Posted on: February 7, 2010 2:10 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2010 3:57 pm

Maryland vs. UNC

2:09 - Unable to make it to College Park today, I'm live with you here, in Gaithersburg, Md.  Terps in Gold.  Milbourne, Vasquez, Hayes, Mosley and Williams.

2:12 Vasquez with an open 3.  Milbourne with a BIG block from behind on Davis.

2:13 - Terps are definitely focusing on stopping the Tar Heels inside, defense is collapsing in, and leaving the guards with open shots.  Thompson takes a step back, fades away and hits a jumper over Milbourne.

2:15 - Heels break the press but Ginyard throws the ball away.  Milbourne went in for a big dunk, but drew iron.  Ball clanks out to Hayes who knocs down the open 3. 

2:20 - Another Hayes 3 pointer makes it 13-8.

2:23 - Vasquez and Hayes hit 3's to make it 19-9. 

2:26 - Timeout. 19-13.

2:29 - Nice decsion by Bowie not to pull the trigger on the 3 and drive, found Milbourne for a layup.  Bowie drives again, and gets the foul and will go to the line for two.  Makes the first, misses the second.  Fast break for UNC, Ginyard gets fouled on the layup attempt and will go to the line for two.  Missed the first, makes the second.

2:32 - Vasquez breaks the double-team and finds Tucker open for 3. 

2:33 - Terps double team Thompson, Bowie steals the ball.  Tucker with another shot, he LOVES playing against UNC.  Tucker feeds Vasquez for 3 this time, 30-16. 

2:34 - Vasquez finds Gregory underneath to make it 32-16.  Graves hits a 3 for UNC.  Thopmson gets in easy dunk to make it 32-21 with 7:39 to go.

2:38 - Sloppy pass by Mosley up ahead to Milbourne, picked off, but UNC travels so the turnover does't cost the Terps.  Ginyard playing pretty well today, not a good thing for the Terps if his confidence grows.

2:39 - Strickland hits a 3 to cut the lead to 6.  Terps offense looks stagnant.  Vasquez with a two-pointer.  Tar Heels on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 34-28. 

2:41 - Milbourne's pass kicked out of bounds, trying to feed Williams.  Bowie and Gregory back in for Mosley and Williams.  Vasquez with a selfish take as Hayes was WIDE open for a good 5 seconds. 

2:43 - Milbourne with the wide open 3, good defense by Vasquez but misses the wide open layup.  Bowie with the reverse layup off the fast break.  Terps up 39-30 with 3:04.

2:47 - Maryland called for the travel, didn't see it.  Bowie rushes the 3, no wonder they are leaving him wide open.  Tucker makes the shot, comes down the court the next possession and takes the 3, took a contested shot and off the rim and over the backboard.  Ginyard fouled and will go to the line.

2:50 - Milbourne with the foul, that's #2 on him.  Ginyard makes both free throws.  Vasquez backs down Drew, only to have his shot rejected by Davis.  Vasquez gets the rebound and misses a 3.  Vasquez gets another rebound and makes a two-pointer.  Vasquez takes the final shot, and takes a terrible off-balance shot.  Padgett draws a jump ball, Maryland has possession.  End of the half.  Terps up 44-34.

2:55 - Vasquez leads with 14 at the half, Hayes with 9 and Milbourne and Tucker with 7.  Tucker averages 16 against UNC and 4 points against everyone else.  He's looked great all season, but he's doing it again to UNC.  Ginyard, Graves and Thompson with 7 and Davis with 6. 

2:57 - Terps should be up by more at the half, but let UNC back into the game.  Terps need to be careful not to let a 10-point lead turn into a 2 or 3 point lead and lose the momentum completely in the second half.  You have to imagine Gary Williams will focus on getting Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne more involved as they've both looked invisible at times in the first half.  The defense has looked great so far, and they need to keep up the intensity.  Maryland has shot well from 3 as well, hopefully they won't fall in love with the three as they may not be able to keep up their torrid pace.

