Terps execute rescue plan

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This could have been a game that chipped away at Maryland's collective confidence and fractured its fragile psyche. Full Story
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John

Parkville, MD

#1 Nov 22, 2008
Way to let the 3's rain in the comeback, Dave Neal!!!...but if we have to keep relying on him to bail us out with treys, it's going to be a long season.
WTF

Joppa, MD

#2 Nov 22, 2008
Barely squeak by Vermont? Well UCLA lost to Michigan. Here we go again. I see a losing ACC record unless the new kids on the block are killers. Without rebounding you can't play ball with the big boyz.
Ravtown

Elkridge, MD

#3 Nov 22, 2008
Dave Neal or Curley Neal, it's going to be a long season!

Was at the game and the biggest flaw in Maryland is Vasquez' ego. I have been attending Terp games since 1972 and he may be the most disliked Terp of the last thirty years.

It must be galling to Gary to have to stake your season on an all american jerk.
Who

Joppa, MD

#4 Nov 22, 2008
My advice GW: take the ball out of Vazquez hands. Start Mosley. The better teams win with team play. Don't take guys out every time they a foul or lose a ball. Reward comes from playing. They need encouragement. They are young a may be talented, but we'll never know unless you exercise patience.
Anti Gary

Washington, DC

#5 Nov 22, 2008
Where do I start? First of all, Eric Hayes is still in way over his head. If you kool-aid drinkers think he had problems last night, wait until he sees a real d-1 point guard. Vermont was a missed shot away from defeating this mess of a team that Gary has. A 6-2 Bowie having to get key rebounds while Dupree is sitting on the pine. Hey Dupree, you should be ashamed of yourself. You are not what Baltimoreans expect from one of their players. Its obvious that you don't have talent, but damn!! at least show some fight. Toughness and heart will supplement talent most times. Anyways, back to Gary. Losing to Vermont would have been like losing to American and Ohio who both came to Comcast and beat him last year. Too bad the Terps won because now all we'll hear is how good Maryland will be because of Gary. Doesn't matter though, by Christmas you Gary supporters will be more frustrated than you could imagine. One last thing, the blogger who said that Kim looked like a man playing against boys in thhe scrimmage against Northwood should never be allowed on this site again. You obviously escaped from Spring Grove or Clifton T. Perkins. WOW!
pstroms

Baltimore, MD

#6 Nov 22, 2008
Ravtown wrote:
Dave Neal or Curley Neal, it's going to be a long season!
Was at the game and the biggest flaw in Maryland is Vasquez' ego. I have been attending Terp games since 1972 and he may be the most disliked Terp of the last thirty years.
It must be galling to Gary to have to stake your season on an all american jerk.
If it wasn't for Vazquez and his "ego" MD would be looking at a 2-1 record. Him and Bowie took over down the stretch and is reason the Terps won. Granted, it was Vermont, it was a big win on how it was done, they could have easily given up but fought back, gained momentum and took it to them in OT.

By the way, I think it's disgusting that you refer to a student/athlete as a jerk, doesn't matter if you like his style of play or not. He is best player at Maryland since Dixon right now.
pstroms

Baltimore, MD

#7 Nov 22, 2008
Anti Gary wrote:
Where do I start? First of all, Eric Hayes is still in way over his head. If you kool-aid drinkers think he had problems last night, wait until he sees a real d-1 point guard. Vermont was a missed shot away from defeating this mess of a team that Gary has. A 6-2 Bowie having to get key rebounds while Dupree is sitting on the pine. Hey Dupree, you should be ashamed of yourself. You are not what Baltimoreans expect from one of their players. Its obvious that you don't have talent, but damn!! at least show some fight. Toughness and heart will supplement talent most times. Anyways, back to Gary. Losing to Vermont would have been like losing to American and Ohio who both came to Comcast and beat him last year. Too bad the Terps won because now all we'll hear is how good Maryland will be because of Gary. Doesn't matter though, by Christmas you Gary supporters will be more frustrated than you could imagine. One last thing, the blogger who said that Kim looked like a man playing against boys in thhe scrimmage against Northwood should never be allowed on this site again. You obviously escaped from Spring Grove or Clifton T. Perkins. WOW!
Mr. Negative is back, please go root for Georgetown or something. Why don't you look in the mirror and recite that rant you just gave us, because no one cares but you about your thoughts. I haven't seen one person praise Gary for this coaching job yet, there's nothing to praise. I will always enjoy watching the Terps and when they win, no matter how, I will celebrate it.
Absolute Retards

