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Posted at 9:39 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Terps Freshmen Make Case for Minutes as Starters Sputter

By Liz Clarke

There’s no doubt who will face the most scrutiny when Maryland returns to practice Monday: Starting guards Cliff Tucker and Adrian Bowie, and, to a lesser extent, the team’s co-captains, Sean Mosley and Dino Gregory.

The four veterans were put on notice the moment Coach Gary Williams pulled them from Sunday’s game against Temple early in the second half, angry about lackluster effort that led to a 15-point deficit.

The patchwork lineup Williams fielded in their place -- consisting of three freshmen and two sophomores (center Jordan Williams the lone starter among them) -- stormed back to tie the score, but the Terrapins fell, nonetheless, 64-61. Among the coach’s gripes:

The starters weren’t active enough on offense but “stood around” once they got the ball into Jordan Williams, who scored 10 of the Terrapins’ 21 first-half points.

They were halfhearted on defense. Though the Terrapins started with full-court pressure, it had little effect, Williams said, because his players “didn’t play hard enough.” Temple shot 42 percent in the first half.

And Maryland’s height disadvantage was no excuse for the minus-10 differential in rebounding. “I expect us to fight,” Williams said. “There were times we didn’t go after the glass as hard as we should.”

But Williams’s real challenge isn’t a matter of sorting out who dazzles in practice; it’s figuring out who will actually show up in games.

Here are the key stats for the Terrapins' starters:

Cliff Tucker: 2 points, 1 rebound (18 minutes)
Sean Mosley: 4 points, 2 rebounds (19 minutes)
Adrian Bowie: 2 points, 2 rebounds (22 minutes)
Dino Gregory: 1 point, 6 rebounds, 3 steals (31 minutes)
Jordan Williams: 17 points, 11 rebounds (32 minutes)

The Terrapins' bench combined for 35 points, with freshman point guard Terrell Stoglin accounting for 16 points.

Said Temple Coach Fran Dunphy of Maryland's freshmen guards, Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard (6 points, a team-high 6 assists): “They’re really going to be good basketball players. They gave us everything we could handle.”

By Liz Clarke  | December 6, 2010; 9:39 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Gary Williams, Jordan Williams, Maryland basketball, Temple, Terrell Stoglin  
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Comments

Finally, a BB post.

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Finally, a BB post.

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

True, four starters played poorly, but this game ultimately was lost on the foul line. Gary needs to bring in a free-throw consultant to remedy this situation.

Posted by: runningcloud | December 6, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Well, that performance against Temple last night was pretty hard to watch, but it played out the way Temple’s games have gone all year. They have now won 5 of 7 games and only one game had the winner scoring more than 65 points. Last night it was 64. We can point to several factors in the loss, but in the end the key was the poor and lethargic play of 4 of our 5 starters. It would be easy to rip our free throw shooting, as JW was once again below 50% at 3 of 7, but it was more than that. Overall both teams shot poorly in every respect, especially behind the arch and at the FT line. Temple was actually worse in both categories. But they killed us on the boards and they had 13 steals.
I am not for wholesale changes in the starting line-up. I still want Mosley in there. In fact the only change I would make right now is to replace Bowie with Stogs. I would keep the rest of the rotation in tact. But where does last night leave us. We are essentially in the same place as we were last year. The record and patterns are almost identical. Last year we made an incredible run in the ACC regular season. I don’t know if that is in the cards this year. Who is going to step up? Who will catch fire? Who will be the catalyst? Let’s hope that GW can find the answers.

Posted by: petecard | December 6, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Bowie isn't a pg, he's better suited as a slasher. I believe Howard or Stoglin should be starting at 1 and Bowie should be first off the bench replacing Tucker or Mosley.

Posted by: DMoney28 | December 6, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

we will probably go 11-5 in the ACC and maybe even better, but that's because the ACC is terrible after Duke. Carolina and pre season darling VA Tech are in free fall. Seth Greenberg should be gone after this season unless Tech makes the same mistake we keep making. We are an average team that won't sniff the top 25 again once again. In Gary we trust!

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

beat it reston, take that stuff to the VA exurbs where you belong.

Bowie cant be the starting PG. I prefer Pe'shon to Stogs, stogs shoots too much for me, but one of them needs to be in there.

