“They just played harder than us.”
-Javier Gonzalez, NC State
I think that quote says it all. In fact you can use that quote for the many of the last few games the Terps have played in. I think it is safe to say they are on a roll. Last night was another W for the Conference Schedule as the Terps moved into a tie with UVA for 1st. Sure it’s early, but being the first of 12 at anytime is a good feeling.
Like the previous victories, this one was a team effort, it was also a nice present for Gary Williams who was coaching in his 1,000 game. The obvious key on defense was the double teaming of the always dangerous Tracy Smith. He had 23 in the Pack’s win over Duke but was held in check by the Terps all night long (his first field goal attempt didn’t come until the 3:30 mark in the first half).
Speaking of keeping people in check, the Pack locked down Greivis Vasquez as well, and I think that was the most impressive part of the night for the Terps. Greivis was all over the place, even when he wasn’t scoring. In fact with about 8 minutes left in the half when Mike Patrick pointed out that he hadn’t attempted a field goal yet, I was shocked. But he didn’t really need to. Landon Milbourne had a great night scoring 18 points and what else can you say about Jordan Williams? He has played so well these past few weeks, I often forget he is a freshman.
Also since he is my favorite player now, Sean Mosley had a great game. Maybe not great in the sense that he was shooting well (he wasn’t) but he did grab 7 boards and most importantly, got to the line 13 times. As a team the Wolfpack only got to the line 16 times. So gone are the days of everyone standing around waiting for Greivis to do something. This is clearly a team that is firing on all cylinders.
Next up for the Terps will be the Hurricane’s of Miami on Tuesday. If the effort we have seen over the last two weeks is once again duplicated, we’ll it could be a long flight back to Coral Gables.
The following is a true story. A co-worker of mine recently went back to her home state of Wisconsin. While there she was nice enough to pick me up a bag of cheese curds (if you don’t know what cheese curds are, think of cheese on HGH). On the ride home from work I leaned into the back seat and handed one to my daughter who is already a cheese freak. She took a bite, let out an satisfied “Ooohhh” sound, and did the Greivis Vasquez shimy. I was stunned, yet proud, and yes, this is my first public effort to make the Greivis shimy part of our everyday vocabulary.