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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Gary Williams on Terps' starting lineup: 'We'll see ...'

By Liz Clarke

Maryland Coach Gary Williams isn’t tipping his hand regarding his likely starting lineup for Thursday’s road game against Virginia.

The Terps (12-7, 2-3) trotted out their fifth different group of starters this season for Saturday’s 79-77 victory over Clemson. Getting his first nod was 6-6 freshman Hauk Palsson, who supplanted junior Sean Mosley and ended up playing just 12 minutes, scoring three points and grabbing two rebounds in that span.

Williams explained later that he decided to start Palsson in hopes of giving the Terps a jolt of energy at the outset—particularly given the quick turnaround from Thursday’s 9 p.m. game against Virginia Tech, in which Maryland came out flat and never threatened, falling 74-57 in the team’s worst defeat since Comcast Center opened.

Williams’ other move was more predictable: Restoring freshman Terrell Stoglin to his starting spot after relegating him to the bench for the first few minutes against Virginia Tech as punishment for being late to a team function.

“We just tried to take things up,” Williams said of the Palsson-for-Mosley swap. “I think Sean Mosley is a great player, and he’s been a starter for us for awhile. I think it helped Sean. He played well.”

In 20 minutes’ work against Clemson, Mosley scored more points (nine) than he has since Dec. 29, when he scored 15 against North Florida. He hit all four attempts from the free-throw line, as well, and added three rebounds and three assists.

As for Thursday’s line-up against Virginia (11-8, 2-3), Williams said simply: “We’ll see what happens.”

By Liz Clarke  | January 25, 2011; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Gary Williams, Hauk Palsson, Maryland basketball, Sean Mosley  
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Comments

I actually liked Mosely coming off the bench. I think who starts on this team doesn't really matter, and reporters make far too much of it.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 25, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

What is up with Mosley this season? I haven't seen an explanation for his dropoff in production. Is he having personal problems that are distracting him or an injury we don't know about? The last few years he seemed like a potential star guy; his poor play has been the biggest drag on this season's team.

Posted by: csw2005 | January 25, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Mosley's got a young kid...but I'm guessing our beat reporters either A) don't know about that or B) think it's off limits to even ask him about it.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

That's interesting...his play seems like the most compelling, tangible issue with the team this year. I've been wondering why I haven't seen any feature on him.

Thanks for shedding some light on that.

Posted by: csw2005 | January 25, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the most likely scenario in regards to Mosley is that he's simply not all that good, unfortunately.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 25, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Missed the first half of the Clemson game, but I liked the energy Hawk brought to the the Vtech game during his limited playing time. He was the only one who got the ball to JW during the stretch. Mosley, I wince every time he goes up for a shot now.

Posted by: MrScrotums | January 25, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Anything? We won the ACC title last year homey. We had the ACC coach of the year and ACC player of the year. You act like we lost 20 games. If we did lose 20 games, I'd probably think it's time for Gary to retire...but I don't see that ever happening on his watch.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2011 11:41 AM
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I hope this isn't the kiss of death for Gary like it was for Fridge. I seem to recall a similar statement about Fridge not losing to Duke or losing 10 games in a season on his watch.

Watch out Gary!!!!!


Oh, I kid, I kid (sorta).

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 25, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, while that's possible it's hard to overlook the fact that he played damn well his freshman year and last year he had an impressive 1.5 points per shot to go along with 10+ ppg on 50%+ from the field and 5+ rebounds per game (good for second on the team). Now he's shooting just 43% and his rebound and FT% are down too. It's got to be more than just 'he's not that good.' He was that good, and now he's in a slump for some reason.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, I was thinking the exact same thing as I type those words. Hopefully I didn't just jinx Gary into a 2-10 type season that Fridge had.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 25, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Gary has nothing to worry about, he is probably the most influential person on campus. I agree with the comments about Mosely, I was hoping for much more, and let's not forget about Cliff Tucker and Bowie, all 3 have had huge games and a ton of potential and given that grevis is gone, the points and energy have not been replaced at all! There is alot of season left, and hopefully the team can find itself. Those of us that watch the team evolve every season can attest to this, and hope for the best!

Go Gary! Go Terps!

Posted by: markh1362 | January 25, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The difference is that Mosely wasn't the primary mid-range jump shooter last year and thus had plenty of uncontested jumpers. This year it's a lot easier to sag off Bowie and Tucker to cover Mosely than it was to sag off Vasquez and Hayes. Shouldn't be an excuse, though. Players who relish being "the guy" are usually able to fight through that stuff and still score (see: GV in 08-09 and 09-10). I could have sworn that Mosely had the makeup to be the next "guy". His lack of emergence has got to the one of the biggest reason for the underwhelming season so far.

Posted by: caphillterp | January 25, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

His lack of emergence has got to the one of the biggest reason for the underwhelming season so far.

