Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mosley rising

A player to watch in the NCAA Tournament might just be freshman Sean Mosley. The freshman wall doesn't seem to be a problem for Mosley given that he didn't play a large number of minutes early in the season. In the three games of the ACC Tournament Mosley averaged 8.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and shot 47% from the floor in 25 minutes per game. Very solid contributions that were all above his regular season averages. He also played some very good defense against taller and bigger players like Duke's Gerald Henderson. While Mosley still struggles with his shooting from time to time and has missed some point blank shots his physical presence on defense and on the boards has been critical.

While Vasquez has been the engine that drives Maryland (17.7 points, 7.6 assists and 6 rebounds per game in the ACC Tournament) he has gotten more help from Eric Hayes in recent games. Hayes' shooting has been fantastic the last few games (68% from the floor, 66% from 3-point range) even though his floor game has been a little shaky at times.

Landon Milbourne is still really struggling on offense but his rebounding and defense have improved recently. 

Maryland has played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the site of this opening round, recently. Last season they lost to UCLA and Missouri in a early season tournament. In those two games Greivis Vasquez averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds. It is also worth noting that Maryland has two guards in Hayes and Vasquez that have more experience in the NCAA Tournament than anyone on Cal.

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