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Posted at 6:42 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Denying three-pointers proves key to Terps' rout of Virginia

By Liz Clarke

Most of the action in Maryland games this season has unfolded in the front court, where sophomore center Jordan Williams has reigned supreme.

But the Terps’ 66-42 rout of Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday was engineered on the perimeter, where Maryland’s defense essentially shut down the Cavaliers’ vaunted three-point game.

Virginia entered the game leading the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (42.2, or 35 of 85) and was coming off a stellar performance in a victory over Georgia Tech, hitting 10 of 15 from beyond the arc.

So while the Cavaliers constructed their game-plan around negating Maryland’s 6-10 sophomore center, Maryland was determined to frustrate Virginia’s three-point game.

While Maryland managed to prove that there’s more to the Terps than Williams (held to four points and six rebounds in 32 minutes), Virginia failed to come up with a Plan B on offense with its long-range shooters denied so much.

“Our mind-set was just to make every shot tough,” freshman point guard Pe’Shon Howard said afterward. “They’re going to get some [three-pointers], but to make them work and every one a tough shot. That way, by the end of the game hopefully they’re tired and maybe they’ll miss some. I know they were hot against Georgia Tech, and that was one of our areas of concern.”

Virginia ended up making just 4 of 17 (23.5 percent) three-pointers. Maryland held the Cavs to their fewest points all season (42) and prevented a single player from reaching double figures.

Meantime, with Jordan Williams’s effectiveness limited, senior guard Adrian Bowie came up huge for Maryland, spurring two key scoring spurts and finishing with a season-high 22.

Coach Gary Williams had praise all ‘round: For seniors Dino Gregory (eight points, five rebounds) and Cliff Tucker (13 points, three rebounds), as well, and both freshman point guards.

“With Cliff, you’re gonna get shots you don’t like as a coach once in awhile,” Coach Williams said. “But you also want his aggressiveness and toughness on defense. You trade that.”

As for Howard and Terrell Stoglin, who combined for 16 points and seven assists in sharing point guard duties, Coach Williams said: “It’s never easy being a point guard if you play for a guy that played point guard. You forget that you weren’t that good when you played, and you expect your point guards to be better than you were. So you put some pressure on those guys. But I thought they were great. They got us into the offense. They made key plays…getting the ball to the right guy.”

By Liz Clarke  | January 28, 2011; 6:42 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Jordan Williams, Maryland basketball, Pe'Shon Howard, Virginia basketball  
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Comments

Great Team win! Let's see if they can keep on rollin' with a win at GT. Then it's welcoming (F)dook to the warm environs of the Shell.

Posted by: M20832 | January 28, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

So is Adrian Bowie planning to play like that for the rest of the year? I sure hope so.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 28, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least there is an article about Maryland on the TI. Can't find one in the WaPo.com sports section. It's home team is Virginia.

Very frustrating not to be able to view the game last night. I had to "watch" it on my iPhone via ESPN's gamecast. Sick.

Looking forward to reading everyone's analysis of the game, especially Russinator's, so have at it guys.

Posted by: petecard | January 28, 2011 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Agree on TV...nothing on ESPN and NESN had Miss State on....

Not out of the woods yet but Gary has us moving in the right direction....

Now my perennial question...Wheres Parker? Is he that bad? You would think there would be some value to getting him PT in some of these ACC games when we have a big lead

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 28, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

There were two articles on this game in my paper Post, one balanced between Md and Va and one focusing on Md.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 28, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Junk press? Nothing about Gary Williams is junk. As always, whenever the opposition get outcoached, it is referred to as some anomaly. At least Duke's coach gets it: If you do not prepare for Gary Williams and his team, defeat is your only option.

Posted by: dirtball | January 28, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Junk press? Nothing about Gary Williams is junk. As always, whenever the opposition gets outcoached, it is referred to as some anomaly. At least Duke's coach gets it: If you do not prepare for Gary Williams and his team, defeat is your only option.

Posted by: dirtball | January 28, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Now my perennial question...Wheres Parker? Is he that bad? You would think there would be some value to getting him PT in some of these ACC games when we have a big lead

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 28, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

To be fair we didn't build that big lead until late in the game. Look, Gary likes his 8-9 man rotation and sticks to that. Early in the year he cited the fact that Parker has never played in any kind of system before and was taking longer to get adjusted to it. With three players leaving next year I fully expect him to have a role next season similar to Landon Milbourne between his freshamn and sophomore season (Assuming he doesn't transfer).

With that being said, that was clearly the best and most complete effort of the season from our guys. It was important especially because it showed that if a defense completely smothers Jordan Williams, other guys can step up. Uva obviously isn't good but it was impressive nonetheless - particularly the outside shooting. It will be interesting to see if they can build on that performance.

Posted by: elowe2 | January 28, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Now my perennial question...Wheres Parker? Is he that bad? You would think there would be some value to getting him PT in some of these ACC games when we have a big lead

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 28, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

To be fair we didn't build that big lead until late in the game. Look, Gary likes his 8-9 man rotation and sticks to that. Early in the year he cited the fact that Parker has never played in any kind of system before and was taking longer to get adjusted to it. With three players leaving next year I fully expect him to have a role next season similar to Landon Milbourne between his freshamn and sophomore season (Assuming he doesn't transfer).

