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Terrapins LB Tate Named to Preseason All-ACC Team

Posted on 27 July 2011 by WNST Staff

Senior LB was a 2010 first team All-ACC selection at safety

 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland senior linebacker Kenny Tate has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team, the league announced Wednesday.

 

Voting for the 25-man team was conducted by media in attendance at the ACC Football Kickoff, which was held July 24-25 in Pinehurst, N.C.

 

Tate, a 2010 first team All-ACC selection at safety, moved to linebacker prior to spring practice. The Forestville, Md., native led the team with 58 solo tackles last season and ranked second with 100 total, becoming the first Maryland defensive back to reach 100 tackles since Tony Jackson in 2000.

 

Starting all 13 games a year ago, Tate also added 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. In his career, Tate has made 162 tackles and five interceptions, marks that are first on the team among returning players.

 

A consensus preseason all-conference selection, Tate is on watch lists for the Lott Trophy, the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, the Bednarik Award and the Butkus Award.

 

To view the entire 2011 Preseason All-ACC football team, click here.

 

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Late collapse to Duke paints (im)perfect picture of Maryland’s season

Posted on 12 March 2011 by Luke Jones

If you’ve been seeking the abridged version of a frustrating season for Maryland, the final 10 minutes of an 87-71 loss to Duke on Friday night revealed everything you needed to know about the Terps.

After an impressive performance over the first 30 minutes against the second-seeded Blue Devils in the ACC tournament quarterfinals, the Terps were in position to challenge the No. 5 team in the country, trailing 63-60 after a Dino Gregory layup at the 10:13 mark.

All-ACC senior Nolan Smith was ineffective throughout the night and left the game with a toe injury with just under seven minutes left. The normally sharpshooting Blue Devils were a paltry 3-for-15 from beyond the arc. And despite a huge night from  all-conference senior Kyle Singler (29 points for the game), the Maryland defense swarmed the ball on nearly every possession, leaving a perimeter-dependent team with few open looks.

Opportunity was sitting right there as Maryland had essentially made it a 10-minute game against one of the best teams in the country. It wasn’t the near-perfect performance they needed to secure the upset, but Duke’s struggles had allowed an energized Maryland team to hang around.

And then, like we’ve seen all too many times this season, the Terps completely crumbled and Duke clutched them by the throat, squeezing the final breath out of their far-fetched NCAA tournament hopes and leaving them to wait for the NIT selection show on Sunday night.

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The Blue Devils outscored them by a 24-11 margin over the the final 10 minutes as the Terps would go scoreless for nearly six minutes after Gregory’s layup, failing to bank another field goal until Pe’Shon Howard’s bucket with 4:03 to play. Maryland turned the ball over at crucial times, looking confused and out of its league as Duke seized control.

Poor free-throw shooting (15-for-28) throughout the night was magnified as a manageable deficit became too much to overcome with the Terps turning ice-cold and Duke making its free throws (14-for-15 in the second half) in the final minutes.

Despite 16 points and 16 rebounds from Jordan Williams, the sophomore’s 2-for-10 showing from the line made it a fruitless effort to get him the ball inside to draw contact. Cliff Tucker chipped in 12 points while Gregory and Howard added 10 apiece, but no one could spark the struggling Maryland offense late as the scoring drought grew longer and the deficit wider.

Terrell Stoglin continued his struggles against Duke, scoring six points and turning it over five times. His late-season maturity reverted back to the look of a frustrated freshman for much of the evening, but one would hope better days are ahead for the talented point guard against the Blue Devils.

And just like that, it was over. What had been an entertaining first 30 minutes transformed into a 16-point defeat, Maryland’s third of the season to Duke.

Truthfully, no one expected the Terps to pose much of a threat to Mike Krzyzewski’s group, who is aiming for another No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament and a possible rematch with North Carolina in the ACC tournament championship. Duke will play Virginia Tech in the semifinal Saturday while North Carolina takes on Clemson.

