Vasquez hoping to recreate UM's '04 A...

Vasquez hoping to recreate UM's '04 ACC run

There are 7 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Mar 12, 2008, titled Vasquez hoping to recreate UM's '04 ACC run. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Four years ago and about 90 miles to the north, a sophomore point guard who was alternately praised for his talent and criticized for his temperament led a Maryland team in jeopardy of not making the NCAA ...

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Gary

Brighton, MI

#1 Mar 12, 2008
Who are they kidding, They don't have a chance. When are people finally going to realize that this team is not that good. How many games as Vasquez cost us this year single handedly. I would say about 6 games for sure. Averageing more than 7 turnovers everytime we lost, he is a giant killer. What happened to Gist? Did he get lost. They don't deserve to go anywhere, simple as that. Wait to next year. They have a top notch recruit coming in that could make a difference and maybe being a Junior Vasquez might not throw the ball away so much. Lets just wait.
southern md joe

AOL

#2 Mar 12, 2008
talks cheap lets see if they can do it with defense first.dont miss Georgetown,George Mason.they are still around......
Gary Williams Billick

Westminster, MD

#3 Mar 12, 2008
Hmm...

Well looking back at the past is about all anyone on this team can answer to. MD men's bball sure doen't prepare and execute at gametime anymore so sure lets focus on 2004. Its 2008 Greivis!

Hmm okay:

Greivis, you will need support. we know Gist is somewhere else as he has been for four years. So yes mark him off your list. Milbourne has found the Gist model just fine and he too should be marked off the list. Eric Hayes, well there you go. It seems that he got UM College Park mixed up with UM Eastern Shore. Bambale-well now you got one player!

So we get it-you are majoring in physics and will get the ball moving. Trouble is the other team is a lot faster than your team and only they understand how to catch your passes. Gary Williams has taught everyone to have eyes in the back of their head. So first try to get Gist to see the play from the front set of eyes.

I know this is tough, but it can be done. See since 2002 Gary has changes his eyesight from looking forward to looking back. His eyes are in the back of his head. He cares more about that championship than we do at this point always wants to reference it as a reason why player development and recruiting is about the players and not him. Its called a golden parachute for a guy who is one year into social security status. So Greivis, you be the god and just take every shot from the floor. At least the turnovers will be in the form of missed FG's.

And don't worry there is 2009. MD will prepare you for a nice return to the Venezuelan pro leagues. We use to train for the NBA, yea but unless you have the blueblood genes of the name Strawberry that has not happened since Steve Blake in 2003.

So go for it young man. After all next year and the next should be exactly the same so might as well have fun with it. Remember when your parents and those of Eric Hayes almost backed out of this program? Shoot seventy shots tomorrow to show us why you stayed and they were wrong.
jeremiah

Baltimore, MD

#4 Mar 12, 2008
Grivis needs to try to play more like Juan Dixon and a lot less like Gilcrest. It should not be so difficult to hold on to the ball.

If he would just run aound off screens and catch the ball at the elbow or top of the key, he would be a much better player who did not have to make so many decisions. Shoot or drive, finish or dish. It is nce that he can dribble and pass, but just because he is the best ball handler does not mean he should be the point gaurd.

Bowie needs to start if Hayes can not advance the ball and make the entry pass. The Terps dont need a dribble drive point with 2 big guys who can post up, and a 2 gaurd (Grievis) who can make plays. They just need to be able to advance the ball and get into an offensive set.

They really need to stop reaching on the perimiter also on defense. They give up a lot more easy buckets and fouls by getting out of position than they get steals and lay ups. When they play sound man to man defense and just funnel the drivers to the big men, they are a very solid, shot blocking team. When they reach and double on the perimiter, they give up wide open 3s and get fouls on the big guys.

They do have the talent on the team to make a run, but not playing the way they have in the same rotations. There is still time to change the scheme, the line up and add to the rotation.
Brett

Laurel, MD

#5 Mar 12, 2008
Hey Greivis, don't worry about dying on the court. How about you just start by not turning the ball over 7 times and taking, I dunno, only 6 or 7 completely ill advised shots.
Colfax

Culver City, CA

#6 Mar 12, 2008
"but also in turnovers (138, a whopping 24 more than Virginia's Sean Singletary, who's second)."

How about leading Singletary by a whopping 40 in assists? Nice rhetoric.

Even in an article praising him, you've got to take a pot shot.
Ed in Philly

Southampton, PA

#7 Mar 12, 2008
Gary Williams: "He's trying to score, run the point and defend the best guard on the other team," Williams said of Vasquez, who leads the Terps in scoring (17.5). "That's hard. It's a shame it's that way but for us, that's the best way for us to play. I think that will be different next year. I know how hard he works, I know how much he cares. I think he's learning."

Gary thinks and I emphasize thinks he's learning. What has Gary been watching. Wouldn't you expect the head coach to be on top of those things? Is there any doubt where the problem is with this team. I can tell you what think, I think its time for Gary to go.

Mike Brey in 2009

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