Maryland Basketball

The Kickoff

February 08, 2007|By RICK MAESE

As the Maryland men's basketball team walked off the court at the end of the first half Tuesday night against Virginia, there was only one person who looked like he cared at all.

Players sluggishly jogged to the locker room -- razed and diffused. It was Terps coach Gary Williams who yelled at the crowd, pumping his fist into the air as he left the court. "We're going to win this game!" he barked. ...

Usually, you hope a spark like that spreads, but with this team there was little chance. ...

How can you reach February, face a team that's atop the conference standings and play as though you'd rather be home watching Law & Order? ...

They remind me of someone who's running two hours late for an appointment and still stops at Denny's for a bite to eat. ...

If the seniors aren't playing with the proper intensity level, then shouldn't players like Greivis Vasquez, Bambale Osby and Eric Hayes see more time on the court together?

This is a Terps team that is lacking. Lacking a go-to scorer ... lacking a bench ... lacking strong inside play ... and lacking leadership. ...

But most of all, it's a Terps team that has lacked any semblance of urgency. ... And barring a sudden change, it eventually will cost Maryland a shot at the NCAA tournament.

rick.maese@baltsun.com

This is an excerpt from a Web-exclusive column appearing at baltimoresun.com.

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