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Postcard from Green Bay & Lambeau Field

Posted on 07 December 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s early morning here in Green Bay and the snow is beginning to fall. It’s 19 degrees here in the land of the frozen tundra and we’re expected to get 1-to-2 inches of fresh snow before the indoor tailgates begin this afternoon. And, no, they will not be closing schools here in Wisconsin today or freaking out on the local news.

The Ravens are in a pretty good position if they can find a way to win this football game tonight at Lambeau Field. The Steelers lost yesterday. The Jaguars won. There is still plenty of football left and for anyone who just pencils in “win” vs. Detroit, Chicago or Oakland, all you need to do is check the results every Sunday to realize there are no “easy” wins in the NFL. (Except if you’re playing Cleveland, that is, and thankfully we don’t have to see them again!)

I’ll be writing from the press box at Lambeau Field tonight. We’ll have the Purple Haze chat room open, we’ll be Tweeting, Facebooking and texting you all of the info as the game unfolds.

We hope you keep it tuned to WNST.net on the net tonight or join Eric Aaronson and his hearty crew at the Canton Entertainment Center (former Huckas) in Canton for the Coors Light Neighborhood Tour stop during the Ravens-Packers game.

I’ll also be getting some instant videos up from the two tailgates we’re throwing this afternoon here in Green Bay.

Enjoy the game!

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Terps use zone to clamp down on Indiana, win 80-68

Posted on 01 December 2009 by Luke Jones

The early stages of Tuesday night’s game in Bloomington looked painfully familiar to the Terps.

With the Hoosiers beating the press and the Terps struggling to score, it suddenly looked like Assembly Hall had been transported to Maui. However, the Terps’ fortune turned when Gary Williams switched to the zone and Greivis Vasquez slowly emerged from his early-season slump to lead Maryland to an 80-68 victory over the Hoosiers.

It certainly wasn’t a pretty performance as the Terps committed 19 turnovers and missed far too many shots inside the paint, but it was a much-needed road victory after the terrible showing at the Maui Invitational. Vasquez scored 23 points and went 13-for-14 from the line despite shooting only 4-of-14 from the field. The senior guard played much more within the flow of the offense after looking completely out-of-sync in Hawaii.

Also needing to rebound from a poor performance in Maui, Landon Milbourne overcame foul trouble to add 19 points and 7 rebounds to help the Terps improve to 5-2 on the young season.

Tom Crean’s Hoosiers could not find the shooting touch against the Maryland zone, finishing just under 33 percent from the field despite freshman Maurice Creek finishing with 19 points.

While the Hoosiers are still down after the fallout of the Kelvin Sampson era, a badly-needed road victory over a non-conference opponent from the Big Ten is nothing to take for granted after the struggles of last week. Gary Williams will also be the first to remind everyone how difficult it is to play in Bloomington after his days at Ohio State.

Do the Terps need to improve? Absolutely, but Tuesday’s win was a step in the right direction. The return of Dino Gregory on Dec. 12 will provide a shot in the arm to a thin and inexperienced frontcourt.

Maryland must now look ahead to its meeting with No. 3 Villanova—and another golden opportunity to build the non-conference resume—in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on Sunday. It will be a daunting task, but Williams’ teams always seem to rise to the occasion in these spots.

Check out the box score here and the live blog below.

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9:40 p.m. — That’ll do it. The Terps improve to 5-2 with an 80-68 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.

Again, it wasn’t pretty, but a road victory should never be taken for granted against a major conference school.

Back shortly with some final thoughts.

9:38 p.m. — Quite possibly the longest final minute I’ve ever seen of a 14-point game.

9:34 p.m. — It’s very good seeing the Terps’ effort from the line. They are 20-for-27 from the line after shooting miserably from the charity stripe in Hawaii.

77-63, Maryland leads with a minute to play.

9:30 p.m. — Maryland still has a ton of work to do, but this was a badly-needed victory.

Vasquez sinks one of two to put the Terps up by 13 with 1:30 to go.

9:27 p.m. — Milbourne scores—and the foul!

