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Gary Williams was not at full volume at his news conference today at Comcast Center. Seems as if the Maryland coach lost much of his voice after Saturday's loss in Miami.

"I think coming back on the plane," Williams said. "It's cumulative over the season. I'll get it back."

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More important than his voice, Williams hopes to get his team back playing the way it was before last Wednesday's home loss to Virginia Tech.

After blowing a 14-point lead early, an 11-point lead in the second half and a five-point lead in the final six minutes, Williams admitted today that the Terps might have had a bit of a carryover in Coral Gables. Maryland buried itself with another large deficit against the Hurricanes, caught up and then got blown out by 15 down the stretch.

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Asked about a confidence hangover from Virginia Tech, Williams said, "I think that's true. I think that's probably the one game this year we kind of blew at the end of the game. In league play a lot of times, it's when you play teams. Miami's playing really well right now. I think people forget that's a team that was voted in the top 25 earlier in the season."

The two losses have put the Terps in a precarious position in regard to the NCAA. Maryland is now 17-11 overall and 7-6 in the ACC, dropping from third to fifth and possibly falling all the way to seven if the Terps lose at Wake Forest Thursday night and if Miami also wins at Florida State.

One more loss and Maryland seems destined for the NIT unless there's a four-game run at the ACC Tournament in Charlotte in a couple of weeks.

The RPI has dropped to the low 60s and the Terps are now eighth in the league in that category.

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