Also, ive railed against the kid for a year, but I think Padgett might be coming around. And I think Hawk and Weis should get more minutes

Posted by: jpfterps | December 6, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Bowie, Mosely, Tucker and Gregory are second line players. The past two to three years they were the first off the bench as a replacement.
JWill will be a first class player. GW should put the Frosh in and play them. I still want to see Mychal Parker live up to his youtube videos.
What have you got to lose Gary? You play one ACC team (Boston College) in the next five games. I believe Gary could get the Frosh to really jel with UNC Greensboro/ BC (a test there)/ NJIT/ North Florida and Colgat coming up.

Posted by: M20832 | December 6, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Reston you are always welcome. Calling it the way you see it is what many of us on this site want. We may not always agree with each other but we do care about free speech. Speak your mind. It would be interesting to see a board where people cut out the personal attacks and simply speak to the issues. That won't happen with the cut'n paste guy and his cronies, but the rest of us could just ignore them!

Posted by: petecard | December 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

FT% is not as big a problem as rebounding. That's an intensity issue - and when GW did the wholesale substitution, the kids scrapped for every rebound whether or not they got it.

Dunphy is great coach, and the mutual comments between GW & him are all warm and cuddly. He is excellent at finding SMART kids who play well and graduate; although he probably loses a few of the smart kids that he used to get when he was at Penn. Most of his kids come from Philly. Replacing John Chaney is a tough act, but dang, he was the right guy for the job. Keep playing Temple - I hope they play MD at the Palestra so all of you can see the ONLY basketball arena that could rival the legend of Cole Field House.

Last I checked, it wasn't February which leaves plenty of time for GW to correct the issues with the team (starting with Rebounding) and determine the optimal finishing line-up.

My prediction:JW, JP (DG moves to 1st big off the bench), SM (CT as 6th man), PH & TS. I think we will see all of the seniors effectively relegated to back-up roles as the season grinds on. Usually GW tinkers with the starting line-up at the beginning of the ACC schedule. We'll continue to see HP and BW - especially if HP can hit threes like his first shot as opposed to airballs like his second.

I like this senior class (not as much as last year's) but there is a reason why they were career back-ups. They will certainly contribute throughout the season but the writing is on the wall - success will happen a lot easier with the youth movement.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

GW always says it takes the bigs a lot longer to develop at the college level. If this is the year that JP emerges, then he's probably on schedule.

MY man-love for Goins and Burney has been extinguished. JP is the real deal in a PF body.

Any thoughts on whether we'll see AP? I think we've seen more of EL than him so far.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Three seniors and none of them had the patience to rely on the flex to open up looks. So add that to the list of concerns.

Not to the top though. Top concern remains rebounding - other than JW, no starter was crashing the boards in the first half.

FT shooting is now third on the list.

But I really like this team, warts and all. Its going to be fun watching them develop and gel.

Regards -

-hgr

So a

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game, and I was impressed with the way the team fought back, but just like the two previous losses, it was all for naught. Once again this team will enter Selection Sunday without a signature non-conference win (unless they're somehow able to knock off 'Nova in Phily). For those who are clammoring for the freshman, sure they're exciting to watch, and the make some great plays, but Stoglin has very little grasp of the offense, and Howard runs around like a chicken with his head cut off as much as Bowie and Tucker stand around and watch. It's a catch-22, because while the seniors know what's going on, they frequently appear lethargic, and wait for someone else to do something. They freshman, meanwhile, are full of energy and enthusiasm, but are so excited and inexperienced, that they don't know what to do in many situations.

I don't feel that the game was lost on the free throw line. It was lost on the defensive end. Temple is not a very good shooting team, and the run a rather simple offense (pick and roll mostly), yet too many times in the second half when the Terps were trying to get back in the game, the ball-side defenders were leaving the ball. Fernandez had a field day shooting 12-15 footers, because he would rub off a screen with the ball and have an open jumper from the elbow all day. Add to that the overpursuit of the baseline defenders, which caused them to be out of position of far too many Temple offensive rebounds, and you have the answers to the question of why the Terps lost yesterday. Ultimately, the plays that killed them were the and-1 off the offensive rebound when the game was tied at 56, and the steal and putback off the hurried outlet pass when the Terps were only down 3 and had gotten a defensive rebound.

The way things are going in the ACC right now, the conference is going to be lucky to get more than 3 teams into the NCAA tournament, and if the Terps don't get 10 or more conference wins, it's going to be an NIT year.

