Terps fall flat vs. American; home skid at 3

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It needn't have been picturesque. For Maryland fans, even an unsightly victory would have sufficed.

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Southern MD Joe

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#1
Dec 23, 2007
 
Maryland won't win any thing until they start playing DEFENSE.
I watch these stupid plays,pound the ball inside,stand around,but where is the DEFENSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEe
Just do it guys
Blah Blah Bee-Ball

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#2
Dec 23, 2007
 
Tall slow guards, no outside threat, big men who have more fouls than points
all add up to a team that could not beat a squad of blind nuns. Scoring 59 points against American is a joke. I don't think it is all defense, they can't score. Last game at home they had 55 points. They have to be scoring 75-80 points they can't do it.
Gist is absolutely horrible, big, strong, fast, but not a playa! He fouls out every game.
Pete

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#3
Dec 23, 2007
 
Maybe Gary should have thrown his panties onto the court to fire up this team or at least given the fans something to smile about. Talk about a lump of coal on the court. Good for American U.(Some of their guys might actually graduate in four years.)
Merry Christmas, Gary. Ho Ho Ho.
Rick

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#4
Dec 23, 2007
 
What's new. Williams coaching ability has to be more that yelling at them or throwing something. Any terp fan can see that after they won the championship game with dixon, they started getting worse under williams.He'll never be able to win it all because of his coaching style.His players will not believe in him.
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#5
Dec 23, 2007
 
The program has been flirting with falling/playing down to this depth for the past couple of years, looks like this years team (players&coaches) might have finally reached the Rock Bottom !!!!!!!!!! The can't go mcuh lower can they ??
GregA

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#6
Dec 23, 2007
 
Gary has never been good at adjusting his offense when the available players don't match up with his game plan. Lefty excelled at that having some of his best years with small teams. Gary keeps trying to pound it in when his front court is hardly ACC caliber and the backcourt only seems to hit their shots when they are playing from behind .. go figure. Unless he opens up the offense and lets them "play with a little abandon" the Terps may be in for a short season this year.

Let's hope that's not the case.
Time for Gary to GO

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#7
Dec 23, 2007
 
This program has been a free-fall for years now. Losing three in a row on your home court, to the likes of American and Ohio is plain pitiful. If it's obvious to drones like us who care and follow U of M basketball - why doesn't the U find another coach.
How many more assistants have to leave; how many more inferior recruiting classes need to be passed as saviours to the program....how many more years with zero graduation rates. The handwriting is on the wall folks!
U of M basketball needs to inject some discipline, crisp fundementals (no, the press doesn't count - how many times is that sucessful anyway?)and hire a coach who can recruit, run a program and graduate some players.
It's time for Gary to GO!
american university girl

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#8
Dec 23, 2007
 
All I have to say is way to go Eagles!! While this should hae never happened... maybe this will be a wake up call for the Terps. Until then... let's go eagles!
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#9
Dec 23, 2007
 
I'm glad Vasquez said "we stink". Of all the Terps, he has been the most hyped and biggest failure. The only guy who seems capable of playing at an ACC level has been Hayes. And, of all the frshman, the only guy with apparent ability is Tucker. I hope Mosley and Gilchrist next year are legit. In the meantime, it's gonna be a long season and that Illinois win looks like the high point.

I'd suggest benching Vasquez and Milbourne, but only Tucker fits the bill as a replacement. Then again, with all the missed shots and turnovers maybe playing with four instead of five will be a totally new approach to trunover reduction. Personally, I'd try to find a walk-on to start!
ron

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#10
Dec 23, 2007
 
Its going to be a long year, NIT maybe
tonymo class of 67

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#11
Dec 23, 2007
 
Gary Williams has brought this program crashing down. They now cannot beat teams they pencil in as W's when the schedule is made. This team may actually not win a single conference game. This program is heading to where UNC plummeted to, or worse under incompetent coaches when Dean Smith left. Even then I'm not certain they lost to the caliber of teams Maryland is now losing to.
UNC finally got a great coach, and it has taken him a relativley short time to get them back on top. Maryland has to do the same thing, if they actually care about winning anymore. Williams either can't coach, or can't recruit. He obviously doesn't understand that the college game is a guard's game, especially guards who can shoot 3 pointers. He is the only coach in the country who can't, or won't recruit shooters. Maybe he simply doesn't understand that 3 is 50% more than 2! This program has regressed significantly in recent years. If Williams ahd any class he would resign and let the school get acoach who can fix his mess.
John

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#12
Dec 23, 2007
 
so very sad
we got Biased again
we are another five to ten years in rebuild
unbelievable
Yow has to bear some of this
Bo Didley

