Maryland Terrapins- Getting Inside 3/8

The Terps entire the ACC Tournament on a seven game winning streak.

GETTING INSIDE

If there is anyone in college basketball who has meant more to his team than senior Greivis Vasquez has meant to Maryland, that player would be hard to find.

Even when the 6-6 guard isn't having the best of games, he finds a way to figure in at the end, such as in the 74-68 victory at Virginia on March 6.

Vasquez was only 7 of 18 from the field against the Cavaliers in the regular-season finale, but he sealed the game with four consecutive free throws with 38.6 seconds to play.

After being fouled on a drive to the basket, Vasquez got two extra opportunities when Virginia coach Tony Bennett was whistled for a technical after taking off his jacket and throwing it to his seat on the bench in anger.

The resulting free throws boosted a tenuous one-point lead at 66-65 to a more comfortable five points.

"No matter how he is playing, going into the last five minutes he is willing to put it out there," coach Gary Williams said of his brash star. "If he misses some of those shots, he looks pretty bad in those situations.

"He likes the attention -- we all know that -- but he is willing to take the heat when things don't go well. I think that is what you get with Greivis.

"You don't want people hiding at the end of the game that don't want the ball. He told me he was shooting the free throws on the technical. That is just the way he is."

In the final three regular-season games, Vasquez scored 23 points against Virginia, 20 in a win over Duke and 41 in a double-overtime win over Virginia Tech.

Mostly because of Vasquez, Maryland is heading into the ACC tournament as the No. 2 seed.

The Terps got a share of the regular-season title by winning their last seven games following a mid-February loss at Duke, and Vasquez averaged 24.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.9 assists over that span.

NOTES, QUOTES

--Maryland's 13 wins in 16 conference games are the most for the Terrapins since the 2001-02 team went 15-1 and continued on to win the national championship. Maryland's best finish since then was an 11-5 mark the following season.

--The seven-game winning streak is the longest of the season for the Terrapins and the longest in conference play since the Terps also won the last seven league games of the 2006-07 season.

ON THE SPOT: F Landon Milbourne is second on the team in scoring (12.4 points per game) but didn't score in double figures in the last six regular-season games. He had only five points against Virginia, giving him just 39 total over that span.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I knew if we could get a full team on the court this year we would be pretty good. We were, at worst, one of the best 32 teams at the end of the year last year. I felt that if we got everybody out there we'd be OK, and once we did we've been pretty good. I'm not surprised by what we've done." -- Coach Gary Williams, on Maryland's success this season.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

SEASON RECAP: Maryland ended the regular season at 23-7 after winning its last seven games following a loss at Duke. The 13-3 conference record marks the second time in the last four seasons the Terrapins have had a double-digit win total in ACC play.

PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- F Landon Milbourne, F Jordan Williams, G Eric Hayes, G Sean Mosley, G Greivis Vasquez. Key Subs -- F Dino Gregory, F James Padgett, G/F Cliff Tucker, G Adrian Bowie.

GAME REVIEW:

Maryland 104, Virginia Tech 100 (2OT)

Maryland 79, Duke 72

Maryland 74, Virginia 68

GAME PREVIEW:

vs. Georgia Tech-North Carolina winner, ACC tournament quarterfinals, Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 12

IN FOCUS: Maryland has won only three games in the ACC tournament since capturing the tourney title in 2004, but two of them came last year when it beat N.C. State and Wake Forest before losing to Duke in the semifinals. The Terps beat North Carolina 92-71 and Georgia Tech 76-74 in the regular season.

ROSTER REPORT:

--G Sean Mosley was only 1 of 3 from the field at Virginia but was 8 of 8 at the free throw line, extending his streak of made free throws to 19. He hasn't missed since going 6 of 7 against Clemson.

--G Adrian Bowie is 9 of 9 from the field in his past three games and has made 10 shots in a row, stretching back four games.

--F Jordan Williams had five rebounds against Virginia, only the second time in the last seven games he failed to reach double figures. He is averaging 10.0 rebounds over that stretch.


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