The Team fits Gary
This is a good team for the coaching style of Gary Williams. They seem tough, willing to play defense at a frenetic level, and have young men committed to a team rebounding concept.
Teammates Adrian Bowie (sophomore guard) and Sean Mosely (guard/forward freshman) have been junkyard dog tough in crunch time. Many already know YMCA style Dave Neal (senior center), Grevis Vasquez and Eric Hayes (junior guards) can carry their own in conference play. The heat gets turned up as the Terps head to two locations where they have not been exceedingly successful, Miami and Florida State.
This is the longest road trip of the year. It is good to get it out of the way. There is a reasonable chance that we will get one win at the least from the journey. Then we have Virginia in College Park on Tuesday. Here is to some success in the sunshine state.
So how about that coaching style? The yelling, scowling, sweating, twirling, cussing Gary Williams is a Maryland icon. He is not as lovable as Earl Weaver (former Baltimore Orioles manager). Not as much spittle flies as the former Steelers coach Bill Cowher.
He comes across as a defensive coordinator for a football team. The team is a lot more about defense, 40 minutes of hell and being tougher than the other team. That is tougher in both body and mind. When one plays defense at the level the Terps do, it helps in your weaker moments to look over and see Gary exhorting the troops. It lets you know you can give it that extra effort.
I see this as team, in the end as a Gary Williams successful team. It works Gary’s way. As we rev up in ACC play, 15 regular season games to go, I see that it may be morning in Terpland.