3:11 - J. Williams runs the floor and gets a great pass from Vasquez for the open dunk.  Vasquez with 7 assists.  Williams with another basket.  Milbourne gets another block on the defensive end.

3:13 - Deon Thompson with the three point play.  Hayes to the free throw line.  Makes the first, and the second.  52-42 Terps.  Ginyard hits the 3 to cut it to a 7-point lead.  Williams dribbles the ball off of his foot. 

3:15 - Gary Williams calls a timeout as the Tar Heels cut the lead to 52-47. 

3:18 - Thompson gets fouled down low, and another timout.

3:23 - Hayes hits a runner to put the lead back up to 5.

3:24 - Gregory with the block on the defensive end, then is rewarded with the ball on the fast break, but he's fouled on his dunk attempt.  Gregory makes the first, and the second.

3:25 - Graves gets an offensive rebound and puts the ball back up to cut the lead to 58-53 for the Terps.  Ginyard steamrolls Gregory, and Gregory with the foul. 

3:27 - Gregory looks great, cleans up the offensive glass and hits the jump hook.  Vasquez with the steal, works the ball to Bowie who misses a Vasquez-type off-balance shot.  Hayes open from the corner and hits the 3.  Vasquez with the easy layup.  Williams forces the ball out after a bad pass from Drew into the post, Bowie takes the ball down court and gets fouled.  65-54.

3:33 - Vasquez pushes the fast break and hits the open 3.  Vasquez finds Gregory off the inbounds pass and Gregory slmas it home. Terps up 70-56. 

3:35 - Mosley gets on the board with a nice pull-up jumper.  Vasquez hits another 3 to push the lead up to 16.  Jordan Williams is not playing like a Freshman today inside.  Gets the block, the rebound, and gets the outlet to Vasquez.  Mosley with the layup.

3:41 - Maryland has good ball movement, but a Jordan Williams 12-foot jumper was probably not the desired shot.  Mosley skies over a defender to hit the jumper at the free throw line 79-61. 

3:42 - Terps up 20! Milbourne hits a fadeaway to make it 22 point lead. 

3:45 - Williams gets his fourth foul, and Padgett comes in off the bench.  Padgett makes the first free throw, but misses the second. Not quite sure how, but Milbourne somehow came away with that rebound.  Mosley with the foul, and Davis will go to the line. 

3:48 - Davis misses both and Vasquez comes away with the rebound.  Padgett misses the layup attempt.  Larry Drew is ice cold for the Heels.  Milbourne tried to go over Henson, but his high-arching shot was an air ball.  Milbourne breaks away and throws down a two-handed jam.  Maryland up 23, 88-65.

3:53 - Terps are up 88-67 with under 2 minutes to play and at this point, Terps are just winding down the clock.  Milbourne will head to the line. 

3:54 - Milbourne makes the first.  Vasquez and Hayes come out of the game, and Milbourne makes the second free throw.  Mosley with the steal and the slam.  92-67 with 79 seconds left.  Vasquez showing a big smile on the bench.  Milbourne and Mosley comes out and Levent and Pearman come in. 

3:55 - Maryland winds down the clock and Tucker finds Padgett under the basket, but Padgett misses the shot.  Heels hit a shot to make it 92-71 and at this point UNC isn't fouling so that will be your final score.  MD fans chanting "We Want Duke".
Posted on: January 27, 2010 8:07 pm

Nitpicking Maryland Basketball

Because I can.  I'm very confident this team is going to make the NCAA Tournament, however, this is due to them finishing high in the ACC.  They still have a few issues.  The positives you guys have listed, I have no reason to repeat.  So these are just the things i'm nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking because they could be problems down the road.

