Who is better at recovering from a beatdown than Gary Williams?
Just four days ago the Maryland coach was getting his brains kicked in at Clemson, losing 93-64 and looking like he was headed toward a fourth NIT in five seasons. It was bad and ugly and deflating for a team that had previously won consecutive games and pulled to .500 in the ACC, so bad and ugly and deflating, in fact, that I mentioned in the Friday Look Ahead that it doesn't matter that Roy Williams thinks North Carolina "f-cking stinks" at pressing , because the Tar Heels wouldn't need to press Saturday to handle an out-manned group of Terrapins.
And did you see Greivis Vasquez?
We've had a bunch of insane performances this season -- Jodie Meeks' 54-point game at Tennessee probably being the most notable -- but good luck trying to find one more impressive on a huge stage than the 35-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist effort Vasquez delivered in Maryland's 88-85 overtime victory over third-ranked North Carolina. The junior guard literally scored Maryland's first 16 points en route to recording the school's first triple-double since 1987, and if you're into stunning statistics, take a look at these:
- Vasquez made as many 3-pointers (five) as UNC did as a team (five).
- Vasquez recorded twice as many assists (10) as UNC did as a team (five).
- Vasquez recorded more rebounds (11) than everybody not named Tyler Hansbrough (11).
That, my friends, is some kind of all-around performance.
And suddenly Maryland doesn't look like an NIT team anymore.
And Gary Williams has again silenced his critics with another stunning victory.