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As Gary Williams came off the court at Comcast Center after his team's scrimmage earlier today, the Maryland basketball coach tried to drop kick a ball into the basket from the free-throw line. It was by design, not out of disgust.

Williams was in a pretty relaxed mood, encouraged by what he called his team's "enthusiasm" and not particularly disturbed by some of the weaknesses the Terps showed -- especially in their lack of any inside game besides Landon Milbourne.

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Milbourne will likely play power forward since neither Braxton Dupree or Jerome Burney have shown much so far.

"A lot depends on how far our big men will come,'' Williams said.

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Based on today's scrimmage, both have a long way to go. It was particularly distressing that Dupree couldn't get much of an offensive game going against senior Dave Neal, a matchup one courtside pundit called "[Dupree's] easiest matchup of the season.''

The biggest positives I saw today came from Milbourne, who looks like he's added a little more of a perimeter game to his athleticism; also from Eric Hayes and Sean Mosley, who already look comfortable playing together. Another bright spot was Dino Gregory, who looks like he's playing with the passion he lacked as a freshman last season.

The negative I saw, aside from Dupree's lack of production, was that Greivis Vasquez doesn't appear to be fully recovered from his ankle surgery over the summer. His lack of burst going to the basket -- not that he was super quick to begin with -- resulted in him forcing some things and getting called on a couple of offensive fouls going to the basket.

There's still about 3 1/2 weeks until the season opener, and I'm hoping that Williams allows the media to see a couple of preseason practices, as he promised at Media Day. If that happens, I will try to update some of these observations without giving away too many state secrets.

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