Major Issues:

1) Vasquez takes too many shots.  He doesn't need to take as many shots, his teammates are stepping up this year, but at times he will take too many shots.  See: Wake Forest, Florida State and Longwood.  (Now, you may argue he only took 9 shots in the LU game, however, his shot wasn't falling, and all of his teammates were, it was selfish). 

2) Free Throws.  Hayes is the only one living up to what he shot last year.  Vasquez, Milbourne, Tucker and Bowie are all way below where they were last year. 

Mosley and Gregory are above average but you can see Mosley is hit or miss on free throws. 

Minor Issues:

1) Inconsistency from the bench.  You have argued that Bowie and Tucker have stepped up, in the blowout of NC State Bowie wasn't even on in garbage time.  They had Tucker running the point because Bowie has been inconsistent.  Bowie's 3 pointer is off.  He's shooting 27%, but it's not just that, he's rushing his shot.  Last night at the end of the half he had about 7 seconds to take a shot, a wide open shot, but he rushed it and caught iron.  He's been doing it all season.  Tucker had a good 6 game stretch, but last night Tucker's shot wasn't falling and he forced a few passes.  If he plays like he did against NC State every night he would see more significant minutes.

2) Late-game play from the end of the bench.  Last night the Terps were up by 31 at one point.  Against BC, they were up by 24.  Against FSU, Terps were up 13 and ended up winning by 9.  This may not seem like a big deal, but they get lazy at the end, and that's before Levent and Pearman come in.  They just need to stay focused. 

3) Getting Away from Milbourne.  Honestly, he's been the most consistent player on both sides of the floor.  It's almost as if Vasquez has a need to be the leading scorer every game and therefore doesn't feed Milbourne anymore.  Milbourne and Williams were working their ass off last night to get open down low (and they were) but the guards would settle for jumpers. 
Posted on: January 26, 2010 6:46 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2010 8:54 pm

Maryland vs. Miami Running Blog

To make this more accessible, I'll be keeping a running blog during the game on here rather than in the message board area.  10 minutes to tip in CP Miami has lost 3 straight in ACC play.  Miami's best Out-of-conference win is a neutral court win against South Carolina... not saying much.  Terps should win this game tonight. 

6:48 - Starting for the Terps: G - E. Hayes, G. Vasquez, S. Mosley F - L. Milbourne and J. Williams.  Starting for the Canes: G - D. Scott, M. Grant, J. Dews, F - C. McGowan C- J. Gamble

6:51 - Coach Gary Williams comes out to a standing ovation from the students, the rest of the fans look like they have yet to file into the arena.

7:03 - Canes win the tip, Maryland out in their standard man-to-man defense, force Canes into a tough shot, Milbourne with the Def. Rebound.  On offense, Terps hustle to save the ball after going inside to no avail.

7:05 - Terps strike first as Milbourne hits a jumper from the right elbow.  2-0 Terps.  Terps force a shot clock violation.

7:06 - Williams with the offensive rebound and put back.  On the defensive end, Williams grabs the loose ball and gets it ahead to Vasquez who slows down the offense with numbers not in his favor. 

7:07 - Hayes misses the three, but Mosley saves it off a Miami defender.  Vasquez with his trademark runner, off as usual.  Terps defense continues to be tough.  Mosley draws a foul on offense.

7:12 - Vasquez gets the charge.  Mosley with the block, Milbourne gets it ahead to Vasquez.  Vasquez finds a streaking Williams whose dunk is altered, Milbourne with the layup.  6-0.  Canes give up a long two-pointer.  6-2.  Hayes hits a jumper right back to make it 8-2.  Hayes with a steal on the defensive side, up to Vasquez who misses the three.  Williams just grabbed the ball away from Collins.  Timeout 8-2 Terps with 14:43 to go.

7:14 - Vasquez misses another 3.  Mosley looses the offensive board.  Gregory in for Williams.  Milbourne with the defensive rebound.  Vasquez races down court and makes his trademark layup, finally.  Vasquez with a steal off the in-bounds pass and dunks it home.  12-2 run to open the game.  Miami calls a timeout. 