Another big game for the senior forward. He now has 19 points.

9:25 p.m. — Milbourne with the big shot to put the Terps up by 9 points. It’s looking good right now, and you can give the credit to the Maryland zone—and Indiana’s HORRENDOUS shooting.

9:23 p.m. — Definitely agree with Raftery’s comment about abandoning the press. Indiana was killing it.

9:21 p.m. — Jones is whistled for the walk, and we’ve reached our final media timeout.

It’s certainly been a sloppy game.

9:19 p.m. — Somehow I just lost my last two entries. Having some internet issues, so I apologize.

Maryland grows the lead to 7 points.

9:09 p.m. — Bowie is called for the offensive foul, and we’ve reached an official timeout.

Big Ten leads the ACC, 3-0, in the Challenge. The conference is counting on the Terps right now.

9:08 p.m. — Hayes with the floater in the lane, and Jordan Williams wins the challenge on the other end.

Williams then hits the jump hook in the lane, and the Terps are up by 5.

Maryland doing a VERY nice job playing the zone, giving the Hoosiers fits offensively.

9:06 p.m. — Bowie makes 1-of-2, as I couldn’t help but notice the Dwight Schrute head in the crowd. Love The Office.

9:04 p.m. — Three fouls on Padgett now. The fouls on the Maryland big men is getting worrisome, especially if you’re not comfortable with Choi on the floor.

9:03 p.m. — Nice shot by Jones, as Mosley got lazy on the defensive end.

He makes up for it on the other end, hitting the jumper as we’re playing seesaw basketball with under 10 minutes to go.

9:02 p.m. — Scary to see Mosley holding the leg after what he went through last year. Hope he’s okay.

Mosley goes to the line and drains them both, giving us another lead change.

9:00 p.m. — So now Hayes is going to start missing the three-pointer too?

This is danger time right now for the Terps.

8:59 p.m. — Looked pretty clean on the Choi foul, but I’m not exactly partial.

Watford goes to the line and drains them both.

8:58 p.m. — Choi hits one of two, but Creek hits the three-pointer, putting the Hoosiers back in front.

Not good.

8:56 p.m. — Indiana is shooting just 37 percent from the field, but the Terps only lead by 1. This team should be winning by more than that.

8:54 p.m. — Beautiful pass by Padgett to Mosley against the 2-3 zone.

But Dumes hits a three-ball on the other end to cut the lead to 1.

8:53 p.m. — Nice jumper falling away by Mosley to end the Indiana run. Big shot for the Terps on that possession.

8:52 p.m. — Bowie with the offensive foul, continuing his miserable start to the season.

8:51 p.m. — Milbourne picks up his third foul with an over-the-back. Not good for the Terps. This team really needs to get Dino Gregory back.

And there we go with the Jin Soo Choi scholarship factoid for the night.

8:50 p.m. — I completely understand this team needs to score points in transition, but you cannot just throw any shot up near the rim. Milbourne’s last miss had virtually no chance of going in from that angle.

8:49 p.m. — Watford swats Vasquez’s shot, but Elston air-balls the three. Milbourne scores on the other end, building the lead to six points.

Indiana gets it to the middle of the zone and Jones hits the jumper. That’s what you need to do to beat the zone.

Vaquez is blocked again, and Moore scores and is fouled on the other end.

Good grief.

8:43 p.m. — Williams misses another easy one but thankfully gets the offensive board and puts it in.

Aren’t the easy ones supposed to be, well, easy?

8:42 p.m. — Hulls misses the three, but Elston cleans up the glass. Indiana needed that bucket badly.

8:41 p.m. — Beautiful look from Mosley to Hayes, building the Terps’ lead to four points.

Indiana continues to struggle against the zone, but Maryland continues to struggle to hold onto the ball.

8:40 p.m. — Vasquez got away with a carry there, but the makeup call is made with a walk by Jordan Williams anyway.

It’s not a good thing to have as many turnovers (13) as field goals.

Very sloppy.

