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Posted at 9:04 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Terps tackle Duke in ACC QF with nothing to lose

By Liz Clarke

In the feel-good locker room after Maryland’s 75-67 defeat of N.C. State Thursday, senior Cliff Tucker said he wished that the Terps hadn’t been in such a dire predicament entering the ACC Tournament, having ended the regular season on a three-game losing skid.

“But maybe it’s what we needed,” Tucker conceded. “We lost three in a row. We have nothing to lose. What’s the worst that could happen?”

Against 10th seeded N.C. State, seventh-seeded Maryland (19-13, 8-9) came out blazing, with freshman Haul Palsson spurring a 12-2 lead and the Terps turning back two Wolfpack rallies. That’s precisely the type of offensive fire and defensive resolve they hope to bring to Friday’s quarterfinal against Duke, the tournament’s No. 2 seed.

To a man, Maryland players said they’re determined to turn whatever shortcomings or disadvantages they’ve had this season into positives as they gird for the mental and physical challenge posed by fifth-ranked Duke (24-7, 13-3).

For starters, they intend to forget their second game against Duke this season, the lifeless one at Comcast Center Feb. 2, which ended with an 80-62 defeat. Instead, they plan to draw on the positives from the Jan. 9 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where they led in the second half before falling, 71-64, holding the then-No. 1-ranked Blue Devils to 40.3 percent shooting.

“At Cameron, we went in there, and we were hyped,” said Tucker, who scored 14 in the loss. “We weren’t scared of anything. We wanted to compete. They beat us in the end, but we played great.”

Added sophomore center Jordan Williams, who scored a team-high 23 at Cameron: “We didn't care who they were or what their ranking was. We just came out and played aggressive. The second game we played flat the whole game. We took the first game and took them lightly. It's important for us for definitely to come out with the same fire we had in Durham and be ready for it.”

Asked if the Terps would be handicapped by fatigue Friday, playing a well-rested Devils squad 24 hours after N.C. State, junior Sean Mosley turned that into an advantage, too.

“We got the feel for the rims and the court [against N.C. State],” Mosley said. “Just to get a feel for the arena itself, I think that’s a big positive. We’re not coming our fresh [against Duke], but we’re coming out energized. Everybody’s going to be jacked up for tomorrow’s game.”

Said Maryland Coach Gary Williams, who hunkered down for a long night of game-planning: “We played [Duke] twice, so we have a pretty good idea what they do. Now we’ve got to find some things that we can do-- hopefully do some things defensively that will bother them. It’s like any other game to prepare for, except you have a short window.”

By Liz Clarke  | March 11, 2011; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Jordan Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  ACC Tournament, Duke basketball, Gary Williams, Jordan Williams, Maryland basketball  
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If only we could tackle them. That would mean we are playing football and I think we could beat them in that sport! Nothing to lose.... now isn't that a great position to be in.

Posted by: petecard | March 11, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if Duke didn't show up and forfeited the game. That's how scared they of our beloved Terps.


Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 11, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Would an elbow to the throat of Nolan Smith be a foul if it was inadvertent?

Posted by: M20832 | March 11, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Geeeezzzz...quoting Tucker? Isn't he one of the reasons UMd BBall is where they are at this season?

Posted by: M20832 | March 11, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry some of you - I won't name names, you know who you are - need to use a blog and a faceless screen name to spew venom and be rude to people you've probably never even met. Sad. Onto the positive...

Terps are young; petecard, your sarcastic post about tinkering w/the lineup in March- you DO realize that there are 5 first yr guys on this team, and that Gary is correctly trying to get ready for next season, right? I'll pause for a second so you can rip that last question and Gary generally..............