In contrast, Gary Williams will now lead an underwhelming group to the NIT for the fourth time in seven years. A rivalry that was once more competitive than Duke’s storied war with North Carolina — for several years, mind you — has dissipated to the sound of nine losses in the last 10 games to the Blue Devils.

After losing the ACC Player of the Year and two other key seniors who accounted for more than half of the team’s scoring a year ago, the Terps just weren’t good enough to play a full 40 minutes against the better teams in the country this season. The results speak for themselves.

The effort was there Friday night — a refreshing change after lifeless showings against Miami and Virginia to close the regular season — but the talent wasn’t there to finish the job.

As Gary Williams said following last Saturday’s loss to Virginia, “close doesn’t count, especially this time of year.”

It’s a lesson the Terps are painfully familiar with this season.

One they’ll take with them to the glamourless NIT.

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Maryland-Duke: Turtle Power live chat at 7:00

Posted on 11 March 2011 by Luke Jones

***Join us in the Turtle Power live chat as the Terps take on Duke in the ACC quarterfinals***

After snapping their three-game losing streak with a 75-67 win over N.C. State Thursday night, Maryland (19-13, 7-9 ACC) faces No. 5 Duke (27-4, 13-3 ACC) in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament at 7:00.

The Terps will try to beat Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils for the first time this season, falling twice in the regular season. A win would place them in the semifinals (against the winner of Virginia Tech-Florida State) for the first time since 2009 when the seventh-seeded Terrapins defeated a tough Wake Forest squad in the quarterfinals, a feat that essentially punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament.

Tonight’s game will be televised locally on WNUV-TV 54 and on ESPN2 (for those outside the ACC Network region). The Turtle Power live chat will be open beginning at 7:00 and remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates and analysis regarding the happenings at the Greensboro Coliseum.

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Maryland-N.C. State: Turtle Power live chat at 7

Posted on 10 March 2011 by Luke Jones

***Join us in the Turtle Power live chat beginning at 7:00 as the Terps face N.C. State***

The ACC tournament is underway in Greensboro, N.C. as the Maryland Terrapins (18-13, 7-9 ACC) take on N.C. State in the first round at 7:00 p.m. The winner earns the daunting task of facing Duke on Friday night

As improbable as it is, the Terps will attempt to grab the first of four victories needed in the next four days to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Anything less and Maryland will accept the reality of missing the Big Dance and having to settle for a likely invitation to the NIT.

Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore calling the action from the Greensboro Coliseum. As always, join us in the Turtle Power live chat beginning at 7:00 and follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates and analysis of the happenings in the ACC tournament.

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Terps set to play N.C. State in 1st round of ACC tournament

Posted on 06 March 2011 by Luke Jones

On the heels of an alarming three-game losing streak to finish the regular season, Maryland had to wait for Sunday’s conference action to learn who it would play in the first round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

With Miami falling to Georgia Tech on Sunday, the Terps (18-13, 7-9 ACC) discovered they would play as the No. 7 seed against N.C. State, who fell to Florida State on Sunday evening. Maryland will play the Wolfpack in the conference tournament for the first time since 2009 when the Terps prevailed in another first-round matchup.

Knowing they have no chance for at-large consideration after finishing with a losing record in a down year for the ACC, the Terps’ mission this coming weekend is quite clear if they want to avoid their fourth trip to the NIT in seven years and advance to the NCAA tournament:

Win the entire thing.

Maryland has not won the ACC tournament since 2004 when John Gilchrist earned Most Valuable Player honors by leading the sixth-seeded Terps to wins over Wake Forest, N.C. State, and Duke to cut down the nets in Greensboro. That 2004 edition would mark the end of the nine-team format that included a play-in game between the bottom two in the league and only three rounds in what amounted to an easier path for lower-seeded teams to make a run to the championship.

“I know no team has ever won four games down there since the expansion [in 2005],” Gary Williams said after Saturday’s 74-60 loss to Virginia. “At the same time, we are going down there to try to win the thing. We will see what happens.”

Maryland won the only meeting between the schools in the regular season, an 87-80 final at Comcast Center on Feb. 20. The Terps have not lost to the Wolfpack since Feb. 5, 2006 and have won eight consecutive meetings.