8:38 p.m. — The Terps go with the same lineup to begin the second half, and the Hoosiers get the ball.

8:35 p.m. — Looking around at the other scores from the Challenge, Northwestern leads N.C. State in the second half by 8 while Wake Forest continues to trail Purdue in the second half.

Of course, Penn State already knocked off Virginia last night.

Could this be the year the Big Ten FINALLY gets the best of the ACC?

8:26 p.m. — Don’t forget to check out the halftime stats here.

8:21 p.m. — Vasquez with a big three-pointer to give the Terps a two-point lead. He appears to slowly be digging himself out of the slump.

Despite 12 turnovers and a slew of misses from point-blank range, Maryland enters the half with a 35-33 lead.

8:17 p.m. — Rivers makes sure everyone know his back is fine with the steal and slam. Ugh.

Mosley finally finishes one at the rim.

8:16 p.m. — That makes 10 turnovers in the half.

8:15 p.m. — Milbourne hits the freebie to complete the three-point play. As sloppy as the play has been, the Terps can go on a nice run here and regain the lead going into the locker room.

Hayes misses one near the basket. Unbelievable.

8:12 p.m. — Mosley with ANOTHER miss at point-blank range, but Milbourne cleans it up and is fouled.

Official timeout as the Terps have cut the Indiana lead to 31-29.

8:11 p.m. — Hayes’ last three-ball just ended a scoring drought of over three minutes.

After an Indiana three, Vasquez FINALLY hits a trey, cutting the lead to four points.

8:10 p.m. — Where would this team be without Hayes right now? He’s not a superstar, but he’s the only one on the team that can knock down the outside shot.

8:09 p.m. — 9 turnovers and 8 field goals. Horrendous.

8:06 p.m. — Can ANYONE on this team finish at the basket? The Terps have gotten some decent looks, but no one can finsh.

8:04 p.m. — My early assessment of this one: very similar to what we saw in Maui. The poor shooting continues, and the press is looking vulnerable. I guess you can add turnovers to the Terps’ woes, something we haven’t seen to this point of the young season.

8:03 p.m. — Devan Dumes nails the triple.

Another turnover by the Terps. Tom Crean has his Hoosiers ready to play in this one.

We’ve reached the under-8 timeout. Maryland trails, 26-21.

8:01 p.m. — When is Vasquez going to start hitting some shots? This team needs him to play better. Plain and simple.

8:00 p.m. — Mosley showing some serious ups there. Not sure I agree with the call.

7:57 p.m. — Williams needs to be moving when trying to catch that pass. It will go as a turnover by Hayes, but that one is on the big man.

The Terps continue to turn the ball over. That’s six already.

7:56 p.m. — Very nice take by Adrian Bowie. He’s struggled mightily this year, so that will be nice for his confidence.

7:55 p.m. — Milbourne with the very friendly shooter’s roll.

Watford scores and is fouled by Milbourne. That’s his second. Not good.

7:54 p.m. — Sure, Indiana has five titles, but what did the Hoosiers do in their last title game appearance?

Juan.

7:52 p.m. — Nice look from Vasquez to Milbourne who finishes, giving the Terps the 13-11 lead.

Following a Creek miss, the Terps score in transition with Milbourne cleaning up a Mosley miss.

Timeout, Indiana.

7:48 p.m. — Elston ends the scoring drought for the Hoosiers with the free throw.

If Mosley can consistently hit that jumper in conference play, the Terps are a FAR better team.

7:47 p.m. — Another turnover but a GREAT block by Mosley to turn away the layup by Jones.

7:46 p.m. — Milbourne is just pure with that baseline jumper.

And the Terps are doing a much better job on the glass since the start.

7:43 p.m. — After the first official timeout, we’re tied at 5. Another slow start with the shooting. Gary Williams continues to show confidence in his players, believing those shots will fall later in the season.

Problem is this game is much more important than people realize considering the Terps’ weak non-conference schedule.

7:41 p.m. — Eric Hayes again with a shot to calm things down. We’ve seen it over and over this year.