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#13
Dec 23, 2007
 
John wrote:
so very sad
we got Biased again
we are another five to ten years in rebuild
unbelievable
Yow has to bear some of this
My goodness John AOL, you sure have toned down your racist rhetoric about Greivis compared to after one game in which you were blathering about world politics and comparing Vasquez to the tyrannt Hugo Chavez just because he is from Venezuela. I guess being the leading scorer with 28 points, there isn't much even a bigot like you can say!
philip

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#14
Dec 23, 2007
 
Wow this teams suxs right now. Let's hope to "right" the ship before conference games start.
Bo Didley

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#15
Dec 23, 2007
 
Sorry Philip, I wish there was some glimmer of signs of hope to be able to "right" this ship in time for the ACC, but when the coach continues to do nothing about players shooting from 20 feet instead of running an offense, then the only conlusion that can be made is that this ship is rudderless!
Rich

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#16
Dec 24, 2007
 
Wow! Listen to all these Gary basher/blamers! Try some sports intelligence instead of superficial name calling. Gary doesn't recruit shooters?(1st team all american Juan Dixon...Drew Nicholas?) YOU WIN WITH EXPERIENCED PLAYERS! Gist has been one of the most dissaponiting players I've seen go through 4 years at Maryland. At least Caner-Medley (who also was a huge dissapointment) played his heart out, and would at least try to score as much as he could! This team is loaded with young talent, and the recruiting class next year looks fanstastic. They'll just need some time/experience. ALL programs have down years!(Including UNC, Duke, AZ, and Mich St) Let's see how good Fla is this year without their 3 1st round draft picks! Time to stop whining about Gary and accept the fact that sometimes players don't pan out. Gist is a bust!
DAG

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#17
Dec 24, 2007
 
Rich,
For how many years are we going to proclaim that this is a "rebuilding year"? We have been doing that since the championship in '02. It is impossible to get consistancy year in a year out when you stack 5-6 in a class. The recruiting strategy has been horrible and the player evaluation worse. If you are not gonna recruit players in the mold of your system than don't recruit them at all. Otherwise change the way you run your offense to fit the skills of your players. The game has passed GW. We need a young, aggressive coach who wants to recruit the studs and prove his worth. The area is fertile with studs and we continue to lose them to Georgetown, Syracuse, Conn, etc. Sick and tired of the people who have to point out title as reason to give GW a lifetime free pass. Sorry, no company will employ that strategy with their CEO when profits continue to fall.
Rich

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#18
Dec 24, 2007
 
DAG: I see your points, but you're not being specific with regards to recruiting. It looks like the Terps are going to have one of the top recruiting classes in the country next year, with Mosely and Gilchrist leading the way. I'm very excited about the fresh/soph talent on the current roster. Vasquez, Hayes, Dupree, Tucker, Milbourne, Bowie, and Gregory should cause nightmares for opposing ACC teams in the next few years. Remember when UNC was stacked with inexperinced freshman, lost to everyone, and then a few years later win the national championship (Roy Williams gets lots of deserved credit, but the top vets on that team were not recruited by him) Be patient...I feel real good about the young talent on the team and those coming next year. It does stink that they'll be lousy this year, but once again, teams like UNC, DUKE, AZ, and Mich St have all gone through periods like this IN THE LAST 5-10 YEARS! It happens...stop the blame Gary game! He's the man!
DAG

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#19
Dec 24, 2007
 
And we all kept saying the same thing about the NCM, Jones, Strawberry class. Be patient and they'll get better. Never happened. There was no improvement year to year and that class was the #1 ranked recruiting class in the country. How did that pan out? GW has not gotten past the sweet 16 with any class except the 2 FF with Dixon and Blake. The current freshman class was not ranked near the top 25. They are not even starters on a Duke or UNC team. With all the 5*'09 talent currently in Baltimore we are getting none. Why, b/c GW just gave another JUCO scholarship away to fill our roster out through 2010. We have to stop being so reliant on JUCO players and start recruiting this fertile ground that MD resides in. GW can not make in roads to land the top local talent. Terps fans should not be happy with that.
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#20
Dec 24, 2007
 
DAG...do some homework...all you have to do is click on a couple of links on the Sun's site about recruiting to see that:

- The Terps have 2 LOCAL commitments from Mosely and Gilchrist, who are both among the TOP prospects in the country.

-and as for the current fresh/soph on the team, I really like what I see. Dupree looks like the player we've been looking for down low since Baxter. Tucker reminds me of Dixon in many ways, with his slashing quikness, and Hayes/Vasquez I predict will develop into one of the best 1-2 guards in the country.

-As for JUCOs, don't forget about players like Steve Francis, Ryan Randle (who helped win a Nat'l title) I don't have a problem with JUCO recruits....seems to me that everyone thinks they know more than GW. I have faith in him. GO TERPS!!!

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