The last time N.C. State defeated Maryland in the ACC tournament was in 2002 in what was the Terps’ final loss of the season on their way to the national championship.

Should the Terps get past N.C. State on Thursday, they would get a third meeting against Duke who twice beat Maryland in the regular season.

Here’s the schedule for the entire tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Thursday – 1st Round
No. 8 Virginia vs. No. 9 Miami, Noon (ACC Network)
No. 5 Boston College vs. No. 12 Wake Forest, 2:00 (ACC Network)
No. 7 Maryland vs. No. 10 N.C. State, 7:00 (ESPN2)
No. 6 Virginia Tech vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech, 9:00 (ACC Network)

Friday – Quarterfinals
No. 1 North Carolina vs. winner of Virginia/Miami, Noon (ACC Network/ESPN2)
No. 4 Clemson vs. winner of Boston College/Wake Forest, 2:00 (ACC Network/ESPN2)
No. 2 Duke vs. winner of Maryland/N.C. State, 7:00 (ACC Network/ESPN2)
No. 3 Florida State vs. winner of Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech, 9:00 (ACC Network/ESPN2)

Saturday – Semifinals
1st Semifinal, 1:00 (ACC Network, ESPN)
2nd Semifinal, 3:00 (ACC Network, ESPN)

Sunday – Final
Championship, 1:00 (ACC Network, ESPN)

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Terps make flimsy March statement in 80-66 loss at Miami

Posted on 02 March 2011 by Luke Jones

Depending on how you viewed Maryland’s remote NCAA tournament hopes entering Wednesday night’s game at Miami, it might not have mattered how the Terps fared against the Hurricanes.

If they needed to win the ACC tournament to secure an invitation to the field of 68, the outcome in the penultimate game of the regular season wouldn’t have changed anything on paper, right?

Following a 80-66 drubbing in Coral Gables, the Terps played as though they had similar thoughts in mind. Maryland looked every bit the part of a team with little to play for and after Malcolm Grant’s 3-pointer put the Hurricanes ahead 14-12 with 13:17 remaining in the first half, the Terps trailed the rest of the way.

Instead of beating a mediocre Miami squad to declare they would be a difficult out in Greensboro next week, the Terps (18-12, 7-8 ACC) made a different statement entirely by turning in their weakest performance of the season. Their blowout loss at home to Virginia Tech in January was brutal, but at least the Hokies appear on their way to the NCAA tournament — though a home loss to Boston College Tuesday made that less of a certainty for Seth Greenberg’s squad.

Sunday’s road loss to North Carolina was disappointing, but expected. Laying an egg at Miami — where the Terps are now 0-5 since the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2005 — is simply inexcusable.

And it’s just the latest piece of evidence revealing why this team isn’t even in the neighborhood of the tournament bubble with Selection Sunday less than two weeks away.

Middle-of-the-road teams in a lackluster ACC just aren’t worthy of an invite to the Big Dance.

Perhaps the most humbling part of the Terps’ defeat to Miami is that the Hurricanes (18-12, 6-9 ACC) actually held a higher RPI (69th, according to RealTimeRPI.com) than Maryland (85th) entering the night. The number is far from a perfect metric, but it screams just how unimpressive the Terps’ postseason profile really is.

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Maryland’s defeat to the Hurricanes was far less about the final stats than it was about the lack of effort and urgency for a team playing its first game in March.

If you watched the Terps sleepwalk through the first half, you saw the lethargic body language. Gary Williams even substituted in freshman Mychal Parker — who had played a mere 10 minutes in conference play — before halftime to see if the gifted athlete could provide a spark.

After the Maryland coach undoubtedly roared at his sleepy team at halftime, the Terps responded on their first defensive trip down the floor by surrendering an offensive rebound and layup to Miami big man Reggie Johnson with four Maryland players in the paint.

A microcosm of a forgettable night.

