The Bengals are at home, talented, healthy, and pissed. The Rams are
poorly-coached, their QB is a stiff who lost his job to Case freakin' Keenum,
their receivers are awful, their O-line is practice squad-quality, and
the only unit on their team that could be considered a strength at this
point (D-line) is banged up and lining up against a stout Cincy O-line.
The only way things could be worse is if...oh, I don't know...one of
their teammates was nearly murdered or something. What makes you think that Rams will rebound in this spot?
Greivis Vasquez provided the fire for Maryland last season, being named the ACC Player of the Year and leading the Terps to a share of the conference title. Vasquez is now in the NBA while the team's second- and third-leading scorers also graduated leaving Gary Williams with some holes to be filled.
Junior Sean Mosley is coming off a solid sophomore campaign but needs to elevate his game and start living up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of high school. He is a versatile scorer who can play several positions on the floor and will be asked to take on a much bigger role this season.
Senior Adrian Bowie faces the challenge of replacing Vasquez at the point while Cliff Tucker will take over for Landon Milbourne at the three. The Terps have some talented freshmen guards coming in who should contribute right away. Most notably is 6-5 Mychal Parker who possesses the offensive firepower to be a factor the bench.
Like most freshmen, 6-10 Jordan Williams had some ups and downs, but showed the potential of being a physical force down low. Dino Gregory will likely join Williams in the starting frontcourt with seldom-used Scott Padgett figuring to get more minutes off the bench. Six-foot-11 JUCO transfer Berend Weijs could be a difference-maker on the defensive end.
This year's Terps are nowhere near as talented as the 2009-10 version. Still, Maryland should finish in the top half of the ACC which would more than likely earn them a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Player to Watch: Jordan Williams, C
At 6-10, 260 pounds Williams has the ability to overpower opponents down low. He came on strong at the end of the season, posting five double-doubles in the Terps' final 10 games including a 21-point, 17-rebound performance in the opening round of the tourney. If he can stay out of foul trouble which was an issue at times during last season, Williams should be a focal point of the Maryland attack.
Key Non-Conference Games:
11/18 vs. Pittsburgh (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)
11/19 vs. Texas/Illinois (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)