Why Maryland Will Be Competitive, But Not a Force In The ACC

Garret TraggorthCorrespondent INovember 27, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 21:  Pierre Henderson-Niles #4 of the Memphis Tigers defends a shot attempt by Greivis Vasquez #21 of the Maryland Terrapins in the first half during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 21, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Maryland has a good basketball team this year. They're well coached, and have maybe the best player in the ACC in Greivis Vasquez. But why won't they be a force in the ACC?

Maryland has no depth on the inside. They are playing 6'10 Jordan Williams, 6'9 James Padgett, and 6'7 Landon Millbourne. Two of those young men are freshman. They're post play worries me, because i witnessed Wisconsin and Cincinnati dominate the Terps in the inside.

Against good teams, Greivis Vasquez seems to try and take the game into his own hands. Last season he was so good because he did it all. He played Solid Defense, scored, dished it off, and rebounded well. So far this season, he's scored pretty well and played decent defense but has shown none of his other skills. I think he needs to gain faith in his teammates and get more aggressive inside and he will get more rebounds and assists. If he steps up and performs well he will be a major candidate for ACC player of the year.

Nobody in Maui was able to hit the outside jumpshot effectively. They don't have that Marksman that can bring a team out of a zone. So I beleive Maryland will fail against a zone defense. You would see Vasquez hit one occasionally. And last year Hayes and Mosely shot the Three with over 30% efficiency, but nobody is that true marksman.