Ironically, the Terps shot an impressive 9-for-18 from beyond the arc — an impressive clip for a team that’s struggled from the perimeter all season — but they negated the long-range success by shooting an abysmal 27 percent from 2-point range. Freshman Terrell Stoglin again led the Terps with 20 points, but had little working behind him, including a nightmarish 3-for-17 performance by Jordan Williams (11 points, 12 rebounds).

Miami thumped the Maryland defense, be it man-to-man or zone, by shooting nearly 55 percent from the field and making 12 of 23 attempts from 3-point range. Five Hurricanes reached double-digit scoring, led by Rion Brown’s 19 points off the pine.

In contrast, the Terps received a measly seven points from the bench, an area where the Terps have often received new life with Gary Williams’ revolving-door starting lineups this season.

After trailing by 13 at intermission, Maryland made its predictable second-half run, cutting the deficit to 50-45 after a Sean Mosley layup with 14:06 to play, but the Terps never got any closer after that 15-3 run, wilting again as Miami seized control down the stretch.

With only a chance to finish at .500 in the conference with a win over Virginia on Saturday, we can now lay to rest the unrealistic scenarios that were still being discussed by some — many of them not based in reality — about Maryland earning an at-large bid. Anything short of an ACC tournament championship will land the Terps in the NIT.

Maryland will need to win four straight against in four days. The Terps haven’t won four in a row all season and won three straight conference games only once.

Stranger things have happened, but if their statement against Miami was any predictor, the Terps’ stay in Greensboro won’t be a long one.

They looked like a team resigned to its fate.

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Maryland, rest of ACC set for wide-open tourney in Greensboro

Posted on 07 March 2010 by Luke Jones

With Wake Forest and Clemson concluding the ACC regular season on Sunday night (a 70-65 victory for the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem), the ACC tournament field is set and will commence at the Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday afternoon.

Regular season co-champion Maryland travels to Greensboro as the No. 2 seed with Duke winning the tiebreaker after embarrassing North Carolina on Saturday night. This marks the 10th time the Terps have been the No. 2 seed and the first time since 2003. After receiving a first-round bye on Thursday, the Terps will battle the winner of Georgia Tech-North Carolina at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.

Here’s the schedule:

FIRST ROUND – Thursday
No. 8 Boston College vs. No. 9 Virginia, 12:00
No. 5 Wake Forest vs. No. 12 Miami, 2:00
No. 7 Georgia Tech vs. No. 10 North Carolina, 7:00
No. 6 Clemson vs. NC State, 9:00

QUARTERFINALS – Friday
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8/No. 9 winner, 12:00
No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 5/No. 12 winner, 2:00
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7/No. 10 winner, 7:00
No. 3 Florida St. vs. No. 6/No. 11 winner, 9:00

SEMIFINALS – Saturday
First semifinal (afternoon quarterfinal winners), 1:30
Second semifinal (evening quarterfinal winners), 3:30

CHAMPIONSHIP – Sunday

Semifinal winners, 1:00

Early thoughts:
I’ll have more later in the week, but a second-round meeting against Georgia Tech would be intriguing–if not downright scary–for the Terps. Let me refresh your memory:

The Yellow Jackets have been wildly inconsistent this season despite possessing one of the most imposing frontcourts in the conference with freshman star Derrick Favors (21 points in the game against Maryland) and Gani Lawal (13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game). Despite the tremendous freshman season from Jordan Williams, it’s no secret the Terps have struggled against the bigger frontcourts of the conference. Of course, Maryland would hold the clear advantage in the backcourt over the guard-challenged Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech would also be a desperate opponent, finding itself on the bubble with a 7-9 conference record after losing six of its last nine. A victory over North Carolina would help their cause, but the Jackets would likely need two tournament wins to feel completely safe on Selection Sunday.

Paul Hewitt’s squad would appear to be the popular sleeper pick, finding itself in a similar position to the 2004 Terrapins who, with the same 7-9 ACC record, needed a strong conference tournament run to earn an NCAA tournament invitation and ended up cutting down the nets in Greensboro to gain the automatic bid. Georgia Tech owns victories over Duke, Clemson, and Wake Forest and currently sits 44th in the projected RPI.

