The nail biting, heart palpitating days of mens’ basketball are back. The Terps needed a desperation three by Greivis Vasquez to tie the game in its waning moments and get into overtime last night. In the overtime period, Maryland had all the momentum and finished off Vermont with an 89-74 victory.
The Terps had lost only five non-conference games in the Comcast Center since it opened in 2002, but they were dangerously close to losing their sixth against Groovy U-V. Vasquez had 26 pts and 9 rebounds, but his reckless ball handling also led to 5 turnovers. When asked about his off-balance, game-tying prayer of a three point shot, Vasquez stated, “They’re either going to love me or they’re really going to hate me.” Say what you want about Vasquez, but he is self aware if nothing else.
The aforementioned key freshmen, Jin Soo Kim and Sean Mosley, practically disappeared against the Catamounts. They combined for 15 min and 1 shot attempt last night. I am going to keep banging the drum until they get more involved in Gary Williams’s offensive game-plan. It was clear from last night’s performance that the Terps are at their best when they are pressing and getting buckets in transition. In order to do that, they need to play their best nine guys consistently. Last night we saw a basic seven man rotation. That is not going to cut it against more athletic ACC opponents.