Arlington, VA

#8 Nov 22, 2008
What has been the biggest word used in college basketball the last 5 years??? It is PARITY, there are so many upsets every year, in the regular season and in the tournament. Vermont is a team who consistantly makes the tournament and this year is favored to do such that with a veteran team. Granted, we did our best, but this team found a way to win, that says a lot about their character.

For everyone criticizing Vazquez, you all have no freakin' clue about basketball. Look at his stat line, the guy does it all, scores, rebounds, assists, and makes clutch shots. If he was not on this team, we would have a losing season guaranteed, and we would have lost this game. Every great player takes bad shots, and tries to do a little too much, but would you rather have a scared player that is afraid to be just that. If you really don't like him, then just stop watching, nobody is making you watch him play.

Anti Gary, STOP WATCHING MARYLAND BASKETBALL!!! For the love of god, why do you continue to watch a team play that you hate so much. You really must have absolutely no life what so ever. If you hate Gary and every player on this team, find something else to do, instead of watch every minute and then just completely grill them on the baltimore sun message boards. Maybe they should hire your no life lazy ass to go out there and recruit, go into the depths of baltimore and find players or just SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!
Rich

Washington, DC

#9 Nov 22, 2008
Kudos to Vasquez, last year's ACC Turnover machine...hope he keeps the turnovers down this year. This team is LOADED with talent OUTSIDE the post. It's scary how absent their low post game is. We'll see what happens with Dupree, but he's showing signs of a softie down low. Someone needs to teach him to play against the other team with a ferocity like someone stole money from his grandma!
Mariolucasforthr ee

Columbia, MD

#10 Nov 22, 2008
Too bad Bowie is 6'2". If he was 6 inches taller we would have the dominant big man that has been lacking since Baxter. That kid is tenacious.
Chris

Reisterstown, MD

#11 Nov 22, 2008
With all respect to Holiday and Knoche, I enjoyed being able to watch MD last night..
Unlike the first two games, MD came out ready to play... made a bunch of shots early that set-up the press... and we looked very comfortable in an up and down game.
MD had a couple of runs early in the 1st-half, that could have put Vermont away, but to Vermont's credit they found ways to battle back... aided by some MD turnovers.
Gary is playing a lot of guys, and looking for rotations that work... and while I think that will help down the road, I think it took us out of rhythm early on tonight.
Give MD credit, for when they faced a defecit against a team that they should beat... and they started to play tight... for finding a way to come-back...
That is a good Vermont team.. I could see them as a 13seed, and capable of winning a game in the NCAAT..
Vasquez 26, 9 boards, 5 assists
Bowie 17, 6 boards
Milbourne 13, 5 boards
Hayes 11, 7 assists
Tucker 10
Neal 10, 7 boards
I actually thought Dupree played hard in his 8 limited mts... he did have 6 boards, and 2 blocks.... figure he got time on the bench due to the 3 turnovers though.
Gregory gave 24 active mts... chipped in with 3 blocks...
MD won on the boards 41 - 30...
MD was 24-30 from the line...
Looking forward to MD vs Michigan St on Thanksgiving.
terpmaniac

Baltimore, MD

#12 Nov 22, 2008
Some "fans" you people are! We did win the game so stop bitchin! If Duke had pulled out a game like this it would have been "well thats Duke being Duke" the Terps do the same and its "well it was Vermont, we should have won by 50" we stink!
Wayne

Nottingham, MD

#13 Nov 22, 2008
Being a Maryland alum and knowing MANY Terps hoops fans, I can't think of anyone that dislikes Vasquez -- other than the Sun bloggers and the occasional negative posters who hate everyone. Enough already with the Sun trying to create drama where there is none. He in unquestionably our best player and we would be in a whole world of trouble without him. Focus on somethinge else and give this story line a rest.

