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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Williams and Krzyzewski, awash in mutual admiration

By Liz Clarke

Duke may be the team Maryland fans most love to hate. And though Maryland isn’t as reviled as North Carolina in the eyes of Blue Devil fans, the Terps are close.

That said, coaching rivals Mike Krzyzewski and Gary Williams, who boast 882 and 659 career victories respectively, had nothing but praise for one another’s teams in the aftermath of Duke’s 71-64 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday night.

Regardless of rooting interest, it was a terrific game, with the lead swapping hands six times, the score knotted six times and neither team managing a double-digit lead at any point.

“I think Duke is the best team in the country,” Williams said without hesitation. “So whether anybody can come in here and get them or not—I don’t know. I know they’ll have to play well to do that because the one thing that Duke you can count on, regardless of how they shoot, they will play with a certain level of intensity every time. They never go below that. I’ve never seen it, so I think that’s to their credit.

“And you know that walking in. Especially here, which can be intimidating. So [as a coach] you have to figure out a way to get your team to play at that level. That’s hard to do.”

Williams and his Terps (10-5, 0-2) succeeded in all but the result, basically, holding Duke (15-0, 2-0) to its fewest points (71) and its worst shooting percentage (40.3; or 25 of 62 ) of the season.

Said Krzyzewski: “We played against as well-coached a team as we have played against all year. I mean Gary’s a great friend, but he’s a great coach. And his game plan against us was magnificent. They really crowded the paint..and they just played a really strong, aggressive, physical game. They were very good. I mean, really good. We haven’t been in a game like that.”

By Liz Clarke  | January 10, 2011; 11:32 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Duke basketball, Gary Williams, Maryland basketball, Mike Krzyzewski  
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Comments

I'm glad to the eye the Terps are playing well, just keep missing something to get some of these victories to build that resume. Maybe Villanova next weekend...

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | January 10, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I never know who to root for between Maryland and Duke. I went to high school with Gary Williams, and Mike Krzyzewski is a West Point classmate. I guess I'm ahead whoever wins.

Posted by: phil93 | January 10, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Among the stupidest writing in a sports blog I can imagine:

"Williams and his Terps (10-5, 0-2) succeeded in all but the result"

Liz, are you familiar with a gentleman by the name of Herm Edwards?

Posted by: dcborn61 | January 10, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised to see how many minutes Hawk logged (14) over JP (4). May have been that brick JP threw up or maybe Hawk was being more aggressive. He did pull in 3 rebounds. Or maybe Gary is trying to get Hawk more comfortable with shooting under pressure. 0 for 3 though.

Posted by: MrScrotums | January 10, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

A wonderful game. Terps may have been a couple outside shots away from a win. They way these kids were physical and dominant defensively, it was the proudest I've been of the Terps since 2002.

Posted by: Beltwayman2 | January 10, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

A loss is a loss no matter what the small victories - but this game does give real hope for the not too distant future for the Terps. defense and physical hustle is a fine foundation on which to begin improving - they need to make FTs and knock down FGs with better consistency. Love the big guy.

Posted by: artguydtd | January 10, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

No moral victories, but enough to be encouraged. Key is that the kids dont get bogged down from the Duke loss and start thinking about Nova. I now Wake is bad, but we cant afford to give one away because we're not ready to play a road game.

Posted by: jpfterps | January 10, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Scrotums, I'm with you. I like Hawk but he shouldn't have been out there in crunch time taking shots, with 2 of our best 5 players on the bench in Pe'Shon and Mosley.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 10, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Boy the ACC is bad this year. I watch bits of all the games this weekend, and aside from a couple of stretches in the Maryland/Duke and UNC/UVA game, everyone looked sloppy. The conference is looking lucky right now to get 3 teams in the NCAA tournament right now, and without a single marguee non-conference victory, the Terps are not in great shape. Their ACC schedule isn't going to help much with 2 games against Wake and BC (along with VaTech, UVA, and Duke), and only 1 SOS solidifying game left on the schedule ('Nova). Pretty much any team with less than 11 wins in the ACC is going to have a hard time making the NCAA tournament. Starting 0-2 (1 of those losses at home), means the Terps realistically only have 3 more games that can afford to lose with trips to UNC, UVA, VaTech, and the return game at home against Duke left as probable tough games.

I was certainly happy to see the team come out and play so well last night, but that loss just goes to sum up the repetitive theme of this season so far, close but not good enough. Granted, if the team that showed up last night played against Pitt, Illinois, BC, or Temple, the Terps probably would have just picked up their first loss of the season.

I was surprised how quickly Howard got into Gary's doghouse after he picked up his 3rd foul. It would have been interesting to see him instead of Bowie on the floor to play the final few minutes of that game.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 10, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Bummed that the Terps couldn't get a signature win last night but not worried. Once we get our first sig-win, the rest will fall like dominoes. That's for sure.