7:17 - Gregory with the foul, A. Thomas will head to the line for 2.  Makes the first, and the second. 

7:17 - Milbourne gets the pass down low and fights his way for a layup, and good.  Thomas comes down and hits a 3 for the canes to make it 14-7.  Hayes responds with a three of his own 17-7.  3 shot foul on Milbourne in the corner right in front of the Maryland bench.  Needless to say, Gary = not happy.  Thomas makes the first, and the second, Tucker in for Mosley before the third shot, and Thomas makes the final free throw.

7:20 - Hayes 3 rims out.  Scott clearly carries the ball, but no call.  Vasquez misses another 3 once Terps get on offense.  Official timeout: 11:07 to go Terps up 17-12.

7:23 - Bowie in for Vasquez and Williams in for Milbourne.  Hayes hits another 3 off the restart.  Miami comes right down the court and Collins with a wide open dunk.  Gregory hits a short jumper in the paint to make it 22-14.  Bowie slow to rotate on defense, but Miami doesn't convert the three.  Tucker with a nice pass in the paint to Gregory who gets fouled.  He hits the first free throw.  Hayes gets an ovation as he comes off the court, Vasquez in for him.  Gregory's free throw rolls around on the rim and backboard, but goes in.  Vasquez slow to get back on D and Dews hits the three. 

7:26 - Bowie drives inside and gets the layup.  Touch foul on Gregory.  Mosley in for Tucker.  Milbourne is being looked at by a team trainer. Dews pushes Mosley to the floor, offensive foul. 

7:28  - Mosley makes the layup, and the free throw.  Mosley fights for a loose ball on the ground and we head to a timeout.  29-17 with 7:38 to go.

7:32 - Padgett in for the Terps.  Williams makes the free throw.  Canes make both free throws.  Vasquez loses control of the ball on the baseline and is looking for a foul, none coming.  Miami travels right off the in bounds. 

7:35 - Milbourne back in for Terps as Canes throw the ball away.  Mosley with a block/catch-in-air off a Miami 3, fouled and goes to the line for one-and-one.  Makes the first and misses the second.  Malcolm Grant just hit a 3 from a few steps inside the half court circle.  Hayes in for Bowie. Vasquez floater as the shot clock is running out is no good.  Vasquez draws the foul on the drive.  He'll head to the line.

7:38 - Vasquez makes both free throws.  Williams in great position on defense and draws the foul.  Milbourne hits a three right at the top of the key. 38-22 Terps.  Dews breas the press and hits the three.  Vasquez hits a three right in front of the Miami bench, shimmied down the court and no one on the Miami bench even looks upset.  Air ball by G. Adams and we head to a timeout with 3:33 to go in the first half, Terps up 41-24.

7:43 - Milbourne with a foul-line jumper and good.  Tucker with a dumb foul, but Collins misses both free throws.  Hayes finds Milbourne in the low post, Milbourne shakes left and turns and fades right and hits the jumper.  Another travel on Collins, making that 14 turnovers so far.  Gregory in for Williams.Vasquez gets cocky and takes the parking lot 3.  No good. 

7:46 - Scott makes the first free throw, and misses the second but gets his own rebound.  Hayes with a loose ball foul.  Williams to the line.  Williams misses the first, but makes the second 46-27.  Dews with a long two, and Gary getting on Tucker for leaving him open. Milbourne works inside, shot is no blocked out of bounds.  Terps take a timeout.  46-29 with 36 seconds to go.

7:50 - Vasquez gets McGowan in air, takes the shot which rims out, but he'll go to the line for two.  Vasquez makes the first, and the second.  23 seconds left.  Tucker with a cheap foul on Dews, and he'll head to the line.  Looked like he had lost possession.  Dews hits the first of a one-and-one.  Dews makes the second.  Terps get the ball with 9.8 seconds left.  Vasquez finds Bowie in the corner, he rushes the shot and misses.  Halftime- Terps up 48-31 over the Canes.