That being said, the up-and-down Yellow Jackets could just as easily fall to North Carolina in the opening round as they could win three games this coming weekend. However, if you had the opportunity to see Roy Williams’ Tar Heels in Durham on Saturday night, you probably know why I’m focusing my attention on Georgia Tech. And, no, it’s not because Georgia Tech already has two wins over the Heels this season, though that’s certainly worth mentioning.

In case you didn’t recognize them (I didn’t either after watching that debacle on Saturday night), those guys walking off the court in the Carolina blue uniforms were in fact the 2010 Tar Heels. Stranger things have happened, but it’s hard to envision anything but a quick exit from a lifeless North Carolina team.

Gary Williams will have his team prepared for either opponent, but it looks to be a second-round meeting with his good friend Paul Hewitt on Friday evening and a rematch of one of the best games of the year in the ACC.

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Maryland down the stretch: Truths, half truths, and fallacies

Posted on 24 February 2010 by Luke Jones

With the Terps beginning the final quarter of conference play against Clemson on Wednesday night and the ACC Tournament a little over two weeks away, we’ve reached the point in the season when buzzwords such as “RPI” and “body of work” dominate the conversation between even the most casual of college basketball fans.

For the first time since 2003, Maryland finds itself in the enviable position of being nowhere near the dreaded bubble with two weeks to play. True, the 2006-07 team earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament but needed a seven-game winning streak to overcome a 3-6 start in the ACC to earn the at-large bid. While that team may have been a lock by the end of the regular season, it certainly wasn’t with four games to play.

Despite the Terps’ encouraging state, questions remain and much has been opined about the Terps and the ACC in general in recent weeks. Some claims are valid while others are wide of the mark.

Here’s my personal attempt to sort through the truths, half truths, and fallacies circulating throughout various media over the last couple weeks:

1. The Terps need an 11-5 record (with a conference tournament win) or a 12-4 record in the ACC to be a lock for the NCAA tournament. Fallacy

Admittedly, I haven’t heard this one TOO much, but I have heard how “down” the ACC is this season, and the two notions are closely related, so I’ll address it.

It’s astonishing how North Carolina’s horrendous season has turned people’s perception of the ACC upside down.

Roy Williams

While the conference certainly isn’t the powerhouse it’s been in its finest years, it’s far from the struggling conference some are trying to make it out to be. Unfortunately, parity is often confused with being “bad” and that’s exactly what has happened with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke might be the only school with a reasonable chance of advancing to the Final Four, but the ACC is the third-rated RPI conference, behind only the Big 12 and Big East and nowhere near the substantially down Pac-10, which ranks eighth and behind the Atlantic 10 and Mountain West.

The ACC is the only power conference without a losing team (overall record) and only Boston College sports a non-winning record at 13-13. Critics will point to the conference losing the ACC-Big Ten Challenge for the first time in the series’ 11-year history, but the ACC also sports an 8-4 record against the powerful Big East. While clearly lacking the elite teams at the top that the Big East and Big 12 enjoy, the ACC also lacks a DePaul (8-18) or Nebraska (1-11 in the Big 12) at the bottom.

Is it down from where it normally is in most seasons? Slightly. Is it anywhere near the bad conference some have claimed it to be? Nowhere close.

When it all adds up, the conference currently has seven teams in the RPI’s top 45 (Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Clemson, Florida State, and Virginia Tech) and will almost certainly send six or seven teams to the NCAA tournament.

So what does this mean for the Terps?

At 9-3 and alone in second place, Maryland is firmly entrenched as a lock where it stands today. Even a 1-3 finish would put the Terps at 10-6, still with a chance at a first-round bye in the conference tournament, and seemingly safe—though certainly not heading in the right direction in the eyes of the selection committee and fans alike. The notion that Maryland needs to have an 11-5 or 12-4 conference record and possibly even a win in the conference tournament to be a lock just isn’t true.

