Terrapins Are Having Problems ………………….
It’s time and it’s not a good for Gary Williams at present and the University of Maryland men’s basketball team. Much has been made of the program and the belief that it just might be getting stale under the tutelage of Williams.
Williams directs his team during the game against North Carolina which resulted in Maryland’s loss 108-91 in an ACC game . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Gerry Broome ……………………..
Mediocrity is not an acceptable word in their dictionary when it comes to this particular program. The heights of success reached under Williams goes without saying . But when his abilities comes into question one has to wonder what it is that went wrong with regard to the program. It’s certainly not as if overnight the program fell upon hard times. The luster of the program has gradually worn thin and the scuff marks have begun to makes its way into how the team plays.
It’s becoming a stark certainty that the Terrapins are in line of missing the men’s NCAA tournament. And were that to happen then it’s a possibility that Williams could be fired by the AD. The firing of Williams were it to happen would seem unwise. But that tends to be the thing that happens when an esteemed program falls on seemingly hard times. Strange as it may seem this might just be the best thing that could happen to the program. Sacrilegious you may think . But what else ought to be done ? Or can be done ? It’s not as if one can wave a magic wand and there’d be an immediacy in terms of a change.
Tar Heels’ coach Roy Williams reacts with indifference to a game official’s call during the game played against Maryland. His Tar Heels would go on to triumph 108-91 over the Terrapins. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Gerry Broome ……………….
Recruiting has to be the main problem with regard to the program for the Terrapin. If they’re not getting the typical recruits normally associated with a program of their stature. Then it tends to equate with the problem that tends to arise. And when that happens one sees a regression in the form , which affects the program adversely.
The ACC conference and the basketball powerhouse that it is . The record possessed by the Terrapins within the conference elicits one of sympathy. They’re (3-5) within conference , 14-5 overall . sitting seventh in the conference overall. When one considers that ahead of them are teams such as North Carolina (#3) , Duke (#4), Boston College Wake Forest (#7), Florida St , Boston College , Virginia Tech , Clemson(#10) and Miami (Fl). Of those nine teams four are ranked inside the top 25. And the rankings as they now stand and Maryland’s own record doesn’t bode well for Williams’ team overall. Perhaps the only bright spot for the team has been the play of their junior guard Greivis Vasquez. If not for him perhaps there’d be absolutely nothing to be hopeful about as far as the future is concerned. But then again he’s a junior and it may well be that once the season has reached its culmination. Vasquez may well seek his future amongst the professional ranks.
Tar Heels’ Ty Lawson (5) drives to the basket as the Terrapins’ Adrian Bowie is unable to negate the play. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Gerry Broome ………………
The roster of Maryland possesses just one senior in the guise of Dave Neal . And this may well be thing that has brought about the lack of success as there’s no real experience there in terms of leadership. When there’s that sort of none existent role there it leads to the problems we’re now seeing Maryland have on the basketball court. As to what can be done for them to resurrect their season. Nothing says that more than winning and playing consistently at a high level. If they’re able to achieve that. Then perhaps the season has been a worthwhile one in terms of showing signs of growth and maturity. Terrapins’ fans and their alumni may well be none too happy with that at all.
Maryland’s Adrian Bowie handles the ball whilst the defense of the Tar Heels’ Wayne Ellington tries to defend the defensive play. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Gerry Broome ………………………..
If there was any indication as to how bad things have become for Maryland. Then the game that was indicative of this was borne out of the mauling that they took at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels. They were outplayed in every facet of the game and though the final result may not on appearance be reflective of this. The box score suggests otherwise. The result a 108-91 loss was about as convincing as one would ever wish to see. Lethargic and rarely able to get anything going they succumbed to a team that’s playing with a great deal of confidence. And one can easily see why Roy Williams’ team is considered one of the favorites for the NCAA national championship.
We may well lament the fortunes of the Terrapins. But consider this were it your favorite basketball team. How’d you be feeling at this moment in time ? Sadness ? Despair ? Or thinking it really is time for a change ? A change that we can all believe in. Afterall wasn’t that why many voted for change in the White House ?