Interesting reading some of the comments from the few "arm-chair" coaches on here today. I'm sure you know how to coach better than Gary.....

Posted by: DixonTheDog | January 10, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and despite what other posters have done and said (all baseless lies) in an attempt to get me to leave this blog forever all I have to say is that it is so good to be back.

Ain't the beer cold.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | January 10, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Bummed that the Terps couldn't get a signature win last night but not worried. Once we get our first sig-win, the rest will fall like dominoes. That's for sure.

Interesting reading some of the comments from the few "arm-chair" coaches on here today. I'm sure you know how to coach better than Gary.....

Posted by: DixonTheDog | January 10, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The problem is there are only three "signature" wins left on the schedule ('Nova, at UNC, and Duke). If the Terps can get the win in Phily, sure there's time to get on a roll, but if this team waits until the February 2 home date against Duke, it might be too late. I would be a little less worried about this team if they had beaten someone in NYC or came back on Temple at the Phone Booth, but their biggest wins so far have been a buzzer beating home victory against Charleston and on the road against State Penn, who really helped the Terps out by beating Michigan State this weekend. This team is liable to stumble again, and with 11 or more wins needed in the conference this year, I just don't know where they're going to come from. The bottom of the conference is terrible, so wins against Wake, Clemson, Miami, and GaTech (maybe not in Atlanta though) should be a given. However, as this team showed against BC, it doesn't take a big bump in the road for this Terps team to get off track and find themselves on the losing end of a game they should win (BC has lost to Yale and Harvard this year). The middle of the conference (everyone else aside from Duke) is going to take a few weeks to sort out, but the Terps are liable to take a few losses to teams in that group (VaTech, BC, UVA, FSU, UNC, and NCSU). That leaves little room for error, and makes the BC loss even more critical in the grand scheme of things.

I hope last night's performance was a sign of things to come in terms of effort, but the Terps need to start turning these strong efforts into wins, or this team will be playing home games in March.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 10, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

On the brighter side...Just heard Randy Edsall landed his first recruit in 3-star DE out of PA.

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 10, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Russ,

Your break downs and analysis are mostly on point, but on this one I have a hard time believing 11 ACC wins is necessary to make the tourney. The ACC season is only 2 games old and you've come to that conclusion?

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 10, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Tough loss. Seen this before, where the team simply loses the ability to put the ball through the hoop for the wrong stretch of time. I think if we get a score at any of the possessions at 58-52, this game turns out differently.

In all seriousness, if the team learns to get over the hump, I'm okay backing into the tournament. Keep the faith! GO TERPS!!

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | January 10, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The relationship between GW and Krzyzewski is really interesting. In the '90s, it seemed that Gary really couldn't stand Coach K. Then when the rivalry was in its heyday around the time of the Terps' two Final Fours, it seemed to thaw a bit -- they didn't seem to really like each other, but you could see the mutual respect grow. Now, it appears that they have grown to not only respect each other, but to actually enjoy each other. Just look at the photo that accompanies the story. They are smiling and appear to be sharing a personal moment -- something we wouldn't have seen between the two early in Gary's tenure.

Posted by: SmittyATL | January 10, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I still can't stand Ratface, even if Gary gets along with him these days.

Posted by: SmittyATL | January 10, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Good analysis Russ. That's why I wrote on an earlier post that we are playing from behind the eight ball again. Running out of signature win opportunities is perhaps our biggest issue. I think Dixon is right though, I am not sure the number at this point must be 11 ACC wins. This is going to be a long week for the Terps with another trip down to Tobacco Road and then a very tough game in Philly.

Posted by: petecard | January 10, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Russ,

Your break downs and analysis are mostly on point, but on this one I have a hard time believing 11 ACC wins is necessary to make the tourney. The ACC season is only 2 games old and you've come to that conclusion?


Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 10, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely. The conference has ZERO wins against the top 10 outside of Duke, and many teams (not the Terps) have strikingly bad non-conference losses---

Clemson lost to ODU.
NCSU lost at home to Arizona.
FSU lost at Auburn.
Miami lost at Rutgers and to UCF (maybe not so bad, but we'll have to see on that one).
GaTech has losses at Kennesaw State, at Northwestern, and at Sienna (not good this year), and at home to an average Charlotte team.
Wake lost at home to Stetson, VCU, Winthrop, UNC Willmington, Presberterian, and at Richmond.
VaTech lost to UNLV.
UVA lost at Stanford, to Wichita State, at home to Seattle and Iowa State.
BC lost at home to Yale and Harvard, while losing at Rhode Island.
UNC doesn't have any bad losses yet.
Duke doesn't have any bad losses yet.
Maryland doesn't have any bad losses yet.

