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'Not ready for lunchtime' players

Maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.

The Maryland men's basketball team are holding a scrimmage at Comcast Center, and my first first impressions generally support what most are saying about this year's Terps. It could be a long year.

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I know it's very early and Gary Williams has only been working with his team for a week, but it appears as if nobody has made tremendous improvement from last year aside from reserve forward Dino Gregory. (I might have to take that back later since Braxton Dupree just finished two plays at the basket.)

It also looks as if Greivis Vasquez isn't close to 100 percent after summer ankle surgery.

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As I said, it's only a week of practice, but Williams only has another three weeks or so to get his team ready. Williams spent a lot of time coming onto the court to give instruction and at times seemed frustrated when his players kept repeating the same mistakes.

What also seemed disturbing was the lack of fans who took advantage of a public workout. The weather might have something to do with it since the tailgating for the N.C State football game could be curtailed, but the negative predictions seem to have diluted any preseason excitement.

I'll post again later in the day after the scrimmage ends if this doesn't run too long. I have to cover the Navy-SMU game in Annapolis.

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