OK, hope you got it out of your system (but I know you have plenty of Gary disdain left!). I applaud the start for Palsson yesterday, that kid can string it, looks fundamentally sound, and is pretty strong for a freshman. I'd say it's safe to say we have the best freshman Icelander in the nation. Get the young guys more experience, this team will be well served for it next year, especially if we can make a deep run. We can play with Duke, they are not peaking by any means and I'd argue there's no pressure on us now -- after crapping the bed vs. Miami and UVA, nobody's even talking about us on the bubble. If JW plays stronger and Stoglin has more "Good Stoglin" than "Bad Stoglin" (he gives you a lot of both but I love him), we can win this game...oh and it'd be nice if our seniour guards actually showed up. GO TERPS!!!

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | March 11, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | March 11, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I love how after a Terps win Poopy McPothead, petecard, and Part Time Fan (CM88) seem almost angry.

But there "real fans". You know, because they want our crappy HOF, National Championship winning coach gone. Whatever.

And Poopy, lighten up, there internet tough guy. The Skins comment to you and Barno was a joke. I guess you missed that somehow in the smokey haze that is your life or lack there of.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 11, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm down with all that except for the dig at the greens.

"Legalize it...don't criticize it" -Peter Tosh

"We mock what we don't understand" -Austin Millbarge

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | March 11, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse


I'm actually OK with legalizing it. I mean, why not. Sell it, tax it. I'm just not a fan of it, personally, never have been.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 11, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Notorious, the distain comes from stories..multiple stories like this, doesnt sound like cheating to me, it sounds like a complete lack of effort by Gary and lazyness:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – He ate dinner with North Carolina’s Roy Williams and toured the Villanova campus on a golf cart driven by Jay Wright.

But when high school standout Kendall Marshall went to Maryland for an unofficial visit, he never met the head coach. Instead of Gary Williams, Marshall and his parents were greeted at the Comcast Center by a Terrapins assistant.

After asking Marshall’s mother to wait outside, the assistant escorted Marshall and his father, Dennis, into a musty men’s dressing room, clearing away clutter so the two could sit. Using a dry erase board, he gave the Marshalls a short presentation about how Kendall would fit into Maryland’s program.

And then?

“That was it,” Dennis Marshall said. “The whole visit was over in 20 minutes. No tour of the campus, no tour of the facilities … nothing. We just walked back to our car and went home.”

A few months later, Marshall – the fifth-best point guard in the Class of 2010, according to – committed to North Carolina. Instead of making the 40-minute drive from Arlington, Va., to watch his son play at Maryland, Dennis Marshall is preparing for a lot of four-hour treks to Chapel Hill.


“Kendall would’ve considered Maryland – definitely, without a doubt,” Dennis Marshall said. “But to never speak to the head coach, not one time, not through a phone conversation or in person … I just don’t get it.

“I’m not sure Gary Williams would know who we were if we sat next to him on a bus.”

Marshall is not the only person questioning Williams’ recruiting practices. Criticism of the coach, who won a national championship with the Terrapins in 2002, is growing as top players continue to sign elsewhere.

Posted by: cm88 | March 11, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a kid that was pretty damn interested, "definitely, without a doubt".

I guess some idiot on here was wrong when he said that Gary needs to actually sell to the decision maker and key influencers to win big deals. Wow, that business analogy was way off, great job letting someone else i.e. someone junior pitch your product for you Gary! Way to close the deal.

I love being an idiot some times :) Thanks!

Posted by: cm88 | March 11, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Notorious, what rock did you crawl out from under? Never seen you before on this site, but you will fit right in. Another apologizer for a mediocre program. We are so blessed by your presence.

Posted by: petecard | March 11, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

CM...again with the same garbage????

I told you yesterday "considering UMD" doesn't mean squat....he was UNC bound and his daddy is just getting a little prissy because gary didn't drive him around in a golf cart....he was never a serious opportunity for UMD and Gary spent his time recruiting kids who wanted to come here.....

I am sure with your extensive business background you can understand that you put your effort where the opportunity is the greatest....

