Terps face tight turnaround between Duke, Va. games

February 14, 2010|By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

Perhaps it is a blessing that Maryland can barely reflect on its 21-point loss at Duke -- a game the Terrapins would just as soon forget.

Reflection would take time, and there is precious little of that as the Terps (16-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) practiced Sunday for tonight's game against Virginia (14-8, 5-4).

Maryland "spent no time reviewing [Saturday's]game," Terrapins coach Gary Williams said in a media conference call Sunday.

He said the team ate together, studied Virginia's 61-55 loss to Virginia Tech and practiced Sunday afternoon.

Maryland fell, 77-56 at Duke on Saturday in a game the Blue Devils led by 16 points at the half.

"Let's not panic. We're going to be fine," senior guard Greivis Vasquez said afterward.

It was the first ACC game in which the Terps were not close. "We've played really well on the road," Williams said. "One game doesn't determine -- out of your eight road games -- how you've played on the road."

The Terps are 2-3 in league road games, with the other defeats coming by nine points to Clemson and two points to Wake Forest in overtime.

Maryland is 4-0 in the conference at home, with all of the victories -- except the 77-68 win over Florida State -- coming by double digits.

The Duke game began a stretch of three games in five days for the Terps. The congested schedule was caused by the rescheduling of the Virginia game from last Wednesday because of the most recent winter storm.

It helps the Terps that Virginia is in a similar situation. The Cavaliers also played on the road Saturday.

"Virginia has one day to get ready, too," Williams said. "As long as it's even then you go play."

Virginia plays a sagging, man-to-man defense and leads the ACC in scoring defense at 61 points per game. The Cavaliers, who have been prone to playing low-scoring games, are led by 6-foot-6 sophomore Sylven Landesberg (18.0 points per game).

The Cavaliers have lost two games in a row -- to Wake Forest and Virginia Tech -- but Landesberg combined for 45 points in the contests.

Virginia had traveled by bus to Maryland last week. The team spent the night in Greenbelt, then turned around and went back on the bus when the game was postponed the next morning.

Win or lose, at least the Cavaliers will play a game on this trip.

"The challenging thing now for both teams is three games in five days without as much preparation time," Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said after the postponement. "But you make the best of that and look at it as another challenge."

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