He then makes a great dish but Williams walks with it.

7:40 p.m. — The bigs MUST hit their free throws.

7:39 p.m. — Six missed shots in a row. Did Assembly Hall move to Maui?

7:37 p.m. — Tough break to lose your point guard early, especially when you’ve been struggling.

Milbourne with the miss, and Pritchard cleans up the offensive glass on the other end for the Hoosiers. Maryland cannot give up second-chance points.

7:34 p.m. — Vasquez is very aggressive out of the gate, but his shooting woes continue.

On the other end, a nifty finish by Jeremiah Rivers, but he’s down and in pain.

7:31 p.m. — Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery (ONIONS!) will have the call for tonight’s game. One of my favorite crews.

Here are the lineups:

Maryland – Vasquez, Hayes, Mosley, Milbourne, Williams

Indiana – Creek, Jones III, Watford, Rivers, Pritchard

7:27 p.m. — It’s clear the spotlight has been taken away from this one today with the announcement of Ralph Fridgen remaining as the head football coach at Maryland. While the frustration from a 2-10 season is palpable, anyone paying attention to the finances behind the the decision should not be surprised with the decision.

When you have $4 million obligated to your current coach and $1 million promised to coach-in-waiting James Franklin and understanding the financial obligation to bring in another coach, it was just too steep of a price to pay. It’s clear the football program has major issues, but the University and athletic department was not about to put itself in anymore financial peril than it already faces with the football program.

7:15 p.m. — Good evening from my couch as we’re 15 minutes away from the Maryland Terrapins (4-2) taking on the Indiana Hoosiers (3-3) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Terps are hoping to rebound from a horrendous trip to Hawaii where they dropped games to Cincinnati and Wisconsin, returning with only a lackluster victory over Division II Chaminade to their credit.

Senior forward Landon Milbourne was particularly critical of the Terps’ effort in Maui, offering this insight prior to the trip to Bloomington.

“A couple of guys on the team might have been caught up in the ‘Maui moment’ instead of realizing we had to go out there and win games. . .We’ve got to grow up a little bit and be more mature when it comes to getting ready for games”

Regardless of the specific individuals to which Milbourne was referring, it was painfully apparent the team lacked focus and passion over the three-day tournament, shooting poorly and being outrebounded by Cincinnati and Wisconsin.

Indiana had even greater struggles in Puerto Rico last week, dropping all three games with losses to Ole Miss, Boston University, and George Mason. Head coach (and John Harbaugh’s brother-in-law) Tom Crean was the chosen one a year ago to pick up the pieces left behind by Kelvin Sampson, and the Hoosiers struggled in his first season, going only 6-25.

Despite the rough record to begin the year, Indiana is hopeful for the future with the strong start by freshman Maurice Creek, who is averaging 16.3 points per game in his first six games.

Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN2, and don’t forget to check out our thoughts on Twitter (@WNST) throughout the game.

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Disastrous trip to Maui concludes as Terps fall to Wisconsin

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Luke Jones

The Maryland Terrapins landed in Maui looking to make a statement that they were back among the elite of the ACC and deserving of a top-25 ranking after an impressive 3-0 start.

Instead, Maryland looks very similar to the team that struggled to make the NCAA tournament a year ago.

Following a 78-69 loss to Wisconsin in the third-place game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, the Terps (4-2) will return to College Park having only beaten Division II Chaminade and dropping potential resume-boosting games against Cincinnati and Wisconsin. If Maryland is indeed on the bubble in March, this three-day stretch will be crippling evidence against its case.

The Terps started quickly against the Badgers on Wednesday, but the fast start quickly eroded into the same story we saw against Cincinnati on Tuesday. A 7-0 Maryland lead vanished after a 16-2 run by Wisconsin, and the Terps never really recovered despite briefly retaking the lead later in the first half.

Maryland shot just 59 percent from the free-throw line, was outrebounded 33-26, and simply looked a step slower than the Badgers throughout the evening. Every time the Terps would appear on the brink of going on a run to climb back in it and seize control of the game, Wisconsin had an answer to stop the spurt.

