Gary Williams' Top 5

Gary Williams' Top 5
December 10, 2012, 8:30 pm
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By Gary Williams

1. Georgetown (7-1, 0-0)

-they have to find more ways to score than just halfcourt offense
-you have to be careful not to let defense slide while working to improve offense
-important to maintain intensity through the exam/holiday period
-with the amount of long, athletic bodies they should get more second chance points, especially against teams like Towson
-their best player, Otto Porter needs to become a more consistent scorer

2. Maryland (9-1, 0-0)

-they are in middle of the part of the schedule where they’re expected to win every game, it’s important not just to win those games but to keep getting better
-important for players to push each other in practice to get better and the Terps have enough depth to practice hard
-defense is not forcing a lot of turnovers but playing good FG% defense
-Alex Len is getting stronger and more confident…he changed his body in the off-season

3. Virginia (8-2, 0-0)

-getting better as they get healthier
-guards get open looks and create open looks
-their FG% is getting better as they’re getting healthier
-it’s important for UVa to play their style of play…slow tempo
-they are starting to do that more as season progresses…they struggled with that early 

4. Virginia Tech (7-1, 0-0)

-even though they lost to West Virginia, they could’ve won the game in a tough building…something to build on
-they proved they can go on the road and still play their style which is up tempo
-they don’t have a lot of depth 

5. VCU (6-3, 0-0)

-they need to prove they can score in a halfcourt offense
-they win with defense creating turnovers which leads to easy points but if you rely on that too much it doesn’t work
-all good teams improve late in the season (don’t peak too early) and VCU has proven that the last couple of years
-in January, execution becomes more important because teams have tape of each other…everyone knows what the other team is doing