on an uphill court disadvantage with no height/size inside.

Posted by: Redtopper2 | November 19, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Look out Redtopper, the haters are going to attack any time now! Your reasoned analysis show that you aren't a "real" fan. But you do have plenty of support from some of us.

Posted by: petecard | November 19, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Gary might want to check this out

Do they even practice free throws?

Posted by: srcog | November 19, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I watched this game and quite frankly even though the Terps lost, they played better than they did at home against the College of Charleston. And I watched that whole game too. In fact, I saw Bobby Cremins play in Cole Field House when Frank McGuire brought South Carolina in for a game back when I was in school there in the late 60's. A great game which MD won 31-30. And yes we slowed it down, but the win was exceptionally terrific for this 18 year old kid from rural PA spending his formative years in College Park, MD.

Posted by: MikeV2 | November 19, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

MikeV2 - I liked your story. So you got to watch Gary play too, right? :)

Posted by: terptek | November 19, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I was there too, MikeV2, for Jim O'Brien's last secong shot. The score was 6-5 at the half on Howard White's baseline jumper at the buzzer. Do you remember the Mid evil Society dressed in full battle garb surrounding the court as a fun way to bring the tension down from the first game brawl
at South Carolina? We were on the road at that time to really becoming the "UCLA of the East!"

Posted by: petecard | November 19, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

petecard - sidenote - many credit Howard for helping keep MJ at Nike and not jumping ship b4 the MJ product line took off.

Posted by: terptek | November 19, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Holy Crap! They sky is falling, the sky is falling! We were outrebounded big time by one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. Gary can't recruit!

Relax, people. For once, is it possible to look on the bright side? CTuck was praised highly by one of the greatest coaches in history. Hopefully he can shine this year and really attack. JWill is one heck of a player, despite the fact that Gary can't recruit. Dino, who isn't going to be a prolific scorer and shouldn't be counted on to be, had a good defensive game with 4 blocks, although his rebounding needs to improve.

Now, Mosely needs to find his offense and soon. Greivis isn't around this year to pick things up when nobody else wants to score. Bowie is a disaster and scares me each time he is running the point. However, as he showed last year, he can be a decent 2 when coming off picks, and his defense can be strong. But until Pe and Stoglin grow up a little, he is our point guard.

Also keep in mind that this team is relatively young. Other than Tucker, Bowie and Dino, there's no seniors. Seven players are freshmen or sophomores. AND, if we hit our free throws, we still would have won this game despite being outrebounded by 21. The free throw problem can be fixed.

Chicken Littles, the sky is not falling.

Posted by: CYork1 | November 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention that Gary also just signed a four-star, top 40 recruit: Nick Faust.

Posted by: CYork1 | November 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Gary is right on. First big road game in the Garden. The kids played a bit tight. And for the most part hung with the #4 team in the country on a neutral court.

Hope they play a bit more loose tonight. They are still pretty young with 3 new starters. Just need to keep building into the ACC.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | November 19, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Knight is one of, if not the, worst color analyst in any sport, at any level, I have ever had the displeasure of listening to.

I loved him as a coach. But as an announcer, he is beyond awful and really hurts the viewing experience.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 19, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree about Bobby Knight. My head would have exploded if I'd had to listen to him for 2 more minutes.

Posted by: erniegogo | November 19, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm only posting here because at 11:22 on Friday Night there is still no report on the Terps loss tonight at MSG. I was there, left after the game, went out to dinner, took the train home and have been here for 40 mins. Guess we should just wait till.....

I will only say three things at this stage: 1) We have some really good talent and we could have a good season 2) We are very weak in the front court and that puts a lot of pressure on JW and 3) this season is starting like all the others: Don't win any important early games. Spend the rest of the year catching up in the perceptions of the national media. Pray we make the tournament.

Posted by: petecard | November 19, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Agree with petecard. It's going to be a rebuilding, guard oriented type of year. But Stoglin and Peshon do show talent.

Posted by: M20832 | November 20, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

The boys played hard. The team clearly doesn't know the flex at this time. Bowie is a backup shooting guard that can help the team win this year in the right role. Keep improving...

RE: UMD/FSU - Please play 60 minutes of winning football today Terps, one play at a time. Let's go boys!!!!

Posted by: Realness1 | November 20, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The black uni's are hard.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 20, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

It's really disappointing to me that there is still nothing on this site about last night's game. I read Liz Clarke's article and it left me with the same feeling I get every year... and it seems the same way in football... that Maryland plays hard but usually doesn't beat teams that it's not supposed to beat. I keep saying why aren't we one of those teams. Year after year. When are we going to be the one's that Pitt and Illinois are not supposed to beat?

Posted by: petecard | November 20, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I love the black uni's!

A funny thing we noticed at the Garden: Both Maryland and Illinois had pep bands and the Illinois contingent seemed bigger and better. But after looking closely it was obvious that neither band was the real thing. They were high school students dressed in the respective team-color tee shirts. They had music sheets to follow and they weren’t very good. Young kids having a good time and probably fooling most of the patrons. I’m pretty sure the six dance team/cheerleaders and Testudo were actually ours!

Posted by: petecard | November 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Fsu D- 80 vs. pass, 10 vs. run....

Posted by: Realness1 | November 20, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Same Old Story, an athletic team that fights hard but can not shoot very well, can not make most foul shots or rebound well. One big man who gets in foul trouble.
"Wait tell next year it is rebuilding time."
MD rebuilds three out of every four years then they win one or two NCAA tournament games and out. Start rebuilding again. They sign small fast athletic players get one big man here and there. These guys run up and down the court fast and turn the ball over about twice as fast as most opponents. I see we signed a 6ft 6in small forward and a point guard for next year. Why does MD need another point guard we have 4 or 5 freshmen and sophs who are rated as excellent point prospect that are part of this years rebuilding program. As someone said "it is easy to coach Duke they get 3 or 4 high school all Americans each year at least two of them are big men."
The MD coaches are responsible for recruiting big men.
Same old story rebuilding for a 1 game run in the NCAA or 3 games in the NIT

Posted by: geoski | November 20, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Wrong again Barny....Brent Mussberger is much worse than Booby Knight

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 20, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Bobby Knight is the worst commentator I've ever heard, but he doesn't provide the level of analysis I would expect from someone with his knowledge of the game. He often sounds surprisingly like a kindly old teddy bear.

Did any of you guys watch the FIBA world championships last summer with Fran Fraschilla commentating? THAT was excellent analysis.

Posted by: acebojangles | November 22, 2010 4:19 AM | Report abuse

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