Simply put, Wisconsin looked like it wanted the victory more than the Terps.

Greivis Vasquez again looked completely out of sync in the offense and struggled with his shooting before a few late shots propelled him to a team-high 18 points. The senior guard’s body language and overall play in Maui was very disappointing, both for his future NBA aspirations and his team. While Vasquez figures to rebound from the poor start, you have to wonder if his focus is truly on his senior season and not the NBA Draft.

Gary Williams said last week that he wasn’t sure how good this team really was, and the three games in Maui would give him a better indication. If that’s the case, the Terps look like an uninspired, disinterested basketball team despite having plenty of experience.

Maryland lacks the consistent outside shooting and strong inside presence to overcome the sloppy play it displayed this week. Simply put, the good teams do not miss free throws and get pushed around in the paint. And that’s exactly what happened to Maryland today.

While freshmen forwards Jordan Williams and James Padgett look to have promising futures, neither is ready to be a force inside that other teams must respect. Williams was also 0-for-4 from the charity stripe, as both continue to struggle from the free-throw line. This week’s losses made it obvious how much this team still needs Dino Gregory in the mix in the paint.

Can the Terps rebound from a disastrous trip to Hawaii in time for the ACC schedule?

Of course. After all, it’s only November, and Maryland does possess three senior leaders in Vasquez, Eric Hayes, and Landon Milbourne.

Whether it’s the other seniors or an underclassmen such as the improved Sean Mosley, the Terps need someone to emerge as the go-to guy in crunch time. It can’t be Vasquez trying to get the job done every night, or Maryland will continue to struggle with consistency just like it did last year.

No one—not even Vasquez—stepped up against Cincinnati or Wisconsin.

If the Terps hope to be dancing in late March, they have a lot of work to do.

And even then, they’ll be hoping the missed opportunities in Maui won’t come back to haunt them.

Check out the box score here and live blog below.

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6:29 p.m. — That’ll do it. An unacceptable loss to Wisconsin to close out a disastrous week in Maui.

Final score: Wisconsin 78, Maryland 69.

Back a little later with my post-game wrap.

6:26 p.m. — Seven points from the bench today.

When you’re struggling, sometimes you need a spark from a Cliff Tucker or an Adrian Bowie.

Nothing.

6:23 p.m. — It’s going to be a VERY long flight home for this Maryland basketball team.

When you enter a tournament with your sights set on winning and you end up leaving with only a win over a Division II school, it’s very humbling.

6:20 p.m. — The 6-foot-0 Hughes gets the rebound off his own shot and scores.

Was that not a microcosm of the effort over the last two days by the Terps?

6:19 p.m. — Another three-ball by Vasquez. Eight point game.

Leuer takes it inside the lane and hits the short jumper.

6:16 p.m. — Vasquez hits a three, but it’s looking to be too little, too late at this point.

Still an 11-point game with 4:24 remaining.

6:14 p.m. — Yes, it’s only November, but if the Terps are on the bubble on Selection Sunday in March, this week will be a major black mark on the tournament resume.

An absolute disaster unless we see a miracle in the final four minutes.

6:13 p.m. — Leuer with two offensive rebounds on the fast break, and the big man will go to the line. He’s hurt the Terps badly in the second half.

He also hits his free throws.

6:12 p.m. — Leuer with another inside shot, and Gary Williams uses another timeout.

6:10 p.m. — Jordan Taylor’s three puts the lead back at 10 points. This is not looking good for the Terps.

6:09 p.m. — Nankivil knocks down both free throws.

So THAT’S what you’re supposed to do at the line!

6:06 p.m. — A game like this is when you really need to have a couple of serious threats from the outside. Tucker’s miss just a moment ago was a perfect example of how the Terps lack that perimeter shooting to close a gap late in the second half.

6:04 p.m. — Lazy transition defense there. Two defenders fail to cut off Hughes and he scores.

The Terps simply aren’t doing the little things they need to do to win.

