Friday, March 13, 2009

One down, one to go

Maryland didn't play great against N.C. State but they made the shots they needed to down the stretch to pull away with a nip and tuck 74-69 victory. The offense was disjointed in the first half until Eric Hayes came in a hit some shots that he couldn't in the Virginia loss while Maryland was down double digits to N.C. State. Playing with the news that a close family friend had died in the course of a routine surgery earlier Hayes had a career night with 21 points on five 3-point baskets. Greivis Vasquez sliced through State's zone and found open shooters like Hayes, Tucker and Neal on the perimeter. Maryland hit 9/16 3-point shots to make up for the fact that there was little inside game for the Terps. Maryland had other contributions from Sean Mosley, Dino Gregory and Cliff Tucker to give them at least some bench scoring. I'm still not sure what is the source of Milbourne's struggles but his offense was lacking again in this game which effects his defense as well. He didn't have a single defensive rebound. How is that possible?

The defense was adequate and when they went to a zone it gave the Wolfpack trouble until they placed shooters deeper on the wing and hit a few shots but the poor shot selection by State doomed them. Ben McCauley had a nice night (14 points, 7 rebounds) but Tracy Smith was a nonfactor having almost as many turnovers (3) as points (4).

Maryland will have to shoot at the same blazing pace tonight and control the boards better if they are to have a chance against Wake Forest.

Here is a nice summary of the 1984 Len Bias led Maryland team that won the ACC Tournament.


G said... need to let more people post here! I've been reading you all season...and will continue to.
Good insight.

Be sure to check out the Beer Control Offense blog of a friend of's a VT blog.

Keep up the good work.

ak said...

I wonder what the recruiting implications of the last 2 wins are. Specifically, since Kansas was 1 and done in their tourney, I wonder if this boosts our chances with Stephenson.

Esquire said...

I don't think Kansas going out early does much damage to their chances but Maryland getting back to the NCAA's certainly has to help sell Stephenson on the idea this team could be very good with him and do some damage in 2010 if he comes to Maryland.