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Posted at 9:39 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Scouting the Delaware State Hornets

By Liz Clarke

There isn’t much timely information to be had about the Delaware State Hornets, who have played just one game this season. And that was 10 days ago, when they beat Washington Adventist, 63-56, on Nov. 13.

Maryland (3-2) is coming off back-to-back losses to nationally ranked teams on consecutive nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden. So the key for the Terps in their return to Comcast Center is to build on what they did well against No. 5 Pittsburgh and No. 13 Illinois. In particular, Coach Gary Williams expects them to sustain their intensity on both offense and defense from start to finish.

“[Delaware State] likes to really settle things down,” Williams said this week after studying the Hornets’ earlier victory. “Your defense has got be aggressive. If you let them go at their own tempo, it could be a problem.”

Delaware State was picked to finish fifth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches and sports information directors, behind Morgan State, South Carolina State, Hampton and Bethune-Cookman.

The player to keep an eye on is junior guard Jay Threatt, who led NCAA Division I teams in steals (2.8 per game) last season. The 5-11, 175-pound Threatt, a Richmond native, sat out the 2008-09 season after transferring from George Mason. Threatt is the lone returning starter from last season’s squad, which finished 17-12 and 11-5 in the MEAC.

By Liz Clarke  | November 23, 2010; 9:39 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Delaware State, Gary Williams, Maryland basketball  
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Comments

Thanks for a BB updat Liz.

Anyone know how to watch the game online w/o Terps TV?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 23, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

From testudo times:

DSU is coached by Greg Jackson, who's in his 11th year as the Hornets' coach. He says that the team will prioritize defense and try to win games by stifling the opposition more than by racking up points of their own. Junior guard Jay Threatt, the only returning starter, will certainly be a big help in that category: he led the nation in steals per game last year. Threatt's the traditional "get steals" guy: kind of small, but plays tight defense and has quick hands. If nothing else, he'll challenge Terrell Stoglin's and Pe'Shon Howard's ballhandling.

Threatt actually transferred to DSU from George Mason and just so happens to be their point guard and best player. He had the best A/TO ratio in the conference last year and takes care of the ball. He's not a big-time scoring threat nor a great shooter, but he may be expected to take on an increased role in that category this year.

Past that? Well, there's Casey Walker, a 6-5 freshman guard that led his HS team (Brundswick, VA) to three straight state championships. Walker led DSU in scoring in their debut and had the second-most minutes behind Threatt. He's a bit of a chucker (4-15 to get just 15 points), but he could be dangerous if he gets hot.

There's also Marques Oliver, a 6-7 sophomore forward. He put up a double-double in the debut (over Washington Adventist, don't get concerned) and is a solid inside defensive presence, averaging about a block per game last year. Oliver is the closest thing they have to a big man: the tallest regular contributer is 6-8, but receives minimal minutes. Oh, and they have a shooting guard named Alibaba Odd. He's a consensus NCAA All-Name first teamer. That's pretty much it.

DSU likes to slow the pace and try to shut down the opposition defensively. But their best post presence (Oliver) measures just 6-7 and 220 pounds; Jordan Williams won't be overmatched with the ball. I'm guessing they might try to go into a zone to collapse upon him, which will be a great test of Maryland's outside shooting ability. Either way, you can expect the inexperienced freshmen among the DSU ranks will make plenty of mistakes to give Maryland easy points.

On the other side of the floor, Threatt is a heady ballhandler that won't make a lot of mistakes of his own, but there's no one to consistently score points in a halfcourt offense. Without the defensive presence that got them wins last year, they'll need to point up more points, and I'm not sure they know how to yet.

Posted by: fushezzi | November 23, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

HGR -

Likely won't be on tv anywhere. Not unless you buy TerpsTV

(http://www.umterps.com/allaccess/index-dev.html)

Posted by: fushezzi | November 23, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

After watching this team against two good teams following the three warm-up games it pretty clear to me that we have a nice core, of course led by Jordan Williams. He is going to get better and better, especially if he works on his free throw shooting. Mosley is a really important factor and he looked great against the Illini except for his shooting. He missed a number of wide-open shots, but he is really a catalyst on both ends. Tucker the third very key piece and clearly our best shooter. Gregory played much better against Illinois, but it’s hard to count on him because he is inconsistent. Our weakest link by far is Bowie. He just doesn’t have what it takes and it’s obvious that Stoglin at some point (soon?) should move into the starting role. I’m sure there are some sensitivities there but Gary needs to manage this. Stoglin is clearly a work in progress and he takes some ill-advised shots, but he makes things happen. Pe’Shon did not play well in the two games in MSG and my sense is that he will continue to be a decent off-the-bench contributor as the season progresses. As I mentioned in an earlier post, our front court is going to be a problem because there is not enough support for JW. By that I simply mean that the pieces we do have are not good enough. Will they develop? Probably. Will they develop enough to substantially overcome our front court issues? Probably not.