6:02 p.m. — Milbourne draws the double team but scores plus the foul. Huge conversion there.

The free throw is good, and it’s back to a 5-point game.

6:00 p.m. — Not sure what Vasquez was thinking on that possession. Another turnover.

Leuer’s make puts the lead back up to 8 points.

Timeout, Gary Williams.

5:59 p.m. — Nice defense by Milbourne at Leuer’s drive. Huge possession there for the Terps.

The senior forward then hits the short jumper to cut it to three.

However, Leuer is fouled by Williams and sinks the bucket. Again, Wisconsin answers.

5:56 p.m. — Maryland has done a better job in the second half on the glass but still trails 22-19 in that department.

5:52 p.m. — Cliff Tucker hits the jumper from the foul line falling away, and Hayes gets the steal immediately.

Could this be the start of the Maryland run we’ve been waiting/hoping for the entire game?

5:50 p.m. — Nice job by Padgett to clean up the miss and finish.

Hayes with the steal, but the Terps turn it over on the other end.

Ugh.

5:48 p.m. — Evans scores in transition following the Vasquez miss, but Hayes answers on the other end.

As Jimmy Dykes just mentioned, the Terps are desperately trying to speed up the pace against the methodical Badgers.

5:46 p.m. — Three fouls on Mosley. That’s really not good.

5:44 p.m. — Looking at the replay, I’m still not sure where the foul on Padgett occurred. Nankivil misses the free throw.

HUGE shot by Mosley in transition there. The Terps needed that one.

5:43 p.m. — What a move by Hayes. Pumps on the three and hits the runner in the lane.

But Nankivil answers on the other end, drawing the foul on Padgett and sinking the shot.

The Badgers continue to answer every time it looks like Maryland is about to go on a run.

5:40 p.m. — Hayes has been the calming influence in the offense so far this year. Nice baseline jumper there to cut it to 8.

And of course, Bohannon sticks another three-pointer, his third.

5:39 p.m. — Very nice move inside by Williams—and badly needed by the Terps.

5:37 p.m. — Normally you would say getting to the line is a great strategy when you trail by double digits in the second half, but if you don’t make your free throws, it can’t help you.

Maryland is shooting under 50 percent form the charity stripe tonight.

5:35 p.m. — If you would have told me before the game that Wisconsin would have turned it over 10 times in the first half, I would have thought Maryland was easily up by 15 points or more.

Three-point shooting obviously changes that.

5:31 p.m. — It’s really troubling to see such a lackluster effort this week in Maui. This was an opportunity to boost the RPI with some quality non-conference wins, but instead, the Terps are in danger of limping home with only a win over Division II host Chaminade.

What else is there to say at this point? This is as big of a second half as you can have in late November of the college basketball season.

5:20 p.m. — I don’t always agree with Doug Gottlieb, but he’s exactly right about the Terps. We simply need to see more out of an experienced team than what we have over the last two nights.

5:18 p.m. — The Terps now trail by 10 as they continue to miss free throws and shoot poorly.

The Badgers are shooting lights out from three-point land (7-12).

Pitiful.

5:14 p.m. — Sure looked like Vasquez could have picked up his second foul there, but instead, Mike Bresewitz gets the offensive board and put-back.

5:12 p.m. — Maryland desperately needs a run here.

And of course, the Terps turn it over instead. Bohannon scores on the other end.

5:09 p.m. — Mosley makes only one of two. You MUST make your free throws.

On the other end, Wilson scores and is fouled by Williams, his second. Not sure about the call.

Badgers up by 7 with 4:00 to go.

5:08 p.m. — Bohannon hits the trey against the zone. Nice set for the Badgers on that possession.

5:06 p.m. — Did Hughes call glass on that? Give me a break.

After being fouled, Williams misses both free throws. He doesn’t have a bad-looking touch, but those freebies need to fall.

5:05 p.m. — Nice fight by Jordan Williams to secure the rebound, and Milbourne is hammered on the other end.

Nice fast break and great look from Mosley.

Milbourne splashes both, and the Terps take a 22-21 lead.

