Tag:Eric Hayes
Posted on: January 27, 2010 8:07 pm

Nitpicking Maryland Basketball

Because I can.  I'm very confident this team is going to make the NCAA Tournament, however, this is due to them finishing high in the ACC.  They still have a few issues.  The positives you guys have listed, I have no reason to repeat.  So these are just the things i'm nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking because they could be problems down the road.

Major Issues:

1) Vasquez takes too many shots.  He doesn't need to take as many shots, his teammates are stepping up this year, but at times he will take too many shots.  See: Wake Forest, Florida State and Longwood.  (Now, you may argue he only took 9 shots in the LU game, however, his shot wasn't falling, and all of his teammates were, it was selfish). 

2) Free Throws.  Hayes is the only one living up to what he shot last year.  Vasquez, Milbourne, Tucker and Bowie are all way below where they were last year. 

Mosley and Gregory are above average but you can see Mosley is hit or miss on free throws. 

Minor Issues:

1) Inconsistency from the bench.  You have argued that Bowie and Tucker have stepped up, in the blowout of NC State Bowie wasn't even on in garbage time.  They had Tucker running the point because Bowie has been inconsistent.  Bowie's 3 pointer is off.  He's shooting 27%, but it's not just that, he's rushing his shot.  Last night at the end of the half he had about 7 seconds to take a shot, a wide open shot, but he rushed it and caught iron.  He's been doing it all season.  Tucker had a good 6 game stretch, but last night Tucker's shot wasn't falling and he forced a few passes.  If he plays like he did against NC State every night he would see more significant minutes.

2) Late-game play from the end of the bench.  Last night the Terps were up by 31 at one point.  Against BC, they were up by 24.  Against FSU, Terps were up 13 and ended up winning by 9.  This may not seem like a big deal, but they get lazy at the end, and that's before Levent and Pearman come in.  They just need to stay focused. 

3) Getting Away from Milbourne.  Honestly, he's been the most consistent player on both sides of the floor.  It's almost as if Vasquez has a need to be the leading scorer every game and therefore doesn't feed Milbourne anymore.  Milbourne and Williams were working their ass off last night to get open down low (and they were) but the guards would settle for jumpers. 
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