Posted by: Russtinator | December 6, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Petecard -

I by definition do not want Restonhoops to beat it, although JP's slam and any slam on the state of VA is always welcome. Especially when its directed to that soul-less part of NoVa which essentially NJ moved south (when you need an EZPass to get home, you are in a misplaced part of NJ).

What would be nice, and I've asked for it repeatedly, is if RH would state his affiliation with U-MD. For all of the bashing that you, Poopy, and TFMA have endured, we know you three are all Terps. Same with caphillterp and epdaly. RH has never voiced any affiliation with the Univ. He's never participated in telling stories or talking about favorite players from the past. So I suspect he's a lurker.
His name is RestonHoops but the first time I saw him post he was knocking Dave Neal who is from Reston (or one of the nearby exits...its all the same out there).

I know a ton of folks from George Mason who live to hate the Terps (as well as the Wahoos and Hokies, but to a lesser extent) because, y'know, Mason is not reeeealllly a University; its more like a four year community college (like UMBC, but with much lower admission requirements). no one lives there. No one moves to the area to attend GMU. Its closer to Strayer than it is GWU. Ok, maybe DeVry.

One magical run to the FF and nothing. Nice, likable coach though.

So restonhoops, I cordially invite you to share your affiliation with the University of Maryland. If you attended, please divulge when you were in CP. If its not too much trouble let us know who your favorite players from MD are/were.

Regardless, you are more than welcome on this board in my book. But I suspect many of the others would beg to differ.

Warm Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

ahh - Cremins has always been a pain in the *ss, has always had PITA players (Mark Price was a gnat) and now checkmates MD on the Baru recruitment. from the link provided by testudo times:
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1. Charleston packages a pair
There have definitely been easier recruitments to follow than that of center Adjehi Baru (Richmond, Va./Steward School). He selected a Southern Conference school over Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. That happened. But, there's a story. Bobby Cremins never uses his full allotment of scholarships. He didn't do it at Georgia Tech and hasn't done it at the College of Charleston either. Cremins, has an affinity for talent and keeps a trim rotation. The coach figures he doesn't want four kids at the end of the bench tossing mental daggers at him because they aren't playing.

This year, Cremins used one of his extra scholarships on Pat Branin, son of Baru's legal guardian. It would be hard to find a more efficient use of a scholarship you didn't intend on using anyway. Baru has an obvious comfort level with Branin and that'll ease his transition to college. Branin did not have another Division I scholarship offer outside of Charleston. Usually, the smaller school NEVER has the advantage against the big boys in recruiting. This time, the tables were turned and Cremins held the trump card: an extra scholarship. The wily veteran and former ACC coach beat his former conference for the highest-rated recruit in the history of the College of Charleston.

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f-ing brilliant. absolutely brilliant. Are they on the schedule again next year?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

we lost out on Baru (from the link provided by Testudo times)
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1. Charleston packages a pair
There have definitely been easier recruitments to follow than that of center Adjehi Baru (Richmond, Va./Steward School). He selected a Southern Conference school over Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. That happened. But, there's a story. Bobby Cremins never uses his full allotment of scholarships. He didn't do it at Georgia Tech and hasn't done it at the College of Charleston either. Cremins, has an affinity for talent and keeps a trim rotation. The coach figures he doesn't want four kids at the end of the bench tossing mental daggers at him because they aren't playing.

This year, Cremins used one of his extra scholarships on Pat Branin, son of Baru's legal guardian. It would be hard to find a more efficient use of a scholarship you didn't intend on using anyway. Baru has an obvious comfort level with Branin and that'll ease his transition to college. Branin did not have another Division I scholarship offer outside of Charleston. Usually, the smaller school NEVER has the advantage against the big boys in recruiting. This time, the tables were turned and Cremins held the trump card: an extra scholarship. The wily veteran and former ACC coach beat his former conference for the highest-rated recruit in the history of the College of Charleston.