Posted by: petecard | November 23, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Does a game like this really help the development of our team? My sense is no much after the level of teams we played last week. The one thing that we certainly should be focused on is free throw shooting. This needs to become a very high priority. GW's comments to date, even following the very poor FT performance against Pitt, have been very low key. That's fine for public consumption but I do hope he is kicking a** about this in practice and with the team.

Posted by: petecard | November 23, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I think a game like this after two tought, hard-fought losses can really help a team. It enables the team to regain its footing, establish a rotation (something Gary is really searching for this season), develop the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses of the young players, work of offensive sets (the team is a LONG way from running the flex the way it was working the past two years), and strengthen the full-court defense. Every possession in a game like this is a teaching tool, and playing against guys that you don't practice against every day is a very good way for teams to improve.

Tonight's game is the type of game that will really show how good this team can be. Can the team maintain focus? Can the run offensive set? Will the scoring be balanced? Will they generate turnovers and turn them into points? Can they hit their free throws? Do the offensive sets get better throughout the game despite adjustements from the other team?

The Terps need a game like this along with the Elon game to gain some confidence and momentum heading into a tough matchup against Temple.

Posted by: Russtinator | November 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

A little over-stated Russ. "Every possession in a game like this is a teaching tool." Wow, how about a beer with Barack?! Significantly poorer competition has it limits. Not saying your points are all wrong, just saying the value is limited. I know everyone does it. After all we need to win 20+ to reach the dance...

Posted by: petecard | November 23, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

A little over-stated Russ. "Every possession in a game like this is a teaching tool." Wow, how about a beer with Barack?! Significantly poorer competition has it limits. Not saying your points are all wrong, just saying the value is limited. I know everyone does it. After all we need to win 20+ to reach the dance...

Posted by: petecard | November 23, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about that. This team has probably run about 10-20 decent offensive sets all season, so in a game against inferior competition, every possession is important when Gary is trying to teach the team to run good offense. The lack of solid offensive sets is why this team had trouble in NYC, and something they need to get better at if they're going to challenge for anything this year. Stoglin, Howard, and Bowie all need some solid minutes running the point against a team that they don't face every day. Mosely needs to get out of his funk, and start coming hard off screens like he was at the end of last year. I've seen them run 6 or 7 of the 10 or so offensive sets that Gary traditionally runs, so the whole offense still isn't in play.

If they can't run their sets every time down the floor against a team like Deleware State (particularly since they like to slow the pace), how in the world are they going to run set offense against half the teams in the ACC?

Posted by: Russtinator | November 23, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Okay, point taken. Let's see how they do. Will they slow it down just to run their sets? Because this is a game they could just dominate in transition.

Posted by: petecard | November 23, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I would think GW would have had Jordan Williams practicing free throws over the summer. Maybe just a focus thing, or he over-thinks it. His technique looks good at times.

Posted by: MrScrotums | November 23, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, Russ, where does that leave us? Clearly the game was a stinker. I couldn't watch in NY, so maybe I am missing something, but Liz Clarke's story was not encouraging. The box score shows we had 13 TO's and 12 assists. Guess our offensive sets didn't work out too well. Wonder if we used each possession as a "teaching tool?" It seems we dominated in rebounding, which was pretty much expected. So are we to conclude that we needed this game as a throw-away just to get over the let down from the excitement of being on the stage in MSG? Is Elon more of the same or will it really help prepare us for Temple. Here is what we are looking at: if we lose to Temple then this year is starting like most of the others in the last 5 years. Guess we shouldn't be surprised because this is a young team. Oh, wait, we have 3 seniors and a junior starting? It must be a transition year. That's it!

Posted by: petecard | November 24, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

It was a pretty sloppy game. However, there were some encouraging signs. The team was running through sets patiently, and taking what the defense was giving them. Howard actually too his time, and only turned the ball over twice. His shot looked good, and he didn't chuck up any stupid ones like he did in New York.

The team played well considering they were getting virtually nothing from Jordan Williams, which is very encouraging and something this team needed to learn to do. Dino really picked up the slack, and played extremely well on both sides of the court (his defense was never a problem).

