Sizing up little Longwood
Maryland Coach Gary Williams has argued from time to time that it’s a bigger challenge to defend a player shorter than you than taller. If so, Maryland (15-8) faces a mountainous task in Wednesday’s game against Longwood (8-18), whose roster borders on Lilliputian.
The Lancers are lead by 6-6 junior center Antwan Carter (18 points per game), billed by the school as perhaps “the best small college basketball player that you’ve never heard of.” The left-handed Carter, of St. Petersburg, Fla., scored nearly half his team’s points (29 of 64) in Longwood’s 65-64 loss at NJIT last Saturday.
Rounding out the starting lineup are four guards, none of whom is taller than 6-2.
As an independent that joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 2007, the Lancers have spent a tremendous amount of time on planes and chartered buses traversing the country in search of games in which they get clobbered more often than not. So far this season, they’re 0-13 on the road. But they haven’t shied away from fights, falling to such major-conference teams as Kansas, Marquette, Seton Hall, Colorado and Virginia Tech.
Located in Farmville, Va., Longwood was founded in 1839 as a female seminary and recognizes Joan of Arc as its patron saint. Fully co-ed since 1976, Longwood reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1980.
Since May 2003 its basketball team has been coach by Mike Gillian, a former assistant to George Mason’s Jim Larranaga. Heading into Wednesday’s game, Longwood’s RPI is 331 among the 345 NCAA Division I programs.
When the teams met at Comcast Center last season, Maryland won, 106-55.
| February 9, 2011; 9:46 AM ET
Categories: Gary Williams, Men's basketball | Tags: Antwan Carter, Joan of Arc, Longwood basketball, Maryland basketball
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