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

Posted by SuckaFish

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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Terps vs. James Madison: Five Reasons to Be Concerned

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* As always, we start with the bad stuff.


1. Um, Did You See What Happened Last Week?

It was not pretty. We will not be watching film this week. Let’s look forward.

2. James Madison Is Very Good
Sure, they play in Division 1-AA (it’ll always be that to me) but they will not be intimidated. As always, they’re ranked in the top 10. In the last five years the Dukes have been in the playoffs four times and won a national championship.

3. They Are the Defending CAA Champs
Last year JMU was 8-0 in the CAA and was ranked #1 in the country headed into the playoffs. So what? Last week the CAA went 2-0 against the ACC. Richmond went to Duke and won 24-16. William and Mary traveled to Charlottesville and beat Virginia 26-14. Really? Maryland needs to win to save face for the ACC?

4. Our Offensive Line Just Got Worse
Of all the problems last week, the offensive line was the worst. And now starting left tackle Bruce Campbell is out for the JMU game with turf toe. Paul Pinegar will most likely take his spot. Last week Pinegar was the right tackle and he was beaten repeatedly. Now he’ll be at the most important spot on the line.

5. Recent History Does Not Inspire Confidence
Just last year Maryland lost to Middle Tennessee State. Seriously. And that was the week after they struggled to beat Delaware 14-7. In ’06 the Terps beat W&M by 13 and stopped Florida International in the red zone on the final play to escape with a 14-10 win. The ’05 season started with a 3-point win over Navy. In 2004 they beat Northern Illinois 23-20 and in 2003 they lost to NIU 20-13 in OT. Of course, in three of those five seasons the Terps went on to win a bowl game.

* Guarantee not valid in Utah or anywhere else

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