If you dont understand that, then send your best sales rep up to my office in Boston and tell him I will "consider" your product

At least 3 more years of hate coming your way.....gear up big boy

Posted by: TerpfanMA | March 11, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

In fact, CM88...I will "definitely consider" your product

Posted by: TerpfanMA | March 11, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

At least we have one more chance to knock off Duke. All I need is one win against Duke per year and I'm happy. Unlikely, but at least we have another shot.

Posted by: aviscardo | March 11, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Must be nice to make your Super Bowl three times in one year.

Posted by: miken1984 | March 11, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Sorry TerpfanMA, I didnt know you knew the family personally and know that they and others are completely lying/prissy as you put it, thanks for the excuse, makes complete sense. Amazing how all these kids/parents/coaches lie and Gary is the one telling the truth. Now reporters for the post and yahoo are also lying, but TERPFAN knows the truth, whew thank you!

Btw, sounds like Garys contract is up in 2013, so if he fails again next year, good chance Anderson doesnt keep a lame duck coach around, wooohooo, sooner than later Terpfan. I know this upsets you that your lazy coach would leave and we get someone that actually does a huge part of the job, recruit. Boy that would suck for the MD program!

Posted by: cm88 | March 11, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

To beat the Rat and all of his stiffs, two things need to happen. #1. Gary needs to get his athletes to GUARD THE THREE -- Do not let the zombie and Del's son get any good looks. #2. Feed JWill the ball Early and Often. As always, the Rat has no depth. Force his two tall stiffs to move their 'feet' as soon as the game starts -- this will get them in foul trouble. Whether JWill scores early or not is not as important. But getting the stiffs in foul trouble most certainly is.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | March 11, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'm happy to see the Terps won last night. Hopefully they'll beat Duke too. Go Terps and Go Caps!

Posted by: SirPelleas | March 11, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse


Kendall Marshall was never going anywhere but UNC and EVERYONE knew it.

During his press conference Marshall said "I chose NC because its always the dream school of mine to go to."

Further in the "pay" article it states "Marshall decided when he was five years old that he wanted to go to North Carolina." Once they started recruiting him there was no question he would end up there.


Everything you say is fundamentally wrong, inaccurate, insignificant or all of the above.

I do enjoy correcting you daily so please continue to post here. Welcome to the T.I. Family.

Posted by: fushezzi | March 11, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Force his two tall stiffs to move their 'feet' as soon as the game starts -- this will get them in foul trouble. Whether JWill scores early or not is not as important. But getting the stiffs in foul trouble most certainly is.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | March 11, 2011 11:14 AM

Sounds like a great gameplan. One problem though, this is Duke and it's a ACC tourney game in NC. Ain't no way the refs give MD enough calls to get a Duke player in foul trouble.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 11, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Fushezzi, wow some kid said he always dreamed of playing there in a press conf, never heard that before. Wonder why he would even look at another school then???? Yeah, he probably wasnt being PC.

But thanks again for your expert feedback and for correcting me every time with your spot on facts.

I guess I was and am wrong about Gary, thanks for convincing me! Gary rocks at recruiting and our program is going upwards for the past 8 years!!! woohoo

Posted by: cm88 | March 11, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse


Did it ever occur to you that Gary was not interested in Kendall Marhshall? If a kid wants to make a visit to a school then it's not like the HC can stop him. Maybe that was Gary's way of giving the kid a hint that "we ain't interested."

Maybe he didn't think the kids game fit into his system. The man has a way of doing things. He's been a HC for over 30 years and a damn fine one at that. How many National Championships and Final Fours you been that you didn't use a ticket for?

You must be pumped for tonight's game, with you being a Duke fan and all. I mean, you flat out admitted that you only really watch/attend games when MD plays Duke.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 11, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Nice excuse Section, you sound pathetic. Yeah, a pure pt guard that is from the local area, definitely not a fit. Amazing the excuses you kids come up with for Gary.

Oh no, not the you must be a Duke fan put down, how original. Did you take that one from Barno or did you come up with it all on your lonesome.