In the context of a good—but not outstanding—conference, Maryland is a very good team at 9-3. At the end of the day, barring an 0-4 finish and early exit in Greensboro, the Terps are completely safe in making travel plans for the third week in March.

Now the issue of where they’ll be seeded is completely up in the air at this point, but the next eight days will clarify the picture significantly.

2. Maryland should definitely be in the Top 25 right now.Fallacy

It sounds silly to argue against the notion of the Terps being a top-25 team immediately after presenting their case as already being a tournament lock, but the Terps currently sit about where they belong in the “Others Receiving Votes” category as the pseudo 28th-ranked team in the country.

Though 9-3 in the ACC and 19-7 overall, Maryland is still 0-4 against top-25 RPI teams and lacks any “wow” wins to grab attention from voters. And to soil the luster of their conference mark, I’ll point out that seven of the Terps’ nine wins have come against teams currently sporting losing records in conference play. Ranked 34th in the projected RPI, the Terps are comfortably in the NCAA picture but not exactly screaming to be ranked.

That doesn’t mean Maryland would be undeserving if it were ranked, but it’s not the injustice passionate Terps fans are trying to make it out to be. The Terps are a “bubble” top-25 team (Did you like the use of a buzzword there?)

Maryland’s failure to crack the rankings can also be attributed to bad timing. The Terps were 29th and on the threshold of cracking the Top 25 before losing big at Duke on Feb. 13. Flip the date of the Duke game with another one on the schedule, and the Terps are probably somewhere in the low 20s.

If Maryland is truly worthy of being ranked, it has the perfect opportunity to prove it—and boost it’s potential seeding—over the next three games against Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Duke.

3. Sean Mosley’s recent play is hurting the Terps.Half Truth

It’s no secret Mosley’s offense has fallen off the table at an alarming rate.

Sean Mosley

The sophomore from Baltimore had reached double-digit scoring in nine of the season’s first 10 games—including a 26-point performance in a loss against Villanova—and appeared to be taking major strides offensively (14.3 points per game). However, an ankle injury sustained on Christmas night forced Mosley to miss the Florida Atlantic game on Dec. 27, and he hasn’t been the same since.

In the 15 games since the injury (including 12 ACC games), Mosley has averaged just 7.5 points per game and it’s gotten even worse recently. In the last six games, he’s scored just 3.8 a contest while shooting 31 percent. His offensive woes coupled with three turnovers sent him to the bench in the final moments as Cliff Tucker saved the day against Georgia Tech:

While some are calling for Tucker to take more of Mosley’s minutes, don’t count on it happening. Even with his limitations on the offensive end, Mosley is an invaluable part of the Maryland defense and is second on the team in rebounding (5.5 per game) despite being listed at 6-foot-4. Mosley is also tied with Greivis Vasquez for the team lead in steals with 37.

Tucker may be the better offensive player, but the difference isn’t substantial enough to justify taking such a strong defensive player off the court. And let’s be clear—even with the heroic shot—Tucker has never been a model of consistency from the offensive end.

The Terps would benefit immensely from Mosley regaining his early-season stroke in time for March, increasing their chances of advancing to the Sweet 16 or even the Elite 8, but what he brings to the defensive end of the floor cannot be overlooked, especially for an undersized team. Mosley has still been doing plenty to help the Terps win games, even if those contributions don’t always show up on the stat sheet.

4. The Terps are a good 3-point shooting team.Half Truth

This statement has been uttered repeatedly by TV crews relying primarily on stats, but anyone watching Maryland on a regular basis knows how differently the Terps shoot at Comcast Center compared to anywhere else.

Looking only at the 12 ACC games to date, Maryland has shot 46.3 percent (44-for-95) from 3-point range in six home games, a remarkable number contributing to four victories of 19-plus points (NC State, Miami, North Carolina, and Virginia). Without question, Maryland is an outstanding perimeter team in the friendly confines of College Park.

