The Washington Times - January 6, 2009, 05:16PM

Maryland coach Gary Williams was just getting done explaining why it was good to have forward Steve Goins back at practice – for reasons beyond “he’s no longer hurt” – when he touched on a crucial component to tomorrow’s game against Morgan State.

“They’re ridiculous in terms of their offensive  rebounds,” Williams said.

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Then he proceeded to rifle through his practice folder for his statistical report on the Bears.

It took him a few moments. Finally, he came up with the sheet he wanted.

“They’ve outrebounded their opponents offensively by like … a thousand,” Williams said.

Not quite. The stats reveal the edge is 223-153, which is a pretty substantial margin – an average of more than five a game.

So the Bears (5-8) happen to rebound well. And if they do tomorrow, the likely MEAC contenders have a decent chance to hang around with Maryland for a while at Comcast Center.

Patrick Stevens