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brilliant move by Cremins.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post on Baru. Wapo online wigged when I posted the first one.

regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

WELCOME BACK RESTONHOOPS. YOUR GREATEST HITS:

Those days aren't coming back. I'll be shocked if this years team makes the tourney which will be 4 out of 5 for those keeping count at home. In most programs that consider themselves major that would be grounds for moving in another direction.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 17, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Barno I am a fan of MD not a fan of Gary Williams. Gary is NOT bigger than the program, he maybe for you, but for me MD the program comes first. Gary is not getting the job done.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 17, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Keeping checking ESPN every day to see if we ever make it off the "bubble". So that will be 4 out of 5 years FOGs. Please tell me what program that considers itself even a top 50 program that went 4 out of 5 years missing the dance without a coaching change.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 18, 2009 2:24 PM

Gary is a joke.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 12, 2009 3:20 PM

You GaryFans need to take your glasses off. Maryland was not a Top 16 team this year. There is nothing that shows they will be next year and quite frankly the recruits we are bringing in next year look like quite mediocre. Maryland will not be relevant on the national stage until Gary leaves period. Class dismissed.

Posted by: restonhoops | April 7, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey Barno1 = AKA Gary's Caddie. When we lose to Wake and the lose GV to the pros and miss the tourney again next for 5 out of 6 would that be time for Gary to leave? Or would even 9 out 10 years be ok for you? It doesn't matter? We could miss the next 10 years say, but its all good because Gary's your guy?

Posted by: restonhoops | March 12, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

you don't care about MD or MD basketball you care about Gary Williams. When he gets canned and takes over at Mount St. Mary's you can drive out there and be a Gary booster. If GV bolts and we don't get Stephenson Gary is GONE, BABY, GONE. Get used to it Barno.

Posted by: restonhoops | March 12, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | December 6, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

HGR my guess is you are one. I've been a Terps fan since Dutch Morley and Buck Williams time if that's long enough for you. I've never been a Gary fan and never will. To me he's half a good coach. He's a good coach who usually gets the most of his players. He's had his misses, but in 20 plus years his track record is good in that regard. The fact is he's never worked hard at recruiting and in todays game that's at least half the battle. Gary loves to play the underdog and act like MD is the little sister of the poor. At this point the program would be better served by a coach that refuses to take a back seat to anyone and is a tireless work in selling the program. As an example there have been some good articles on how Sean Miller is working his tail off and already having an impact out at University of Arizona. I had my eye on him while he was out at Xavier. That's the kind of fresh energy we need. We haven't been nationally relevant in nearly 10 years and its getting further and further in the window. Outside of Williams (player) and who knows how long he stays there is really nothing showing we will be anything other than a top 40 type of team.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

HGR,

Restonhoops did not attend the university of maryland and has no affiliation whatsoever with the school. He admitted this in the past, and said his only connection to the Terps is that he once lived in the same state.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 6, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

HughG,

That was a much nicer way of prodding Reston than the way Terpfan and I were asked last week about how we support the University. I have enjoyed many of Reston's previous posts and they always seem to come across from the point of view of wanting the Terps to be better.

As for your analysis of the team, I think free throw shooting, JW's in particular, is a real problem. It has already contributed greatly to two of our losses and maybe all three. We certainly have other issues, shooting, rebounding, T/O's and running the offense among them. I would like to see Stogs starting at PG and GW really working to get him focused. You may be right about the other changes, but for now I would only make the change at PG.

Posted by: petecard | December 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Barno I stand by my posts I've been consistent in my critism of the progam and I've been proven right again and again not you. The only thing saving things the last couple years is the free fall of the ACC which is probably the 4th or 5th best conference now. I fully expect an organized and energetic Gary team to go 10-6 or 11-5 in the ACC maybe even 12-4. If we were in the Big East we wouldn't even sniff .500

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Reston's point of view on GW and the program is well-stated and represents what many people either feel now or have felt. I don't want GW fired, but I do want the program to improve. But we don't need to rant at people who won't put GW on the highest pedestal.
It's early in the season and we have the opportunity to improve, but we are basically in the same place we were in at this time last year. And there isn't any GV on the roster to turn his game on after a pretty bad start last year. In fact, with the ACC thought to be weaker this year, we will have to do very well to be anything other than a bubble team. But I will go on record right now in saying I really hope we get things going and have a great year. It's just not starting out that way... again.

Posted by: petecard | December 6, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The root of the teams issues is a consistent lack of talent. We play good D and run hard. When was the last time you could sit down to a game and say we can go toe to toe with anyone in the country bringem on? It was the NC team and maybe the year after. Every year it's the recruit that got away and the player that didn't develop the names just change Mike Jones, Cliff Tucker, Dupree. I just see Maryland having the potential to I don't know be at the level of Pittsburgh or Villanova to name a couple teams that will beat us this year. Neither team has any reason to be a better program than us, but they both are at this point.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update on Baru HGR. That was in the wind for a week or two now. So it looks like no legit big man again for next years class. Hand over mouth. Shocker.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Barno I stand by my posts I've been consistent in my critism of the progam and I've been proven right again and again not you." -restonhoops

...you care about Gary Williams. When he gets canned and takes over at Mount St. Mary's you can drive out there and be a Gary booster. If GV bolts and we don't get Stephenson Gary is GONE, BABY, GONE. Get used to it Barno.

