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Georgetown vs. Maryland

Greivis Vasquez is averaging 20 points per game.
Greivis Vasquez is averaging 20 points per game. (By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)
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BACK COURT: Allowing Georgetown more perimeter scoring opportunities might not hurt Maryland as much as one would think. The Hoyas are making 26.3 percent of their three-point attempts. Maryland's strength lies in its depth and skill at guard. Greivis Vasquez leads the Terrapins in scoring with 20 points per game, though the team is adamant he not try to shoulder the offensive burden all on his own as he often did last season. The Terrapins are at their best when pressing on defense, having forced opponents to commit 90 turnovers in five games. Their pressure often leads to transition points, which is what Georgetown will aim to limit. Senior Jessie Sapp, who has been asked to take on an increased role this season, leads the Hoyas' backcourt.

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FRONT COURT: Maryland's shortcomings in the post were evident in Friday night's loss Gonzaga. The Terrapins frequently operate in a four-guard lineup that leaves them susceptible to being overpowered against bigger and more physical opponents. Georgetown, while not as big or physical as the Bulldogs, offers 6-foot-11 freshman Greg Monroe and 6-foot-8 junior DaJuan Summers. Monroe leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks. The Hoyas will try to slow the game's pace and isolate Monroe and Summers against Maryland's Braxton Dupree and Landon Milbourne. If they are successful, Maryland will have to devote extra help underneath the basket, which could leave the Terrapins vulnerable on the perimeter.

BENCHES: The area in which these two teams might be most similar is in the profile of their top reserves. Georgetown's first three off the bench include guard Jason Clark, swingman Omar Wattad and forward Julian Vaughn. Maryland calls on guard Adrian Bowie, swingman Sean Mosley and forward Dave Neal. On the whole, the Terrapins rely more on their top reserve trio than do the Hoyas and, consequently, get more production out of their bench.

COACHES: Maryland's Gary Williams and Georgetown's John Thompson III have never squared off against one another, which is odd considering their respective programs reside less than 15 miles from one another. Regardless, the coaching acumen of neither man is in question. Williams recently won his 400th game at Maryland, while Thompson enters his fifth season at Georgetown having compiled 100 wins at the school.

-- Steve Yanda


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