what to look for

March 19, 2009|By Jeff Barker

Can Maryland contain California's outside game? The Golden Bears shoot 43.4 percent on three-point tries, the best in NCAA Division I. The Terps, who periodically used zone defense against larger teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, will likely come out in man-to-man and emphasize guarding the perimeter. On offense, Maryland is always better when it can consistently get scoring from somebody besides Greivis Vasquez, its leader.

key matchup

Jerome Randle, Cal's junior point guard, vs. Maryland's defense. Randle averages 18.4 points and 4.9 assists and is shooting 46.8 percent on threes.

what it means

The Terps know full well that Memphis is probably waiting for them in the second round. But first they must beat Cal.

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