"We've shown the last couple years that we can bounce back from these types of losses," Hayes had said after the Terps finished December with a surprising loss at home to William & Mary. "That's exactly what we'll do."
The Terps wasted no time against UNC-Greensboro in posting a 97-63 road win in their first January outing to get back on the right side of the ledger with their conference opener coming up next.
The Terps are host to Florida State on Jan. 10.
They did about the same thing a year ago, losing to Morgan State at home in their final non-conference game of the season and then coming back to beat Georgia Tech in their ACC debut.
The difference this time is the Terps had another game after the loss to William & Mary to pick things back up.
And pick things back up they did.
They shot 54.5 percent from the field in leading from start to finish. They out-rebounded their hosts 54-33, their biggest domination on the boards all season, and held them to 27.5 percent shooting, a season low, after allowing William & Mary get off to 47.2 percent.
The only flaw in the performance was in turnovers. The Terps, who had only eight in their loss to William & Mary, had 16 against Greensboro.
--Senior G Greivis Vasquez may have gotten off to a slow start, not scoring double figures until his fifth game, but he has been on a hot streak ever since. He has hit 20-or-better in six of his last nine games, including his last five, and is averaging 25.0 ppg over his last five games. His lowest output over the last seven outings was 12 in a loss to Villanova. He also has 48 assists over his last seven games.
--The Terps have shot better than 50 percent from the field in three of their last six games. Their low over that stretch was 44.1 percent in the loss to William & Mary.
ON THE SPOT: Maryland's inside game looks to be vulnerable when ACC play begins. The Terrapins were being outrebounded for the season until enjoying a 54-33 advantage over UNC-Greensboro.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "As a leader, I have to prepare this team better. We have to get ready for these games. If we can't get ready we're going in the wrong direction." -- Senior G Greivis Vasquez, after Maryland's loss at home to William & Mary.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
SEASON RECAP: Maryland always seems to stumble over an opponent when it is least expected. This time it was to William & Mary. But the bounce-back win over UNC-Greensboro gives the Terps an 8-5 record heading into ACC play.
Maryland 72, Florida Atlantic 59
William & Mary 83, Maryland 77
Maryland 97 UNC-Greensboro 63
vs. Florida State, Sunday, Jan. 10.
at Wake Forest, Tuesday, Jan. 12.
at Boston College, Saturday, Jan. 16.
vs. Longwood, Tuesday, Jan. 12.
vs. North Carolina State, Saturday, Jan. 23.
IN FOCUS: Florida State's defense looks to be a real challenge for the Terrapins. The Seminoles are holding foes to a league-low 34.0 percent from the field and lead the league in blocked shots with an average of better than seven a game.
--Freshman F Jordan Williams has moved back into the starting lineup and has averaged 7.0 points and 8.3 rebounds a game over the last three outings. He had 11 rebounds against UNC-Greensboro, the fourth time he has been in double figures in rebounding this season.
--Senior F Lance Milbourne has averaged 20.0 points and 7.3 rebounds over his last three games.
--Junior F Dino Gregory, suspended for the first eight games, had season highs of 11 points and eight rebounds against UNC-Greensboro. He had scored only 12 points and had 13 rebounds in his first four games.