COLLEGE PARK -- In a move designed to get Vince Broadnax and Garfield Smith more into the flow of the offense, Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams flip-flopped the senior forwards before Sunday's Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Georgia Tech.
Two games -- and two resounding defeats later -- Williams is moving the players back to their original positions. When the Terrapins (7-5, 0-2) take on North Carolina State (6-5, 0-1) tomorrow night in Raleigh, Broadnax will be at small forward and Smith at power forward.
"Vince had been struggling in the offense," Williams said yesterday before practice. "But when Garfield moved outside, he had trouble with his shot."
To say Smith had problems shooting the past two games is being kind. After going 5-for-10 from the field in the first half of Sunday's 92-67 loss at Georgia Tech, Smith missed his last eight shots. He proceeded to miss his first eight in Wednesday's 83-66 defeat at home to top-ranked Duke, finishing 4-for-16 overall.
Broadnax, who has struggled offensively the past month, scored only 10 points the last two games and, at 6 feet 4, had trouble getting off his shot against bigger players. Both players took the change in stride, willing to do almost anything to help the Terps break their four-game losing streak.
As Broadnax said, "As long as I'm on the court, I don't care where I play."
Gary Williams said he did not have similar plans to switch his guards. Senior Walt Williams, who handles most of the point guard duties, scored 25 against Duke, but committed a career-high 11 turnovers and didn't have a single assist. Junior Kevin McLinton had 19 points with seven assists and five turnovers against the Blue Devils.
"They'll both get time at point guard," said Williams. "We've done it this way and we'll continue to do it this way."