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A look back at the win over Carolina

*It seemed like there was more red in the stands than usual -- much of it (but not all) worn by students who were able to walk to Comcast Center. Good to see people at a game who really appreciate being there. I like watching the NBA on television, but college basketball is all about atmosphere, isn't it?

*Maryland had been lacking bench contributions of late. That's why I thought those were a big couple of baskets by Cliff Tucker in the first half -- because the Terps are so much more dangerous when Tucker gets rolling. Tucker hit a three and followed it with a bank shot to push Maryland's lead to 27-14. Dino Gregory had eight points off the bench, and Adrian Bowie had four assists and a nice reverse.

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*How about this for a starting guard's line: 0-for-6 from the floor, 0-for-2 from the line, 4 turnovers, 5 assists. That was North Carolina's Larry Drew II.

*Road conditions were even worse than I imagined. University Boulevard (193) heading east was rough -- and that's obviously a major road. People who came south from I-95 from Baltimore said that was choppy going. And I'm not even mentioning all the side streets that have yet to be touched by a plow.

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*You may have noticed the quotes from Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes in the game story about how much Maryland likes to run. Nothing against half court sets and the flex offense, but the team is really at its best when it can run a lot. It's not just the obvious -- that the floor is wide open and the defense isn't set. It's more than that. Running seems to get Vasquez and the other Terps loose and in their element. They can be creative. They can have fun. Vasquez in particular loves to throw passes on the move.

Of course, in order to run you have to be able to rebound. Maryland does better at that this season because it has Jordan Williams on the floor.

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