Maryland 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Maryland Terrapins - ACC (24-8, 10-6)
Seed: #4 - Midwest Region
Big Wins: 11/17 vs Michigan State (62-60), 2/25 North Carolina (89-87), 2/28 at Duke (85-77)
Bad Losses: 1/10 Miami Fl (58-63), 2/6 Virginia (65-69), 3/8 vs Miami Fl (62-67)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2004, Second Round loss to Syracuse
Coach: Gary Williams (26-13 in 14 NCAA appearances)
Probable Maryland Starters:
Greivis Vasquez, Freshman, Guard, 9.9 ppg, 4.7 apg
D.J. Strawberry, Senior, Guard, 15.2 ppg, 3.4 apg, 2.1 spg
Mike Jones, Senior, Guard, 13.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg
James Gist, Junior, Forward, 12.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg
Ekene Ibekwe, Senior, Forward, 10.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg
Key Roleplayers for Maryland:
Eric Hayes, Freshman, Guard, 5.0 ppg, 4.0 apg
Parrish Brown, Senior, Guard, 3.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
Bambale Osby, Junior, Forward, 5.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Will Bowers, Senior, Center, 2.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Freshmen Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes have done a tremendous job bringing a spark to a team that was in desperate need of just that. Vasquez will run the showand while he has not yet developed into the outside shooter Maryland had hoped for, the Venezuelan can create for his teammates and get to the basket.
Senior D.J. Strawberry leads the team with 15.2 points per game, but his shooting has been inconsistent at best. The good news is Strawberry provides another capable ball handler to the perimeter and can take over a game. The outside shooting falls on Mike Jones. The senior makes 2.3three balls per contest and when he gets hot, look out.
Why Maryland Can Disappoint:
With the youth of Vasquez and Hayes seeing significant minutes and the uptempo style Maryland tends to employ, it is no surprise that Maryland has some turnover problems. However, the blame does not totally fall with the backcourt. No individual has horrible turnover numbers, but the Terrapins commit 15.8 per game and will need to keep that under control. The other issue is in the rebounding department. Despite a couple capable rebounders up front, Maryland barely outrebounds their competition.Lacking a third rebounding option on the wing can hurt the team when the frontcourt players find themselves out of position.
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Who To Watch:
James Gist and Ekene Ibekwe are monsters under the basket, combining to average 4.8 blocks. Gist has found a little bit of the consistency that plagued him earlier in his career and is a major scoring threat. Ibekwe’s toughness makes him a great rebounder, but can also get him into foul trouble. The athletic Bambale Osby and the big Will Bowers bring some quality, experienced post players off the bench for the times Ibekwe and Gist need a rest or are afflicted with foul trouble.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 79.5 (13th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.6 (142, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 47.9 (33, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.9 (10, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.9 (147, 7)
Rebound Margin: 1.1 (140, 8)
Assists Per Game: 17.3 (13, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.8 (247, 10)
Joel’s Bracket Says: Second Round loss to Old Dominion
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