8:21 - After some technical issues we're back, Terps up 63-39 with 12:52 remaining.  Collins just got his fourth foul and Terps are in cruise control. 

8:23 - Gregory makes both free throws.  Padgett goes up for the dunk and is fouled by D. Jones, Padgett will head to the line. 

8:25 - Tucker misses a three that would have sent most of the students home.  67-39 with 11:47 to go. 

8:29 - Terps still up 67-39 with 10:06 to go.  Terps with the foul and McGowan to the line.  Foul on Padgett.  Mosley, Milbourne and Vasquez back in for Padgett, Bowie and Tucker.  Maybe it's just me, but the three stars should just rest for Clemson on Sunday.  Vasquez hits a runner in the lane.  Terps draw a charge and the fans could care less.  They are up 29.  Greagory with a great feed from Vasquez, turns and hits the layup.  Grant hits another deep 3.  Timeout with 9:13 left, 71-43. 

8:35 - Terps hold the canes in check for most of the shot clock, Gregory with a foul as shot clock was winding down.  Collins misses the free throw, Mosley tracks down the long rebound and slows down the offense.  Terps just clicking on all cylinders, Vasquez finds Hayes underneath for an easy layup. 

8:38 - Milbourne draws the foul and he'll head to the line after a timeout.  6:06 to go Terps up 76-48.

8:41 - Milbourne steps to the line, hits the first, misses the second.  77-48.  Williams goes up for the shot, tied up for a jump ball.  Terps keep possession.  Vasquez takes the quick 3, and misses.  Milbourne with some tough D.  Bowie and Tucker in for Hayes and Mosley.

8:44 - Vasquez with a great feed to the cutter Bowie, Bowie converts the layup.  Padgett with some good defense.  Dave Pearman looked ready to check in and Gary sits him down on the bench.

8:48 - Pearman headed in for the Terps. Bowie drives and draws the foul.  Bowie misses the first free throw.  Pearman in for Vasquez.  Bowie misses the second.  Levent coming in.  Bowie then takes a long two, and gets nothing.  Levent in for Milbourne.  Foul on Pearman on the floor. 

8:51 - Levent throws the ball away, but hustles back to alter the dunk attempt, Tucker tracks down the loose ball. Pearman gets a look and takes the jumper.  Tucker grabs the rebound and will head to the line.  Makes the first attempt, and the second. 81-55 Terps. 
Posted on: November 18, 2009 4:08 am

The First Week of Maryland Basketball

Maryland has started of the season with two tune-up games.  Although, I wouldn't dare call them that in front of Coach Gary Williams.  He hates the term.  It makes the game seem insignificant, and the opponent inferior.  As we saw Monday night with the Kentucky-Miami (OH), no game should be taken lightly. 

Last Friday, Maryland took on Charleston Southern, a team picked to finish 9th in the Big South.  Not exactly the ACC.  The 89-51 win should come as no surprise.  The terrible shooting night by Greivis Vasquez should come as no surprise, as he is a streaky shooter, but the way the rest of the team stepped up is something we rarely saw last year.  Senior Forward Landon Milbourne was an underrated player last year but is primed to break out of Vasquez' shadow.  He scored 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals.  He played great on the defensive end covering up to 4 positions on defense.  Sophomore Guard Sean Mosley also filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.

Tonight, Maryland took on Fairfield, a team that was a step up from Charleston Southern.  Their size provided a challenge for the Terps tonight.  The freshmen big men were tested more tonight, and while they didn't put up the numbers they did against CSU, where they combined for 22 points, 17 boards and 2 blocks, tonight they held their own against better competition.  They combined for 12 points and 12 boards, but you could see glimpses of potential tonight.  Milbourne and Mosley both had solid games again.  Shockingly Vasquez had another terrible shooting night.  The team didn't shoot as well, as Anthony Johnson and Ryan Olander combined for 11 blocks. 

