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Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

Posted on: February 21, 2009 8:43 pm

Who is better at recovering from a beatdown than Gary Williams?

Seriously, who?

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.

Stupid, me.

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.


Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 12:32 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

Hey jackass I believe Mr. Huggins has more wins than Gary. He has three freshman who get huge  playing time this year and has his team sixth in the Big East one win away from 20 almost a lock to make the tournament. He took a team who noone thought was any good last year to the sweet 16 a free throw from the elite 8 and knocking off THE Coach K when it mattered most. Oh and he turned a Joe Alexander, whom was about the third best player on the team prior to last year, into the number 8 pick in the draft. Gary has lost his touch. Hayes and Vasquez came in as freshman looking like they were going to be the cream of the ACC in the coming years and bring Maryland another title and neither has panned out at all. Vasquez had one good game to an other-wise ok season and Hayes has been so terrible he got benched. Coaching Coaching Coaching. Oh and I forgot a Mister Alex Ruoff who was nothing but a three-point shooter under Belien and Huggins has turned him into an all-around good player. And as far as the cheating goes? Haha you can tell you are very defensive when you gotta say dumb stuff like that. Gary can't even get his in-state players to come there anymore and Maryland is definitely a huge place for good high-school recruits. Heck one of the top seniors this year is going to Kansas State. How do you let a guy go to Kansas State?!

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2009 12:23 am
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Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 11:08 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

"but if you were to set up two teams with equal talent, Gary's team would beat any other NCAA coach's team more often than not. "



Stop kidding yourself. Gary isn't a terrible coach BUT he's far from one of the best. He underachieves year in and year out. If he's the great coach you think he is then Maryland isn't going on this NCAA tournament drought. My question is how many years are the Maryland folks going to stomach NIT after NIT and loses to the likes of Morgan State and American?


Great win against Carolina but, Vasquez had an insane game and he wasn't doing his usual 10 turnovers performance.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 8:58 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

and as far as vasquez goes -- as a terp fan he will drive you nuts when he plays reckless and cruddy.  but in addition to his stats (I thought he had 14 boards and not 11) from yesterday he was also no doubt the emotional leader.  he was pumping up the crowd, and his teammates even when the deficit was double digit.  for all the criticism that he gets (and deserves) I was happy to see him get rewarded with a victory.  yesterday he was a true leader in every sense and I hope that carries over for the Duke game.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 8:55 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

if they finish 8-8 in the ACC with wins against UNC and Mich State AND they win their opening ACC tournament game they should be in.  the ACC is tough this year and they have enough quality wins.  the problem is their losses against other top teams (G'town was at the time) were on national TV and by large margins.  I don't know how much of a factor that will be but I still think they'd have the resume to get in as a double digit at large seed.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 7:48 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

I agree that he needs to step up the recruiting ... and I believe he will.  Still, as far as game day coaching is concerned, you'll find none better.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 7:45 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

Bob Huggins is the biggest damn cheat in basketball ... he gets recruits by paying money to AAU coaches ... and then he rides that talent ... until his team gets outsmarted by a better coach.  Bob Huggins couldn't carry Gary Williams' jockstrap.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 7:40 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

And mine is knowing for not only being in the NCAAs, but also winning it!

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 5:00 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

I'm sure Maryland's not showing up for small games can be placed solely on Gary's shoulders. I feel like his teams passions fluctuate more than Lindsay Lohan's weights. And come on, I HATE Gary Williams, but he has won a national title. Is he good? Absolutely. Is Maryland good? Yes. But will this one win guarantee them a tournament birth? I highly doubt it. I feel like Maryland is relegated to the NIT again this year, but they are still a highly dangerous.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:41 am

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

You didn't mention what school you went to. As for Williams, he's had tough times recently but Maryland fans must not forget how he took over a program hit with probation and with a talent level well below ACC standards into a national championship team. Things will turn around.

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