5:02 p.m. — Maryland comes out in the zone after the timeout, and Bowie gets the steal. We saw the Terps play the zone repeatedly if you remember.

Vasquez with the reverse layup. Nice to see him settling into the flow of the game.

4:59 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 timeout with the Terps trailing the Badgers, 21-18.

It could be worse, but I was expecting a much better effort after last night’s embarrassing performance.

4:57 p.m. — Vasquez follows his own shot and puts it in. He needs some easy looks to get himself settled down. His struggles offensively are affecting his entire game right now.

As I type this, he just hits a really difficult jump shot. Go figure.

4:56 p.m. — Mosley drives and puts up a shot that isn’t remotely close. This team just looks completely out of sync and has the entire week.

Bowie goes to the line and makes one of two. He’s REALLY struggled so far this season and must play better or his playing time will diminish.

4:54 p.m. — Jin Soo Choi has a pass go right through his hands but then gets the offensive rebound.

Little surprised to see him in there so early, but remember the Terps are quite thin down low and have played three games in three days.

Choi should not shoot until further notice, however.

4:51 p.m. — Padgett gets the friendly roll on a badly-needed field goal.

Hayes then gets the steal and the layup.

There you go.

4:48 p.m. — The Terps are continuing to turn it over. Bohannon hits the deep three-ball.

Wisconsin on a 16-2 run.

Unbelievable.

4:45 p.m. — I guess I spoke too soon about a fast start. The Terps have gone cold again.

Nankivil cleans up the offensive glass for the Badgers as they take an 11-9 lead.

Vasquez with another brick. Good grief.

4:43 p.m. — Leuer hits the three with the shot clock winding down. Nice shot from the big guy.

Vasquez follows it up with an off-balanced jumper just inside the three-point line. Bad shot.

4:40 p.m. — First media timeout, and Maryland leads 9-6. Very nice to see a positive start after failing to do so the first two days in Maui.

4:38 p.m. — You just don’t see a double-dribble called very often at this level.

The Terps clearly want to make this a transition game while Wisconsin wants to slow it down as much as possible.

4:37 p.m. — Hughes hits the three for the Badgers, and Wisconsin is on the board. The senior guard is the biggest scoring threat for the Badgers.

4:35 p.m. — Landon Milbourne hits the jumper and the Terps are out to a 7-0 lead. The senior forward showing some emotion on his way to the bench after Wisconsin burns the timeout.

Nice to see the emotion after a listless effort last night.

4:33 p.m. — Eric Hayes gives the Terps an early lead with a three-pointer and grabs the board on the other end. The senior continues to play well early on.

Mosley goes glass to give the Terps a 5-0 lead. This is the type of start they needed.

4:32 p.m. — Same lineup as we’ve seen all year for the Terps. For Wisconsin, Trevon Hughes, Jason Bohannon, Tim Jarmusz, Jon Leuer, and Keaton Nankivil.

4:30 p.m. — Carter Blackburn and Jimmy Dykes will have the call for this afternoon’s game.

4:25 p.m. — As Glenn Clark mentioned last night, while Maryland is improved from last season, it still has to play smarter to overcome deficiencies in perimeter shooting and low-post play.

Last night’s performance clearly won’t get it done against quality opponents, especially in the ACC.

4:15 p.m. — Good afternoon from my couch as we’re set to watch the Terps (4-1) takes on Wisconsin (3-1) in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational. Needless to say, last night’s performance against Cincinnati was extremely disappointing as the Terps shot only 36 percent from the field and 14 percent from the three-point line in a 69-57 loss.

Wisconsin fell to Gonzaza, 64-51, Tuesday night and will face the Terps on the final day in Hawaii.

Gary Williams’ squad has started very slowly in each of the first two games in Maui, so it will be important to get off to a good start this afternoon. Senior leader Greivis Vasquez led the Terps with 19 points against the Bearcats but continues to struggle mightily with his shooting in the first act of the season. Vasquez is shooting only 30 percent from the field in the first five games of the season.

The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m.

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