On the flip side, Maryland has shot just 33.8 percent from beyond the arc in six road contests. Clearly it’s no shock to see a team shoot worse on the road than it does at home, but the Terps’ shooting woes are magnified when you eliminate their first two road games (Wake Forest and Boston College) when they shot a combined 50 percent from long range (15-for-30). Since then, the Terps have made just 24 percent (12-for-50) of road 3-point attempts.

Maryland may not have to worry about playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium or Littlejohn Coliseum in the postseason, but it must find a way to produce more from the perimeter on a neutral court.

For those looking for a glimmer of hope for improvement, the Terps did make 5-of-13 (38.4 percent) 3-pointers in their most recent road game at NC State, a significant improvement over the previous three away from Comcast.

When matched up against bigger teams in the postseason, Maryland will need to hit more outside shots if it wants to advance deeper into March. That’s an absolute truth.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps All-Decade Team

Posted on 31 December 2009 by Luke Jones

Though the decade couldn’t have ended on a more negative note for Maryland than Wednesday night’s unacceptable loss to William & Mary, Terps fans can look back fondly at the decade and cherish Maryland’s national championship in 2002, first ever Final Four appearance in 2001, and ACC Tournament championship in 2004.

While Gary Williams’ teams have failed to sustain that same success (another blog for another day), I present my All-Decade team.

Starting Lineup

C Lonny Baxter
Baxter

While Baxter played second fiddle to Juan Dixon, the center was the regional MVP for both of the Terps’ Final Four appearances.

F Chris Wilcox
Chris Wilcox

Wilcox only spent two seasons in College Park, but he easily wins the award for most explosive player of the decade and was a major part of the 2002 National Championship team. How far could the Terps have advanced in 2003 had Wilcox stayed for one more year?

G Greivis Vasquez
Greivis Vasquez

Although the eccentric guard from Caracas, Venezuela has been a very polarizing figure in College Park, critics cannot deny his major contributions to some underwhelming teams at the end of the decade. His triple-double (35 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) in an upset win over North Carolina may have been the best ever single-game performance by a Terp.

G Steve Blake
Steve Blake

Blake was a four-year starter at point guard over the most successful four-year run in school history. He’s the all-time assist leader at Maryland, and who will EVER forget this play?

G Juan Dixon
Juan Dixon

Does anything really need to be said here? The Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 NCAA Tournament and the player of the decade, Dixon approaches the late Len Bias for the title of best player in school history.

Bench

G John Gilchrist
John Gilchrist
His departure following his junior season was messy and bitter, but his performance in Greensboro in 2004 trumped anything Dixon ever accomplished in the ACC Tournament.

G Drew Nicholas
Drew Nicholas

Nicholas had the misfortune of playing behind Dixon for three years, but in 2003, he averaged nearly 18 points per game and hit a big shot that you may have heard about. . .

F James Gist
James Gist

Gist had a fine career at Maryland, but he always seemed to leave fans wanting more. Perhaps it was his tendency to play on the perimeter in his senior season, but the big man never seemed to realize his full potential.

F Terence Morris
Terence Morris

Morris easily would have supplanted Wilcox in the all-decade starting lineup if not for such a disappointing senior season (scoring dropped from 15.8 to 12.2 ppg). However, the forward from Frederick was a key member of the 2001 Final Four team.

F Byron Mouton
Byron Mouton

If Dixon was the heart of that 2002 championship team, Mouton was the soul. Transferring from Tulane following his sophomore season, he replaced Danny Miller in the starting lineup in 2001 and brought plenty of energy to Maryland’s two Final Four teams.

F Nik Caner-Medley
Nik Caner-Medley

Caner-Medley is remembered as being part of the disappointing 2002-03 recruiting class (along with Gilchrist, Travis Garrison, and Chris McCray), but the lefty from Maine had a productive career at College Park.

F Landon Milbourne
Landon Milbourne

Another player that has steadily improved under Gary Williams’ tutelage, Milbourne has been a three-year starter with two years out of position at power forward. His versatility has been valuable to an undersized Maryland team that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2008-09.

