Terps big night

Jordan Williams stole the headlines.  21 points, 17 rebounds, and a million grins from Maryland fans as they ponder the possibilities with Williams in College Park three more seasons.

Landon Milbourne poured in 19, his greatest point total since the same amount against Longwood on January 19th.

Eric Hayes looked smooth and confident, same for Adrian Bowie.

And Greivis?  Vasquez posted decent numbers with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.  But only four points at the half for the ACC Player of the Year, and not a single patented shimmy.

Yet, Greivis Vasquez had the best game last night for any Terrapin.

That seems to make about as much sense as Barack Obama dissing Gary Williams as he filled out his Presidential Bracket (I guess I should capitalize that, right?)

But it’s true.  Greivis Vasquez ran the Terps flex offense to perfection, assuring total involvement from his teammates.  Vasquez knows he can take 25 shots a night and maybe put together an epic performance on the game’s grandest stage.  Maybe one like his triple double at Chapel Hill last season.  But he chose not to.  He embraced his leadership role be deferring, building confidence of others, others he knows he’ll need if Maryland is to run past Michigan State in the 2nd round (and then maybe Northern Iowa in the Sweet 16, as I’m typing Panthers by a dozen over Kansas in the 2nd half).

It was a true display of maturity for the senior guard who says he wants to leave a lasting legacy, to be join the mantle of Terrapin greats.  Backing up words with deeds makes for a nice start.


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