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Terps need someone other than Vasquez to step up

There are 28 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Feb 21, 2008, titled Terps need someone other than Vasquez to step up. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

It was a night of comebacks. From the unwelcomed to the improbable. Those that turned your stomach and those that made you turn your head.

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Towson, MD

#1 Feb 21, 2008
While you're citing statistics, why not mention 8 fouls for Virginia Tech in the first 8:14 of the 2nd half; none in the final 11:46. There's a telling stat for you!!!!!!!!

Reidsville, NC

#2 Feb 21, 2008
Gary Williams, hopefully will one day soon discover that college basketball is a guard's game, and that three is fifty percent more than two! Perhaps because Williams was a guard who couldn't shoot a lick when I was there in the mid 60's, he has an affinity for guards who can't shoot. I think his team is next to last in the league in 3-point shooting. I think Juan Dixon was the last good shooter the Terps have had.
I watch quite a few games, and almost every GOOD team has two or three good 3-point shooters. Willaims, as usual, has none. Just look at most of the losses and you see that Williams team often has more field goals, but fewer 3-point goals. Why does Williams seem to be the only coach at this level who can't, or won't recruit good shooters? I don't know how many players in recent years came to Maryland with big reputations but never panned out, or regressed after a couple of years under Williams. Since his fluke championship, his teams have steadily gone downhill, to the point where they now lose home games to teams that were scheduled as "wins!" I don't think anything will change so long as Williams is the coach. How long did it take Roy Williams to get Carolina back on top after coaches like Gary Williams almost destroyed that storied progam.


#3 Feb 21, 2008
the last games will be interesting it is now a Michael Vick pit bull fight the losing dog will be killed and lose the NCAAs.
ron nixon

United States

#4 Feb 21, 2008
unfortunately, this is not a good time to go back to december days. the dreaded bench strength has come into play, and the terps have no answer. va tech, a team this team should beat easily. they have more younger players than even maryland. they dont have size, strength, but, they do believe in themselves, and play within their coaches guidelines. i see no one on your bench that wants to take a shot. i believe, they know if they make a mistake, they will be coming out of the game. very truthful. why are our bigs so bad, why dont they get a chance to play other than dupree and walker. the stronger, quicker guys burney, gregory never get playing time. why is chris tucker so limited in playing time. he has more potential than any player we got. but, once again, it is the mike jones syndrome. he must lack experience in some area, therefore, we cant afford to take chances. why not. this team has no other options. once again, we have a class of under achievers, or a class of youngsters that have been beaten down.

Ottawa, Canada

#5 Feb 21, 2008
Virginia Tech has beaten maryland twice this year and for someone to say MD should have beaten them is foolish. The game played out like all of VA tech's this season. They scrap, work together and usually have a chance to win in the end just like last nite. Seth Greenberg reminds me of the gary williams pre national championship. Not only does va tech have better players than MD, but there are better coached.


Manassas, VA

#6 Feb 21, 2008
Hopefully Tucker will be able to contribute this coming weekend, with him in the lineup, at least he is someone who can get off a decent shot or get a score in transition... As far as Greenberg, he may have out coached Williams last nite, over the long haul, I`ll take my chances with Williams.....

Elkton, MD

#7 Feb 21, 2008
It's hard for Terps other than Vasquez to "step up" if they're constantly stepping back on D to cover for Vasquez's screw-up's! Vasquez net effect on the Terps is a huge negative.

Washington, DC

#8 Feb 21, 2008
Vasquez isn't blameless in a loss like this. He's a good point guard in the transition game. He can make the great pass when things are moving 100 mph in the open court, but he's not good at getting the other guys into the flow in a half court game. He dribbles too much and tries to force passes that aren't there. He doesn't know when to dial it back a notch and protect the ball when they have a lead. He took 13 shots in the first half and nobody else had more than five. Gary shares the blame. He needs to make Milbourne look for his shot and make Vasquez get the ball to him. You can't have a point guard taking 22 shots and a shooting guard taking 8. If Gary wants the bench and the other starters to contribute more, he needs to let them know he expects them to shoot, and he needs to make Vasquez cut down on his dribbling time and distribute the ball in the half court offense, not just in transition. A point guard with a 1 to 1 assist to turnover ratio isn't going to consistently win you many games in the ACC.

Baltimore, MD

#9 Feb 21, 2008
The Terps are clearly a much, much better team than V-Tech.....After the technical foul, it seemed like the refs were scared to make a call against Greenburg. He actually should have been T'd up a second time and tossed, but the ref blew the whistle and talked to him instead. Gary would have been tossed.

James Gist was non-existent-- I dont know what his deal was last night, but the guys he was facing are nowhere near NBA caliber type players, and for people to say Gist is capable of making the league-- I think last nights game is prime example why he will play overseas.

The bench-- 38 minutes combined and zero points?????? You have got to be kidding me, they couldnt even can a free throw???? Horrible.

Say all you want about Gary, he doesnt get all americans, yet the Terps can still go out and beat a Carolina or Duke. To me, that makes him a much better coach that Roy Williams, Coach K or any other schmuck that gets 6 McDonald's All Americans every season.

Terps will bounce back. They have to. If they dont, we will be watching our boys in the NIT again.....well, I wont watch, but thats where theyll be playing.

Abingdon, MD

#10 Feb 21, 2008
In order for reserves to score then need to be fed the ball and not have a point guard who takes 22 shots a game.

United States

#11 Feb 21, 2008
NIT bound..... How can the bench score if Gary has no confidence in them. Gist and Hayes need to step up or ride the bench.

