Terps having tough time with Tigers

March, 21, 2009
KANSAS CITY -- Maryland wouldn't even be in the second round had it not been for Greivis Vasquez's spirited play and his production.

The Terps would have finished out of the NCAA tournament chase and somewhere near the bottom of the ACC. But the fiery Venezuelan can also produce his share of locker room material.

Vasquez said this of Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier this season: "That's my house. I love going in there. It's going to be fun." Duke essentially evicted Vasquez in Maryland's Jan. 24 visit, whipping the Terps by 41 points. Vasquez scored four points.

Vasquez said this about Memphis prior to Saturday's second-round game: "They'd have a losing record in the [ACC] -- probably win all of their games outside the league, losing record in the league. The ACC is too tough. You can't just win games night in and night out because you're so athletic."

Memphis led 55-33 at the half. Vasquez, who was guarded by Antonio Anderson, Robert Dozier and helped by others, was 3-of-8 for six points. You can say the Tigers were angry, but they came out with a purpose to play much better than they did in Thursday's near-upset loss to No. 15 Cal State-Northridge. Roburt Sallie, a poorly producing reserve, was the only one who made jump shots, connecting on 10 3s in the win over the Matadors.

In the first half against Maryland, Sallie made his two 3s and the Tigers were 8-of-11 overall on 3s with Doneal Mack connecting on four of the five he attempted, Willie Kemp making one and Tyreke Evans connecting on 1 of 2.

The Tigers locked down on the Terps as Maryland shot just 1-of-9 on 3s.

The ACC is about to be down to just North Carolina and Duke. But the day isn't even half-over yet.

• Former Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos, who is currently the head coach at Loyola, Md., is here to cheer on the Terps. Patsos was the favorite assistant to get yelled at by Gary Williams during games. So I jokingly said as he sat across the court that he needed to go sit behind Williams so that Williams could get back to yelling at him like he did during the Terps' run to the 2002 national title. Maybe that karma would rub off on this squad.

Andy Katz | email

ESPN Senior Writer



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