Posted by: restonhoops | March 12, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barno1 = AKA Gary's Caddie. When we lose to Wake and the lose GV to the pros and miss the tourney again next for 5 out of 6 would that be time for Gary to leave? Or would even 9 out 10 years be ok for you? It doesn't matter? We could miss the next 10 years say, but its all good because Gary's your guy?

Posted by: restonhoops | March 12, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | December 6, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

There are going to be a lot of Stoglin haters because he is a shoot-first PG and looks for his shots, but he is exactly what all of the starters are not. The guy has a killer instinct, can stroke the 3 (especially from the corner), can attack the basket, and is a phenomenal ball-handler. I don't mind him as a spark plug off the bench, but Bowie has got to lose his starting job to PeShon at the very least.

Mosley obviously put in no work during the offseason. Tucker seems hesitant. Bowie is playing out of position and it looks like his confidence has been completely sucked out of him. I sure hope they turn this around by non-conference time.

That said, I still thing this team is a virtual lock for the tournament. Gary will get us a signature win or two. He always does. The young guys are super encouraging and JWill is a monster... just needs to sink FTs and kick the ball back out once in a while.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Barno and your point is? Gary was lucky GV came back for his senior and put the team on his back to bridge over to JW. We would not have even made the tournament last year without GV. We will make it this with the 3 extra spots and the ACC in the shape its in. We will again beat no one of interest outside of conference play or for that matter in conference as only Duke is a top 25 team in the ACC this year.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Also, what is up with the REBOUNDING? It doesn't make sense. Williams has a wide frame and Dino/Padgett are very active and athletic. Mosley is very big for his position and Tucker has a great wing span. We should be KILLING teams on the glass. Or, hell, at least competitive. The second-chances are unacceptable.


Last night I said the FT shooting was the downfall. On second though, the real dagger was once we tied it, nobody got back on D and then (i forget who) fouled on an easy layup and gave them a 3 point lead right back. Dagger.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

You're right about Mosley. He had a couple plays yesterday where he looked lost and scared on the offensive end. He's one player I expected to develop a lot more over his time at Maryland. He's one of the exceptions to the rule that Gary develops his players. At this point we don't have any consistent wing player. It looked out of the gate like Tucker might do that this year, but he's back to his up and down ways.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Barno and your point is?

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Point is you A) you are always wrong and B) you didn't even go to UMD so why are you commenting here?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 6, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

So it looks like no legit big man again for next years class. Hand over mouth. Shocker.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse
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Pocket that comment until Hubert makes his decision.....unless you don't consider 6'10" big.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 6, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Barno once again calls for someone to leave the board. What an *ss. Keep post'n Reston.

Posted by: petecard | December 6, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

i think it's time GW needs to permanently send Bowie and Tucker to the bench. They are the most inconsistent players in the starting rotation. Dino's stat line is usually not a good indicator of how well he plays. He has been a force on D. But Adrian Bowie is NOT a true point guard. At best, he is good for a quick spark off the bench. Tucker has been up and down his entire career. I agree with an earlier poster. I'd like to see more of Mychal Parker and Hawk. From what I've seen of all the other ACC teams, Maryland looks like the second best team so it's not time to hit the panic button yet though we haven't beaten a good team yet.

Posted by: crsiggy | December 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Tucker showed promise early on, but has been inconsistent at best. Dino has not given us much, and probably will not give us much all year. Stoglin and Howard show promise, but typical freshman growing pains have translated into turnovers. We need Mosley, Bowie, and Tucker to step up.

By the way, for all the best ACC news in one spot, check out www.InsideACCHoops.com

Posted by: InsideACCHoopscom | December 6, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Reston,

You are as well-informed about the program as my cousin, who stays actively informed about the program to spew hate intelligently (he went to GMU so thats where my ready made bashes came in). He also loves the skins but hated JGibbs the first time around (he has a thing against born-again christians).