You make this easy to make fun of you guys. When one of us makes a logical point, fact, article, etc., you come back with excuses, just like Gary. I know see why you are infatuated with him. Scary...and sad!

Posted by: cm88 | March 11, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

You are still a chicken sh1th0le

Posted by: M20832 | March 11, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse


The ego on you is laughable. How many times have you broken your arm patting yourself on the back?

I think we should fire Gary right now and hire you.

You are legend in your mind. Nice job with that.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 11, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Lets use some common sense cm88:

Kendall's father went to the school and Kendall grew up cheering for and following the program. It's not a brother who may have only been at the school for 2 years, or an uncle. This was his father who raised his son to love UNC. It was his dream to go to that school and the school wanted him. In my world, 1 + 1 = 2. Pretty simple.

So the Kendall Marshall bit you posted is irrelevant.

I'll await your next post and topic and then tear that apart too. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: fushezzi | March 11, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
Duke vs MD

Posted by: BD-EC | March 11, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

thanks, sounds like a plan...atleast I would recruit :) haha!

Have a great weekend guys! zzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: cm88 | March 11, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

For 7 figures, at least I would recruit :) haha!

Have a great weekend girls, especially M208, he sounds very constipated, maybe Gary can help him :)

Posted by: cm88 | March 11, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I usually read these threads for the entertainment and only respond when someone puts down the school. I am not try to take sides with this comment; however, a bit of Maryland history shows that Tom McMillen had committed to Dean Smith until that move was intercepted by Lefty Drissell. Did Maryland have a chance for history to repeat itself?

From the article “Looking Back…The Career of Maryland’s Tom McMillen”

Not surprisingly, he was wooed by any college with a field house and a library. McMillen says that Dean Smith or a member of his staff visited Mansfield at least 75 times. McMillen eventually committed to Smith’s North Carolina program but it was a shaky commitment. His mother wanted him to go to Virginia, his father was pushing for Maryland.

Other forces were drawing him towards College Park. His older brother Jay had played at Maryland, alongside Gary Williams. Going to Maryland would make it easier to fulfill his obligations with the Physical Fitness Commission. His father, a dentist, had health concerns that kept him from flying. The decision was agonizing, McMillen recalls, “packing for college not knowing where I was going.”

Lefty Driesell was only a year out of Davidson and convinced McMillen that he could help him build something special at Maryland; in fact, Jay gave Driesell his famous “UCLA of the East” line. McMillen decided that, “creating a program from nothing was more interesting than sustaining a program. I could be another Larry Miller or a pioneer. I picked pioneer. Still, telling Dean Smith I wasn’t coming was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Posted by: TerpAlum | March 11, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse


A few differences -

McMillen's parents were pushing for him to go to other schools than UNC, Kendall's was pushing for him to go to UNC.

And that was over 40 years ago.

Posted by: fushezzi | March 11, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Great story. Boy did Lefty bring life to Maryland Basketball. Even in his first two years, when he was coaching players he inherited, going to the games was so f*ing exciting. He'd walk out, flash the "V" and the crowd would go nuts. We were the underdogs but we could wreck havoc and pull a few surprise wins. With Lefty, we beagn to get players from among the best in the country. Lefty made Maryland a basketball school.

Posted by: petecard | March 11, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

MD has no chance against Duke tonight.
time to get ready to play Manhattan at Comcast next Saturday morning in the NIT...can't wait!
The ACC is sad to watch this season - the only reason MD won last night was because NC State was worse! and MD still only won by 6 points or so. In a down year in the ACC and nationally AND an expanded tournament field, MD is still not even near the bubble to get in! How is that progress?

Posted by: ScottDM | March 11, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

TerpAlum, great point, you never know unless you try.

But I guess, why try, especially if the kid and his parents come out to visit. I am sure Gary had much more important things to nap about that day, maybe a hangover to recover from, makes sense!

Posted by: cm88 | March 11, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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