With that being said, that was clearly the best and most complete effort of the season from our guys. It was important especially because it showed that if a defense completely smothers Jordan Williams, other guys can step up. Uva obviously isn't good but it was impressive nonetheless - particularly the outside shooting. It will be interesting to see if they can build on that performance.

Posted by: elowe2 | January 28, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

What a game-changer when your guards can consistently knock down their shots...great to watch.
Completely changes how teams will need to prepare for the Terps.

Posted by: BD-EC | January 28, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I think it's deceptive to say that denying 3-points was the Terps ket to victory last night. In fact, I didn't think the defense was particualy good on 3-point shooters last night. The defense was collapsing on penetration off the wrong guys (Farrakahn and Ziglinsky), and the defense was getting tripped up through UVA's baseline motion.

The Terps' blowout was primarily cause by bad decisions by UVA and an off shooting night. I do think the Terps 3/4-court zone press was very effective, which is why Gary never turned it off. The press frazzled the UVA guards, and when the finally got used to it, it was still taking the Cavs 15 seconds or more to actually get the ball in a position on the court to start their set. That usually meant the Cavs would only run one set per possession because the clock would be at 6 seconds if a shot had not been taken in the flow of the original set, meaning that someone was typically shooting late in the clock outside the framework of the set (rushed and probably not the best shot on the floor). UVA doesn't have the athletes to run and push against the press, so their 5-pass sequence to get the ball started in the set was all UVA could do, turning their offense into a broken record.

On the other end, it seemed that UVA focussed so much attention on JW, they were deliberately playing soft on all the guards. The Terps were using that extra foot or 2 of space to penetrate. The penetrating action is what the Terps need to do more often, especially against zone, and hopefully they saw how effective the offense can be when the guy with the ball pushes into the lane. Bowie was on fire, and I don't think I've ever seen him that aggressive in his entire career. Even the one time he didn't get a clean catch on an open 3, he hoisted the shot up and it still fell. Pe'Shon was playing with a swagger that we haven't seen since November, and that spin-move jumper should probably make the season's highlight reel. Stoglin was quiet, but effective in his minutes on the floor, and Tucker brought his usual energy and smooth stroke off the bech. Mosely is still a bit on an enigma, but did do some hard pounding on the glass.

I think last night was the biggest win of the season. It showed the Terps can win on the road and put a team away. It also showed that the Terps can still be effective offensively even if JW is taken away. Hopefully Gary has an answer for Shumpert, because the Terps need to put on another solid defensive effort to get out Atlanta Sunday with a win.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 28, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

BTW. Michael Reggi needs to stick with a slow-moving sport like baseball. He was terrible last night, mixing up players on about half his calls. I realize Sean and Pe'Shon have similar haircuts and body types, but their numbers aren't even close (#14 and #21). Ron Thompson brought nothing to the broadcast, and if I hear Stu Vetter's name again, I think I'll end up with a broken TV.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 28, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the analysis, Russ. The way I look at it virtually every win has been our biggest win because had any of them been lost we would be in an even bigger pickle. Charleston, Penn St., Clemson... take your pick.

Posted by: petecard | January 28, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I also didnt get to see the game. Pete let me know how you watched it on your iPhone, I couldn't figure it out. Did you buy an app or something? Any help is appreciated

Glad the Terps got the big W, but I fear they might let it go to their heads in ATL. Need to keep pounding the ball inside, Gary should take care of it. Let's get a 3 game win streak going into next week with Dook coming to CP.

Posted by: jpfterps | January 28, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Man, how far we have fallen. Everybody is excited about a win over UVA.

Posted by: sjp879 | January 28, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the analysis, Russ. The way I look at it virtually every win has been our biggest win because had any of them been lost we would be in an even bigger pickle. Charleston, Penn St., Clemson... take your pick.

Posted by: petecard | January 28, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I think this one was particularly big because it demonstrated that the team can still be productive when JW doesn't contribute. That's HUGE moving forward, causing teams to adjust the way they gameplan the Terps. There have been other games this season where other players have stepped up, but the was the first game where JW was a complete non-factor, but the rest of the team stepped up to fill the void.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 28, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Man, how far we have fallen. Everybody is excited about a win over UVA.

Posted by: sjp879 | January 28, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. I don't enjoy it when my team wins guy!

Real Men of Genius

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

BTW. Michael Reggi needs to stick with a slow-moving sport like baseball. He was terrible last night, mixing up players on about half his calls. I realize Sean and Pe'Shon have similar haircuts and body types, but their numbers aren't even close (#14 and #21). Ron Thompson brought nothing to the broadcast, and if I hear Stu Vetter's name again, I think I'll end up with a broken TV.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 28, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Dude! I said the exact same thing last night (re: pe'shon and mosley have same style hair, that's why Reggi keeps mixing them up).

I actually liked Reggi in the 80s/90s on Home Team Sports...but you're right, that was for his baseball commentary, a slower moving game...and no afros.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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