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The WNST All-Time ACC Basketball Tournament Opening Round Game

Posted on 13 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

#8 Florida State Seminoles v. #9 Clemson Tigers

Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

Starting Lineups:

Florida State – G. Sam Cassell, G. Bobby Sura, F. Al Thornton, F. Doug Edwards, F. Rodney Dobard, 6th. Charlie Ward, Coach Pat Kennedy.

Clemson – G. Greg Buckner, G. Skip Wise, F. Horace Grant, F. Larry Nance, C. Wayne “Tree” Rollins, 6th Dale Davis, Coach Cliff Ellis.

GREENSBORO – The traditional ACC basketball connoisseur and enthusiast knew that coming into this WNST All-Time Tournament Opening Round match up between Florida State and Clemson, two different styles of basketball would be meeting head-to-head.

Pat Kennedy and his All-Time Florida State team was going to try to force a fast-paced tempo by pressing and playing helter-skelter basketball, while the All-Time Clemson team would go only as far as Cliff Ellis’ dominant front court muscle would take them.

The game would prove to be a tale of two halves.

The first period ended with the orange-clad Tiger fans on their feet when an FSU’s Al Thornton drive to the hoop ended with a Tree Rollins block and outlet pass to Greg Buckner, who threw a picture perfect alley-oop to a high- flying Larry Nance.  The flush gave Clemson a comfortable 12-point lead at intermission.

Horace Grant led a dominant effort on the boards as he collected 9 first half rebounds to go along with 8 points, all four field goals coming from put-backs.

However, an energized All-Time Seminole team came out of the locker room with a second wind and breezed back into the game starting the half with a quick 6-0 run.

Coach Kennedy’s most crucial halftime adjustment came when he decided to put the ball in Sam Cassell’s hands on every possession.  In the first half he used Bobby Sura at point to start the offense, in an attempt to allow Cassell to work free in the half court to find his jump shot.

Cassell would prove to be most dynamic player on the floor throughout the second 20 minutes of the game and with Clemson’s big-men in foul trouble, Florida State clawed all the way back.  Cassell’s assist to a wide open Sura in transition gave the ‘Noles a 2-point lead, 84-82 with 41 seconds to play.

Clemson came out running a two-man game on the left side with Buckner and Grant.  Florida State and Rodney Dobard hung tough in the post late in the game and on this possession, and it took a re-post entry for Grant to receive the ball on the box.  He made a quick power move into the lane and the Seminole D collapsed on him.  Showing great instincts, Grant kicked the ball out to the opposite wing to a wide open Skip Wise.  The former Dunbar High School scholastic standout calmly knocked down the three-ball and all of a sudden Clemson found themselves back in front 85-84, needing one defensive stop to hold on.

Both Cliff Ellis and Pat Kennedy knew where the ball was headed… in fact, everyone in the Greensboro Coliseum knew where it was going.

Sam Cassell had 20 seconds left on the clock to work with.  Alone at the top, guarded by Wise one-on-one, it was two Baltimore legends going head-to-head at the game’s most crucial moment.

The Florida State point guard was still isolated at the top of the key when Doug Edwards crept up to give a solid screen, but Cassell would quickly waive him off.  With 6 left he made his electrifying first step… bounce, bounce, spin, floater in the air… GOOD!

The All-Time Florida State Seminoles outlasted the All-Time Clemson Tigers in a grueling battle, 86-85.  Sam Cassell finished his night off with 24 points and 6 assists, while abusing the Tiger guards taking 5 steals.  Horace Grant and Tree Rollins ended their nights with double-doubles, 19-14 and 14-11, respectively.  Clemson still ended up crushing FSU on the boards, but it was the athleticism and speed that propelled the ‘Noles to the Quarterfinals.

The first night of the WNST All-Time ACC Basketball Tournament ended in spectacular fashion, and the rest of the playoff should have more of the same to come.

The win puts #8 Florida State through into a match up with the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels.  The other quarter games include #2 Duke – #7 Georgia Tech, #3 NC State – #6 Virginia, and #4 Maryland – #5 Wake Forest.

Check back tomorrow morning for the game stories and results to see who will earn semifinal spots in the WNST All-Time ACC Tournament.

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