Posted by: caphillterp


Add Mychal Parker to the list...he was supposed to be the gem of the frosh class


Gary sees the problems and is trying to correct and overcome them which is exactly what you expect from a coach...

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 25, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Feel bad for Gary. He has recruited a roster full of bench players. How do you expect him to figure out a starting lineup?

Posted by: shoreterp1 | January 25, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Add Mychal Parker to the list...he was supposed to be the gem of the frosh class


Gary sees the problems and is trying to correct and overcome them which is exactly what you expect from a coach...

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 25, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

That just goes to show you how accurate recruiting rankings are, and why Gary appears to do more with less. He finds underrated guys that buy into his system, and improve over the course of their career. The blue chippers that everyone wants Gary to recruit rarely buy into what Gary is selling, and don't improve nearly as much because of that.

I think Parker is going to pan out much like Landon Milbourne, and realize that he needs to work hard to be a success as a collegiate basketball player. I do see great things from him, but he might have to wait a year.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 25, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm thankful that Clemson had one starter out for that game. Terps looked better, I can't see them having much trouble with UVA, but who knows. Not much leeway to make the NCAAs. If the backcourt improves, we have a chance.

Posted by: Redtopper2 | January 25, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's see what it looks like in two months. I think there is a pretty good group of players on the team, but most are young. There are only three seniors. Padgett, Weijs, Stoglin, Howard, and Palsson wouldn't be that bad of a team right now, and they are all freshman, getting a fair amount minutes for the most part, and have shown themselves capable of doing well. With some consistency, by the end of the year this team will be pretty good. The ACC tournament is going to be their showcase, not this season as a whole. And lookout the next couple of years. Gary will be around as long as he wants to so long as they don't totally take a dump.

Posted by: tojo45 | January 25, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Let's see what it looks like in two months. I think there is a pretty good group of players on the team, but most are young. There are only three seniors. Padgett, Weijs, Stoglin, Howard, and Palsson wouldn't be that bad of a team right now, and they are all freshman, getting a fair amount minutes for the most part, and have shown themselves capable of doing well. With some consistency, by the end of the year this team will be pretty good. The ACC tournament is going to be their showcase, not this season as a whole. And lookout the next couple of years. Gary will be around as long as he wants to so long as they don't totally take a dump.

Posted by: tojo45 | January 25, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Padgett's a sophomore. However, Parker is a freshman, and Pankey is also a freshman. Does anyone know if Panky will be allowed to red shirt this season? It would be nice if Gary could break up this class a bit.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 25, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

mosley is the best defender on this team. he busts his butt defending every second he is on the court. ANY points he put's up are a bonus.

Posted by: dacoitdan | January 25, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

mosley is the best defender on this team. he busts his butt defending every second he is on the court. ANY points he put's up are a bonus.

Posted by: dacoitdan | January 25, 2011 5:59 PM

Without any scoring from the pg position, Mosely on the court means the opposing team only has to defend 3 players. Without more scoring options, the Terps don't have the luxury of a "defensive specialist." If Mosely isn't scoring, someone else should be on the court.

Posted by: MBP1 | January 25, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Liz, please step up to the plate and provide the readers with more information as to why Parker never plays. This to me is the biggest ongoing question and never addressed beyond the vague statements offered at the beginning of the season such as he wasn't used to playing against top tier tallent etc. What is the real story...dust off that journalism degree!!!

Posted by: mrterp | January 26, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

to Barno1 posting about Mosley's personal/family situation....good god get a life dude.

Posted by: nivreg | January 26, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

to Barno1 posting about Mosley's personal/family situation....good god get a life dude.

Posted by: nivreg | January 26, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Why don't you get a life, because you obviously don't have one. If Barno's assertions are true, it is probable that Mosely's decline in production and intensity on the court may very well be a product of fatherhood. My guess is that no one here on this board is a new father playing division one basketball and taking at least 12 credit hours at a major university. I'm a new father just trying to hold down a full-time job, and I know I frequently have trouble summoning enough energy to get out of bed in the morning. So unless you can either say for certain that fatherhood is not affecting Mosely's play or have experience in his situation as a father/student/basketball player, then leave your snide comments to yourself.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 26, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

nivreg, puuuuulease. Mosley has a public facebook profile with almost 4,000 followers and posts regular pictures of his child...so please spare me your nonsense about how this is very "private" info.

It's not like I posted the child's name and address for crying out loud. Prominent college athletes becoming fathers are often discussed in the press. I'm sure many of you recall part of the Lance Stevenson recruiting saga involved his desire to stay relatively close to home to be closer to his child.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 26, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Those who are talking about Mosely being a new father, well this may all be true,but, what about the fact that the team has a new point guard and really a new whole team make-up with a lot of young players getting time on the floor.

Posted by: dmiller1999 | January 27, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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