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“You have your offenses and your defenses and things like that, but a lot of times in close games, games that mean something, it comes down to other things: Your ability to get loose balls, how you react to adversity in the game and just getting ready to play,” the coach said. “In the first four minutes of the game you have to show the officials, you have to show the crowd, how hard you are playing, how you’re flying around.”

Maryland could also some balanced scoring. Five players reached double figures in the win over Florida State, but Williams is the only one to score in double digits in each of the last three games.

“We’re certainly open to guys playing really well and taking over,” Gary Williams said.

If the Terrapins don’t give Jordan Williams some offensive help against N.C. State, and if they fail to get off to a decent start, then they will be forced to do so in the NIT.

“We’re a tough team. We’ve got the players to do it,” freshman guard Pe’Shon Howard said. “We’ve got coach Williams, players like Terrell and Jordan. I think when we go to the tournament we’re going to give our best effort. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised. A lot of people are counting us out right now, but I really think we’re going to do well. So I’m not really worried about it.”

The Terps are in a slump, but Gary Williams remains optimistic.

“I really believe we’re going to go down there and play well,” he said, “so we’ll see.”