Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Terps need to tighten up D

I just lost a post that I wrote up so I'll just sumarize my thoughts:

The defense is really what lost the game for Maryland last night. Wake is a mediocre offensive team, 10th in the ACC ranked by efficiency according to Kenpom, and they put up a very nice 110.4 rating against the Terps last night. Too many dunks and layups to give away to a team that struggles in the half court to create offense. In the last 8 minutes of the 1st half and the last few minutes of the 2nd half Maryland struggled to keep Wake Forest out of the lane and that is what probably cost them the game. Mosley, Hayes, Gregory and Milbourne all struggled with their defensive assignments. It seems without Jordan Williams in the game the interior was much more vulnerable.

Adrian Bowie had a great game off the bench with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come because with Gregory and Padgett not producing much off the bench Gary Williams needs Bowie and Cliff Tucker to produce some scoring.

Vasquez didn't have a very efficient night even if he did fill up the stat sheet with 30 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. He needed 27 shots to do that and turned the ball over six times as well. Though those are the facts Maryland couldn't muster much without him. In the last 4:20 of regulation Vasquez scored or assisted on every one of the final 15 points for the Terps. It is hard to blame him for a few bad shots when you think about that for a few minutes. He set up Mosley with a nice eight foot jumper in the lane that he couldn't sink that would have won the game for Maryland, not to mention what should have been a good chance at a tip in by Dino Gregory that he whiffed on as well. If his toe wasn't on the line at the end of regulation his jumper with 40 seconds left would have likely sealed the win for Maryland even with Landon Milbourne fouling Aminu on the 3-point shot to send the game to overtime. What a dumb play by a senior that was.  Vasquez will turn the ball over and take some illadvised shots but he needs more consistent support from Hayes and Milbourne if Maryland is going to make a move in the ACC.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In general agree with your comments. However, it seemed to me that Maryland had a number of opportunities late in the game and seemed to lose their offensive savvy in moving the ball, and then made some very poor shot attempts. Contrast that with St. John's come-from-behind win against Cincy tonight - they were very composed and efficient in crunch time.