The best non-conference wins by the conference are:

FSU over Baylor
Miami over WVU
BC over Cal and at South Carolina
UNC over Kentucky
UVA over Minnesota
VaTech over Oklahoma State
Duke over Kansas State, Michigan State, and Butler

It's pretty clear the ACC is a 3-4 bid league. Over the past 3-5 years, the 3rd and 4th place teams in the league have finished with at least 10 wins, which wasn't even enough to get VaTech in last year in a stronger ACC. That's where I come up with 11 wins. It's going to take 2-3 teams to separate themselves from the rest of the pack too, or the ACC might be relegated to perhaps even 2 bids.

I just don't think people have seriously looked at how bad the ACC is this year and the lack of solid nonconference wins from teams other than Duke. The fact that Duke is the only ACC team in the top 25 should say something. The conference had a chance to make a statement in the non-conference season, but everyone fell on their face.

UNC lost to Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and Vanderbilt.
VaTech lost at home to Perdue and at Kansas State.
Florida State lost at home to Florida, and Ohio State.
NCSU lost to Georgetown, at Syracuse, and at Wisconsin.
The Terps lost to Illinois, Pitt, and Temple.

Saturday's game in Phily is almost a must win not only for the Terps, but for the ACC if the conference is going to have a chance for more than 4 teams in the tournament.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 10, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Poopy/Dixon, I'm sorry for everything I've ever done to you (whatever that may be). Can't we just be friends again and you stop sniping at every one of my comments? Really, no one cares but you. Can't we go back to the days of Simpsons quotes and dorm stories? Everyone else on here gets along these days, even Petecard and I.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 10, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

It even happened last week when it was The Simpson's that brought us together.

Barno and I remind me of me and my brother. Growing up we'd beat the tar out of each other, said the most god-aweful things to each other, do anything to get the other one in trouble, etc.

But when push came to shove we knew we had each others back.

I'd almost venture to guess that's how Barno and I are. If we were actually to throw stuff out there we'd probably find we have way more similarities (Simpsons, dogs, etc.) than differences (how the Terps program should be).

Who knows.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 18, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Remember the good ole days Poop?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 10, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Could Terps low post player be playing any better. Everyone talks about Williams but Gregory has been playing better each game. Gregory was outstanding against Duke in all phases of the game. Maryland outclassed Duke in the paint, just not enough to make up for Duke's better play on the perimeter. Terps need to exploit their advantage better next time.

Posted by: torope | January 10, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

My terps made me proud could only see the game on gametracker but that stats said it all kept duke on the low end of their 3 pt shots , all the stats were the same and no turnovers for either team and no pts off turnovers... they need an amazing 3 point shooter like grevis or eric hayes to round out this team go terps

Posted by: whatbull | January 10, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, first Williams and Krzyzewski, now Barno and Poopy. I'll be dreaming of unicorns and rainbows and peace in the Middle East.

Posted by: MrScrotums | January 10, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Its interesting overt the years, as much as us UMD fans get worked up over playing Duke, I have read many stories about how Gary and Mike are good friends off the court. They keep it all in perspective.

Posted by: rscott251 | January 11, 2011 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Coach K is good friends w/ everyone. He's like the Sammy Davis Jr. of coaches.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 11, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

During the game one of the announcers said that Duke had only been behind for a total of 20 minutes all season. In that game I'd think Maryland led for about 10-15 minutes. All you doubters will find out that these Terps can play, and will the rest of the season and in the tournament.

Posted by: tojo45 | January 11, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

What a HUGE moral victory for the Terps.
That and buck and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee. This team had better start beating some quality opponents, (and not just get close losses), or the NIT is waiting.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | January 11, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

mebbe the ratface finds GW more palatable than Roy Williams. The lesser evil can make a good friend. Props to Barno for the olive branch. Waiting to see if DTD/Poopy accepts.

Beat Wake.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 11, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah and 4 ACC teams finish the season ranked in the final college football polls. Not bad. Guess maybe it's not the weakest conference in the history of college football?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah and 4 ACC teams finish the season ranked in the final college football polls. Not bad. Guess maybe it's not the weakest conference in the history of college football?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, our new head coach is from the conference that is (ZERO teams in the top 25).

Posted by: Russtinator | January 11, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"A wonderful game. Terps may have been a couple outside shots away from a win. They way these kids were physical and dominant defensively, it was the proudest I've been of the Terps since 2002.

Posted by: Beltwayman2 | January 10, 2011 1:42 PM"
-->They can't play 40 mins with the big boys, get off too bad starts, and are anemic at the free throw line. Really the most proud since 2002, not when we beat Duke last year or upset everyone that year in the ACC Champ? Really?

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Definition of "ugly" - next year without Jordan Williams.

Posted by: 70Terp | January 11, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Russ,

Your break downs and analysis are mostly on point, but on this one I have a hard time believing 11 ACC wins is necessary to make the tourney. The ACC season is only 2 games old and you've come to that conclusion?


Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 10, 2011 3:54 PM"
-->Umm the non-conference season?

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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