Friday, November 21, 2008

Terps and Green Mountain Boys

Maryland faces Vermont tonight and former assistant Mike Lonergan, who was barely in College Park long enough to get a set of business cards printed, returns as the head coach of the Catamounts. Gary Williams goes for win number 400 as head coach of the Terrapins. You can follow the game on-line with live scoring and tempo stats here courtesy of scacchoops.com.

I didn't get a chance to break down the Youngstown State game, not that it deserved much, but there were a few concerning things. Obviously the frontcourt has been even weaker than I feared it would be going into the year. Braxton Dupree and Jerome Burney are not adding much of anything. When you have two forwards in Dupree and Dave Neal who played 42 minutes and only combine to produce two points that is a serious concern. Dupree and Burney look like legitimate frontcourt players but the real question is do they have the mindset to be effective. Neither player looks to have much aggression or intensity in the low post. Defense and rebounding would be enough but neither is providing those basics at the moment. The game got sloppy in the 2nd half so the turnovers and offensive problems are a little exaggerated in the box score. Freshmen Jin Soo Kim and Sean Mosley will continue to provide some great scoring depth when Cliff Tucker and Landon Milbourne struggle like they did on Tuesday.

Michigan, Maryland's Big Ten opponent in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, upset 4th ranked UCLA the other night. Michigan should test Maryland more than some may have assumed but a win should give Maryland a nice RPI boost that you would not expect going into the season.

ACC Sports Journal breaks down several of the major areas of concern for the football team here.

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