The glaring problem with this game was the play of Sean Mosely. He put up another terrible performance with 6 turnovers and shot just 2-6. I'm not sure if he's just not in the flow right now or if he's still trying to figure out what to do with PGs who are not looking his way, but he's got one more game to figure things out before two important games come next week (Penn State and Temple).

Last night was definitely not the performance I was looking for, but there are some things to take away from the game with the hope that they can improve upon them Friday.

Posted by: Russtinator | November 24, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the old Petecard is back. You know, the guy who doesn't watch Terps games and relies on box scores to find fuel for his attacks. Even the biggest Gary haters have shut the hell up by now, except Petecard. Who always seems to find the negative even in positives (wins).

The Petecard Guide to Being a Super Fan:

Complain, complain, attack, complain, attack, demand Gary be fired, complain some more, attack, call for Gary to be fired again, complain, call Grievis Vasquez names and demand he leave the program, call Jordan Williams a bum and blame Gary for recruiting such a lousy player, complain, attack, mock the Fans of Gary and call them childish names like FOGs, complain, attack, demand Gary be fired again and call for Brenda Frese to replace him, complain, mock the fans who think we'll make the tourney and tell everyone we're headed to the NIT again and then when I'm wrong blame Barno for bringing up old comments to remind people what an idiot I am, complain, attack, blame Gary for not publicly being more serious about free throw shooting, complain, attack, blame, whine, moan, attack Gary for not EVER getting to the sweet 16 (except those 7 times he actually did), complain, attack, point fingers, mock our future recruits, tell the fans ad nauseum that these wins are meaningless and that we'll be in the NIT for the 4th time in 5 years, whine some more, attack, demand Gary be fired.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 24, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Barno, you are pathetic and most people on this site no it. You just can't handle the truth, which boiled down to its simplest essence (so that you might be able to understand it) is that our program just hasn't been very good for the last 7 years. We have made ZERO sweet 16's. We all continue to root for the team and cheer GW as a game coach. But you, Barno, you are the one that really doesn't care. You don't care about our performance. You are just happy to accept anything and make excuse after excuse. When that doesn't work you turn to the same tactics as the liberal media. You make it up and you attack people who disagree with you. If GW was black, anyone questioning the program in your eyes would be a racist. By the way, when was the last time I said he should be fired?

Posted by: petecard | November 24, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"you are pathetic and most people on this site no it"

Most people NO it? I think you meant "know" Peter the Hate.

"If GW was black, anyone questioning the program in your eyes would be a racist."

Baaahahahaha! You must be joking. Well...if it were anyone else, I'd 'know' they were joking. But with Petey boy, he might actually be serious.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Peter the Hate.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 24, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

You just can't handle the truth, which boiled down to its simplest essence (so that you might be able to understand it) is that our program just hasn't been very good for the last 7 years. We have made ZERO sweet 16's.

They won an ACC Tournament Title, an ACC regular season title, and have finished no lower than 7th in a 12 team league in the past 7 years. I'm sure Wake, NC State, Clemson, Miami, FSU, BC, UVA, VaTech, and GaTech would love to have the consistancy and accomplishments (aside from GaTech's final 4 in 2004) that the Terps have had over the past 7 years. Maryland is the ONLY other team outside of Duke and UNC to win the ACC Tournament since 1997 (Wake), and Maryland is the ONLY other team other than Duke or UNC to hold a share of the regular season title since 2002/03 (Wake). They were argueably one shot from a Final Four last season, and have one of the best big men in the country on their roster right now.

Would it be great if the Terps could finish first every year, sure, but playing second fiddle to Duke and Carolina, and not mired in the "rest of the ACC" is pretty darn good for me!

I guess UNC should fire Roy Williams, because they couldn't even win the NIT last year after Hansborough and crew left, and already have 2 losses this year to unranked teams with the so-anointed best player in the country.

Why is greatness not good enough for you Pete?

Posted by: Russtinator | November 24, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

On Thanksgiving Eve I am thankful to God I am not spending it with you Barno. Russ is a close second but I don't think he is as totally addicted to the Koolaid as you. Barno, when you need to build most of your rant at a typo then what can one say? You don't respond to the concrete, factual comments, you simply try (pathetically) to ignore your hate and yell "hater" in the other direction. Whoever has the biggest, loudest bullhorn wins! LMAO.

Posted by: petecard | November 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

"You don't respond to the concrete, factual comments, you simply try (pathetically) to ignore your hate and yell "hater" in the other direction. Whoever has the biggest, loudest bullhorn wins! LMAO." -Peter the Hate

This from the guy who yesterday posted the following comment:

"If GW was black, anyone questioning the program in your eyes would be a racist."

Try contradicting yourself a little more Petecard.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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