Washington, DC

#12 Feb 21, 2008
jamaltimore wrote:
Virginia Tech has beaten maryland twice this year and for someone to say MD should have beaten them is foolish. The game played out like all of VA tech's this season. They scrap, work together and usually have a chance to win in the end just like last nite. Seth Greenberg reminds me of the gary williams pre national championship. Not only does va tech have better players than MD, but there are better coached.
you're obviously a fool.

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Feb 21, 2008
Hayes is playing like he is scared. Gist is playing like a sissy and a 6"9" two guard. Landon M is just too inconsistent to depend on.

The bench w/o Tucker is slow and heavy. A walk-on is the 2nd or 3rd on the floor. None of them contribute any thing of value, including defense. Dupree looks like he would rather be somewhere else than on the floor at Comcast.

Gary better look at himself and his coaching staff. They the ones who offered these players full scholarships to play in the ACC. Did anyone notice the freshmen on VT?
jimmy from beltsville

College Park, MD

#14 Feb 21, 2008
There are a couple of reasons that the Terps have become a mid major program. The players that have been recruited can't compete on an ACC level every night. The guys coming off of the bench seem lost. The only players who show a bit of promise off of the bench are Tucker and Bowie. Will someone please explain to me how Neal got a scholarship to Maryland? James Gist hasn't improved year to year as most players with his potential should. If you look at his statistics, sure you might see some good numbers. However, if you look at the games on television, he gets out hustled most of the time. His hands are like bricks. His leadership skills as a senior a very suspect. Eric Hayes is over matched at the two. He is slow on defense and allows way too much penetration by the guards on the other team. This was a bad recruit for Maryland. Someone needs to be held accountable for this major mistake. Watch and see him transfer soon. He's an intelligent kid. I'm sure he knows that the players in the ACC at his position are stronger and faster then he expected. The only shot that he can make is a wide open set shot. That makes you one dimensional. I't makes you a sixth or seventh man in the ACC. I bet there are even players on the team who out play him in practice. Tucker has more skills than Hayes and he comes off of the bench. Go figure. I don't blame Vasquez for his errant decisions. If he had help at the skill positions, his decisions wouldn't look as bad. He has a slow off guard. He has a four man with mental lapses, and he has a coach yelling and screaming like a mad man. With all this being said, if Gary would just spend more attention to recruiting, the team actually could start competing again on a major level. Its sad to see this team fall to mid major basketball. Good luck maryland fans!!


#15 Feb 21, 2008
Every day I wake up I remember going to the national championship when MD won..I will take that only wind at the big dance to my grave thanking the Lord that I actually forced myself to go thinking there will be more what is the sense of urgency
there will be no more while I am still alive I am afraid


#16 Feb 21, 2008
larry, at 57 I think I am with you!
getting my casket outfitted now with terp national championship paraphernalia1

“Obama 2008”

Since: Feb 08

Potomac, MD

#17 Feb 21, 2008
Mike wrote:
The Terps are clearly a much, much better team than V-Tech.....
You're only allowed to say things like than when your team hasn't lost the last four out of five contests vs. the team in question.

You're either better enough to win on game day, or you're not.

United States

#18 Feb 21, 2008
My boy had a bad game the other night. He is mostly doubled teamed. I hope he shows the real Leon on Sat. 1PM ESPN2. NBA ??? Japan ?? He is a Wes Unseld clone. If the NBA picked players for their nice ability, he would go top 10. Most liked player at Ohio U. Maryland couldn't handle him. He led [ a loss ] to Kansas in rebounds. This will be his last chance to step up against George Mason on Sat. The heat is on.# 5. 1 pm ESPN2.

Henniker, NH

#19 Feb 21, 2008
I agree what people are saying about the bench, aside from Bowie and Tucker no one has really shown much at all. Dupree showed some promise earlier in the season but hasn't done much recently. Walker has done nothing and Dave Neal is pretty much awful.

That being said, the starters have been underwhelming as well. Vasquez and Osby seem to be the only guys showing up the last two games, even though Vasquez needs to work on not turning the ball over. Gist has been non-existant and Hayes, probably the teams best outside shooter, is not knocking down three's with ease anymore. Milbourne has improved significantly but still inconsistent.

Philadelphia, PA

#20 Feb 21, 2008
Jimmie from Beltsville. You are right on. I've written the same post on this site a dozen times. Replace Hayes with Tucker. Tucker at the 2 would be unstoppable and dramatically change the Terps. Then bring Hayes off the bench to launch some threes. Another option is to let Bowie play the point and move Vazquez to the 2 spot. Either way, Hayes is not a starter in the ACC. My guess is, he'll transfer after this season with Mosley coming in. Neal got a scholarship to Maryland with the hope (or deal) that Rudy Gay would follow. UCONN stepped in at the least second and offered...well...you know...some cash. Maryland doesn't do that stuff anymore. Also, Gary didn't spend any time recruiting Gay and that hurt in the end. Walker, Dupree, Gregory are mid-major players. Mosley and Gilcrest will help next year. The 2009 and 2010 classes will make or break Gary and determine the future. It's essential that Maryland somehow lands a blue chip player or two. Gary's not gonna change his style. I love the guy. He brought us a championship by coaching his butt off with anotehr group of mid-major players: Baxter, Dixon and Blake. No one wanted them either. But you gotta wonder if the days of yelling and screaming coaches are over. To get blue chip players, you gotta treat the kids with a little more respect. You know, yelling doesn't make them play any better and it isn't coaching. Rotating a bunch of players every few minutes doesn't prove you can coach either.

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