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Terps Hit Two Game-Winning Shots, Gary Is a Genius

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Down by one with time running out, Greivis Vasquez crossed half court and launched a desperation heave. As it hit the backboard and went through the net roughly half of the sellout crowd at the Comcast Center celebrated the apparent victory. The rest knew that it didn’t count. Just before he released the ball the Maryland bench had called timeout.

So with 1.5 seconds left and the ball near half court the Terps found an unlikely hero, Cliff Tucker.

And that’s why Gary is a genius. During the timeout he drew up a play that no one was expecting.

Eric Hayes had 15 points and hit a three to give the Terps the lead with 1:20 to go. Gary has him inbounding the ball.

Vasquez scored 18 and had become Maryland’s fifth all-time leading scorer earlier in the afternoon. And don’t forget his half-court heave seconds before. Gary uses him as a decoy running past midcourt and away from the basket.

Landon Milbourne is the second-leading scorer for the season. He sets a pick for Vasquez at half court and is no factor in the play.

Sean Mosely might be the best pure shooter on the team. He’s on the bench.

Dino Gregory meanders to the top of the key and stands there.

Cliff Tucker had only played nine minutes and made just one field goal so far. When the Terps absolutely had to have a big shot he’s the only player going towards the basket and getting into position to shoot. Pure genius.

Last season the play would have failed and “fans” would be calling for Gary’s head. What a difference a year makes.

The win puts Maryland (19-7, 9-3) in sole possession of second place in the ACC one game behind Duke. The Terps host the Blue Devils on March 3.

As the celebration died down Coach Williams was asked if he had seen Tucker hit a shot like that in practice, or anywhere else. After a long pause and a near chuckle Williams answered, “I saw him today.”

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Midnight Madness: Terps Preseason Rankings

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Midnight Madness
happens in College Park Friday night. Here’s how the experts around the country, and some total f-tards, rank the Terps this preseason. The best is #17, the worst is #45.

Greivis says the rankings are this far apart.

Greivis says the rankings are this far apart.

ESPN.com (Andy Katz)
Summer Bracketology (Joe Lunardi)
Top 40 (Dick Vitale revised his list after initially leaving Maryland out. To be fair, it’s probably hard to type while blowing Coach K.)
SI.com (Luke Winn)
CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish)
Sporting News (An inside source)
FOXSports.com (Jeff Goodman)
CollegeHoops.net (Shawn Siegel)
Rivals.com (Some Idiot)
ACC Preview: Jay Bilas predicts the conference (ShootAround)

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Men’s Basketball: Freshman Arrested

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Maryland freshman center Jordan Williams was one of five people arrested in his hometown of Torrington, Conn, over an alleged incident in August. Williams has been charged with breach of peace and assault.

Williams is expected to contribute to the Terps immediately. He was ranked #85 among national recruits by Rivals.com and plays a position that was a weakness for Maryland last year.

Gary Williams released a statement this afternoon:

We are aware of the situation and are monitoring any changes. We will let the judicial system run its course before making any decisions. Any discipline coming from the campus will be in accordance with our Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.

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Terps Basketball: Midnight Madness

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Midnight Madness is only three weeks away. Here’s what’s happening with the Terps.

Lindy’s College Basketball preseason magazine named their top programs of the decade. Guess who made the top 10.

Sporting News named their top shooting guards in the country. Guess who made the top two.

Coach Gary Williams got a one-year contract extension.

Fanhouse has a good post about the new Len Bias documentary.

Gary was on a local radio show this morning and they started talking about his Twitter feed. Gary admitted that a staffer does the typing for him so they asked if he knew what the messages were called. He did not. They told him they were tweets and he replied, “How can you be a man …” Which reminds me, did you know you can follow SWAGLESS on Twitter? Were @SWAGLESSNetwork

“Gary” tweeted an update on former Terps now playing overseas. Here’s his list:
Dave Neal – Ireland
James Gist – Italy
Bambale Osby – Romania
Parrish Brown – Mexico
Mike Jones – Romania
Travis Garrison – Turkey
DJ Strawberry – Italy
Jamar Smith – Italy
Chris McCray – Italy
Nik Caner-Medley – Spain
John Gilchrist – Australia
Ekene Ibekwe – Turkey
Ryan Randle – France
Drew Nicholas – Greece
Lonny Baxter – Greece
Terence Morris – Spain
Rodney Elliott – France
Sarunas Jasikevicius – Greece

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Coach Is Fired Up

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Gary Williams is ready for the big day. He just Tweeted this:

Fired up for some college football! Terps taking on Cal tonight at 10:00 on ESPN-2. Fear the turtle!

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