Since: Jun 08

Ellicott City, Maryland

#14 Nov 22, 2008
Bye Gary. Elite programs don't give scholarships to Dave Neal, Braxton Dupree, and Dino Gregory. Elite programs also don't struggle against the likes of Vermont at home.

That said, I'm tired of a lot of people dissing Vasquez. Look, if Vasquez wasn't so high risk-high reward, Maryland would be even worse. Besides, he has to play like that since his supporting class is so pathetic.
FTS

Towson, MD

#15 Nov 22, 2008
Anti Gary wrote:
Where do I start? First of all, Eric Hayes is still in way over his head. If you kool-aid drinkers think he had problems last night, wait until he sees a real d-1 point guard. Vermont was a missed shot away from defeating this mess of a team that Gary has.
Vermont makes the NCAA tournament so you could say this was a better team than the Terps. Good Win.

By the way, the people at Jonestown drank Flavor-ade not kool-aid. Please get your cult terminology correct and do not be such a lazy sphincter.
gbw

Glen Burnie, MD

#16 Nov 22, 2008
This game they needed a rescue plan, by the end of the season, they will need a recovery program to save this team that gary kills.
Hawkeye

Baltimore, MD

#17 Nov 22, 2008
I like the Terps too, but let's not beat up Vermont. They're a small school, but they've had 7 winning seasons in a row, even going 15-1 in 2007. I think we all agree that just about any good program can put it all together for one game. MD didn't play good ball, and Vermont capitalized and almost won. Hopefully Gary's kids learned something.
John

New Windsor, MD

#18 Nov 22, 2008
I went to the game last night. My impression was a little bit different than The Sun's. Read my thoughts here:

http://johnmann.blogspot.com/2008/11/seeing-i...
Terpfan

Baltimore, MD

#19 Nov 22, 2008
pstroms wrote:
<quoted text>Mr. Negative is back, please go root for Georgetown or something. Why don't you look in the mirror and recite that rant you just gave us, because no one cares but you about your thoughts. I haven't seen one person praise Gary for this coaching job yet, there's nothing to praise. I will always enjoy watching the Terps and when they win, no matter how, I will celebrate it.
Yes, we won the game, but this wasn't a game to get excited about. If we can't establish and inside presence against a team like Vermont with a 6'5" center then we are going to get destroyed in the ACC and against other top programs. You may lose to a team like Vermont in the NCAAs on a neutral court but you should dominate them in your place. Dupree is an embarassment and should never see the court again. I would have like to see Kim shoot the ball but his teammates don't seem comfortable getting him the ball. Vasquez may be able to get away with his ball hog tendencies against lesser talent but he will have to start giving up the ball and letting his teammates get open shots once the conference games come along. Several times Kim was open on the wing and Dirty Vasquez passed him up to take a bad shot. It's a tough call because games like last night would have been lost without Vasquez but there many other games where his selfishness kill us.
gratefolks

Catonsville, MD

#20 Nov 22, 2008
I agree that Kim was open on the wing and Vasquez took the shot instead of passing it. So maybe he is a ball-hog. On the other hand, Kim appeared to be a little hesitant or a step slow, thus, Vasquez did not feel comfortable dishing it. This was the first game I have seen this season, so I certainly am in no position to make broad assessments of this year's model, though I have to say, it sure looked ugly last night.

Regarding "Dirty" Vasquez: why is he "dirty." Does he not shower? I certainly didn't see him sucker punch anyone. Again, I understand the ambivalence in embracing him. Sometimes I see Gilchrist redux; other times he is more like St. Stevie Franchise. However, as already has been said, often he's the only one "out" there.

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