Following a day off from practice, Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell put his team through a 2 1/2 hour workout yesterday at Cole Field House in preparation for Friday's NCAA tournament game with Villanova.
Driesell reviewed fronting and siding techniques that his players could use to deny Villanova center Ed Pinckney the ball and push him away from the low post.
"He's (Pinckney) a great player," said Driesell. "He really hurt us (when the teams played in January). We played against good centers all year long but he's one of the best."
Len Bias, Adrian Branch, Keith Gatlin, Jeff Adkins, Speedy Jones and Derrick Lewis wore the black side of specially made NCAA playoff jerseys.
Five at a time, the team in black jerseys went against a zone defense that Villanova employed successfully in its 59-55 upset of Michigan in the second round of the Southeast Regional.
Defensively, the group worked on a man-to-man and Driesell repeatedly requested that the team in yellow jerseys "get the ball down to Terry Long," a 6-foot-8, 240-pound sophomore who was running the plays of the 6-10 Pinckney.
Long was guarded most of the practice by Lewis, a 6-7 freshman.
"Coach wants me to get used to playing against real physical players," Lewis said. "He wants Terry to push me around. Most of the season I scrimmaged against (backup center) Bryan Palmer and he's not half as physical as Terry.
"I'm going to have to do a better job than I did against Navy. I'll try to push him (Pinckney) away from the hoop this time."
In their first meeting this year, Pinckney had 29 points and 16 rebounds when Villanova lost to the Terrapins, 77-74, at Cole Field House. Driesell said Bias, who is 6-8, also would be used against Pinckney.
Driesell noted that the Terrapins would have to stop swing man Harold Pressley even though Pressley was ineffective (one for eight from the field, two points) in the teams' first meeting.
Pressley averaged 12.4 points per game and 8.2 rebounds.