I get that you can be a fan and not be a fan of the coach - TFMA loves MD FB but hates RF. Then again, I know he'd passionately disagree with your assessment of GW.

Imjustlikemusiq - I 100% agree that rebounding is our biggest issue. If MS competes evenly on the rebounding battle the margins for error aren't so small. Four points in missed FTs down the stretch doesn't matter nearly as much as an incremental 5 rebounds. We saw those five (and then some) be taken away by Temple or end up out of bounds on the Terps. The hustle was not there from the starters.

DG did warm up when he returned to the game, but JP was showing skills that are likely gonna make him lose his starting position - and he's supposed to be our "hustle" guy (and so is Moseley). I am absolutely NOT a DG hater. I honestly believe JP is going to be the answer for success this season. In the last few games, when plays have been run for him, he finishes.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The Sun is reporting that Baru signed with College of Charleston

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Rivals Ranks 15 bowls worse than the Military:
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20. Military Bowl, East Carolina (6-6) vs. Maryland (8-4), Dec. 29: Maryland had a far better season than expected. The Terps' reward? A bowl game in Washington, D.C., less than an hour from their campus. Expect a lot of points. East Carolina has one of the most potent offenses in the nation. On the flipside, ECU's defense couldn't keep your 13-year-old's Pop Warner team from scoring in the high 20s.
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http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1161735
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Funny stuff how badly they are bashing the bowls that passed on MD.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Reston:

I do disagree with your assessment of GW...his detractors love to beat the recruiting drum over and over...the fact is that GW knows what he wants in a player and he gets more out of them than anybody...the fact that anyone can hold recruiting against GW after the Nat Championship is really amazing...None of those players were McD AAs..not even close...JW is a recent example...the "recruiter hypes" were all over Lance Stephenson...and I for one am glad he didnt come here (whatever the reason)....Duke is an example of a recruiting factory and they are certainly a successful program (partly fueled by media hype) but usually when we lace it up with them, its a toss-up...that to me, speaks volumes about GW as a coach and quite frankly with the production he has, I care very little about who exactly he recruits...correct me if I am wrong but didnt ESPN recently list UMD as one of the top BB programs of the decade?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh man what a weekend, fire up the 'ol computer operating system this morning and what do I see? That our beloved Terps are playing in the Military Bowl.

I could've sworn that all of the "expert" prognosticators on here were saying the Terps were bound for Orlando. I was all ready to head down there, practically already packed too. Had my invisible dog leash and scandalously revealing thong tucked away in my suitcase.

Gotta love the posters who are somehow blaming Prisbell and the WaPo for this. Like the NCAA looked at this blog and was like "hey that blog guy thinks the Terps are going to the Militarty Bowl, scratch 'em off the Champs Sports Bowl and let's send 'em to DC." Yep probably just how it went down.

Nevermind that an actual reporter at a respected newspaper probably has his ear more to the ground than most "expert" posters here. Didn't matter to them. This is all Prisbell, the WaPo's, and Obamacare's fault. Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!

But on the plus side at least the Terps bball team beat up on Temple.

Wait, what? We couldn't even beat Temple? What, were our players to busy pre-game being regaled by comedic stories from Bill Cosby? Were the Terp bball players not playing their best in protest of the Terps football team being slighted?

Oh well. Guess the likes of me, Pete "the hate" (oh what an original name from Fargo1), TerpFanMA-hate (or however Fargo1 cleverly inserted the word hate into how your name), etc. just can't win.

Funny too that some posters are calling for a boycott of the Military Bowl. Can you imagine what Fargo1 and his cabal-o-morons would be saying if myself, petecard, terpfanma, etc would even mention the word boycott?

Fargo1 and co would shoot steam out their ears, have their heads explode and grab their pitchforks and torches in an attempt to reclaim the UMD diploma's from us. Nothing hypocritical about Fargo1 and Co. at all. Nope.

Also funny that Fargo1 is gonna copy and save this to some word document on his home-computer to reference at a later date. I can just see it one day in the future when Fargo1's husband or wife is on the computer and finds a treasure-trove of random quotes from even more random posters of the WaPo and wonders just what the heck it is that his/her husband does all day on the computer and why he is so obsessed with saving everything a "fakey-fan" says on the internet.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | December 6, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah!!! Go Temple!!! Way to beat the Twerps!!!

Posted by: Dog-1 | December 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Fargo1 once again calls for someone to leave the board. What an *ss. Keep post'n Reston.