Moving forward, Vasquez has been most efficient as a distributor.  However, it will be a constant battle all season to keep him in this role.  He isn't the only option this year, and he needs to realize that.  He also needs to make himself aware, that one of the big knocks against him in the draft process was his inconsistency and that he needs to play under control.  Milbourne and Mosley should see expanded roles as the season continues.  Hayes is a steady ball-handler who is the most consistent 3-point shooter on the team.  Cliff Tucker is a solid role player off the bench, he's an efficient shooter and can do little things to keep him in Gary's favor.  If Tucker cuts down on the turnovers he should see his minutes increase. 

Maryland should be undefeated headed into the later rounds of the Maui Invitational where a possible matchup with Gonzaga would be the first tough test of the season. 
Posted on: August 21, 2009 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2009 1:11 pm

Gary Does It Again, But Is That A Good Thing?

This week Gary Williams and the Maryland Terrapins (yes, it's never too early to talk college hoops) received their third commitment for the 2010 season.  SG Mychal Parker (#62 by MaxPreps , #42 by Scouts, Inc and #53 by Rivals).  Parker joins SF Terrence Ross (#30 by MaxPreps , #39 by Scouts, Inc and #43 by Rivals) and PG Terrell Stoglin (#43 by MaxPreps , #88 by Scouts, Inc and #122 by Rivals).

Maryland is also on the final top 5 lists of other highly touted prospects:
Tobias Harris - #3 ranked PF, #7 overall.  6'8" 210lbs.  Considering - UConn , Louisville, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Tennessee
C.J. Leslie - #4 ranked PF, #9 overall.  6'8" 205lbs.  Considering - Kentucky, UNC , Florida, Maryland and UConn
Roscoe Smith - #3 ranked SF, #16 overall.  6'8" 190lbs.  Considering - Duke, UConn , Florida, Louisville and Maryland
DaMontre Harris - #5 ranked C, #62 overall. 6'9" 200lbs.  Considering - South Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland, VCU and Florida
Jonathan Graham - #21 ranked PF, #84 overall.  6'8 205lbs. Considering - Maryland and Florida State

Now, nothing is ever guaranteed until pen is put to paper, but as it appears now the Terps are in the running for all 5.  However, in order to sign one or more of these guys they will have to have a transfer from the current roster.  Considering a lot of the talent around the end of the bench, it may not be the worst thing in the world.

This is a far cry from the recruiting classes from 2006 and 2007.  In 2006 the highest ranked recruit was Cliff Tucker (his best ranking was #97 by Rivals), now Tucker has turned in to a solid role player and should see an even bigger role in 2009-10 as the first or second player off the bench.  Adrian Bowie was also in that class and he took over as the starting point guard last year and will be again this year.  In 2008, Sean Mosley was the top ranked player (highest ranking was #40) and like Tucker, Mosley has seen his role grow larger over the past season.  Mosley even saw some starts last year and will push for more playing time.

The last time Gary had this kind of recruiting class was after the 2002 National Championship.  Granted, that recruiting class really did nothing for the University.  The 2002 class consisted of F Nik Caner-Medley, F Travis Garrison, PG John Gilchrist, SG Chris McCray, PG Dominique Richmond, PF Jamar Smith.  Caner-Medley is struggling to make an NBA roster with the Clippers.  Garrison is currently playing for Dalaman A.S. Pamukkale Univ. in the Turkish 2nd division.  Gilchrist just signed for the Adelaide 36ers in the Australian A-League .  McCray plays for the Rimini Crabs in the Italian 2nd division and lost to Jamar Smith's team in the League Tournament. 

Clearly the highly touted recruits of the 2002 class never lived up to the hype, hopefully the 2010 class, assuming there aren't any de-commitments , will. 

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