Thursday, January 11, 2007

Burn the tape

Time to flush the stinky turd that was laid last night. Clearly the culprits behind the loss were poor defensive rebounding and simply awful shooting. The offense could have been run better but Maryland did get some good looks at the basket that they simply couldn't convert into points. The misses from within six feet of the basket became almost comical towards the end of the game. The team did get impatient in their half court offense and took too many quick shots, Mike Jones and Greivis Vasquez being the main offenders, but it had more to do with their cold shooting night than anything else.

The efficiency ratings were as follows:

Offense: 81.2
Defense: 92.9

I'm at a loss to explain Ekene Ibekwe's regression in the last month or so. Ever since he missed the Illinois game with a sprained ankle he hasn't had the same agressiveness and seems to shy away from contact more often than before. He and DJ Strawberry need to show up on Saturday if the Terrapins are going to win against Clemson. Strawberry and James Gist also missed four freethrows including the front end of two one-and-ones during a critical stretch in the second half.

After the game freshman Greivis Vasquez claimed that the team reverted to some selfish behavior and failed to make the extra pass when on offense. This would seem to be true but Vasquez was just as guilty as anyone else and went 1-11 from the floor.

Fans also saw another example of how streaky senior Mike Jones can be in the 2nd half. He went without a field goal the entire 17 minutes he played but was able to get to the foul line late in the half. Miami reverted to the stupid play that got them eight losses already this season and proceeded to foul Maryland six times in the last two minutes. If Jones had done that sooner he may have been able to erase Miami's lead.

I'm not ready to panic just yet on this team but they are showing more inconsistency of late than they had all season. Not a good place to be in with the ACC schedule starting in ernest. If they drop to 0-3 with a loss to Clemson Maryland's NCAA hopes could be in jeperdy.

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