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Steven: Why didn't Gary switch to a zone defense like a 2/3 or box-in-1 to contain [Tyrese] Rice? Duke completely shut BC and Rice down with one.

Don Markus: I think that Williams figured Greivis Vasquez did a great job on Rice in Maryland's win at Boston College, as well as in the first half Thursday night. The Terps had played zone with some success in a couple of games earlier this season, so that might have worked. One more thing: Duke has better defensive players than Maryland, and making those kind of adjustments on the fly are usually easier for the Blue Devils.

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Andy: Why have the Terps struggled with ball security and control the past few years? Why can't a former point guard in Gary Williams get the team to take care of the ball better? Will Bobby Maze be able to fix it next year?

Don Markus: Except for Steve Blake, Duane Simpkins and Terrell Stokes, the Terps have not had a true point guard running the offense. It started with Walt Williams, who Gary Williams played at point to showcase his talents for the NBA in return for staying at Maryland when others left because of the sanctions. Gary took a lot of flak for not letting Steve Francis play point, but Stevie Franchise has proved his former coach correct. In recent years it's been D.J. Strawberry and now Greivis Vasquez. Maze is supposedly more in the mold of Allen Iverson, both in terms of playing style and personality, so I'm not sure how that is going to work with this group. It obviously didn't work at Oklahoma.

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Doug: Adrian Bowie seems to be playing with more confidence, while Eric Hayes continues to struggle at this level of competition. With Sean Mosley and Bobby Maze set to join the Terps next season, do you think Eric has a future with the Terps or is he better off transferring to a smaller school?

Don Markus: As I wrote earlier in the week, the backcourt seems to be a bit crowded and there have been whispers that Hayes decided to transfer the moment that Maze committed. I'm sure we will find out within the next few weeks what Hayes plans to do, but his performance at the end of the season doesn't bode well, particularly in light of how Bowie came on the past couple of months.

Russ Thompson: Can Maryland deny an NIT bid? Or would the NIT see how they finished, and not invite them. I appreciate everything Gist and Osby have done for this program, but for them to keep playing and losing the way they do, I think would be a disgrace to themselves and to the program.

Don Markus: Maryland has already agreed to host the first couple of rounds, so I think that part is a done deal. I certainly don't think Gist and Osby would disgrace themselves and the program by playing in the NIT, but it's obviously not the way they wanted their careers to end.

Moke Wolfe: I know that Gary's tenure is long and he's an alumnus who played there and he delivered a national championship. But considering the performance of his teams since 2002-03 and more importantly the abysmal graduation and academic progress rates, is there any reason to think that Debbie Yow may be considering a change in the next couple of years if one or both trends are not reversed?

Don Markus: I don't think any changes are being seriously contemplated with the basketball program. Debbie Yow might want to voice her concerns about recruiting, but she and her basketball coach are not exactly going out for coffee to discuss those matters. From what I know, university president Dan Mote knows how important Gary Williams is to fundraising and some of the school's most influential boosters are big supporters of Williams. As I have written and said recently, I think there are bigger issues with the future of the football team than there are with basketball.

Peter: What do you see in the future for Maryland's freshmen (Jerome Burney, Dino Gregory, Braxton Dupree, Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie, Shane Walker)?

Don Markus: Tucker was the most consistent of an inconsistent group this season, and I think he could be a pretty good Division I player if he refines his offensive game. Bowie had several big games, but needs to become a little more confident with his ballhandling and his willingness to take open jump shots. Burney came on at the end of the season after disappearing for nearly two months. Dupree went the other way and needs to lose weight and get in better shape before next season. He definitely has some skills. Walker might be a bigger project than anticipated. I never saw Gregory play any meaningful minutes so it's hard to make a comment, but I heard he will likely transfer to a smaller program along the lines of Loyola or Towson.

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