Posted by: petecard | December 6, 2010 3:11 PM
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Unbelievable isn't it? I'm sure Fargo1 is a descendant of Stalin or something.

Seriously, who has this much hate for others with differing opinions?

Maybe Fargo1 is just really upset after the sports weekend he had, especially with his beloved Redskins not even showing up in NY. That had to have made his blood boil.

What else is funny about super-fan Fargo1 is that he probably didn't even know the Terps soccer team was playing in the NCAA's this weekend. To Fargo1 and Co. if you only support the football and basketball teams, you are a far superior fan and alum than if you, in addition to supporting said, also support the likes of soccer, baseball, field hockey, volleyball, etc.

But who knows, maybe Fargo1 and crew really enjoy going to the Gymkana shows and ogling all the performers in their tights.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | December 6, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Great post Dixon! Very funny.

Posted by: petecard | December 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Can't say that I've ever saved any posts (why would I when there's this new invention called "google") and as far as being a hypocrite, Poopy_McPoop wrote the book on it. As for blood boiling, that's funny bc I really wish I was a fly on the wall in Poopy_McPoop's mom's basement when he found out that he had been 'banned' from the Washington Post site. I can only imagine how crazy he must have gone--as his recent 4:00 p.m daily posts can attest. I'm guessing Poopy threw one of those tantrums Nicolas Cage frequently does so well in the movies.

Poopy_McPoop: unstable at best

Posted by: Barno1 | December 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

all day on the computer and why he is so obsessed

Posted by: DixonTheDog | December 6, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Your screen name is named after my dead dog and you're calling other people "obsessed." You belong in a mental institution Poopy.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 6, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Maryland's ballhandling remains A.W.F.U.L. I was at the game last night, and I have never seen so many errant passes, mishandled passes, and turnovers on a Maryland team as I've seen this season.

I agree that Bowie is playing out-of-position: he def is a "2", not a "1". Last night I watched him be almost nonexistent on the court in that game, often standing around and watching. I would be in favor of starting Stoglin from now on, and bringing Bowie in off of the bench.

Bowie and Tucker are playing like they are "entitled" to start solely b/c of their seniority (was not impressed w/Cliff Tucker's game last night, either). Even Moseley's head was not in it, and I was hoping that Gary would bench him for P. Howard. Paulsson actually sparked the Terps' play by making some key shots and playing good D while he was in.

Despite the team's penchant for making hard comeback runs at the end of games, Maryland could easily have lost be EVEN MORE.

I am really glad to see Padgett getting more run -- he is playing really inspired 'ball, and the Terps seem to benefit from his energy. WHEN IS GARY GONNA PLAY ASHTON PANKEY, so that we can see what he brings to the table?

Finally, I would actually like to see Gary experiment with a "big" lineup of PADGETT@3, PAULSSON@4, and JWILL@5. That lineup becomes even more intriguing when you add STOGLIN@1 and HOWARD/MOSELEY@2.

What do y'all think?

Posted by: ntlekt | December 6, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Maryland's ballhandling remains A.W.F.U.L. I was at the game last night, and I have never seen so many errant passes, mishandled passes, and turnovers on a Maryland team as I've seen this season.

I agree that Bowie is playing out-of-position: he def is a "2", not a "1". Last night I watched him be almost nonexistent on the court in that game, often standing around and watching. I would be in favor of starting Stoglin from now on, and bringing Bowie in off of the bench.

Bowie and Tucker are playing like they are "entitled" to start solely b/c of their seniority (was not impressed w/Cliff Tucker's game last night, either). Even Moseley's head was not in it, and I was hoping that Gary would bench him for P. Howard. Paulsson actually sparked the Terps' play by making some key shots and playing good D while he was in.

Despite the team's penchant for making hard comeback runs at the end of games, Maryland could easily have lost be EVEN MORE.

I am really glad to see Padgett getting more run -- he is playing really inspired 'ball, and the Terps seem to benefit from his energy. WHEN IS GARY GONNA PLAY ASHTON PANKEY, so that we can see what he brings to the table?

Finally, I would actually like to see Gary experiment with a "big" lineup of PADGETT@3, PAULSSON@4, and JWILL@5. That lineup becomes even more intriguing when you add STOGLIN@1 and HOWARD/MOSELEY@2.

What do y'all think?

Posted by: ntlekt | December 6, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

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