It wasn’t an impossible task for the Maryland Terrapins to defeat N.C. State in their ACC Basketball Tournament opening round game. Eric Hayes fed off the penetration of Greivis Vasquez, and Gary Williams got his zone defense in gear to stifle an inconsistent Wolfpack offense.
It will surely be tougher for the Terrapins this evening against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, so here are the five things they need to do to shock the NCAA Tournament Committee into seeding them.
5. Put Cliff Tucker in the Game
What happened to the guy that dropped 22 on the North Carolina Tar Heels? He hit one three-pointer in 13 minutes of action last night against the Pack. Gary Williams is a better coach than letting a viable offensive weapon sit on the bench in do-or-die time.
4. Don’t Worry About Jeff Teague
This is tournament time, where nerves can get the best of your bowels and your jump shot. Zone it out on those Deacon forwards, and let Jeff Teague have his way from the perimeter, because it likely won’t be his best game.
3. Turn Dave Neal Loose
Greivis Vasquez may be the most talented offensive Terrapin, but senior Dave Neal has been the most consistent. Let your big man go from inside and out on the offensive end, because you're going to need one of those Wake Forest forwards as far away from the basket as possible for any hope of second chance possessions.
2. Trust Sean Mosley
Eric Hayes may be more experienced, but Sean Mosley is your second best guard off the dribble. Let him have some opportunities to tire out the Deacon backcourt on defense.
1. Put a Little Braxton Dupree in Your Life
Both of the Wake Forest forwards shot poorly in the last matchup with the Terps. The least you can do is get your second biggest body in against a more athletic frontcourt that is sure to be game planning for the perimeter attack, and allow Dupree and Dino Gregory one-on-one opportunities in the paint.