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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Maryland's Charleston squeak not all bad

By Eamonn Brennan

If you saw Maryland coach Gary Williams's face just after his Terrapins pulled out a 75-74 win against College of Charleston on Wednesday night, then you know: this was not Maryland's finest game.

The Terps committed 18 turnovers, showed neither a willingness or ability to make outside shots (2-for-7 from beyond the arc), and shot 27.8 percent from the free throw line. These are all ugly stats, and they're the sort of things that will get you into trouble against solid mid-major foes like Charleston. Maryland fans have spent most of the offseason (and especially the past few weeks, if the Hoopsbag is any indication) claiming their team is underrated, that they should be in the top 25, that they're better than North Carolina; barely getting past College of Charleston doesn't exactly support that theory.

Having said that, last night contained more positive than negative for Maryland, even if Gary's sweaty complexion didn't show it:
Sure, Gary Williams might have preferred a more convincing effort. He'd probably also like it if his team hadn't turned the ball over 44 times in two games. But at the end of the day, the Charleston squeaker had plenty of encouraging signs for Maryland fans, even if Gary couldn't see them right away.