Terps Crush NC State

1/23/2010 10:01:26 PM Maryland is back.  Yes I'm prepared to say that.  Tonight's game was the most all-around dominating performance I've seen in years.  The scary thing was that NC State played relatively well and they got blown out!  Everybody came to play.  Mibourne lit it up, Mosley did all the little things, and Hayes hit a big shot or two.  Even Gregory played his best game tonight. As impressive as those guys played, they don't merit their own paragraph.  These three players do:

Greivis Vasquez - If not for Vasquez's triple double against UNC last year; I'd say this was his best performance as a Terp.  He didn't take a shot for the first 13 minutes of the game, yet he dominated play.  Greivis got everyone involved and took exactly what the defense gave him.  When opportunities presented themselves in the second half, Vasquez took advantage and scored at will.  I have not seen the box score, but surely this was his most efficient performance of the year.

Jordan Williams - He held his own against one of the best front lines in the conference.  He's as good as any Terp fan could have hoped and will only get better.  If there is a hole in his game; it's that he doesn't have the hops to dunk in traffic.  He's been missing some bunny layups as a result; but I think he will be dunking those misses next year.

Cliff Tucker -  He's is who we thought he was.  He's finally putting it together and the results have been downright frightening for the rest of the conference.  Tucker is now instant offense off the bench and that is huge for a team that has made a habit of tossing out long scoring droughts in recent years. We should just start calling him "Rain Cloud" or "Thunderstorm" because he is a drought killer.

Make no mistake, the Terps cannot afford to take the foot off the gas.  We are not out of the woods yet. Maryland must take care of business at home against the likes of Miami.  The Terps sit in first place in the conference and will not give it up easily if they continue to play like they did tonight.  Clemson, Wake, and Duke have to still be considered the favorites to win the conference, but the Terps are making their case.
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