Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Fire and Ice

Maryland was able to extend its winning streak to four games with another convincing win tonight. I'll give my thoughts on the game later but first I wanted to write a little about Maryland's freshmen point guards, Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez.

I'm not sure in spite of the attention these two have received that fans realize how good this duo is at the moment. In the game tonight the two combined for 15 assists and only 3 turnovers. That is excellent for any two point guards let alone two freshmen. They also combined for 12 points and 8 rebounds. The level of their play in this winning streak has been nothing short of amazing. Both are among the top of the ACC in assist to turnover ratio in league games and in the last four games Vasquez has totaled 27 assists and only 10 turnovers while Hayes has 21 assists and only 4 turnovers! That is incredible.

Vasquez struggled on the offensive end just a little against FSU and Hayes rarely looks for his own scoring chances but they are both the rare kind of college players that make their teammates better. The renaissance of DJ Strawberry and James Gist goes hand in hand with the play of these two freshmen.

These two young pups are contributing at a higher level than anyone could have expected at this point. They both are beginning what could be phenomenal careers at Maryland.

More on the FSU game to follow...

1 comment: said...

as they once sang in the Lefty days: