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More Qs and more As

I read some of your comments at the end of the last Tracking the Terps question and answer session.

Here are some answers to your questions:

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(From Anonymous): Why is it that Gus Gilchrist won't be eligible till 2nd semester next year when he transferred this past summer? Is the NCAA screwing us again? So who's leaving? For Bowman to commit, somebody has to leave.

Dear Anonymous: The way this sordid tale has been explained to me, on and off the record, is that Gilchrist was forced to sit out a year-and-a-half after committing to Virginia Tech, then changing his mind by going to Maryland. Gilchrist said it had to do with the tragic shootings in Blacksburg last spring, but folks down there said it was other reasons that I have yet to confirm. As for the situation involving Hutchinson CC power forward Ken Bowman, I am sure one of those who've been chained to the bench this season will find a new home next season.

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From Mark: With the absence of any frontline help, why doesn't Gary use the zone some? The Virginia Tech game was a perfect example of needing to buy time with Osby, Gist and Vasquez in first-half foul trouble. Va. Tech is not a big-time 3-point shooting team.

Dear Mark: Maryland briefly tried it Wednesday night and immediately got burned with a three. The Hokies were ranked dead last in the ACC coming into the game at 32.1 percent and shot six of 17 for the game. But Virginia Tech made their last three, two by A.D. Vassallo, to take control of the game.

From Ron: You say you don't mind Vasquez taking over games 'cause no one else (except Osby) showed up against the Hokies. But sometimes a good point guard can get Gist, Milbourne and others more involved. That's his job. Also what about [the] Terps going smaller and quicker this year and next, with Milbourne at the 4 slot, just to get the best players out on the court (and since Walker, Dupree and Neal can't contribute as much as the smaller guys)?

Dear Ron: I think Vasquez has the capability to take over games, but you're right, it's his job to get the other guys involved. Vasquez did that at the beginning of the game, when the Terps took a 14-point lead, but the moment he picked up his second foul on an obvious offensive foul that even Vasquez regretted later, it was all downhill (or uphill) for Maryland. Gist, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes better show up in Miami on Saturday or it could be a long (or short) afternoon for the Terps. If you're suggesting taking Osby or Gist out of the lineup to go with a smaller group, that means you're taking away one of the team's two shotblockers and rebounders. Williams tried a smaller lineup with Adrian Bowie joining Vasquez and Hayes, and it seemed to be working until Vasquez picked up his silly second foul.

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